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Old 02-17-2005, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to change my tranny and diff fluid.. redline products seem to be the #1 choice so im planing on using them. If anyone has any experiance doing this themselves please comment..

and has anyone seen any DIY for doing either these things?
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I did not do it myself, but i had some problems with the trans fluid. When I first changed it to Redline Manual Trans Fluid it would grind into second sometimes. It was usually in the morning. The BMW mechanic here thought that because it was a thicker fluid that the car did not like it and was not being lubbed right. I had the fluid changed to Redline Automatic Trans Fluid which is a lighter fluid and it shifts fine now. BMW's use ATF in all transmissions not just auto but manual too. Just a word of advice to avoid the same problem.
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Good advice How many quarts does the ZF (328/M3) tranny need to be filled properyl?
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I had it done when i got my major inspection II tuneup when I first bought the car so i did not do it myself. I did buy the fluid 2 bottles of redline i think.

I just looked it up in the bentley manual and it says 1.2 liters, 1.3 US quarts.
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Old 02-18-2005, 08:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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This is a basic DIY for the tranny fluid:
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 good 5-10 minutes 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 plug instead by accident- which is located in the front..
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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 plug instead by accident- which is located in the front..
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ROFL you did that? just another reason why fwd suxxors.

Anyway thanks for the write up. I already knew i have to use ATF fluid.. but is there any specific grade im supposed to use? what you stated before will probably work fine though. This is all prob. in the bently manual.. but im at school and cant look at it for a week.
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Old 02-18-2005, 09:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Originally posted by catalyst.+Feb 18 2005, 09:43 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(catalyst. @ Feb 18 2005, 09:43 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-93 325i@Feb 18 2005, 08:06 AM
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 plug instead by accident- which is located in the front..
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ROFL you did that? just another reason why fwd suxxors.

Anyway thanks for the write up. I already knew i have to use ATF fluid.. but is there any specific grade im supposed to use? what you stated before will probably work fine though. This is all prob. in the bently manual.. but im at school and cant look at it for a week.
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I was pre warned about the oil drain plug, so luckily I didnt do that mistake. For the fluid any DEXRON III Type ATF will work. Fairly easy job to do, have fun..
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for the diff, you will need a 17mm hex. They are very hard to come accross. You will probablly need to but it online. I am going to change my diff with mobil1 75w-90.
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for the diff, you will need a 17mm hex.* They are very hard to come accross.* You will probablly need to but it online.* I am going to change my diff with mobil1 75w-90.
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The diff bolts are 14mm hex. I made my own bit. Cost $6 for the key, cut what I needed and used a reg 14mm socket. The bit will cost you up to $20 if you buy that "pre-made".
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Hmm..I thought the tranny fluid was lifetime..?
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Newer year E36's have lifetime fluid (96+ maybe?). Since his is the same year as mine I can guarentee the fluid type is not Lifetime.. Like I said I used Redline D4 ATF, but any DEXRON III Type ATF will suffice.
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my bad... typo. 14mm

how did you make your own?
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