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Old 05-02-2005, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a 95 325i with a manual trans. and 158000 miles. Is it a good idea to change the fluid and if so, can I do it myself? Any suggestions of fluid to use or where I can get instructions to do it?
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It is not hard one bit...The tranny should be warm. To do the job you need:
-jack
-Sta Lube pump <---can get at any auto store for $3.00
-Empty windshield washer container
-3/8 drive socket wrench
-2 quarts ATF tranny fluid- I used redline D4 ATF

1. Jack car up and secure it.
2. Remove fill bolt on tranny then remove drain bolt.
3. Let the fluid drain completely and tighten the drain bolt.
4. Fill the windsheild washer container with the new fluid and screw on the Sta Lube pump.
5. Put the hose from the pump into the fill bolt opening and pump the fluid in.
6. The tranny need 1.2 quarts so I pump approx that amount -THEN- lower the car off the jack (so it's even-on a flat surface) and keep pumping until the fluid spills out the fill opening.
7. Jack car back up and remove the lube pump.
8. Tighten the fill bolt.

Thats it..lower car and start her up. I let it idle a few minutes, while working the shifter, then drive her carefully until im convinced the new oil is worked in.
And a little tip- I was used to hondas where the tranny is in the front by the axle. On the bimmer the tranny is right in the middle of the car..Dont undo the motor oil drain pan instead by accident- which is located in the front..
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For a manual transmission on the right hand side of the gearbox youíll see the oil filler plug itíll stick out and will fit a 17mm spanner, about this you should see a sticker this will be either red or green. If itís green with MTF-LT1 on it that means it filled with lifetime oil and doesnít need changing if its red with ATF on it then it is a service item and should been changed every 80k miles approx and refilled with ATF (automatic transmission fluid) sound daft but that the way it is. By the way the box doesnít have to be hot thatís autos just fill it till it overflows
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