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BMW Transmission Removal

Time:

8 hours8 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

****

Tools:

E6 through E16 Torx screw set, 3/8 Torx socket, 3/8 1-foot extension, 3/8 extension U-joint, 3/8 3-foot extension, 3/8 to 1/2 adapter, 3-foot 1/2 breaker bar, floor jack and two jack stands

Applicable Models:

 
BMW E30 3-Series (1984-93)
BMW E36 3-Series (1992-99)

Performance Gain:

Get your BMW shifting the way it should

Complementary Modification:

Replace clutch on manual transmission
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There are quite a few projects that require removing the transmission. An important one is clutch replacement. There are several steps you will need to perform prior to dropping your transmission: disconnect the battery, jack up the car, remove the exhaust, remove the driveshaft, and remove/disconnect the shifter.

With these tasks completed, you can move to the side of the transmission and unbolt the slave cylinder. Also disconnect the backup lamp switch and detach its corresponding harness. If you are removing an automatic transmission, disconnect the transmission fluid lines on the left side (see Project 37) and the transmission control wire harness.

Support the transmission with your floor jack, and remove the lower transmission support bar (see Project 38). Then, move the floor jack under the transmission and support it. Now undo the bolts that hold the transmission to the engine.

This is where the going gets tough. First, the bolts are special Torx head bolts that require special sockets to remove them. You need to apply a phenomenal amount of force to remove these bolts from the transmission. If you don't have the right tools, you will not succeed. Buy yourself an external Torx socket set with sizes E6 through E16 (available from PelicanParts.com), and you will be covered for all of the bolts on the car. These Torx bolts are designed for applications where a good grip is required, and a lot of torque needs to be applied.

The inset in Photo 3 shows two of the Torx bolts you will need to remove.These bolts will be very difficult to remove (see Photo 3 for bolt locations). Conversely, the bolts on the sides and bottom of the transmission will be relatively easy to remove. The two bolts at the top of the engine near the cylinder head are very difficult to remove, especially the one at the very top because there is no room to reach in to apply any significant amount of force. In order to remove the top bolt, I used the following tool combination: 3/8 Torx socket, 3/8 1-foot extension, 3/8 extension U-joint, 3/8 3-foot extension, 3/8 to 1/2 adapter, 3-foot 1/2 breaker bar. This combination of tools was the only way to reach the topmost bolt and remove it. I could place a smaller tool on the bolt, but then I had no leverage to remove it. With this combination of tools, hold the socket in place with your fingers and have an assistant rotate a breaker bar located about 3 feet from the engine.

As if the top bolts weren't enough of a pain, the starter bolts are even more difficult. Depending upon the year of your car, you may or may not have what is known as a "threaded starter." If the starter housing is threaded, simply remove the bolts from underneath the car. If your starter has nonthreaded holes, place a wrench on the nuts that are on the opposite side of the bolts. This can be nearly impossible on the six-cylinder cars. In order to reach these nuts, you will need to remove the six-cylinder intake manifold, which is a huge project in itself (see Project 12). If you have a 318 (like the E36 318 used for the photos in this project), it is possible to squeeze your hand down into the engine compartment and reach them. The nuts in question are shown in Photo 4.

Once these hard-to-reach nuts are removed, pull the transmission away from the rest of the engine. (Make sure you haven't overlooked any bolts on the back side of the transmission; there's at least one that holds on a metal shield.) Now, with the transmission supported on the jack, pull it away from the engine. If all of the bolts, hardware, and accessories are properly disconnected, the unit should simply pull apart. If it doesn't, go back and double-check everything. It should pull away quite easily, so don't use the iron grip of death to pull it out or you could damage something.

Work slowly and carefully at this point. Make sure the transmission is well balanced on the jack--you don't want it to accidentally fall on you. Also, be sure the transmission is well supported. Don't let it hang on the center input shaft, as it could bend. Now, pull the transmission away from the car and lower it to the ground.

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Figure 1

The slave cylinder is located on the left side of the transmission (yellow arrow). Simply unbolt it and tie it out of the way. Don't let it hang by its rubber hose.

Figure
Figure 2

Here is the backup lamp switch (blue arrow). Remove the connectors and also unclip the harness from the side of the transmission (inset). The yellow arrow indicates where the slave cylinder mounts.

Figure
Figure 3

This photo shows the flywheel end of the engine with the transmission and flywheel removed. The arrows indicate all of the headache bolts that need to be removed. They are mostly Torx bolts, similar to those in the photo inset. The red arrows indicate M-10 Torx bolts, the yellow arrows show the two M-10 Torx bolts that secure the starter, and the green arrows show M-8 Torx or regular bolts. Depending on which engine you have, the location and type of bolts may vary slightly.

Figure
Figure 4

Perhaps the most difficult are the starter bolts (E36 318 shown here). These are made even more difficult to remove if your starter (yellow arrow) does not have threaded holes on its flange and requires a nut, as shown in the photo (red arrow). The green arrow indicates the head of the Torx bolt that attaches to this nut. The light blue arrow shows one of the M-10 Torx bolts that screws into the engine case. In general, the nut on this side of the starter is much easier to get to than the one on the opposite side. You'll likely drop one or two nuts while you're working in this area, so have a magnetic pickup tool handy.

Figure
Figure 5

The engine (red arrow) and the transmission (green arrow) are ready to be separated. The transmission is supported by a floor jack and a 4x4 piece of wood. Place a jack stand underneath the engine sump to support it after the transmission has been removed.

Figure
Figure 6

Here's the view from underneath as you pull the transmission away from the engine (manual transmission). The yellow arrow shows the engine; the green arrow indicates the metal shield wedged between the transmission and the engine block. The red arrow points to the flywheel, the purple arrow shows the pressure plate, and the blue arrow indicates the transmission.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Ivan Comments: Hi there, i have a 1995 e36 318i sedan m3, my transmission auto on it is stuffed, ive found a 1994 318is coupe auto transmission, just wondering if it will fit my car?
November 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't believe they are the same. You can use the part numbers from the transmissions to be sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Burgerlord Comments: Please disregard my earlier question about not being able to remove the transmission. The problem is that there was a bolt still holding it on, but I did not find it because the bolt head was missing. I attached a photo. I now have to figure out how to cut it.
November 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That looks like an alignment dowel, I don't see a bolt head near the arrow, unless the bolt head is on the other side. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Burgerlord Comments: I have been working on replacing my clutch for a week. Got all the stuff out the way, and the trans bolts out they were easier than I thought, but now the transmission is about 1 inch out. I have a jack with a wood block underneath the trans, but after tugging on it for 3 hours it only moved 1 inch. Any tips on making this easier? Should I move the jack and go underneath the trans or should I keep trying with the jack?
November 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the bell housing all 1 inch away or is a part of it closer? Possible there is still a fastener holding it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Roger Comments: I have a 1989 325is with a 5spd manual that just went to better pastures, is there any other transmission that will fit my car? I have a Getrag 260
October 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not 100% sure. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
WiscE30 Comments: Hi,

I was inspecting my 1991 325iX gearbox and noticed that I may be missing a mounting bolt. Can someone confirm that it is indeed missing a bolt and suggest a replacement part? Image attached with area circled in red. Also - would having this bolt missing cause any leaks/issues? Thanks!
August 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It looks like a small fastener is missing. The plate it secures is to keep debris out of the bell housing. 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  
ruprect Comments: I'm hoping for a reprieve here. I changed the clutch on my 94 e36 and forgot to put the cover plate 11141734019 back on before I installed the clutch i haven't reattached the transmission yet. Can I install the cover plate without removing the clutch/Flywheel? I want to assume that the cutaway in the plate is specifically for this purpose. Any help on the approach would be appreciated.
August 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I doubt you will be able to get it in with all the fasteners. The flywheel will likely have to come back off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
gazi Comments: My is bmw e30 325i my proble i left it on rives on a following day i try to put it on nutral in never come out till now from last week how i get it out?
August 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Detach the linkage at the transmission and check whether the shifter itself or the trans is jammed,. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Heldz Comments: E36 97 318is 1.9l coupe auto transmission will only select reverse and no forward gears and I've drained and refilled the sump??
June 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the gear selector on the instrument panel matches the selected gear, your transmission may have failed. 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  
TN Comments: Do any parts need to be replaced when the transmission is removed? Eg. Throw out bearing, pilot bearing?
June 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On most vehicles there are items that are not reusable. The bearings you mentioned are good examples. On some models, the fasteners have to be replaced as well.

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
 
KG Comments: In addition, I also noticed a leak after the ATF pan, the one that holds the valve body. The car sits quite low and I'm afraid the pan was damaged going over a bump.

Car's a 1994 e36 320i

Kindly advise.
June 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That photo is difficult to make out any detail. If the pan is leaking, start with buying a gasket. Then remove the pan and inspect it, if damaged replace it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
KG Comments: I have a 1994 320i automatic. It had an ATF problem and changed the transmission. It was well for a while until I noticed a hydraulic oil leak. I looked underneath it and found what the picture shows.

Where the gearbox connects to the engine, there appears to have a leak. When I took it for a diagnostic test, a crankshaft error reads out. I since bought a lambda sensor and I'm yet to have this installed.

Kindly advise.
June 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Look like the seal for the pump may be leaking.

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
 
Bubba Comments: i have a 1994 Bmw 325i. i was driving fine one day come to a stop, took off in first gear like normal, shifted to 2nd felt a pop and gear shift lever will not budge out of 2nd gear. still able to press clutch pedal to start car and drive it but only in 2nd gear..any clue?
May 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the shifter is stuck, there is likely an issue with the shift fork or lever inside the trans. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
e30josh Comments: Hello, i am in the middle of changing out my bad automatic transmission on my 89 E30 and i am having trouble getting the new transmission in. they are the same exact transmission and was wondering if there is some special way to get it in.
May 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Assuming you removed the torque converter with the old trans. You should be able to align the new trns, with the torque converter installed, then install the fasteners. No real trick. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Carlos Comments: Good day I recently purchased a 88 320i auto. Just replaced the fluids and filters and installed a kick down cable. After 2 days it started leaking out fluid on the dipstick tube kinda like a straw. It worked fine shifts were great. I went back to have them take out the tranny we found that breather/vent was plugged up having few parts here in my country I was wondering if you had the breather or if that would fix the problem thanks
May 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Pelican Parts can get you the breather. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-310-626-8765
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Johnnyx3 Comments: I need to change my tranny of my 1999 bmw 323i convertible, I was thinking of putting a 328i tranny in it can it be doNE aslong the 328i had a M52 motor and was convertible aswell?
April 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would need the last seven of the VIN for each vehicle, or the part number for the transmissions 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
 
Steve N L Comments: Can you tell me how much the Gertag 5 speed in a 2.5 liter 6 cylinder weighs? At a younger age, I've pulled some MOPAR 4 speeds that weighed over 100 lbs, but am too old and feeble to do that now. I'm trying to determine if I'm up for this job. Thank you.
April 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't know the actual weight. Maybe 70- 90 pounds.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Derek Comments: I have an '01 330cic with a 5hp19 TU transmission, can I use a 5hp19 TT from an '03 325, what are the differences between the TT and TU?
March 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't know the differences for sure.

I believe it is the software and shift patterns, as one if for stricter emissions. It may bolt in, you may need to swap the control modules and wiring with it. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gary K Comments: I have a 2000 Z3, 2.8L L6, Dinan equiped, 4 speed automatic and the trany may be going out. I also have a wrecked 2002 Z3 2.5L L6 with a 5 speed automatic trany. Can I take the trany out of the 2002 Z3 and put it into the 2000 Z3 without major brain surgery and cost?
March 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not without a bunch of costs. There will be mounts, wiring, and likely control modules / software needed to make it work. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
GreenBeam328 Comments: Hi, I am rebuilding a 1996 328I. I just put the transmission in, but I can't seem to find if there is any sort of wiring the plugs into the transmission. I would appreciate some insight, thanks.
February 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There should be a small circular plug on the side or near the bell housing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Cade Comments: I have a 1990 BMW 325i and I was wondering if I could put an e36 manual transmission onto my m20b25 engine would this work and could I use the same driveshaft as in the e36?
February 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can make the swap. However, you will need the shift parts, driveshaft and recode the DME. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Eli Comments: I have a 85 Bmw 318i and im about to drop a 2000 528 m sport engine into it. Problem is that it comes with an automatic transmission, but i'm wanting a standard, what would work well with the 528 engine so i can break off the line well without running out of gears at 120 like i've heard the m42 tranny will.
February 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure which trans will fit, I don't have info that far back. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what will work.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dannyjmiller Comments: I have a 2003 325ci with an automatic transmission. I am trying to remove it . I have removed all of the e-torx bolts but I have only been able to slide the tranny back a little more than an inch. What am I missing? This is a little frustrating.....
February 8, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The torque converter bolts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
brendon Comments: can you put a 1993 318i transmission into a 1995 325i?
February 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the transmission model and part number are the same, yes. COnfirm this before trying. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
stump Comments: 2000 323 with z5 trans cant get bolts to break loose
stretched one others are at limit, they are gonna break heat did not help
January 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try lowering the tail end of the trans so you can better access the bolts, then use a 1/2 drive ratchet and extension to break them free. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ronnie Comments: Hello My BMW is a 1993 325i i have a a complete sunroof from a 1999 740 will it install in my 325
December 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, it will not. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sixto Comments: Can you put a 2001 BMW 330i v6 transmission in a 1990 BMW 525i ??
December 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, you can not. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Chisulo5@yahoo.com Comments: Hi my bmw 528 2000 model failing to engage the reserve gear a times some time it engages sometimes not changed the transmission fluid and
December 5, 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. The issue could be the shift linkage or an internal failure.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
AnthonyM Comments: I'm looking into buying a 2005 325ci 5 speed convertible that has an issue with the 1st and 2nd synchros. If I bought a remanufactured transmission is this a diy job for someone with moderate level of experience? Also would this be the ZF transmission?
November 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think you have a getrag. This tech article highlights the repair procedure.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/BMW-3-Series-E90/TRANS-Clutch_Replacing/TRANS-Clutch_Replacing.htm

I would need the last - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
kylejcool Comments: Hi, long time customer here. I just replaced the transmission on a 1997 318i. Now I have a tran light and check engine light on throwing code # P0748 pressure control solenoid electrical . All I can think of is in reattaching the bayonet locking main harness connector, half way down the connector was a metal tab that was previously bolted between the bell housing and block. Would I assume this is a ground? And lack of reattachment is cause for the PCS code high :ground, low: power missing? Cheers
November 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have the wiring diagram to confirm, but that could have been a ground. Make sure it is attached as it was previously. Double check that the connector was not damaged. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mazroua Comments: I have bmw e39 525i automatic transmission model 2002 I remove the transmission and remove valve body to replace oil pump seal thin fixed all and trying to start engine but not coming start and find the shifting in dashboard was 4S position but in stick is on D position thin I check withe diagnose fiend fault P0700 and P1746 car doesn't start plz I need help
November 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You either have a wiring issue or a faulty trans control module. I would start by checking the trans controller. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
zeke Comments: hi-i'm removing my 5 speed trans to access the flywheel-1986 325es,the reference pin for crank sensor has rusted away,bentley manual states replacement pin is available from bmw but dealer says no-any idea where i can get one,flywheel is in great shape excpt for pin-thanks
October 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I recall the pin being available as well. 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
 
Gizzard Comments: I have a 2003 330i sedan that needs a trans replacement. The dealer told me it's a 5HP19 transmission. Are there any other model numbers or considerations I should look for when sourcing a used transmission to have put in?
October 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, you will have to use a 5HP19. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Da_Elderly Comments: Hello, What is the part number for the metal shield denoted by the green arrow in fig. 6. Thanks.
October 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what you have and I’m not the best with part numbers.

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
 
gryw323 Comments: I am replacing the clutch on my 2000 323i. I have removed all the bell housing bolt and have separated it from the engine about an 1/2" or more but it will not come off. I know all the bolts are off because the bell housing will spin left to right. It seems to be stuck on the shaft, but not sure. Also this is the first clutch replacement on this car with 241,000 miles. could there be some corrosion or binding on the shaft due to it never being changed in 15 years? Please help with any advise you can.... Thanks!
October 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, there may be a ring of corrosion holding the shaft inside the disc. You may have to move it back and forth until it passes by, or wears the corrosion off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
the oak Comments: hi, not too long ago i bought a 95 m3 engine with a manual tranny for my bmw compact and i removed all the bolts around the tranny to remove it and wiggled and pulled till i almost got a heart attack trying to pull the friggin tranny off. i have sourced the internet asked mechanics and still no resolve. its kinda halfway off to the point i can see the flywhell/cluth fyi.
September 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the starter and all of the bell housing bolts have been removed, there may be rust on the input shaft, binding the clutch disc. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MONTE83 Comments: CAN YOU PUT AN ENGINE FROM 1998-BMW-528I INTO A 2004 BMW 325I?
August 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can if both engines are the same number (M54) and you transfer only the long block, transferring all other components. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
denny Comments: 1998 BMW 328i convertible, im replacing the transmission with a new one same exact model, I put the new one in and tighten the flywheel to the bellhousing no problem. THEN i tightened the trans bolts, i tried to turn the motor and move the flywheel again and I cant get the motor to crank, it seems frozen stuck and dont want to pull it all back unless i need to, does sounds normal?
August 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have the flex-plate misaligned. I would double check the alignment. Remove the trans bolts, then inspect the flex-plate for marks to indicate the area it was binding in. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rylend Comments: Hey nick , so I got all my problems sorted out but now the transmission won't go all the way on it is lined up correctly just about an inch further and its on the shaft is lined up it seems there is a part at the top with a cog that sits on the fly wheel I don't think it's lined in properly it moves too what is it ?
July 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The starter motor? You can remove it, so it is out of the way. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rylend Comments: I have a bmw 325i e46 engine type it's a manual transmission
July 15, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It has to be removed straight back. If removed at an angle like that, it will jam up on the friction disc. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rylend Comments: I cannot move the transmission off of the clutch and flywheel it's off but it will not pull any further help please ?!!!
July 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What type of vehicle? The friction disc may be seized. If so, you will h ave to work it back and forth until it frees-up. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bri Comments: hi there i have a 58 plate bmw 330d auto , only some time not all the time when i go to floor the car it starts judding as if it wants to go but somethin wont let it , iv serviced gear box and all fuel filters any ideas ??? thamks
June 18, 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
 
Amellago Comments: I have 2004 BMW 325i . I changed the Crankshaft position sensor 3 times this time The mechanic said It had oil on the sensor WHAT DO YOU SUGEST.
Thanks
Amellago
May 26, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are you changing it because of the oil or a leak? The sealing O-ring could be faulty or the leak could be coming from above the sensor. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mikey Comments: Unfortunately no Vin numbers. I'm being told they have different wiring and different plugs.. Can I just swap the internal wiring harness?
May 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, if the wiring doesn't match I would say it won;t work. The VINS are the best way to know. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mikey Comments: What is the difference between the A5S 325Z- RU and the A5S 325Z -TT transmissions? Are they interchangeable at all? They look exactly the same and are both ZF 5HP19.
May 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure, going by those numbers. Do you know the last seven of the VIN for each vehicle the transmissions came out of? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Brandon Comments: Hello! I found this article very useful. I actually have a tip!!

In order to reach those difficult bolts on the top of the transmission, you said you used a series of flexes and extensions. I was able to reach those bolts by connecting two long extensions and going right over the top of the transmission where the drive shaft was connected. I just reached straight in and took em out! Hope this is helpful.
May 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
M3Buzz Comments: I have a 2000 323i with a 5/00 build 5HP-19 automatic that is showing incorrect ratio for 3rd and 4th gear, and the malfunction code intermittently. I also have a ZF 5-speed from my 1999 M3 lying around...so wondering whether the 5-speed would bolt up to the M52tu motor, and then whether adding the pedal and a clutch master cylinder would be possible to get to a 5-speed swap?
May 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think you can do a manual swap. You will have to buy a pedal cluster, then the hydraulics and have the DME reprogrammed. I would start by checking to see if the trans fits your engine. You can do that by seeing if the part number on the trans you have as available in your current model. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ceewilk Comments: I recently had my transmission serviced new filter and oil bevause of a fikter leak on my 2005 525i and about a week later i started receiving a transmission malfunction on my idrive. it would come and go but now its on as soon as i get in my car and it wont shift past 1st gear... what could it be?
April 26, 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
 
Crank Comments: Just bought my first bmw 323i and want to do a manual conversion and this is the only other website that has something related to it I just need help finding the parts and if there are any links showing some steps on how to do it.
April 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.

We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mat Comments: Ive just swapped out a friends automatic transmission in his e36 318i 1994 model. After completing the task of putting it all back together.....the starter motor fails to engage the flex plate to turn the engine over..I can hear it spinning...its almost like the cog on the starter motor shaft is failing to reach the position it needs to be to function.....fully charged battery....nothing left undone....however the starter motor was fine and working properly prior to replacing the slipping transmission. ...what could be the cause of this?
April 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Voltage drop test the main battery starter cable and starter ground. If ok, the starter is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bader Comments: my car was dead for about a couple weeks and it was fixed to start again now i have a traction control, brakes, eml, transmission cog.
February 17, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Was the vehicle jump started? Possible a blown fuse? I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If multiple systems are not working properly, fault codes will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
aether Comments: hi i own a 2004 325i.after driving for say 15 - 20mins,it brings up the error which says gear 3 incorrect ratio.once i clear the eror its drive well for say another 20 mins.please is there any other solution asides buying a new gearbox
January 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Unless there is a speed sensor issue, no. It is likely caused by a slip.

First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the code resets, check the slip on the trans. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
hooker Comments: I just replaced the reverse drum on my e46 . The tranny was only 2 years old. It was very clean inside when I pur it apart. I had problems plugging in the harness into the transmission, but finally got it in. Fluid levels good. Reverse works, but something feels like its draging. When j drive it there is no power and sometimes it will just slam into low and the transmission is getting hot I think, is it possible that its trying to engage in two gears at the same time??
December 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Doubtful. Maybe a pressure leak due to a worn part. I would also check that the cooler flow is OK. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
luis Comments: hello, again
I did the OBD II/bmw no error, ran the inpa software the test said BMW TRANSMISSION ECU DME COMPUTER, "couldnt communicate with the transmission ECU". if wasp out with the some one, same part number and year. do I need to reprogram it or just install.
the "BMW TRANSMISSION ECU DME COMPUTER" can out of 2002 bmw e46 330i same tranny ZF-5HP19. in good working order, same part#.
December 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If all the numbers match, it should plug in and work. Assuming of course, as I don't recall ever installing a used one myself. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
lloxley Comments: my 2002 bmw 330i zf-5hp19, can only drive manually from gear 1 to 3, if shift to 4 it kick back 3, if try again it show the gear sign and them can only drive in reverse. I check the transmission fluid level is correct.diag test no error code show up.
December 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That gear symbol indicates a malfunction. Did you check the DME and the transmission control module for fault codes? One is likely stored, due to that light being on. The fault code will help me direct you to the problem.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
dave Comments: 2002 330ci automatic transmission trans will not move in reverse or drive.
November 24, 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
 
beemerrick Comments: btw its the steptronic auto if it makes a difference
November 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Got it, thx. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
beemerrick Comments: I have a 2003 525 auto w 140k miles. I had no leaks but for whatever reason it seems the front tranny seal blew out while driving down the road. Is just replacing the seal the fix or is it indicative of a deeper problem..up until the seal let go I had no issues or error messages from the trans. What should I be considering or looking at as the likely problem. Thanks guys, great site
November 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The seal may have blown due to a pressure issue or a faulty bearing. I would have transmissionfluid pressure checked. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
adsey Comments: Hi I have a BMW 323i e36 auto, I have a problem with my car changing into 1st gear when coming to a stop then from take off its in 2nd gear and very slow, I have to flat foot to take off and then once it gets to about 1000 rpm it changes back into 1st. It could be even maybe taking off in 3rd and changing back into 2nd but I'm pretty sure its just the issue of changing into 1st when coming to a complete stop and not changing again until higher revs, it doesn't happen all the time but probably 80% of the time I'm driving
November 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a solenoid issue or internal fluid leak. 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
 
jr Comments: I have a 1995 325i sedan five speed transmission. Sometimes it jumps out of first gear. All the others gears works fine. What could this be? If I need another transmission, what other bmw car trans is interchangeable with minds? My vin last seven numbers are FE23547.
November 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You vehicle takes a S5D 250G - TAJT part# 23001434410

That trans is found in:

E34: Details on E34
E34 525i Sedan

E36: Details on E36
E36 320i Sedan
E36 323i Convertible
E36 323i Coupe
E36 325i Convertible
E36 325i Sedan
E36 325is Coupe

E39: Details on E39
E39 525i Sedan

E46: Details on E46
E46 320i Sedan
E46 323Ci Coupe
E46 323Ci Convertible
E46 323i Touring
E46 323i Sedan
E46 325Ci Convertible
E46 325Ci Coupe
E46 325i Touring
E46 325i Sedan

Z3: Details on Z3
Z3 Z3 2.5 Roadster
Z3 Z3 2.5i Roadster

Details for all- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
BOBBY Comments: I'M THINKING ON PURCHASING A 2001 325I FROM A HEIGHBOR THAT HAS LOW MILES AND IS A SUPPER DEAL PRICE WISE. ONLY PROBLEM WITH IT IS THE TRANS FLUID IS LEAKING FROM THE BELL HOUSING AREA. I AM VERY MECHANICALY INCLINED . SO I THINK IT MIGHT JUST BE A FRONT PUMP SEAL.IF I R/R THE TRANS. DO I NEED TO GET THE ECM REPROGRAMED IF IT IS THE SAME TRANS GOING BACK IN.JUST CHANGING THE FRONT SEALS?THANKS
October 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you remove the trans and replace the seal, you will not need to perform any programming. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
barry Comments: I'm doing a new clutch for my grandson's 325is 1994 coupe. flywheel is smooth but shows some burnt spots and discoloring. is this normal? do I need to resurface it? how much can be taken off of it before the clutch wont work properly?
September 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it is a dual-mass flywheel, you will want to replace it. Unless of course you can find a machine shop that will resurface it AND had a good track record. As around. if the flywheel has noticeable to the touch wear, it will need to be dealt with. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Frank Comments: Thanks Nick. DO you have any articles as to how to replace that seal or a link to a video,?
September 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, we don't have one for that vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Frank Comments: replace the automatic transmission on my 1998 bmw 323i. Everything worked fine for a couple of days but now it seems the oil is leaking out from the bell. Nor sure if it is from the torque converter. Any suggestions?
September 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be from the front pump seal. It may have been damaged during installation. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Josh Comments: I need a new tranny for a 5-series E39 Sedan series 1, automatic any idea where to get one
September 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A salvage yard for a used one. Or us for s rebuilt unit. 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
 
dantheman Comments: Hi, am in need of urgent help. I have a 1994 e36 325i. I have recently taken the gearbox off with intention of changing it as it got a bit of a whine, turns out replacement gearbox was broke so have had to put old one back on. After putting all together, the car runs sweet, but the starter will not disengage when started, I have had it out a few times with no joy and have even replaced the starter to have the same problem. Any ideas?
September 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Either the starter is not installed correctly or it is faulty. Remove it, check for signs of binding on the gear, if there is no sign f binding, replace it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Benny Comments: Nick could you please tell what kind of transmission fluid do I use. A brand that I can find at a auto parts. I bought this at Walmart and would like to know if it would work.. Thanks
August 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't comment on auto part store fluids, other than what Pelican offers. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Frank Comments: i was able to remove the transmission from my 1998 bmw 323i. The torque converter is still attached to the flywheel. Do I have to remove it to be able to install the new transmission?
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, you will want to unbolt the torque converter, then install it into the transmission and install them together. - Nick at Pelican Parts - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Frank Comments: Do you have to remove the torque converter to install a new transmission?
The old torque converter is till attached to the engine and it makes it difficult to install the new transmission. Suggestions please.
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, you will want to unbolt the torque converter, then install it into the transmission and install them together. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mstr68 Comments: Hello, is a tranny from a '99 528i the same as the one in my 2000 528i? both, of course, are automatics Need to swap in a used one and am not sure of this as I haven't had a chance to see the "new" one yet.
August 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If from the same year, they could work. I would need the last digits of the VIN on each vehicle to be sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
benny Comments: nick, the last 7 #'S OF VIN "FP80194" for the tranny.
thanks
August 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: These are the four models your transmission (part #24007505952) went in to:
E46 323Ci Convertible
E46 323Ci Coupe
E46 323i Sedan
E46 323i Touring - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Benny Comments: Nick, would you be so kind to tell me what other BMW models have the same tranny as the 323i 03/00. Am just hoping maybe I can look for a used tranny but search under a different model. Not many 323i"s but lots 325i's.
Appreciate the feedback.
August 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: SUre, but I will need the last seven digits of you VIN or the transmission part number you are looking for a replacement for. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
benny Comments: are the removal instructions above for an automatic transmission? because I don't see my starter by the exhaust.
thanks
August 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The photos look like a manual transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Benny Comments: Nick sorry am at work and car is at home. But hope you can view the video
August 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can't view the video. It does look like the torque converter area. Could be the pump seal. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Benny Comments: Nick hope this helps..I'll try uploading a pic of location My transmission is leaking from.. Hope you can tell which is the front. But you can see torque converter.
August 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you back up a little and re-take the photo? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Benny Comments: have a 2000 323i Automatic BMW that was leaking tranny fluid. I was able to drive it. then one day it just pour the whole fluid. I changed the filter and didn't really noticed any metal shavings. Guy I know that works at a transmission shop said without having looked at car that I need a seal, converter and pump. does that seem right? am pretty mechanical could I just get away with replacing the seal?
August 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be a faulty seal or transmission cooler line. I would jack the vehicle, then try to locate the source of the oil leak. Don't get too deep into a repair until you find the source of the leak. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jon Comments: are all a4s 310r's intertchangeable. my 92 325i automatic transmission needs to be replaced. i found one on craigslist but its from a 97 328i. will this bolt up without any issues?
July 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It might work. I would need the last seven digits of the VIN from each vehicle to be sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
khrisfromvirginia Comments: When shifting my 93 525i into 2nd gear sometimes 2nd gear will act as if it's neutral and when I hit the gas it only revs. What is this?
July 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Does it work in every other gear? You could have a shift linkage issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
filiman Comments: Hi,is it possible to straight change a 2002 bmw 330d GM automatic transmission.Do all the serial/partl numbers of the doner transmission need to all match up perfectly to the one to be replaced.Can you enlighten me on this please
July 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The part number from the old transmission has to match the new transmission. When looking for a replacement, check with BMW for the most current part number for your vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dane Comments: Thanks. What would be causing a pressure drop and is that usually repairable?
July 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Possible cause could be worn clutches or seals. Both repairable via a rebuild. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dane Comments: I have a e46 328i. Every day on its first drive it shifts hard into 3rd gear. Throws a tranny code incorrect 3 gear ratio. I erase code and drives fine for rest of day. Also sometimes doesn't want to go second to 3rd at high rpm.
July 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a hard shift 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  
trompie Comments: Hi, i havr 1989 318i automatic. And i want to change it ti manual, do you havr any advice on what to do. I already have the manual box. But i dont know what to next. Thans.
July 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will need the shift linkage, shifter, center console parts, flywheels, clutch, etc. 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
 
frank Comments: Hi Nick, Whenever I finished replacing the automatic transmission of my 2002 BMW 318i with secondhand one, should I reset the trany module? if so, how and do you have clues on it?
June 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will want to reset the transmission adaptations using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Theo Comments: Hi I have a 94 E36 4 door sedan, it manual and one day I shifted into second gear fine but then it wouldn't come out of gear and it would stall if I slowed down too much . I had a mechanic look over it and he said all the linkages were good so I should just replace the transmission... Hoping you can give me another answer or a clue for what to look for...
June 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check operation of the clutch control and mechanical components. If the clutch is faulty, it may not disengage, like you are describing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Flash Comments: Hi .Iam trying to find out how much footpounds of torque ,are needed on the bolts.When reinstalling transmission on 1998 740 il .Thank you.
June 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have that info. I would grab a repair manual. It will list the special tools, torque specs and each step of the procedure. Give our parts specialists a call: 1-888-280-7799 They will help you find what you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mickeynite Comments: I own a 1997 528i bmw the transmission selects one,two and three but won't engage other gears.please what could be the cause
June 6, 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
 
175,000 and want my car Comments: Oops on 328i 2.8L RWD year 2000 4 door sedan, I'm the one who needs a rebuilt transmission that's cost effective! I forgot to put the year of my bm'er....lol
May 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: OK, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
175,000 and want my car! Comments: Where can I get a rebuilt trans on a 328i 4 door sedan, I'd like to keep it as cost effective as possible. I'm having a hard time finding someone to quote me a reasonable cost. I know rebuilding a transmission takes ove 130 hours but if I buy the part at 1100-2500 I want that to be installed! I have friend who will put it in but now can't find a transmission!
May 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think you are going to find a rebuilt for that price. Try a factory rebuilt unit, call BMW parts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Pitoperformance Comments: Hello, I Have a 1999 bmw 528i Automatic With M Package. I replaced the transmission myself. Everything is the same, after connecting the harness cables. I see that the bottom plug of the transmission that. Comes out is different. It isnt the speed sensor since the speed sensor is at the end of the housing. What is that bottom plug for?
May 20, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Do you have part numbers for each transmission? Could be the electrical bulkhead connector or range switch connection. I would need part numbers and photos to be sure.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
horsemandan Comments: how may hrs does it take to remove Motor and tranny, and put back in. 2001 BMW 525i
May 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Depends on your ability. I would set aside a 1.5 days. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
TylerNewman12 Comments: I have a 1997 bmw 328i and I recently had the CV axle come partially loose when I was at a red light. I gave it a little gas and I heard the nosie coming from the back of the car. Now my transmission makes a whiming nosie followed by a click when shifted from drive to park. I haven't replaced the axle yet, but it doesn't appear to shift gears when it's placed in drive. Of course it's on jack stands so it might want too. Any ideas on what this might be??
May 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Did fluid leak out of the diff? Is the noise coming from the axle, diff or transmission? You are going to have to narrow down the area the noise is coming from. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tracey Comments: I just had the transmission replaced in my 2004 BMW 325ci. It will not catch low gear, it stays in high gear but it works perfectly fine in high. Doesn't slip or anything. Any suggestions??
May 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Was it a new or rebuilt unit? The transmission linkage may be misadjusted or the transmission is faulty. Have you checked for fault codes? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ewin Martinez Comments: Hi. I have a 1998 BMW 528I which transmission just went out on it, and I also have a 1998 BMW 740 IL, which engine just went out on it but the transmission is still good on it. I was wondering if the transmission on the 740 IL would fit the 528I BMW?
May 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, they are not the same part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
doris day Comments: Hi hope ya can help. My friend has bought a 330ci auto bmw with gearbox prob. He's replaced the seal in the box and after he's put it all back together it's just blown the seal back out and struggles to drive or go into another gear. Plz could you advise. Regards doris day
May 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Which seal is blowing out? The seal may have been installed incorrectly or there is a pressure problem inside the transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ahood Comments: Nick and Wayne you guys rock!!
April 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
beamerwagoneer Comments: ihavea94 bmw 525 it my trans is pouring fluid out the front seal it was driving fine then it started to pull off slow then would get up to speed I don't think I burned the trans so you think I can just replace thefrontseal and put it backinandsee if it runs
April 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is definitely worth trying to replace the seal before condemning the trans. It is a low cost part, and if you caught the leak early enough no damage may have occurred. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bert Comments: Hello I have a 98 BMW 318i Manual Trans.. cant engage 1st, I can engage 2nd but its like being on Neutral, only third forth fifth and reverse work..
April 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: would check the shift linkage and see if it has excessive play. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
fayor Comments: I got a used BMW e46 m52tu but later got a problem with the transmission as I had the hose busted on highway and didn't notice on time.I was advice to change clutches and oil,I get a sluggish movement .it doesn't change on time and drags as if hit the breaks.it comes up with a fault error third gear ratio.I'm fed up please what should I do.could it b the valvebody?
April 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you have clutch slippage in third gear. They may be worn, or the drum. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
pedro Comments: does the trani on a bmw 2000 323i fit a bmw 2001 325i
March 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would need the last seven VINs of each vehicle to answer the question. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
THE SAINT Comments: I have a 1987 BMW 325iS E30manual shiftand all of a sudden the engine oil light in the roof panel check box is on and the car wont start. I have changed the oil pressure switch and the starter and charge the battery and still it wont start or even roll but if i get a push it starts. What could be the reasons why it wont start and what can i do to get it start & running again?
March 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Start by checking the start signal to the starter motor. Also confirm the starter is getting good battery voltage. Perform a voltage drop test on the main cables. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Johnny Boy Comments: Hi, can i use a used trans computer on another trans of the same kind model number GM with out having to reprogram the computer they are the same transmissions 2000 BMW 528i 5 speed automatic.
March 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On a 2000, you will likely have to program it. The adaptations from the donor vehicle will have to be reset, as to work with your transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
oregonbulldog Comments: Have a '87 635. Transmission works great during daylight hours, but when I turn on the head lights, the transmission immediately drops out of 4th gear and down to 2nd. gear. From a start up the 1st. gear works as usual and it will shift into 2nd gear, but will not shift out of 2nd gear with the head lights turned on. Every thing worked fine before I just had the instrument panel refurbished by a BMW shop odometer stopped working. Could these be tied together?
March 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the transmission is in limp mode. I would check for fault codes in the DME and trans controller. Could be speedo related. The fault code will direct you.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
claricemc04 Comments: i have a 2000 323i with a 5hp19 tranny that is getting replaced. the mechanic replaced it and now is saying that he has to reprogram the computer since the shift point are incorrect. is this something that is usually done? im asking because hes been having my car for 3 weeks now and im starting to thing he has no idea what hes doing.
March 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The trans ecu will need to have the adaptations reset. There may also be a software update, that may be what he is referring to. You can either trust him, or have it towed to someone else for a second opinion. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rudi Comments: Hello,
Am Rudi from Mauritius. Actually i have a 1999 BMW E46 318i and am having a weird problem with this car. When am trying to engage reverse gear, my engine shuts off and needs some 2-3mins to be able to restart engine. Where could that problem lie? Is it a faulty battery not giving enough power? or is it something else. PLESAEEEE HELPPP. Thanks.
March 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
rodney Comments: where is the location of the automatic transmission selector cable and bolt loaction? my car doesnt read on the dash that its in park or reverse so i cant put it in park or reverse only drive s4 s3 and s2 no trans program light on or anything
March 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can find it at the trans selector on the transmission housing, or under the center console at the shift lever. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Boy Comments: Hi,

Why is my car Bmw E36 323i 4 door saloon auto, gear shift control magnet is not functioning when engine started. This cause the car to run only on third gear and transmission warning light on. Kindly advice.
March 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This means there is a fault in the transmission. I would start by checking the vehicle 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
 
Geffers 1966 Comments: Hello...

I have an E36 3.28i 1995 Auto: In 'D' the revs are higher than before until gear changes, getting into top gear takes over 4,000 RPM worse when I towed my caravan. Could the fluid be low only done 58,000 from new or something more serious?

Geoff
February 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check the fluid level to begin. If it is OK, there may be an internal pressure leak or worn parts causing the slip. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gazza Comments: Hi I have a e46 first the gm5 module went down but I could still drive the car then I went and checked all the fuses to find doing this caused me bigger problems the airbag light came on I went to drive it to the garage and then the powertrain light came on and the gears started to slip then went turn the car off and on the gears come back this happened all the way to the garage they fixed the gm5 module and reset the ecu but the gears are still slipping and the garage don't no what it is any ideals?
February 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You could have a faulty transmission. I would start by checking the trans control module and DME for fault codes. If there is a gear ratio error, the trans may be worn out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Beemerboii Comments: I have a 97 328i manual, im replacing the clutch and i have one more torx bolt at the very top. Are you supposed to let the tranny drop a little to get room for the socket wrench in there ? Do i have to drop the exhaust also?
February 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You don't have to remove the exhaust, but dropping it down does help. I find lowering the transmission using a jack helps when accessing the upper bolts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
topless Comments: Howdy - I have an '01 330 cic, and need to remove the ZF 5HP19 tranny for a rebuild. Having read several articles, none of them mention which end of the engine to support when the tranny is out - it has only 2 mounts, so it WILL fall one way or the other. I don't want to gamble...
February 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Use an engine support. It attached to the engine hook and supports it from above. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ryanaal Comments: hi there i would like to know if i could swap my automatic tranny out of my 03 325xi with a manual tranny from a 1999 323i
February 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I imagine you could. You would need all the parts from a manual donor car and it would be some experimenting to get things to work. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ali Comments: Hi . I have BMW 528i E39 . I want swap LS1 with the origanal bmw transmission . Did the trans worke with ls1 engine ? And if you have same help me with harness tell me . Email me
mr_stroker@hotmail.com
Im from kuwait
February 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not 100% sure what parts you are trying to interchange. I would need part numbers and donor vehicle info to offer insight. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mic Comments: hello! i own bmw 323i e46 automatic 2000 model the problem i encounter is sometimes it cnt reverse and sometimes does easily. what maybe the problem
February 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the fluid level. If it is OK, there is likely a mechanical fault inside the transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
grimace Comments: I have a 96 328i and i am trying to replace the transmission input shaft seal and one of the allen bolts on the centering sleeve is rounded out i was wondering if you have suggestions on how to get it out
January 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Find a fractional Allen bit of similar size, then hammer it in. Once it has good purchase, remove the fastener - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ghanim Comments: hi,
i have a 1987 BMW 735 WHICH TYPE OF TRANSMISSION OIL AND
ENGINE OIL SHOULD I USE
January 19, 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.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
rick weber Comments: in a world filled with German Engineering, one man gets a Volvo s60 2.4T-urbo, transmissions are scarce. slippage is apparent, fluid is changed; solenoids are new, knuckles are busted, He thinks could it be his friction plates ? or is Scandinavian design just shit ?
January 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: if it is slipping, it could be worn clutches. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Vince Comments: Hi I have a E46 328i 99 automatic, and when I was on the free way my tranny went out it would not move on any gear and I got a light on my dashboard it was a gear with an exclamation point in it what's wrong with it? Also I took it to a mechanic he said I needed to replace or rebuild the tranny so we did for 2k from that same mechanic. But the thing is he rebuilt the tranny but then told us it's not completely fixed and that we should just get a new car. The car is now driveable but I still have that warning light. The only thing that is different is that the car doesn't jerk after each gear like it used to when I had the warning light. So not I only have that warning light the drives a little different and he said the tranny was not completed or something, I'm wondering what could the problem be? And should I just take it to the dealer and see what they could do for me?and how much do you think it would cost to get that checked?
January 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would take it to another shop for an opinion, a dealer is Ok. I can't think of a reason why the rebuild wouldn't fix it (if it was rebuilt), other than a mistake being made during the process. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Renee Comments: I have a 2002 e39 with a ZF 5hp19 tranny. My reverse gear fails to engage. It will go into at least 1st gear but only after violently slamming and shifts normally into 2nd. I'm afraid to drive it to test the other gears. I know reverse might be due to the D/G Drum and my torque converter was triggering slipping errors shortly before I lost reverse, but what else might need to be addressed for the violent slam when getting into 1st gear while taking off from a complete stop? I'm going to replace the D/G drum and torque converter to start, am I missing anything else?
December 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If replacing the D/G drum and converter, you may as well rebuild the transmission. The parts are not much more, you also won't miss any underlying problems. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
hassib Comments: If it is the reverse clutch ,why the transmission fonction normally when the transmission still cool,it could be something related to the transmission cooler?if the reverse clutch are broken the problem should appear evry time we put the car in the reverse side
December 29, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If worn, it may not work until warm. It could also be a fluid pressure problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BKbimmer Comments: I would also like to mention about my 95 bmw 325i: after the ASC and traction control light came on the transmission would slip in first gear and after it shifted into the remaining gears it would perform very well. Then it eventually refused to engage at all. Is this something as simple as low atf fluid or is it something more serious?
December 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be fluid or a faulty sensor. I would start by checking the vehicle 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  
BKbimmer Comments: My 95 bmw 325i's transmission will not engage. ASC and traction control light is lit. What can I do to remedy the situation? Please help!
December 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the vehicle 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  
hassib Comments: hello ;
i have e46 325 cic german made;
my transmission function normally at the reverse side if the car still cold,but after a few kilometre if i stop and i try to go to the reverse side the transmion go very slowly and then it go faster with violent shifting to the reverse side ,this problem apper after a few kilometere of driving ;
December 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a worn reverse clutch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Matt Comments: Hello, I have a 2003 E46 325i Automatic transmission that will on occasion shift really rough from 3 to 2 and 2 to 1. It will subside after 5-10km of driving but the thump jolts the whole car. My mechanic hasn't been able to replicate it and it doesn't throw codes. Any ideas? Thanks in advance..
December 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a fault in the valve body, worn part or seal.

Start by checking that the fluid level is correct and you have the latest software level for the transmission controller. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
joerockass Comments: I have a 1997 bmw 328is and bought a 328i sedan transmission the lok a bit different bt will iy work out. Forgot they are automstic.
December 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What year did the replacement transmission come out of? Check if th emodel numbers on the transmission are the same. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Uly Comments: I was getting on the freeway at a meter stop light and as soon it turned green my car will not go higher than 30 miles per hour. There is a light like a yellow gear appeared on the dashboard but I was able to drive home 10 mi. I looked on the manual 528i 1999 it says the yellow gear light means it is on emergency drive. Is my transmission bad that it needed replacement?
December 6, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 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
 
Laguna30 Comments: I have a BMW E21 with a S50 M3 engine and 5 speed - Final gear on the 5 speed is 1:1 - My diff is a small case 3:46
I am trying to get 30+mpg from the car at 25 nowand still have fun - Since 1st is so low I am thinking of a mid case diff heard that you can swap on e30 small to mid and e21 uses the same smallof around 3:07 or lower and also a 6 speed with an overdrive 6th - Question - all M50 based 6 speeds will bolt up right?will an N54 6 speed bolt up to a S50 - If yes, any thought on which clutch packege to use and what drive shaft might be close most likely will need a custom drive shaft -
Think of it - an E21 with an S50 and a 6 speed getting 30+ MPG on the highway and still being a hooligan when wanted
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Closing in on the dream
December 4, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. Or call a scrap yard that specializes in European cars. Parts people are the ones to ask about what parts fits what.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
daboss Comments: which years and series of bmw r compatible with my 1998 540i trani?
November 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Here's what i came up with:

Part 24001423193 (Rmfd automatic transmission EH) was found on the following vehicles:
E38: Details on E38
E38 740i Sedan
E38 740iL Sedan

E39: Details on E39
E39 540i Sedan
E39 540iP Sedan - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dande68 Comments: I was told today that it's gonna cost $600 just to remove and put back trans in wife's 03 325ci BMW at $90 an hr isn't that a bit expensive that's not including parts and new transmission
November 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds about right honestly. It is a BMW and having a specialist service it for $90 an hour is a good price. In some areas BMW labor rates are quite higher. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joerockass Comments: I have a 1997 bmw 328is and transmission only runs on reverse and try's to move on parking, all others are just like neutral
November 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a problem with the shift linkage. If it will not go into park, the cable may be misadjusted. I would inspect the shifter and the cable. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Blair Comments: I am looking to know if the automatic transmission in my 1994 325 will work with an S50 from 1995? I just blew a head gasket at 262K miles and have concerns for doing the work without a total rebuild, however, I have an S50 that was just recently running. The ideal is to swap the complete driveline, but I am in a pinch at the moment and would just like to do the engine swap. Any input would be appreciated.
November 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The trans should have the correct bolt pattern to bolt it up, the problem is going to be with the control unit, they are not gong to match up. You would have to swap control units and wire harnesses. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
FakeChow Comments: I just traded my civic for a 1994 325i sedan, it has a 5spd and a motor swap from a 1996 328i. My question is what clutch do I need? It's still a strong clutch but throw out bearing is making a ton of noise so might as well change it all out. So basically I don't know if the transmission matters or if it's just the engine, or if it's kind of like the Hondas where all d series clutches are the same, same with b series.. Sorry if it's a stupid question but I can't seem to find any answers on google, and I've seen prices differ would like to order a kit asap since I feel it's going to blow up on me. I'm pretty much just assuming I need a clutch for a m52 engine am I correct? Thanks in advance
November 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will want to buy a clutch for the model and year vehicle the transmission is from. This way you are sure to get the right part. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you figure out what clutch you need..
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Sammy Comments: Greeting,
I have a 1991-1992 BMW 735i, 2weks ago the reverse stopped working, So i took it to the mechanic and told me that the oil is low so we added 2 liters and the reverse worked just fine, but there no speed changing from 3rd gear to 4th gear.
2 days later the problem went back again but it wan't low on oil, so he told me we need to change the transmission oil filter and we did and the car was ok until 4 days ago. same problem appeared again. The gear is shifting 1 and 2 easily, then 3rd is hard and no 4th gear.
Is the transmission is gone or it can be something we can fix.
Thank you so much for your help.
November 9, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like your valve body has sticking pistons. You can try a rebuilt valve body - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
DeeVeeDub Comments: Hi. I have yet another project coming up on my car E36 1998 328i convertible that will involve removing and replacing the transmission. How long should it take a competent mechanic to R & R the trans?
Thanks.
October 31, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It should take about 5-7 hours with a lift and all the correct tools, if there is not s lot of rust.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
waadnasser Comments: hi dear sir
i have proplem on speed changing on my car bmw 1987 / 735 i
where there is shocking due to speeds shifting from 1st speed till the last speed.

thanks
October 5, 2013
  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
 
jfarris1031 Comments: Im removing the transmission in my e36 92 325is due to the rear crossmember mounts being tore off and the shifter coupler being broken,i have a new rear case and im wondering if when I split the transmission itself if I can just slide off the old rear case and slide on the new one or if its more complicated than that and also I cant seem to get the output shaft guibo connector off I have the 30mm socket but it wont budge is it reverse threaded or what please help me out lol
September 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is not reverse thread, it is likely locktite holding it on.

You should be able to remove the end without much trouble. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
choba Comments: Hie there,i finaly got a 5hp19 transmission from 328 and its compatible for my 523...it did put it up and it fits well,the problem now is that the p
scrap yard didnt have the same transmission E.C.U..I However tried another E.C.U and the transmission responded well...after a little drive the transmission light came on and if i switch off the engine and on again the light is gone and the transmission does work fine after a short drive it stops changing again,what cud be the possible problem for this
September 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would scan the trans control module and see if there are faults stored, if the control unit is not programmed for that trans it could cause problems.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
supporta Comments: I have removed the gearbox in my 1994 325i automatic and replaced it but now it cannot pick up gears either backwards or forward could it be a problem with the computer box for the gearbox.
September 10, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a torque converter issue, a shifter linkage problem, the trans could be low on fluid, start by checking the basics. Fluid level, shift linkage and connections.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mario Comments: Hi i have a 2003 bmw 325ci my trnsmission went out replaced it and im still getting a transmission fault. They told me that it might need to get the transmission program do you think thats the problem
September 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Programming will not fix faults codes unless there was a specific fix that was released by BMW. Scan the trans computer and address the fault that is stored.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Choba Comments: My transmission on my 1998 523i auto is down and out,i was wondering if i cud put up a 328i auto transmission as well as the E.C.U...do i have to do anything else or its total failure...recomend me on transmission swop..thanks
August 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: E39 5-Series had 5 different transmission types. If you can confrim the transmission code and model is the same it should work. However, the ECU will likely not. Lok for one out of the same vehicle with the same transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Arod Comments: I have a 2000 BMW 323 I. And I had clutch paddle jumping up and down and now I can't push the clutch down!! Any suggestions on what could be causin this issue?!?!
August 2, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the clutch pedal stuck up or down? You could have a faulty clutch pressure plate or a bad hydraulic part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
johnnyboy Comments: Hi my transmission started having trans issues about 2 years ago. One night I was coming to a stop, as soon as I got down to 20mphor second gear I guess since it is a 4 speed trans, and started to make a loud roaring noise like a hub bearing gone bad and then I got to about 5mph then it shuddered then slammed to a stop. It wouldnt move and it was as if I was powerbraking it without my foot on the brake. It broke free and I was able to drive home but with the same roaring noise and extreme caution. It does it very intermittetly for the last 2 years and now finally something bad happened this morning trying to leave my driveway, it went into the stuck power brake mode and come to find out its stuck in drive in every gear even R,P, and neutral! It moves in neutral only and seems like it is in 3rd or 4th gear. I had to drive through my yard to get out onto the road. I have it parked right now but I need it back on the road. If you know what's going on please let me know! I have a feeling its going to need a rebuild. Its a 98 328i.
July 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like it needs to be rebuilt, 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
 
Time2Fly Comments: When will a auto to manual swap artical be posted?
July 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If we get the chance to perform the repair we'll be sure topost an article. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
joey Comments: hi m looking for a complete diagram of th bmw e36is 1996 autogearbox wiring diagram from the control unit to box anf from control unit to engine dmecomputer box..if possible can get it mailed me it would be much apreciated..thanks hope and lookinf ffd to the reply..
June 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would grab a repair manual. It will have the wiring you need. Give our parts specialists a call: 1-888-280-7799 They will help you find what you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Alfred Comments: 325i bmw automatic dolphinshpae.when the gearbox light is off it doesnt select the gears but when the light comes on it slecting the gear up 4th gear.can you please help on that
June 26, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are you talking about the selector lights? If so , the selector switch could be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Shnur Comments: Hello, I've rounded both torx that holding starter. I'm planning to cut bottom one, but have no idea what to do with top one, probably will try to lower engine as much as possible and cut it. I've already tried "special" tools to remove rounded bolts - no luck :. Please, any advice? Thank you
May 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can try a few things to remove rounded bolts:

*Vise grips pliers
*You can use a 12 point socket a bit smaller than the bolt and hammer it on.
*Drill the bolt out
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
keve36 Comments: I have a 1995 325i. Shortly after i bought it at 164xxx miles its trans went out and i replaced it with a used one from a junked 525i pretty sure thats where it came from ever since then the car has driven fine except it shakes exactly at 25mph when i accelerate through it and it has very little low end torque. But still gets up and goes at highway speeds. The cars acceleration is horrible and sluggish. Does this sound like a torque converter problem? 223xxx miles on it now
May 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be. A faulty torque converter will usualyl create a slip and or shudder. There should be a fault code associated with the slippage. I would check for fault codes usaing a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
xmrsamer Comments: I just want to swap m52 from manual to automatic transmission but i have a problem the old automaticm20 transmission can fit m52 and work on E28 but i didn't find any old automatic transmission , so can i fit m52 electric automatic transmission E39 or E36 can work on e28 and i did swapped e34 instrument cluster on e28 and worked

please i need help..!
April 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The later computer controlled transmission will not work. You might want to check with a local salvage yard, they will have a parts list of compatible transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
cojac Comments: I have 525i e34 auto. There is a gearbox problem. The box only has first and reverse. While driving i get a slipping sensation in first and the box does not go to other gears. Not even when i try to do it manualy. Fluid level is good. What else can be the problem to look for before i pull the box.
February 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You could have a number of problems ranging from worn parts to a low fluid pressure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
simmosauris Comments: Is it possible to remove the engine from a 1995 325i convertable without removing the auto transmission and replace?
January 7, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to separate the engine and transmission in order to remove the engine. You can leave the transmission in the vehicle if you would like to once they are separated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
help with bmw Comments: my automatic transmission went out in my 2004 bmw 325i my husband removed it and took it to have it rebuilt then replaced it now the car will not start need some help there was nothing wrong with the starter it started and it actually drove but the transmission light came on and was only driving in certain gears could you please help is it some kinda of sensor or something he has to reset to make it start
October 7, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check to make sure the battery is not dead, and also that the power and ground connection are good.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Arnold Comments: Hi There

I have 1991 BMW 525i automatic. I had problems with the flywheel. I replaced the flywheel.
When gearbox was outside, I put torque converter on gearbox- gearbox shaft turns but torque converter stand still. Crankshaft only turns when gearbox is not attached. When I attach gearbox to the engin, crankshaft does not turn manually, even if it is in neutral. Could it be because the car's key was not in the ignition? I desperately need answers please.

Kind regards
Arnold Please reply by email. arnold.robertson3@gmail.com
July 30, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the converter might not be installed all the way into the front pump in the trans, and it is causing everything to jam up. I would remove it and check it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
dan Comments: the piston on the slave cyl fell into trans. can it be retrieved with magnet or do i need to remove trans?
February 28, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You should be able to fish it out it it was made of metal.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
lonewolf Comments: i have a 95 325ic how do you know if its a dual mass flywheel or a single? i need to buy a clutch but the local parts people cant tell me how to tell what it is without removeing first.
February 25, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Missyrunt Comments: My son's automatic E36 was not shifting after 50 MPH so we replaced the transmission and the torque converter and now the gears don't engage. The fluid levels are good. Any ideas?
January 15, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the shifter linkage and make sure it is adjusted correctly, if that is ok then your new trans might be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
spokanevalleygirl Comments: My son's 1989 BMW 325ix suddenly lost power and now will not engage into gear. Any suggestions on what it may be?
December 30, 2011
  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
 
ed Comments: I have a 1998 740il automatic trans. When you take off from a stop, feels like first gear is slipping and when your setting at a stop light and let your foot off the brake it wants to skip and hop a liitle bit.Would fluid change help this?Stopped driving it until i can figure out whats going on. Thanks for any help.
December 25, 2011
  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
 
jbbeema Comments: i have exactally same problem as bummedbmer, no 1st or 2nd in my auto 325ci.. whats wrong?
December 18, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hi guys. Loud clunks on automatic transmissions are often a sign of low transmission fluid. Have you checked the fluid lately? It's not terribly easy to do, but it may solve your problem. I have an article on this here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/E36-Tranny_Fluid_Auto/E36-Tranny_Fluid_Auto.htm

Other than that, I would suggest you have someone with a code reader take a look at it to see if there are any fault codes that are being put out by the unit. - Wayne at Pelican Parts
 
bummedbmer Comments: have a 2001 325ci automatic. put it into reverse to leave a spot and it sounded like a big CLUNK. then put into drive and it wont go 1st or 2nd..only goes from 3rd gear...is this the trans gears that are shot or a sensor???? please help asap!!! thank you so much
November 28, 2011
  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
 
Joshua Comments: Hey, I'm having the same issue as Anthony on his post back in June 9, 2011 - Anthony Comments: Hi there firstly great website has helped me alot. My question is i have removed all the bolts and wires around the gearbox and it has come out by about 3cm away from the engine but now seems to be jammed and wont come any further, Could this be something inside the gearbox jamming it? Thanks any help would be much appreciated. What could be the issue? I'm trying to get the transmission off and Bentley says just pull it off...but I pulled and pryed and no movement other than the 1 or so inch of space between the bell housing and the engine. Please help!
November 23, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Make sure the starter is loose, there is a small pin that goes into the trans from the starter that will sometimes rust into place.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Steve Comments: I have a problem with my auto gearbox I have a 1991 535I I installed a 1992 735I gearbox everything fit perfectly but when I select 1st with the selector the gearbox selects 2nd when i select 2nd the gearbox selects 1st when i select 3rd the gearbox selects 4th and when i select 4th the gearbox selects 3rd do you have any idea what is wrong?
September 3, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the shifter cable adjustment or the neutral safety switch. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jandpp Comments: Daniel_ls/v, did you get your problem solved? Tonight I have the same problem. I am replacing a M52TU motor from a 2000 323i automatic. The "donor" motor was mated to a manual transmission. I tighten everything down and nothing turns. I believe that the problem is a bearing inside the very end of the crank. It exists on the manual motor but was not present on the automatic motor. That bearing is pressing too tightly against the centering knob on the torque converter and needs to be removed. Now I need to figure out how to remove it.
August 4, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need a pilot bearing puller,Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
baggedxplodr Comments: i am pulling the trans out of a 99 528i and i'm unsure how to get to the converter bolts any info would help
June 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a small plug on the passenger side, facing the front of the car, under the exhaust manifolds, you will need a short extension and a 17mm socket
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
BENJI Comments: Hello ! I have a possible big problem? My friend fitted my transmission for me and upon completion, the clutch system needed bleeding. And i have tried many different ways to bleed it, without success the pedal is still soft as? but i have noticed that the clutch release lever inside the transmisssion has alot of play in it? My question is? That shouldn't this lever be on a spring? And thier should spring back into place when i press it threw the opening for the slave cylinder on the side of the gearbox? Has my friend made a major error? and thus, causing me a major HEADACHE ????????????????????!!!!!!!!!! I would be most grateful for your help on this situation. As I need wheels ASAP!!!
June 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is the year make and model of the car?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Anthony Comments: Hi there firstly great website has helped me alot. My question is i have removed all the bolts and wires around the gearbox and it has come out by about 3cm away from the engine but now seems to be jammed and wont come any further, Could this be something inside the gearbox jamming it? Thanks any help would be much appreciated.
June 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is one small 10 mm bolt facing the other direction as the rest of the trans bolts, it is on the passenger side if you have a auto and it is not there with a standard trans. Also the pin in the starter motor can cause the trans to be tough to get out, make sure the starter motor is all the way out of the trans.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Daniel_ls/v Comments: hey there thank you for you quick response i forgot to mention that i am working on a automatic trans and torque converter that where in the car before hand same fly wheel everything is the same except the motor can it be a torque converter problem? maybe it is damaged inside? thanks again Daniel
April 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the converter might not be installed all the way in the front pump of the trans. Also make sure there is no pilot bearing in the end of the crankshaft.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Daniel_ls/v Comments: i have a 1991 BMW 525i that i am doing a engine replacement on when i am trying to mate the motor to the trans and i fully tighten it up i can not turn crank over it binds up if i loosen it up so there is a gap of a 1/4 peace or a nickel it will move again is it the converter or do you have a better idea everything seams to line up fine donno im stumped
April 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I've been in this same situation many times, with different cars. It's usually something silly. On one, I used the wrong pressure plate. On another, the throw-out bearing wasn't mating properly. I'm guessing that your clutch setup is not compatible with your transmission - if you haven't already take the old one and put it on the engine and see if that makes a difference. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Dinty Comments: You mention 3/8 Torx socket for the largest bolts on the top of the transmission. I am preparing to remove my automatic trans for the first time and am running to the parts store tomorrow. What size Torx? Is that internal or external?
January 20, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would get a set with E8 - E14, that should cover all of the trans bolts.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Charles Comments: 1998 z3 1.9 ltr with downing atlanta supercharger, 5 speed manual. Transmission pops of of first gear randomly upon takeoff. All other gears to include reverse work and shift smoothly. Any idea where i should start looking before i pull the trans ?
November 24, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check the shift bushings first, as they are cheaper to replace than working on the transmission. See the tech article in this section here for more details. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
EddieHam Comments: I seem to have come up with a very bad problem, with regards to my first DIY transmission re-build.
When the trans first went out it was in reverse, and would not dis-engage, unless the clutch pedal was depressed, and then it could be pushed either forward or backward, as the throw out bearing was then disengaged. After I replaced the pressure and clutch plate, I also replaced the slave cylinder, it was very worn, and then put the gear box back in the engine. The center bearing, in the front section of the drive shaft came unloose, just popped out when i was resting a air impact wrench on it. But luckily I paint marked the output flange on both it and the drive shaft, I also have re-tightened the clamping sleeve on the center bearing to the absolute limit, there is no play left in it. Now even if I depress the clutch pedal, the throw out bearing will not disengage, and the car can be driven in reverse, but it will not come out of reverse, and to push it forward one has to rock it back and forth and slam it forward for a few inches, and the fan can be seen to turn. I bled the slave cylinder, as best I could. What have I attached or done wrong?
Should I have made sure that the selector was in neutral before I put the gearbox back in? Have I over tightened the clamping slave on the drive shaft? Should I bleed the slave cylinder again?
Any suggestions will be a big help.
November 3, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmm, difficult to diagnose without having the car right here. My only suggestion is that your shift bushings may be really worn and you're not actually pushing the transmission into gear. When you have the transmission out of the car, it's a wise idea to inspect and replace the entire set of linkage bushings and actually test the proper operation of the transmission on the bench. Hope this helps. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
EddieHam Comments: What I meant to type, was now* "the flange will not turn, not now* that it is re-attached to the engine. So, turn the rear wheels till the holes line up? I'll give that a try. But could I still depress the clutch and then turn the flange at the back of the transmission? Thanks.
October 6, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, or just put the transmission into neutral. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
EddieHam Comments: My question is in regard to the drive shaft being re-connected to the tranmission output flange. Luckly, for me at least, when the trans went out it was already in reverse gear. I've got the gearbox back up in the vehicle, but to do so I had to turn the transmission output flange, I think you know what I am talking about. The triangle shaped part that projects out from the back of the gearbox and connects the transmission to the drive shaft.
Well, anywhooo, now the bolt holes are misaligned. I paint marked the drive shaft and the flange, so I know what hold the bolts go into. The 1989 BMW 325i, with a Gertrag transmission, seems to be still in rear gear. the flange will not turn, not that it is re-attached to the engine. Can I use a stick and a brick to depress the clutch and then turn the flange, so that it will align with the holes that match to the drive shaft, or should I just disconnect the drive shaft from where the center bearing connects to the drive shaft, and then turn it till the holes line up and then re-insert it into the drive shaft and tighten up the bolts?
October 5, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think you're over thinking this (or I'm not understanding it). Yes, you can turn your transmission, but the simpler way to achieve what you're trying to do is to simply hold one rear wheel (have a friend do this), and then turn the other wheel, which will turn the differential and the driveshaft. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Evita Comments: This is great but how would I know if it is a transmission problem? I have a 2005 325i BMW, I was driving and it automatically quit on the road. I can start the car but it will not move. someone told me it could be a link to the shifter that came lose. Before I take my car anywhere I need to get a little bit educated to make sure no one is going to rip me off.
September 19, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You won't know without taking a closer look at it. I would probably do some research on a good shop and then take it there. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
p Comments: i have a bmw e36 318 i'm losing alot of oil from the sump could that lose cylinder compression just need to find out
September 8, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Low compression due to oil loss is really only possible if the oil gets so low that your pistons don't get lubricated. Make sure your oil levels are proper. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
EddieHam Comments: Back again. I have a question about lubricating the release bearing. My Chilton manuals says that if the release bearing is plastic, then do not lubricate only clean it. My Haynes manual does not even acknowledge that there is a difference between a metal and plastic one. It has only instructions for a metal one and says to lubricate the inner collar. I plan on following the Chilton, it says I may get slippage of the clutch if I lube the plastic graphite what ever it is made of plastic release bearing, but my question is, Do I lube the fingers on the pressure plate? Like I said before, this is my first DIY manual transmission job, I want to do it right the first time. I can't see where a little lube on the pressure plate fingers would hurt that much. I am at a lost I don't want to mess this up. Tell me what to do. So I can be free of responsibility and blame :-.
August 4, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I like to put some grease on the throwout bearings, no matter what they are made of (on the inside / on the sliding part of the guide tube). I've never heard of lubricating the pressure plate fingers - I don't think those are a very high wear point because the bearing spins up almost immediately upon contact. I can't recall any clutch I've ever seen with significant and damaging wear there. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
GEORGE Comments: Can some one please tell me the bolt sizes of the transmission that is mounted onto the engine housing, i know that they are M-8 & M-10, BUT I NEED TO KNOW THE Thread Sizes ASAP.... THANKS GUYS
July 31, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm pretty sure they are all 1.5 pitch. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
EddieHam Comments: Sorry, I didn't know that you had to register to get on the technical thread. This was posted in the wrong place. But what I meant was the gunk in the bell housing, that is just dirt, or ground particles, that has built up over the years. This is my first DIY trans job, and for a minute I thought I might have done something wrong by clean out the gunk in the bell housing. Then I thought about it and figured out that BMW would have used a tefflon spray or something other than a material that soo resembles the dirt on the outside of the trans.
I was worried for no reason for a sec, so thanks a lot.
July 25, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Nope, that's just dirt that indeed should be cleaned away when you perform a clutch job. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
EddieHam Comments: What if one has used brake parts cleaner to clean the inside of the transmission gear box on a 1989 bmw 325i. The interior where the release bearing and input shaft are located. It is clean as a whistle, but doesn't the abestos inside the gearbox need to be there to keep the heat down? And is there a way to replace the abestos, or a spray or a substitute that can be used?
July 23, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure what material you're referring to inside the transmission bell housing. I wouldn't worry about it, as I have never seen anything there on any other cars I've worked on. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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