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Old 05-26-2005, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been reading the E36 forum for a while now. Great advice and tons of info, overall a great site. I've done a search for this problem but I can't seem to find anything.

I've got a '94 325i auto and I'm new to Bimmers so anyone who has more experience than me( which is probably all of you) please advise.

When I'm driving occasionally I'll put my foot down for a little more power and the revs shoot up a couple of thousand rpms but there'll be no power . I'll let up on the gas and put my foot down and then the problem will disappear. This only happens after I've been driving for at least 15-20 mins.


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Old 05-26-2005, 11:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of revs are you looking at (from 500-2000, 1500-5000... etc.), and is it when you use the "kickdown" function, or when you attempt to accelerate in the higher revs of the current gear (accelerate from 3500+ revs)?
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Old 05-26-2005, 12:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What kind of revs are you looking at (from 500-2000, 1500-5000... etc.), and is it when you use the "kickdown" function, or when you attempt to accelerate in the higher revs of the current gear (accelerate from 3500+ revs)?
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If the revs go up and there is no increase in speed (assuming the transmission hasn't kicked down to a lower gear) your transmission is slipping. Check fluid level and if it's ok have it changed. If you still have a problem, you need to have the transmission serviced.
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That's what I was thinking; but without more information I didn't want to jump to conclusion; also note that you'll KNOW when your clutch slips... your car will feel like it wants to change gears but can't. Or when it finally does, it does so at unnecessarily high revs, and delayed.
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he has an automatic not a manual
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Automatics have clutches too. Just no third pedal connected to it.
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Old 05-26-2005, 05:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i would check out MAF! and air filter...

u can do out and buy a spray, to spray into the MAF, to clean it up, and helps with the hesitaion..
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What kind of revs are you looking at (from 500-2000, 1500-5000... etc.), and is it when you use the "kickdown" function, or when you attempt to accelerate in the higher revs of the current gear (accelerate from 3500+ revs)?
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It's happened twice now, when I'm going at about 40mph and the revs jump from around 2500 to around 4000. As soon as I take my foot off the gas and let the revs drop down to around 2000 and accelerate again the power's back and its fine. I'll change to transmisson fluid and see if this helps.

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This is normal for stock Software, thats the way its set (Same way of behavior is for Audi). I truly doubt that transmission oil is the key problem. However, replacing the chip for aftermarket ones will fix it as well as if you are going to "Shark" your car. The only car that doesnt have this issue is a VW (out of German cars).
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