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You will need to be more specific... What do you need advice on?
1. I bought it and they didn´t even know what kind of oil they were using, they told me "mineral 20W-60" what a crime!!, so I changet to semi 15W-50, but I just bought synthetic 10W-50 and I want to go all synthetic, is it a good idea? What can you tell me about it?
2. the steering rack drops maybe a drop at night, and it was kind of dry, so I flush all of the steering system, and refill it with ATF Dexron III, for this, my BMW mechanic told me it was the best idea. what about it?
3. I refill the gearbox, it was below minimum level, it doesn´t seem to be loosing oil. Should I service the gearbox? it is grinding from 1st to 2nd and from 3rd to 2nd, I don't have a clue.
The differential was flushed and I´ve put some 75W-90, is it a good idea? what would you recommend?
thank you in advance! and thank you for leaving that open answer for me!!
I can tell you your still using the wrong oil. The LL01 Specification approves four oils for use in the M50/M52 series of motors. Here are the only three I would use.
German Castrol 0w-30
Mobil 1 0w-40
Pennzoil European 5w-30
Personally, I normally only use Mobil 1 0w-40 and have for the last 125,000km in my car. I might try German Castrol 0w-30 on my next oil change as its become more available locally.
The power steering system does use Dexron III fluid, so your good their. However the resevoir contains a non serviceable filter that should be changed any time you change the fluid out. It is very common for the PS hoses to leak as they age. Expect to change them every 100,000 km or so.
Did you top up the transmission fluid or replace all of it? I recommend removing the transmission pan and replacing the filter and replacing the fluid. It uses Dexron III as well (providing you have a green sticker on the bottom).
Diff fluid can depend on your gear ratio and if you have an LSD. Normally 75w-90 is perfectly fine to use.
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