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DONT do a "flush". A flush involves spraying fluid into the transmission at a high pressure. This usually causes parts to become dislodged and can cause damage to the transmission. Numerous people advocate agianst a flush for this reason.
The safest thing to do, is drop the pan and change the filter and fluid, drive for 500 or so miles, and then drain the fluid and refill. This results in getting ride of 91% of the old fluid. You could do it a third time for a 98% change rate, but im sure 91% should be sufficient.
Yes, you do need to change the gasket as they are in a sense "one time use". Its cheaper to replace the gasket once then worry about it leaking after that. Also their are magnets in the oil which collect gunk and need to be cleaned out.
just completed this project last weeken.. Pelican parts has excellent prices.
here are the part numbers that i use on my 97 528i with the green sticker on trans..
09-2043-004 transmission filter kit it include 1. trans gaskets and 1. tarq/converter gasket and all new bolts approx $27.00
09-9517-040 ATF oil dex.III you need (2) 5qt containers approx $30.00 each
Dexron is actually no longer a trade named owned by Chevron. Therefore different manufacturers have slightly different tolerances on what is "Dexron III". The OEM BMW fluid, VW/Porsche fluid, and Castrol are all good choices and are approved fluids. Castrol is more readily available at most auto parts stores, but depending on your area the VW fluid may be cheaper. I prefer to bring my own fluid as I know exactly what is going into the car, but just make sure you specifically ask for the bottles back. Some places have been known to take customers high end fluid and substitute it for cheap no name fluid and then resell the supplied fluid. Bad? Yea but unfortunately it happens. Which is why ido it all myself.
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