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#1 (permalink) Old 04-29-2004, 09:35 PM
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Today I drained my tranny fluid. I bought 2 bottles of Mobil 1 syn. ATF which I'm planning to use both in the summer and winter. How much am I suppose to fill in? One guy told me 1.5L, the other guy told me 1.2L. Anyways, both told me to fill it in till it overflows and spills out.

I had to use a plastic tube with a pump as the fill hole was conveniently located perpendictular to the ground. I had the car jacked up at an angle. Here's my concern. I filled 1.5L of the ATF oil into the tranny and it started overflowing out. By the time I got out from under the car and picked up the plug to screw back in, the oil stopped overflowing. I screwed the cap back in and lowered the car to the gound. At this time I just realized something. When the car was jacked up it was tilted at an angle therefore more of the ATF oil would flow out than if the car was level with the ground. I collected the oil that overflowed out of the fill hole and it totalled about 150ML. So I have approx. 1-1.2L of ATF fluid in the tranny.

Shoud I be worried?! I drove the car around for about 10 min and the car shifted much much smoother. However, I'm worried that when I go to the track there won't be enough oil to lube the gears in the tranny, possibly oil starvation?

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Where did you jack it up from to get under it? It should be fine for just around town driving till you can fill it, but taking it to the track wll most likely cause the fuild to slosh so it doesn't lubricate the gears.

When you end up refilling it, make sure the car is level otherwise you'll add too much or too little depending on the angle of the car.

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look in the back of the BMW owners manual. I changed mine last week and BMW called for 1.3 L. We also had to use a pump.

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Where did you jack it up from to get under it? It should be fine for just around town driving till you can fill it, but taking it to the track wll most likely cause the fuild to slosh so it doesn't lubricate the gears.

When you end up refilling it, make sure the car is level otherwise you'll add too much or too little depending on the angle of the car.

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I jacked it up from the passenger side front. It wasn't up too high because my x-brace was right up against my chest. However, I think I got a good 1.2L in there. Hopefully that's enough.

I don't think I'm going to refill it. Are there any symptoms of oil starvation? It's just too much work and too messy.

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Well, look in your manual and see how much it says it holds. If it's the 1.5L then measure out another .3 or .4 L jack the car up from the rear and and squirt it in. I've never changed the tranny or diff fluid on a car that wasn't up on a lift though, so props to you for doing it with a normal jack.

That fluid smells so bad. I changed it at the begining of the school day, smelled like it all day.

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After how many miles or kilometres should the tranny oil and dif oil be replaced? I currently have driven for 15k kilometres in my car without doing that. I have no idea when it was changed! Is it time to do this or not? used

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I thought you can go forever without changinging the tranny or different oils....from what I've gotten from techs on here...but it doesn't hurt to change it I guess...

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BMW says that the tranny fluid never has to be changed, but I changed mine, it can't hurt anything. Autotechnica, if you jacked it up from the passenger side you would have the plug hole higher than when the car is sitting flat, this would allow more oil to be put in so I don't see a problem with it.

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