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Old 07-30-2005, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so my check engine light has been on for FOREVER and i got it checked out, went to the dealer and all

they said i had an internal leak and were also gonna replace some sort of pan under my car (cause they said it was banged up) but anyway--- they wanna do it for about $1700. that seemed a bit steep to me.

is this a repair that could be done elsewhere for much cheaper? ive been driving the car like this for quite a long time and havent noticed much difference. it seems smoother somehow when changing gears, however. before the problem i would feel sortof a jerk or something when it changed gears, but now u can hardly feel the gears changing at all. the gears *are* changing and its driving alright, im just worried. a lot. i dont want to buy a new transmission. oh yeah, i have an automatic transmission, 1996 318is.

has anyone on here had a similar problem?

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Old 07-30-2005, 09:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it needs to be done, make sure you get a quote from the dealer. And when I say quote, I mean they should print you out a parts list with labor and such and with a grand total. You can probably find the parts a lot cheaper online and the labor can be cut in half or you could do it yourself.
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a relative of mine is a pretty hardcore mechanic but he's never ever worked on a bmw that i know of

do u think it would be possible for him to fix it? i mean, how difficult of a fix is this?
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Couldn't tell you really. If I knew what parts you need to replace it would be a lot easier. Find out what the dealer needs to replace to fix your car.
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all they gave me when i talked to them was a paper from (i assume) the mechanics saying this:

"need to install THMR1 internal repair kit before further diagnosis of concern.

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labor-12.6+ 1.0 diag"

can u tell from that? whats a thmr1 internal repair kit?
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oh & also they have written on here that the TCC in the trans is leaking fluid pressure internally, that the pan is dented, and that the tcc module is shorted.

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The only thing I can hypothesize the 'TCC' being is the Torque Converter. Below you will see alink that shows all the parts and part numbers for the 318's auto trans. Do a little clicking and see what you find.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partgrp.do?mode...481&hg=24&fg=15

AND the link delow shows you ITEM NUMBER 3 Torque Converter Solenoid Valve... which may be your TCC Module...

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?mo...804&hg=24&fg=15

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TCC is the Torque Converter Clutch Solenoid Valve
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yeah i remember him saying tcc stood for torque converter clutch or something like that.

you guys are amazing.

so any idea what this $360 for parts could be? and if they only work 12.6 hours then thats me paying them $106/hr. to get up to the $1700 they estimated for me. jeez. i dont think my uncle or i can fix this on our own so I guess i'll just take it to someone (NOT the dealer) and see if they'll charge me less than $106 an hour to do it.

thanks for your help!
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