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Old 05-31-2005, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got my Bimmer recently, a 'black 94 325ia. Trying to figure out how to check the fluid level in the tranny. Not a problem in the wife's Civic, however as I don't have a Bentley manuel yet and the m50 is a bit more complicated than the Civic's not sure how to do it. I know the tranny fluid is meant to be lifetime, but there must be an easier way than jacking up the car and taking off the sump?
Any help would be appreciated.

Also when you test the instrument cluster lights/ gauges by holding down the trip button and then turning the key to iginition one setting, the odometer runs through a series of numbers, I think mine went up to 5 different ones. What do all the numbers mean?

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the numbers dont mean a thing as far as I know. Its prolly just part of the code that initiates the sequence. As far as the tranny fluid level check, you do have to jack her up and remove the fill bolt. Use your finger to see how low the fluid is. Being an automatic I am unsure of where the fluid should be. On a manual tranny it should come right up to the fill bolt.
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the numbers dont mean a thing as far as I know. Its prolly just part of the code that initiates the sequence. As far as the tranny fluid level check, you do have to jack her up and remove the fill bolt. Use your finger to see how low the fluid is. Being an automatic I am unsure of where the fluid should be. On a manual tranny it should come right up to the fill bolt.
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what sequence of numbers did it flash (check the FAQ forum by the way) the numbers give you a fault code, which tells you whats wrong with your car if a trouble light comes on.
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to check your tranny level , you need to get under the car, pop the side fill screw. there is two , one on the bottom to drain, and one on side (passenger) to fill it . when you pop that bolt, if the tranny fluid barely comes out than its perfect, if it doesnt stick your finger in and give a general feel of where it is, idealy it should be level with the fill hole, or just a smidge under it, if you stick your finger in and its a considerable amount lower than that (say first knuckle down) than you will need to top it up.
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