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BMW Automatic Trans Fluid Replacement
 
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BMW Automatic Trans Fluid Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$

Talent:

****

Tools:

Fluid pump, 17mm wrench

Applicable Models:

BMW 325i/xi Sedan (2006)
BMW 328i xDrive Sedan (2009-11)
BMW 328i/xi Sedan (2007-11)
BMW 330i/xi Sedan (2006)
BMW 335d/i/xi Sedan (2007-11)
BMW 335i xDrive Sedan (2009-11)

Parts Required:

Automatic transmission fluid. Filter and gasket kit.

Hot Tip:

Work on hard level surface.

Performance Gain:

Extend lifetime of your transmission

Complementary Modification:

Change engine oil at same time

The automatic transmission fluid is normally filled with lifetime fluid. BMW defines lifetime as 100,000 miles. Therefore, it is a good idea to service your fluid every 50,000 miles. If you're unsure of the last service, replace the fluid as soon as possible. Doing so will extend the life of your transmission. There are many options for replacement fluid. Choose the best you can afford and be sure it meets BMW's current specifications for your vehicle. To determine the fluid that belongs in your transmission, check your owners manual, or give our parts specialists a call. You have two options when replacing, you can drain and fill the fluid, or you can drain the fluid and replace the fluid strainer by dropping the transmission fluid pan. For the first service, I usually drain and fill only, then the next one I would replace strainer. Replacing the strainer allows you to clean transmission fluid pan of dirt and debris. One all-wheel drive models, a metal oil pan is utilized, allowing the strainer to be serviced separately. Rear wheel drive models utilize a plastic oil pan with a built in strainer. To service the strainer, you will have to replace the oil pan.

In this tech article, I will go over how to replace the strainer and drain and fill your transmission fluid. The vehicle shown in this photo is a 2009 E90 with a GA6L45R transmission. Other automatic transmissions used in E90 models are similar and this procedure should help you get the fluid replaced without a problem.

Drive vehicle for about 3 miles to warm transmission fluid.

Jack up all four corners of your vehicle. I suggest using four jack stands and slowly raising vehicle to required height. See our Tech Article on How to Jack Up Your BMW. Vehicle needs to be level when checking and replacing fluid.

Place drain pan under your transmission and remove 6mm Allen fluid drain plug.
Figure 1

Place drain pan under your transmission and remove 6mm Allen fluid drain plug. (green arrow) Allow the fluid to drain completely. Do not discard fluid, you will have to measure the amount that came out of transmission later. This will help with refilling the transmission with the correct amount of fluid. If you are only draining and filling the fluid, skip the next step. You will not have to remove the transmission oil pan.

Once fluid is completely drained.
Figure 2

Once fluid is completely drained. Remove transmission pan mounting fasteners, there are seventeen 10mm fasteners. (green arrow points to dotted area of fasteners). Before loosening these fasteners, clean all dirt and debris from around transmission pan. Then remove transmission pan from transmission. Pull old gasket off transmission and discard.

This diagram shows the components involved in a transmission fluid service on an all-wheel drive model.
Figure 3

This diagram shows the components involved in a transmission fluid service on an all-wheel drive model. To remove the strainer, pull strainer down, be sure strainer O-ring comes out with strainer. If not, remove O-ring from transmission. Rear wheel drive models utilizr a plastic oil pan, the strainer is built into the pan. You will be replacing the entire pan. Install new strainer in reverse order of removal. Then install transmission fluid pan and tighten fasteners. The gasket has two plastic tabs that snap into the transmission pan to secure it in place during tightening. Be sure to align these plastic tabs correctly. Continue here if only performing a drain and fill Measure amount of fluid drained that you previously drained from your transmission.

Remove 16mm fill plug, green arrow point to fill plug location.
Figure 4

Remove 16mm fill plug, green arrow point to fill plug location. Fill transmission with same amount of fluid that was drained from it. This photo shows the fill plug on a GA6L45R transmission. On other models the fill plug is located on the side of the transmission. Start engine, then apply parking brake, hold your foot on brake pedal and shift transmission through all gears. This with circulate transmission fluid. Place transmission selector in Park, then remove fluid fill plug. Monitor transmission as it reaches a temperature of 100° F. You can check this with an infrared temperature gauge. If a small stream of fluid runs out of fill plug, fluid level is correct. If no fluid runs out, add oil until it starts to run out. Reinstall fill plug and tighten once complete. I suggest driving car, then allowing it to cool and rechecking fluid level. Now here's a tip, once you have filled the transmission with the same amount of fluid drained the level should be close to what it was. Start engine, move gear selector as noted above. With the transmission fluid still cold and fluid fill plug removed, monitor the temperature and fluid flow at fill plug. When the fluid warms up it will expand and should run out of fill plug, if it does not, add fluid until it starts to run out. Install fill plug and repeat once vehicle is cool. Check fluid temperature using a temp gun. 30: 50°C (86: 122°F) Aim for the center of the transmission pan then check temperature this way. The ideal way is to check fluid temp using a BMW scan tool, but not all of us have access to one. Place transmission in Park. Remove fill plug. A small amount of fluid should stream out of fill hole. This indicates the level is correct. If it doesn't stream out, fill fluid until it does. Once you reach desired capacity, drive vehicle and repeat level checking procedure.

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Comments and Suggestions:
louee90 Comments: Hi have a 2007 bmw 335i rwd auto trans with slip and rough gear shifts. Im going to try to exchange and refill with new fluid for I notice that Ive been seeping fluid from the trans pan. I just want to know how many litres to fill it up with? I wouldnt want to go with how much is already in there for it has probably lowered significantly fromt he leak that it has.
November 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the level to see if it full. If not, then you know not to trust what comes out. 5 - 9 quarts of fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Brad Comments: I have a 2008 328xi, VIN WBAVC93508K037068, with 130K miles. The car has been running great except it now will not go into Reverse. The gear shift selector works normally for P, N, D, and M. The car drives normally through the gears on the freeway, just no reverse. Dealership says I need an $8K transmission. I have a feeling just a shift linkage is broken. Please help identify options and repair.
November 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: if you suspect the linkage is at fault. You can prove this my removing the shifter connection and manually shifting to reverse. I would err on the side of the dealer's judgement. You likely need a trans. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
leroixp Comments: Hi,mi bmw is 325 2006 vin kt62903, if im right, i have the GA6HP19Z tranny and my oil pan & filter are one plastic piece, im ok? if its my case, my 24 screws are from metal, not aluminium, so, i need to replace my screws by a new ones? or i can reutilize it?
November 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If metal, you can reuse them. Just be sure to replace the threadlocker, if you see it when removing the fastener. Just use same color. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Matt Comments: Don't the 2007 328xi wagons have this transmission?
November 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: yes, your model has the GA6L45R. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Yangorang Comments: Is the transmission level simply when the vehicle is sitting on all four tires? i.e. if I were to support all four tires with say 8" wheel stands would I be able to perform this procedure.
October 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The vehicle has to be level. If it is level, it is fine to check. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dorin Comments: I have a 2007 328xi. Last 7 VIN symbols are KP32803. Can you please let me know how many liters of transmission fluid I need and what kind of transmission filter I need.
Thank you in advance.
October 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Trans - GA6L45R
Depends on what you are doing. 5 - 9 quarts of fluid.
Filter:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi?action=frameset&return-url=/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi%3Faction%3Dframeback%26page%3D1204&catalog-url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Fcatalog%2FSuperCat%2F0284%2FBMW_0284_TRAUTO_pg1.htm %3Futm_source%3DSuperTech%23item0

Dexron VI

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi?action=frameset&return-url=/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi%3Faction%3Dframeback%26page%3D1204&catalog-url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Fcatalog%2FSuperCat%2F0284%2FBMW_0284_TRAUTO_pg1.htm %3Futm_source%3DSuperTech%23item0
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
AYOL Comments: Hello
Would you please let me know what type of Transmission I have on my car.
It's 2008 320i E90 and the last 7 digits VIN # is A247059.
October 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: GA6L45R - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rockland Comments: Whats the best oil i should put on my bmw 320i 2007 model because now it doesnt change gears its automatic so need to know which best oil to put
October 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: BMW factory fluid.

This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked by a transmission specialist before it gets much worse.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jim Comments: Hello
Would you please let me know what type of Transmission I have on my car.
It's 2009 323i E90 and the last 7 digits VIN # is A640950.
September 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: GA6L45R - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Chinna Comments: Follow up of previous question/comment about 2007 328i.

There are no leaks anywhere. So not sure how fluid level will be low. If fluid is low it should act sameway every time. Also in manual mode it seems to work fine. For example once I observed car is not moving forward from stop, the moment I moved to first gear in DS mode, 1st gear engaged fine. Wondering if this has something to do connections/or grommet where electric connection to Transmission go in.
August 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Whether or not you assume your fluid level is full (low), it should be checked. You can learn a lot about fluid from the level, condition and odor.

Your problem sounds mechanical not electrical. If electrical there would be fault codes stored. That is easy to confirm using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Chinna Comments: I have 2007 BMW 328i with GM transmission, Car has 118k Miles. I have changed Transmission oil, filter, pan gasket when car has 99k miles with Valvoline VV370-6PK DEXRON VI Automatic Transmission Fluid which is recommended for GM Transmission. From 115k miles onward, I am seeing random/occasional glitch where 1st gear is not engagedor 1st gear clutch not engaged fully, but 2nd gear is engaged correctly causing big jolt because car is not accelerated. It is not related to cold start. No error code for transmission. There are no leaks.

What do you suggest, how to address the issue?
August 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked by a trans specilist before it gets much worse.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Junior Comments: How many courts of oil do I need to change the oil transmission on a 2007 bmw 335i
June 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Depends on what type of transmission and service you plan on doing. Anywhere from 4 - 10. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Goldfisherau Comments: Hello I have a 07 bmw 328i automatic, real wheel drive with 90k miles. Is the filter separate or built in the oil pan? I want to know exactly what I need to change the fluid. Thank you
June 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: would need the last 7 of the VIN to be sure.

For an instant response, give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Levi Comments: Hello.
I recently bought a 2011 BMW 328i 4 Door Sedan and was looking over the carfax and I do not believe the transmission fluid has ever been changed for this car. I imagine it has lifetime fluid. The car as of now has 69K miles, and I am approaching 70K. I am going to get the oil change done soon, would you recommend I also change the transmission fluid?
May 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, I would.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Golfy Comments: How many litres of gearbox oil does a 320I 2006 automatic take?
May 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: About 10 quarts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jess89 Comments: 2009 BMW 328i 90k. Started to dull pull back when shifting gears. Dealer did software update. And was running fine couple weeks. Not the pull back came also slightly low sound of wind sound. Sometimes runs nice and smooth but others pull back when it shifts gears. Wondering if it's low on oil needs transmission flush or what recompense. No codes no loose of mpg or anything else bad. Just hard pull back
April 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What do you mean by pull back? Is it slipping or hesitating? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Roman Comments: Hello have 09 328 coupe 160miles when the car is on d or r when i am on brakes and not driving its give some strokes should i replace transmission oil ?
April 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Some strokes? What do you mean by that? This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked before it gets much worse.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
George Comments: I have a 2009 BMW 335xi coupe and my mech just suggested replacing trans oil cos of how late the car changes gears esp from 1-2 and 2-3 he drained the oil & only 2litres came out now we have no idea of what oil to replace it with & qty cos the manual is no where to be found and he already used atf but when he put it in the car refused to reverse or move when on R & D respectively.
April 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Fluids are listed here:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi?action=frameset&return-url=/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi%3Faction%3Dframeback%26page%3D1204&catalog-url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Fcatalog%2FSuperCat%2F4412%2FBMW_4412_TRAUTO_pg1.htm %3Futm_source%3DSuperTech%23item0


See if you can find one of them, To be sure, Give our parts specialists a call at 1-310-626-8765
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mac Comments: Many thanks Nick, will do !!!
April 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Let me know what you find. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mac Comments: Computer was showing Trans oil had exceeded lifetime. I took my car to the BMW Dealer, engine running smooth, trans no noise. They replaced the Trans Oil, 4 hrs later when I picked up the car it now makes a rasping sound as you drive off from stand still until you reach 20kph in speed. When I start the engine in the morning it makes this rasping sound in idle and when driving off. What have they done ? Car was perfect when dropped off, change the Trans oil now get this rasping sound at take off. Many thanks.
April 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There may be a heat shield rubbing on something. I would return to the shop and have them look at the issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Grace Wong Comments: Hi Nick, appreciate and thanks very much for advises.
April 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Glad to help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Grace Wong Comments: Hi, my BMW model E90 320I year 2009 with current mileage 57,000, does it advisable to change new ATF or just drain and refill will do ? How many litres does requires for full oil change ? Appreciate your reply.
April 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would do the full change with filter. You will need about 7 quarts.


Trans:
Automatic transmission fluid

GA6HP19Z, GA6HP19ZTU, GA6HP26Z, GA6HP26ZTU
Type Shell M1375.4
BMW PN 83 22 0 142 516
Warning! Never mix any other oil with this transmission fluid when doing repairs or topping up. Use of any other oil will cause a non warrantable transmission failure.

Refer to the transmission identification plate or the label attached to the transmssion oil pan to determine transmission application

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what fluid you need.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Anthony Comments: Hi! First, 2006 BMW 330xi E90, last 7 of VIN being KV60578. Automatic trans, and I want to change the Trans fluid and filter. It has 143,000 miles on it. Just bought the car. What type of trans is this, and exactly how much fluid should I order, and exactly what other parts are needed to complete the job? Thank you!
April 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your vehicle should have a GA6HP19Z. You will need fluid and a pan, as the filter is built into the pan.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Josh Comments: Does it actually requires 3 hours to finish the job? i thought it doesn't take long...
March 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It depends on your skill level. That is the amount of time to set aside from start to beginning. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Stew Comments: I need to top off my auto trans in my 2006 E90 325i. It has had a small leak for sometime and now the last few times I drive it and accelerate harder than normal the engine revs and the tranny seams to slip for a second. The problem is I ned to get it topped off and don't have the time to get the official fluid. What can I use to top it off until I can get the BMW fluid?
March 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Nothing that I know of. Any other fluid could cause damage, due to not having the right friction additives. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jodi Comments: Hie nick no codes coming up and level seems to be fine are there any other suggestions you can offer please.
March 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If there is a shift delay and no codes, the trans is likely worn out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
IanTheChemist Comments: I've got a 2005 320i E90 auto rear wheel drive with 50,000 miles. The next thing on my rolling scheduled preventative maintenance list is to change the transmission fluid. Is there any reason not to change the plastic pan, gasket and filter whilst I'm about it? In your excellent tutorial many thanks for posting that you mention the option to change the fluid only; is this just an issue of cost in which case I'll shell out for the pan - no point penny-pinching on maintenance or is there a circumstance where I'd be better off just changing the fluid and leaving the pan alone?
March 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The pan has the gasket and filter built in. I would replace if you have the option. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jodi Comments: I have a bmw 325d automatic 2011 with 57000k on dash that seems to be delaying in changeing gear up specially when cold but once warm seem to change smooth.
March 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a pressure issue. First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Raj101 Comments: Hi Nick,
I have a 2006 Bmw 325 with 109k miles, which I am thinking of changing ATF fluid and filter w/ pan. My car seems to be smoothly shifting transmission, and this will be a PM only. I am wondering whether it is a good idea to change ATF to extend the transmission now or don't disturb. Need your advice. If I can change, what would be par# and brand oil I can use. Last 5 digits of vin # is 00679. Thanks for your advice.
March 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it is running well, it is a good idea to replace it. Parts are here:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi?action=frameset&return-url=/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi%3Faction%3Dframeback%26page%3D1204&catalog-url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Fcatalog%2FSuperCat%2F0226%2FBMW_0226_TRAUTO_pg1.htm %3Futm_source%3DSuperTech%23item0

If you need help choosing, Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bmwboss187 Comments: Hey Nick I have a 2009 bmw 335i. approaching 90,000 miles 88432 & I wanted to get my transmission services flushed and refilled. Do I just need a gasket and oil to do this service or do I need to do any other steps or procedures in this service. I got a quote from Johns Trans auto repair, he said it would be 140 for transmission oil, 85 for labor, & 40 for the pan gasket. Does that sound about right?
February 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would have them replace the filter and pan gasket, as well as the fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tcb Comments: BMW transmission fluid is 83222163514 the same as 83222167718
February 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not 100% sure. There may be an update. To be sure. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
P Six Comments: I have a 2008 335xi. The article states that the AWD cars have a metal pan, but the indie shop I go to says the only option from their parts guide is plastic pan. I'm going to inspect it, but wondered if you could confirm which one is right?
February 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Simple, confirm what your vehicle has and order the same part. There may be a different options available that weren't realized ruing the article's creation.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
maaaaackle Comments: Hello, does this procedure change if you have the DCT transmission? I believe the 335is and M3 use a Getrag DCT transmission.
February 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The procedure is different. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
john16443 Comments: I want to change the pan, filter, and fluid in my 2011 E90 ZF G19 6 speed auto trans. Will I have to do any adaptation coding when I'm done?
February 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't believe so. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
beto17 Comments: Hey i own a 06 330i with 151k would you still recommend a atf chane with this high milage?
February 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not if there are shifitng issues. If running ok, it should be OK. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Steven Comments: Have you got to tighten the sump bolts in a specific order and also what torque do they need to be tightened up to?

Thanks
February 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Tighten in a criss-cross pattern. You can choose where you begin. I don’t have the torque info.



I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ichiban Comments: Hi Nick,I have a 2006 325i 92k miles w/GA6HP-19Z trans. and never have changed the ATF. When coming to a stop there is a sudden lurch forward as I come to a complete stop.I can avoid it by coming to a very slow stop It feels as if it is doing this as it down-shifts into first gear. If I shift from D to DS mode and go from M1 -to- M2 and then back to D, it does it again. Any idea what might be causing this?
Also, if I change the ATF and filter, what parts do I need?
Thanks...
January 30, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a pressure problem inside the trans, could be a worn seal or part. First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
atbarteky Comments: Hi, have a 1997 328i, about 200000 miles. Automatic transmission is shifting hard, but very hard second to third and back down. Doesn't slip or drop out of gear. I've heard good and bad reports about completely flushing out the transmission fluid. What would you recommend?
January 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would try to diagnose the issue first. First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Rick Comments: I would love to hear you opinion on my situation. 2007 335xi. 98000 miles, Auto trans, Cold morning shifting results in slight slipping. Shifts normal once warmeven under wot. Would you suggest changing ATF or trading in car? It has been run hard as it had an aftermarket tuner installed when i purchased it. Thank you
January 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked before it gets much worse. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
hlekza Comments: hi,I have a 2006 BMW 325i automatic. the problem is that when the engine has warm up the car doesn't want to move even when on drive gear.please advise if the problem might be caused by the transmission fluid because the mechanic put a normal ATF fluid
November 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Kamil Comments: Hi. I have 2007 e92 with auto transmission. Did full flush at 84k miles 3years ago and bought new filter. Now in 122k and would like to replace the oil again. Do i have to get new oil filter again, or i can still use the old one for another 40k miles. Thank you.
November 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would bet you can go for just the fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Guzman Comments: I have a bmw 98 528I v6. How many gallons of transmission oil fluid does it need. I drain all the transmission fluid out and how can I found the level of the transmission fluid.
November 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You vehicle does not have a v6, so you may have make or model wrong. a 1998 528i has many transmission options, they hold anywhere from 8 to 13 liters. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Lee Comments: Hey Nick, I have a 08 335i with 133k miles on it. Per the service records, the auto transmission fluid has never been changed. I want to point out that my transmission shifts perfect and goes in and out of D/S/M mode with no jerking.I've owned it for about 40k miles and never run it hard and always let it warm up. I've heard/seen that replacing the fluid has actually led to more problems than before sludge, etc., keeping it running fine. What's your take on this?
October 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It goes both ways. If running OK, it is usually ok to replace the fluid. It's when folks wait until there is an issue, that more problems develop. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bernard Comments: Hi, currently i'm using a 2011 LCI 318i e90,running at 90875km, do i really need to change my ATF fluid and filter? why did the BMW dealer say that we don't have to change the ATF at all ? how do i know what type of transmission i'm having even though i have entered my VIN number and check online realOEM.comi cant find a clue pertaining to what model of transmission i'm using.

best regards,

Bernard
October 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You should. BMW calls it a lifetime fluid, it's life is over when the transmission's is. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
concerned bimmer Comments: I have a 2007 328xi sedan automatic trans. Recently pulled out of a parking spot and the car suddenly stopped and the engine revved. Was only doing maybe 10 mph. Didn't matter what i did the car was stuck. Could tell that the gear shift lever was not engaging when trying to change from P to D or N. Was able to push the car into another spot and had it towed. Took it to BMW and they claimed that the Transmission Gear Shift Lever Valve had busted and needed to be replaced. Had this done but now the car has a vibration to it when driving that wasn't there before. Took it back in and now they are claiming that the transmission itself is bad. Have any thoughts on whether or not they could be correct? Have you heard of anything like this before? When the transmission gear shift lever valve goes bad is the car supposed to come to a complete stop? If so, glad I wasn't driving down the highway. That would have resulted in a very bad situation for me and others on the road.
October 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The shift rod is common. the vehicle will not shift when this rod fails. I would get a second opinion on the vibration / slip.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
bcbraves Comments: Hi,

I was looking into doing the ATF but checked the service records on my 2009 328i xDrive and noticed it hasn't been done. I'm currently at 156k miles but was advised against it. The transmission has been a tad jerky the last 2k miles. Should I go for it?
October 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If acting jerky, probably not. The transmission may be worn, causing a slip. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jesushdz92 Comments: hi, i have a 335i, i've been having a severe problem, whenever i go into boost, my gear symbol pops up and i cant shift out of a gear, i know i have the ga6hp19z, i have already replaced fluids but the problem still persists, i used redline d4 and now one of the techs is telling me i have to get a new valve body. was the valve body an issue on these transmissions or is he just guessing?
October 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bummed Bimmer Comments: I have a 2010 328i with 67000 miles. I am the original owner. I am experiencing what I would call minor torque shudder. It feels like driving on "rumble strips" and it occurs only during acceleration - typically around 2000 rpm but definitely near shift points when it occurs or when the engine is place under load lie driving straight and level but asking for power. Most consistently is occurs going up hill and accelerating from a stop. The dealer had trouble duplicating it since it does not happen all the time.

They recommended waiting for it to get worse and said I could replace the transmission for 4500. They also recommended against changing the transmission fluid as that could hasten the demise of the transmission.

The fluid appears OK when I check the dip stick.

Any suggestions ????
October 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Were you able to confirm it is a trans shudder and not a misfire? If so, confirm if it is tcc slip, if so, you don't have many options. You can check to see if there is a software update or TSB for the issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
T Comments: Hi I have e90 2006 325i the car runs fine for its age but sometime it won't turn on . All the lights in the instrument cluster light up normally and I can hear what I believe is the fuel pump kicking on but no cranking of the engine of starter. First time around I swapped the starter and battery that did not solve the problem I later found by pushing the car back and forth it would start. Is there a neutral safety switch in the transmission that can go bad ?? This problem is strange the instrument cluster shows the cars in park and won't still start until I rock the car back and forth ??? The most recent time to rocking the car back and forth didn't work so I had a flat bed tow truck pick me once the car was up on the tow truck I tried to start it it worked ??

Any input on a answer to this problem ? Neutral saftey switch ???
I have an automatic. Trans and I am located in the U.S.A
Thank you
October 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it were the range switch, placing the vehicle in neutral should get it to start. You can try that. it may just be a bad starter.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jack Comments: Hi, my 2006 e90 325xi is now at 98000kms and I notice a clunk while I am accelerating/decelerating very slightly in low gear during traffic. The car does jerk forwards/backwards slightly. The fluid has never been replaced. Do you still recommend doing so? Thanks in advance!
October 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The clunk may be from a loose drivetrain component. I would inspect the driveline.

Replacing the fluid is a good idea. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mike Comments: I own a BMW e90 2006 model and of late am experiencing a rough idle, sometimes the engine going off and jerking on taking off but especially on reversing.service is up to date, I have replaced the air mass sensor, oil separator and fuel pump but the problem is still there.
September 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the check engine light on? Sounds like an engine misfire. I would check spark, fuel and compression on all cylinders. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sabao767 Comments: I have a 2008 328I with 109K miles, as far as I know the trans fluid has never been changed and the techs at the local BMW dealer advise not to change it. The car runs fine and there are no weird shifts but I have these codes that I can't reset. 578E and CF17, do you guys know what it's for?
September 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to scan the transmission controller to see what faults are stored there. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Thembi Comments: BMW 320i E90 2007 Automatic Gearbox transmission oil P/N ....516.
Q. How many litres needed to replace gearbox oil?
September 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't have that vehicle in the US, so I don;t have any information regarding it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
James Comments: Very good information but I find I am lacking one piece. How on earth would you crack the fill plug? You last picture shows it well there the bracket that holds the exhaust to the transfer case is in the way or makes access difficult. Do you know if you can removed that bracket? it looks the be held the to the transfer case with two bolts that go through some rubber bushes.

I also plan on doing the transfer case fluid change at the same time as the trans fluid and filter. Would removing the mounting bracket for the transfer case help?

Thank you for all your help and advice.
August 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On my subject vehicle I used a wrench. If yours is blocked by the exhaust bracket, remove the bracket. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
acecool2000 Comments: Hi. I am selling a 2010 325i Xdrive for a friend. The car has less than 55,000 miles on it. When you first start the car in the morning, you have to wait a few minutes before it will allow you to shift it into reverse. Once the car is warmed up a bit, it goes into reverse very easily. Apart from that, the transmission works perfectly. Any thoughts? Is there a problem with the transmission or is it an electrical issue? It's pretty hard to sell the car to someone if you can't even get it to go into reverse. How can we diagnose this problem? Should we take it to the BMW dealer or to a transmission shop? Thank you.
August 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like an internal fluid leak. I would assume a seal is worn out, inside the transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
robert Comments: I have a BMW 325I E90 vin number pt22200 with 99000k on it thinking of changing my trans fluid and filter , I called my local service advisor and was told not to touch unless i have a problem what do you recommend. I honestly want to change and i also did some research which said to change every 50k.If it happens do need please give me the specs on the fluid etc. Thank you
August 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Automatic transmission fluid

GA6HP19Z, GA6HP19ZTU, GA6HP26Z, GA6HP26ZTU
Type Shell M1375.4
BMW PN 83 22 0 142 516
Warning! Never mix any other oil with this transmission fluid when doing repairs or topping up. Use of any other oil will cause a non warrantable transmission failure.

Refer to the transmission identification plate or the label attached to the transmssion oil pan to determine transmission application
see Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Application and ID - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Notle Comments: I have an 06 E91 with about 120,000 miles. Before coming to a complete stop the car jerks. It appears to be shifting hard from 2nd to 1st gear. Even when not moving and use the DS mode to shift from 2nd to 1st the car jerks. I had the transmission fluid checked and it's full. No service lights or fault codes have come on. I had the dealer look at it and they tell me that my transmission is going out. To replace the transmission it's going to cost as much as the cars value. I wanted to check if there is anything else I can check that maybe causing this? Assuming it is the transmission, can BMW transmissions be rebuilt?
August 17, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: They are likely right. If you are getting a downshift flare, this can be due to worn clutches or fluid pressure. May be time for a rebuild. Do you have the fault codes? They may point us to a faulty solenoid or clutch.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
alireza Comments: thnx for the tip, but i doubt about that because i already check the water pump and oil Heat exchanger temperature about 95-103 ^c above engine ,i'll try to check oil Heat exchanger below the radiatortransmissionagain ,also last time mechanic says that the temperature of my transmission was high about 80 degree as they told,after that i change atf but still have problem with it .
August 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The red temp warning light is key here. Find why the temp is rising. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
alireza Comments: hey ,I have 325i e90 VIN64274 that last month have some problem about vibrate and shake in car among 2000-3000 RPM and during accelerate and decrease about 500 drop in Rpmrpm still drop when driving even in downhill ,so i was thinking maybe it's vanos solenoid valve problem ,but after
several weeks when i was tried to change shifter from D to N or DS when car is getting hot or i drive it about 30 minute transmission alarm light turn to red so i change my transmission fluid vaico long life but not fixed it.any opinions ?
August 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the vehicle is overheating, start by fixing that. Check operation of the thermostat and water pump. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Glazarra Comments: I have an 07' 328XI coupe w/vin# PD07952, what type of transmission fluid and differential fluid does it take? Is it too late to do a valve adjustment it's at 103,000 miles.
August 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No valve adjustment on your model.

Diff:
All models are factory filled with a synthetic final drive oil.

Limited Slip Differentials
BMW Synthetic Final Drive Oil (SAF-XJ)
(with multi-plate limited-slip differential)

Non Limited Slip Differentials
BMW Synthetic Final Drive Oil (SAF-XO)
(without multi-plate limited-slip differential, or with viscous differential lock)

Trans:
Automatic transmission fluid

GA6HP19Z, GA6HP19ZTU, GA6HP26Z, GA6HP26ZTU
Type Shell M1375.4
BMW PN 83 22 0 142 516
Warning! Never mix any other oil with this transmission fluid when doing repairs or topping up. Use of any other oil will cause a non warrantable transmission failure.

Refer to the transmission identification plate or the label attached to the transmssion oil pan to determine transmission application

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what fluid you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
emmanuel Comments: I have a bmw 328i xdrive I can hear a noise from the front while in motion I have changes the bearing and it has not stopped
August 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Inspect the brakes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kiko Comments: Here are the last 7 digits of the VIN PD09710. Thankyou : trans Model and oil capacity ?
No Reverse BMW E92 328Xi 08
Drive ok no grind No noise ?
i drain the oil 4 liters total ! its normal ?
thanks for help
July 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It takes Dexron VI. That is if it is a GA6L45R.

I would measure what you remove and refill with that amount, then top up as needed.



- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
David Comments: Another issue on my car.

I live on a very rocky road and every little rock or hole I hit there is a loud clunk coming from the left front of the car.

The mechanic told me it was a bad shock. I replaced all four. Still had the noise. Then it was a bad end link. I replace both on the front. Still a noise. Then it was a bad tie-rod. I replaced both of them. Still have the noise.

What should I be checking on to find out what this could be?

Thanks,
David
Boquete, Panama
July 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Jack the front end and look for loose component. It could be a ball joint, control arm or subframe / engine mount. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
David Comments: Nick, I live in Panama and have a Euro spec 2006 BMW e90. It only has 42,000 miles on it. I bought it in January this year and have only been able to put about 3,000 miles on it. It's falling apart and I've put in another $7,000 on parts and repairs. That's another story.

My engine or in that area near the pulley and belts I think is making a horrid grinding or clanking sound when the engine is cold and I put it in drive or reverse. It does not do it if I let the car warm up for 3 or 4 minutes though. I also have a weird smell coming out of the engine area that I can't place.

The motor had or has horrid sludge problems. I've flushed it twice and changed the oil about four times already. The dealer sent me photos of the engine and it was horrid. That is why I've flushed it and changed the oil so often. In the attache photo you can see the valvetronic sensor is "chewed up". I ordered a new one and want to have it replaced.

Do you think the valvetronic sensor could be the cause of this noise?

The engine warning light came on saying the car was only running on two cylinders. I took it to the dealer and they replaced "something" for a few hundred dollars. It was making the noise before that but not as much as it is now.

I am not a mechanic at all and I'm lost as to what this could be. i don't trust the dealer and it seems like every time I take it in I spend hundreds of dollars or more and still have issues with it.

What should I have checked on the car? Any ideas what the smell might be too?

Please help, I can't sink anymore money into it and I'm very upside down on what the car is worth. No way I could sell it like it is.

Thanks,
David Duty
Boquete, Panama
July 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The sensor is likely chewed up from removing the valve cover, etc. The noise may be the timing chain. Inspect the guides while you have it apart. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Abby Comments: Good day, I'm drving a bmw E90 automatic, at time it doesn't change gears whilst in motion.what can be the problem? Thanks in advance
July 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
shalen Comments: hi nick,i have 1997 316i e36 ,If you could help me by giving the transmission oil type and recommended engine oil.the country I live does not have any genuine bmw dealer.
July 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Transmission Fluid: Unical Dextron III "Multi Purpose ATF", Castrol Dextron III - Mercon, Texaco ATF Mercon - Dextron III - Nick at Pelican Parts  
TreatRayner Comments: Hello Nick
I have a 2006 330i vin WBAVB335X6PS12152 auto transmission issue. Car has 153K and no service that I know of. When the car is warm the transmission jumps or lurches forward as the gears shift down from 2nd to 1rst. If I shift to DS as I am slowing down the gear shift is smooth. Do you think an ATF oil change is a good idea now and should I do the filter/pan also on the first change? Since I did not get a owners manual with the car, I do not even know which transmission fluid I should use. Thank you for your service and the help you have given to so many BMW owners.
July 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. I don't think a service will fix it.

First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
snayko Comments: I did fluid and filter change recently. The only thing I did not by manual is filling it up with transmission in Neutral cause I suppose it's safety feature to lift the car in neutral. So my car ate almost 7 liters until it started to pouring out a little. Is it possible that I overfilled my car ?
And after a while I did reset adaptations so when my problems began. Car started to joltpush when I switch from 2nd to 1st. I feel annoying push after full stop.
Is that could be a reason of overfilling or adaptations reset ?
June 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be overfull and foaming or the adaptation reset. Especially if it is worn and at the end of the adaptation range. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
esco Comments: I have a 2006 325i i haven't started it in 2yrs when i did i replaced the battery but her a pop sound now my car doesn't accelerate and when floored it feels as if it would stall it doesn't pass 15 mph
June 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could have been a misfire or timing backfire. I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
MM Zee Comments: Thanks for this site, its very helpful to BMW fanatics. I have an E34 1995 525i model, it run very good. I want to replace the auto transmission fluid. What is the full oil specification of the transmission oil and where can I buy it online?
June 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Transmission Fluid: Unical Dextron III "Multi Purpose ATF", Castrol Dextron III - Mercon, Texaco ATF Mercon - Dextron III

Always check for label on transmission oil pan to verify fluid type. Never mix fluid types.

You can buy the fluid and gasket kit from us, Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
LLEMO Comments: I RECENTLY REPLACED THE TRANSMISSION FLUID, INCLUDING GASKET AND FILTER. EVERYTHING IS OEM FROM BMW INLCUDING FLUID. THERE IS NOW A "FLUTTERING" NOISE WHEN I START THE CAR. I'VE RECHECKED THE FLUID WHILE COLD AND HOT AND SEEM TO BE LEVELED. ANY IDEA WHAT THE NOISE COULD BE.
PLEASE ADVISE AND THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR RESPONSE.
May 31, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the noise only when starting? It could be unrelated. I would have someone start then engine while you listen for the source of the noise. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Andrew Comments: I just did a ATFchange and I followed this guide to a t but more fluid cane out than I was able to pump in. I did everything as stated, the car was perfectly level, the transmission was at operating tempature and I went through the gears before filling it the second time but I still had a quart to go when it started spilling out the fill hole. There is now a quart less in there than what the car started with but I filled it to the max with the new fluid. Is this normal?
May 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would think not, unless it was overfull when you started.

I would try adjusting the level when cold, then warming the vehicle up (after running through the gears while stationary), then recheck and top up as needed. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mex2309 Comments: I heard you have to remove the drive shaft in order to access the fill plug for an X-Drive. Is this true? If so, what is the process to remove it?
April 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You have to remove the driveshaft flange bolts to get the driveshaft out or move it out of the way.

We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mike Comments: Hello! I have a 2009 335xi 4 dr sedan with automatic transmission. It has about 56K miles and I want to replace the fluid. Vin# A405426, what fluid do I use for the transmission? Thanks so much!
April 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Shell M-1375.4

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ovidiu Comments: Hello, I have a E90 320D last 7 VIN = E723999
Could you tell me what type of transmission I have and what ATF is recommended?
Also the milleage is aprox. 65,000 105.000 KM and I don't have any signs of problems, but seeing that here and others also recommend changing the ATF with pan at between 80.000 km and 120.000 km -here in Europe I am thinking it might be a good idea. But I would want to test it first and see what is the adaptation range. What should I ask my service to look for? I am pretty sure they have no clue about this.
Thanks a lot!
April 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: BMW ATF 2 part # 83222305396. I don't have a capacity, as it is a non-US car. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Justin Comments: I guess what I meant to say is rather than jerking, it kind of shudders into gear. I will check my fluid levels later to day and give an update
April 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Jerking can be a pressure issue or worn internal component. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Justin Comments: I have a 2008 BMW 335xi. It seems to shift a little hard when the engine is cold from first to second and second to third. After the car warms up it seems to do just fine. The car has 101000 miles on it and as far as I know the transmission fluid has never been changed on it. First does that seem like a fluid problem? Second is it too late to service the transmission fluid and flush it? Thanks in advanced!
April 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Might be a little late for a service. This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked before it gets much worse.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Andrew Comments: I have an 06 325i and the transmission has never been serviced. Shifts are a little jerky but the car has never been abused. It has 90k miles, should I change the fluid? I've heard of people changing their fluid and the new fluid ends up dislodging stuff which causes the transmission to fail shortly after?
April 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It depends on how far along the adaptations are. You should be OK. Adaptations are made by the transmission control module to compensate for part wear. On most later model BMWs, this information can be viewed using a BMW scan tool. If the particular vehicle is near the end of the adaptation range, I would not suggest replacing the fluid, as you may accelerate a problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Del Comments: I have a 2007 BMW 328i sports sedan with 192000 miles. I have no problems with the transmission but it never has been serviced. I was told that at this stage not to touch it. What do you think?
March 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That depends on how far along the adaptation is. If there is major wear and the adaptation is close to the limit, then I would not touch it. It's hard to know this without a BMW scan tool. Later model BMWs have more info available.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
nirvanabob Comments: I forget to tell you that there is no engine light, no fault code with inpa!
March 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't take what INPA has to say. As it is usually a hacked version that doesn't run properly. See if you can try with an advanced BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nirvanabob Comments: The mechanic told me that the fluid level is ok, what else I can do? I reset all the adaptation but the shift still doesn't work properly!
March 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check pressure using a gauge. Monitor duty cycle control solenoids and slip of the tcc. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nirvanabob Comments: So the car just came from the mechanic shop and they changed fluid, pan and transmission filter! They reset the adaptation and the car was ok till relearn! They checked the ECM but there is no fault code! The fluid level is ok! This is happen only when the car getting warm, you can feel little bit jerk during the shift but it's not so bad! I think is the low pressure, what do you think? Thanks!
March 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the fluid is full and it goes into limp, there is likely a slip. Possibly due to work clutches. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nirvanabob Comments: Hi, i live in Canada and i want to ask you a few question:
I drive Bmw 335i 07 STOCK 2006 production the engine is pretty new i changed a lot of things when i bought it 2 years ago! The only problem that i have right now is the wastegate rattle and when i start to drive from a stop is not really quickly and the shift from the gear to gear is rough, but not every time.
I changed the transmission fluid, pan filter and update the software but the problem still there!
Only in drive mode when the car try to shift between a gear I can feel little jerk, like it doesn't engage the gear quickly and the rpm goes down! Maybe is not Synchronized!
Let me know what you think and thanks.
March 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The wastegate rattle is quite common, I recall there being a software update to fix it.

Check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.

This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked before it gets much worse.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jason Comments: Hey I have a 2009 328i coupe Vin#P137366 what fluid do I use for transmission..thanks
February 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That depends on what transmission you have.

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION GA6HP19Z takes BMW ATF 2

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION GA6L45R takes Dexron VI- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
SB Comments: Hi - I have a 335i E93 VIN == PX54366. Can you please tell me the Transmission Fluid and Differential Fluid Capacities? Thank you! Great article BTW.
February 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You should have a AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION GA6HP19Z takes BMW ATF 2 83222305396

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Marcy Comments: Having trouble fining out what kind of transmission fluid my 2006 325i calls for... last 8 of VIN # 6PT07563. I have easy access to an aftermarket parts store, but not to BMW dealer, do we have to use OEM fluid?
February 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would use BMW fluid or one approved by BMW, as a substitute. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right fluid.

Your vehicle should have a ZF transmission. Calls for Shell M-1375.4 - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
DanDanAttack Comments: Crap I meant to ask which trans I have and the fluid capacity.
February 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: ok, got it. A little over 10 quarts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DanDanAttack Comments: Hey Nick I have a 2006 325Xi.Last 6 W23651
February 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ok, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Yangorang Comments: The last 7 of my VIN is K039220 - does this mean I have the GA6L45R transmission that requires D6 fluid? I heard there are some rare E90s with the GA6HP19Z transmission.
January 17, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You have a GA6L45R (looking at your vehicle built data). Fluid is bmw 83222167718 Dexron VI- Nick at Pelican Parts  
reid Comments: mine is BMW 320i petrol Auto year 2006. How many litres it needs?
January 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, that is not a US model, so I don;t have that info. Check with your owner's manual or a local BMW dealer. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
reid Comments: Hi Nick, how many litres does BMW E90 requires for full oil change?
January 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is the model and year? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
reid Comments: Hi Nick,i've got BMW E90 Reg.56. How much do you charge for ATF oil change,filter and seal?
January 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not the best with prices. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
gene Comments: Hi Nick:
When I refill transmission fluid it seems I cannot refill 5 gallons before leaking, how can I solve this problem?
January 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What transmission / vehicle? Why are you refilling it? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Vut Comments: Hi Nick,

Here are the last 7 digits of the VIN. Thanks greatly.
A540520
January 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You have a GA6L45R. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Vut Comments: Do you know how I can determine why Automatic Transmission model I have? I'd like to replace the filter as well.

I have a 2009 LCI E91
January 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give me the last seven of your VIN. If you need an immediate response, give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you figure it out.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mike Comments: Is there an issue mixing fluid types in the transmission? I believe when you drain the pan you're only changing about 1/2 the fluid fluid in torque converter remains. Is it OK to refill pan with Redline D4 or should I fget OEM fluid?
November 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I prefer BMW fluids. If you have a fluid that is approved by BMW, then it will be fine to mix it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
HENRY Comments: To avoid any mishaps such as unable to loosen the fill plug, it should be loosened first before draining all the fluid out. This way, one won't get caught with a transmission with no fluid and yet unable to refill it because there is a problem removing the fill plug.
November 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Akin Comments: My 2006 E90 has 165k miles on it. I've never changed the transmission fluid. Do you recommend doing a flush at this point or am I risking too much? Is there anything in particular that I can check without going to a mechanic?
October 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can have a mechanic check the adaptation on the transmission. If it is not at the end of the range, you should be fine changing the fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ellinara Comments: Hi there I have a problem on my 07 328xi. When I am in first and i rev up 3500rpm on some occasions it kicks violently between 3500-4000 rpm. Had the levels checked and they are fine but the oil is old. I know BMW says this is a lifetime oil but I tend to think that this is not the case as the manufacturers of DEXRON 6 recommend a change in transmission oil every 100 000 miles. Would a transmission oil change cure or help solve the problem
September 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Darren Comments: Hi, I have a BMW 330i SE Auto E92 06/56. The gear change in D mode is very slow and hesitates in selecting the right gear, but worst still, when travelling at about 30mph and not touching the accelerator, when I put my foot down a bit to pick up speed it jumps into gear.
Please can you give me your ideas on the problem.
Thanks.
June 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked before it gets much worse.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ken Comments: Do you suggest replacement of the fill plug or reuse?
May 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it is good shape, I would think it is OK to reuse it. If thereis any doubt, replace it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
dhsieh Comments: I have 2010 335i Coupe and was trying to order ZF transmission fluid for drain-n-refill. But I am not sure how many bottles I need. Wonder if someone can help answer this question?
January 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right fluid and amount. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mohd Comments: hi i just checked EGS data i can see P,R,N, D and M1, M2... but i did not see DS.
Also there is no fault history even though i reset the software.

can i understand this is mechanical fault and i cannot catch it by OBD2 scanner

My friend had the same problem and solved it by changing part no. 51167155643
November 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There may be an issue with the mechanical shift linkage (plastic selector rod) inside the valve body. I have seen these fail. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mohd Comments: Yes switch direct from manual to automatic

How can I diagnos it

Is scan tool not enough
November 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Well you can try going into "data" and watch the switch contacts. As you press the switches you should see the switch state change in the data. You have to have a scan tool capable of going into the EGS on a BMW. The control unit does not like something (like transmission fluid temperature sensor is indicated the transmission is too hot) then the control unit may not allow manual mode to protect the transmission, but there is usually some trouble code telling you why it is forcing you out of manual mode - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
mohd Comments: By the way manual is working but after seconds return back to D

DS NOT APPEARED ON THE DASH
November 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: When it returns back to D is the shifting automatic or are you in manual mode? I know you said it switches back to D but does that mean it also switches back to automatic? - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
mohd Comments: Hi I already scaned by launch
There was no faults
In gear switch when I shift to P,R or N ALLthe switch lump is on yellow color but for D there is no color or lump at all also +\- IS OFF

What do u think
November 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Well here in America there is a switch on the transmission shifter and also a switch inside the transmission that need to match. If the shifter shows D then the transmission needs to indicate D also. Sometimes there needs to be a transmission gear selector relearn. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
mohd Comments: hi bmw 335i convertible 2009

Automatic transmission cannot engage DS once i shift to DS will not appear on the dash when i use the peddle on M1,M2... it returned after seconds to D mode

plz advise
November 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You probably have a fault in the EGS control system and are going to need a factory capable scan tool to retrieve and clear the code. The fault is probably block manual shift mode. It may simply be clearing the code or you need to repair the fault. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Kevin Comments: You should suggest trying to loosen the fill plug BEFORE you start this procedure as you will be hosed if you aren't able to get it off after you have drained all the fluid!
September 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the tip. I find they come out with no problem. Of course, if someone has over-tightened it, that changes everything. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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