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Old 03-10-2005, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1992 325i and I just changed the automatic transmission fluid for my first time. I'm not sure if the previous owner ever changed it but anyway after I did change it, the transmission starts jerking whenever I drive up hills in the lower gears. Could this be that I didn't fill it up to the right amount with fluid?
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I have a 1992 325i and I just changed the automatic transmission fluid for my first time. I'm not sure if the previous owner ever changed it but anyway after I did change it, the transmission starts jerking whenever I drive up hills in the lower gears. Could this be that I didn't fill it up to the right amount with fluid?
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Very well could be. www.pelicanparts.com has a write-up in their tech section on changing transmission fluid. It's very informative. did you change the fluid according to the write-up?
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sort of. The only thing I didn't do was have the car leveled when filing the fluid. I had only one car jack so I jacked up the car for the drivers side. SO the car was leaning to one side.
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Sort of. The only thing I didn't do was have the car leveled when filing the fluid. I had only one car jack so I jacked up the car for the drivers side. SO the car was leaning to one side.
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There's one of your problems...
1. The car needs to be level.
2. You didn't use jackstands???? You can DIE if the jack breaks or something shifts! They are only about 40 bucks for a really decent set at sears. I strongly sugest you get a set and don't ever get under a car that could potentially fall and even damage any part of you without a serious piece of steel or at least a wheel wedged under a load bearing element of the car (like the engine crossbrace or differential brace) These things weigh 3 and a half thousand pounds....
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Originally posted by bitcore+Mar 11 2005, 11:54 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(bitcore @ Mar 11 2005, 11:54 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-arabdelight@Mar 11 2005, 03:52 PM
Sort of. The only thing I didn't do was have the car leveled when filing the fluid. I had only one car jack so I jacked up the car for the drivers side. SO the car was leaning to one side.
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There's one of your problems...
1. The car needs to be level.
2. You didn't use jackstands???? You can DIE if the jack breaks or something shifts! They are only about 40 bucks for a really decent set at sears. I strongly sugest you get a set and don't ever get under a car that could potentially fall and even damage any part of you without a serious piece of steel or at least a wheel wedged under a load bearing element of the car (like the engine crossbrace or differential brace) These things weigh 3 and a half thousand pounds....
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True that.......it is cool and fun to learn more about the car and do as much work on it as you can(that is how i learn alot), but not take stupid risks. Whether those risks be stupid like getting under a jacked up car, or trying to bore out the engine yourself.
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True that.......it is cool and fun to learn more about the car and do as much work on it as you can(that is how i learn alot), but not take stupid risks.* Whether those risks be stupid like getting under a jacked up car, or trying to bore out the engine yourself.
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He's not stupid, he just didn't know. A few years ago, I assumed you just jacked the thing up with a regular 'ol jack and went to work. Granted, I wouldn't trust the thing so I'd stick some other stuff under to protect myself but I never knew that's what jackstands's sole purpose was for. (only time I've ever worked under a car was on a hydraulic lift anyways.)

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Yeah I am not meaning to call you stupid. Not my intent just agreeing strongly with bitcore. Also I had some transmission fluid problems, but mine was because I used too thick of a fluid and the car did not like that when it was cold out.
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