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Automatic Transmission Fluid Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$250

Talent:

*****

Tools:

Fluid pump, 17mm wrench, floor jack, wheel chocks, jack stands, safety glasses, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Automatic transmission fluid, oil pan and strainer kit, gasket

Hot Tip:

Work on hard level surface

Performance Gain:

Extend lifetime of your transmission

Complementary Modification:

Change engine oil at same time

The longitudinally installed BMW E60 drivetrain came with a choice of three styles of transmission:

  • Manual 6-speed transmission with manual clutch.
  • Sequential manual 6-speed gearbox (SMG) with automatic computer controlled hydraulically operated clutch. SMG models are equipped with paddle-shift levers on the steering wheel.
  • Automatic 6-speed Steptronic transmission with choice of Normal, Sport or Manual mode. When Manual mode is engaged, the driver can upshift or downshift through gear ranges by flipping the shift lever forward or backward.

The manual and SMG transmissions are filled with manual transmission fluid, while the automatic is filled with ATF (automatic transmission fluid). BMW specifies "lifetime" fluid for all its transmissions and defines lifetime as 100,000 miles. Therefore, it is a good idea to service your fluid every 50,000 miles. If you're unsure of the last service, replace the fluid as soon as possible. Doing so will extend the life of your transmission. There are many options for replacement fluid. Choose the best you can afford and be sure it meets BMW's current specifications for your vehicle. To determine the fluid that belongs in your transmission, check your owner's manual, or give our parts specialists a call.

ATF is used to fill the automatic transmission but also fills the torque converter, an integral component for transferring engine power to the transmission. The torque converter is a compact turbine which is bolted to the end of the engine crankshaft. As it spins at engine speed, an internal set of rotors uses the ATF inside the torque converter to transfer the spin to the transmission input shaft. The transmission then transfers the torque to the driveshaft using clutches and planetary gears.

You have two main options when replacing ATF. You can drain and fill the fluid. Or you can drain the fluid and replace the fluid strainer by dropping the transmission fluid pan. In either case the old ATF inside the torque converter remains and mixes with the new fluid. Don't expect to get all the old fluid out, unless you have access to an ATF flushing machine.

For the first ATF service at 50,000 miles, I usually drain and fill only; on the next one at 100,000 miles I replace the strainer. Replacing the strainer allows you to clean the transmission fluid pan of dirt and debris. E60 models utilize a plastic oil pan with a built in strainer. To service the strainer, you will have to replace the oil pan. The transmission holds about 10 liters of fluid.

In this tech article, I will go over how to replace the strainer and drain and fill your transmission fluid. The vehicle shown in this photo is a 2005 E60 with a GA6HP19Z transmission. Other automatic transmissions used in E60 models are similar. This procedure should help you get the fluid replaced without a problem.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Drive the vehicle for about three miles to warm the transmission fluid.

Jack up all four corners of your vehicle. I suggest using four jack stands and slowly raising the vehicle to the required height. The vehicle needs to be level when checking and replacing fluid.

Place the drain pan under your transmission and remove the 6mm Allen fluid drain plug (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

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

Once the fluid is completely drained, remove the transmission pan mounting fasteners.
Figure 2

Once the fluid is completely drained, remove the transmission pan mounting fasteners. There are twenty-four T30 Torx fasteners. The yellow arrow points to the dotted area of fasteners. Before loosening these fasteners, clean all dirt and debris from around the transmission pan. Then remove the transmission pan from the transmission.

This diagram shows the components involved in a transmission fluid service on my subject vehicle.
Figure 3

This diagram shows the components involved in a transmission fluid service on my subject vehicle. The O-ring (yellow arrow), filter / pan gasket (green arrow) and the pan with integrated filter (red arrow). Install the new pan / filter in the reverse order of removal. Then install the transmission fluid pan and tighten the fasteners.

Remove the 6mm Allen fill plug.
Figure 4

Remove the 6mm Allen fill plug. The yellow arrow points to the fill plug location. Fill the transmission with the same amount of fluid that was drained from it. This photo shows the fill plug on a GA6HP19Z transmission on an all-wheel drive model. If you have a RWD model, simply remove the fill plug (yellow arrow). If you have an all-wheel drive model, you will have to remove the driveshaft or use a long ball end Allen bit to get the fill plug out. I find it easier to work with the driveshaft removed. Remove the four E10 driveshaft fasteners (red arrows). One fastener is out of sight. Start the engine and then apply the parking brake. Hold your foot on the brake pedal and shift the transmission through all the gears. This will circulate the transmission fluid. Place the transmission selector in Park. Then remove the fluid fill plug. Monitor the transmission as it reaches a temperature of 100° F. You can check this with an infrared temperature gauge. If a small stream of fluid runs out of the fill plug, the fluid level is correct. If no fluid runs out, add oil until it starts to run out. Reinstall the fill plug and tighten once complete. I suggest driving the car, then allowing it to cool and rechecking the fluid level. Now here's a tip: Once you have filled the transmission with the same amount of fluid drained, the level should be close to what it was. Start the engine, move the gear selector as noted above. With the transmission fluid still cold and the fluid fill plug removed, monitor the temperature and fluid flow at the fill plug. When the fluid warms up it will expand and should run out of the fill plug. If it does not, add fluid until it starts to run out. Install the fill plug and repeat once the vehicle is cool. Check the fluid temperature using a BMW scan tool (30: 50°C, which equals 86: 122°F). Place the transmission in Park. Remove the fill plug. A small amount of fluid should stream out of the fill hole. This indicates that the level is correct. If it doesn't stream out, fill the fluid until it does. Once you reach the desired capacity, drive the vehicle and repeat the level checking procedure.

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Comments and Suggestions:
FILIPPOS Comments: HOW MUCH OIL JUST TO REFILL? WITHOUT CHANGING THE PAN.

THANKS!
September 13, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What year and model vehicle? What transmission model? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jay Comments: Bmw e60 2008 goes into transmission fault drive moderately at over 60mph and goes away after restart but keeps occurring only between 5th and 6th gear car has 95000 miles bought recently no evidence of gearbox oil / service -fault codes 4f85 gear ratio monitoring clutch e - permanent- will a oil , filer and seals change help or is it new gearbox / rebuild I'm looking at. Please advise Thanks
September 12, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked by a transmission specialist before it gets much worse.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Hawk Wu Comments: I have a 2007 BMW 550i and receive the "transmission malfunction" warning message, which causes the car slow down in acceleration. For example, 2.5 RPM for 40 MPH and 4 RPM for 60 MPH. So what is the root-cause of this warning message. I did online research and consistently saying the same root-cause, that is a plastic is caught in the gears. Is this a really true statement.
September 8, 2017
  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
 
Marc Comments: I'm having trouble accessing two of the four E10 driveshaft fasteners. Can the shaft be turned by hand? A half a rotation would give me access. If it can't be turned, is there a different approach to take? Any tips would be most appreciated.
July 8, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, trans will have to be in neutral. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sisto Comments: Hi Nick...can you tell me how I can get my car out of limp mode. Or how I can clear the fault code. Its saying Transmission Malfunction and giving me a P0962 code. The first guy I took it to said it needs a new tranny. Its a 2007 550i with 110k miles on it. I wanted to add some fluid to it and clear the codes and see what that does. any advice on clearing the fault code and getting it out of limp mode? thanks
June 16, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can try clearing it with a BMW scan tool. If the fault returns right away, you will have repair whatever is causing the malfunction. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sisto Comments: Hey Nick.. getting a "transmission malfunction" error on my BMW 550i 2007 The error code I retrieved is P0962: Pressure Control Solenoid A Control Circuit Low
Any experience with this error code? Any feedback is certainly appreciated. Sisto
May 31, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is a circuit code, so most times it is the wiring or the solenoid itself. I would check if the trans bulkhead connector is leaking fluid, this is a common trouble spot. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Teresa Comments: I own a 2007 BMW 550I and it has a mechanics seal — transmission harness seal that needs to be repaired and leaks transmission fluid. What transmission fluid is recommended for this car? My owner manual does not say what it needs.
May 31, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The fluids here:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi?action=frameset&return-url=/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi%3Faction%3Dframeback%26page%3D2612&catalog-url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Fcatalog%2FSuperCat%2F0421%2FBMW_0421_TRAUTO_pg1.htm %3Futm_source%3DSuperTech%23item0- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tim Comments: My 2004 530i with 120K miles has thrown the "transmission malfunction" error twice in a month; the error disappears next time I start the car. The car seems to operate normally, except when coasting down a slight incline the car seems to "lunge" like it's switching between back and forth between gears without my input going on for some time now. A local mechanic checked fluid level and said it was good, and did some diagnostic tests but couldn't find anything wrong. Should I change the fluid? Do I have to replace the pan or can I just clean the filter the mechanic called it a "screen" and reinstall the old pan? Thank you.
May 24, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you have a pressure loss in the trans, likely from worn parts. You can try a fluid service, but don't be surprised if it gets worse. You may need a rebuild. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tausif668 Comments: Hello i,m using bmw e60 530i 127000km gear is in good condition feel minor vibration on cold running. Should i have change the gear oil & oil pan
May 11, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What makes you think the vibration is from the transmission?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
The Gambler Comments: Hello thank you for all your help!, could you please tell me torque specs for the drive shaft.... 2007 525xi?
April 28, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don’t have torque information.

I would suggest you grab a repair manual, you should own one. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Paco Labora Comments: I have a 2007 550i that was about 2 quarts short of transmission oil, and was kicking hard from 1st yo 2nd gesrs . A warning light, came on pm the dashboard came on and the car stop . When I pulled out checking Rod o notice a whiseling noice coming out from the transmission. I filled the missing oil with a german brand ATF-1. The kicking went away but the wiseling wories me. And in case of some work needed do you have the Parts?
April 17, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Pelican can get you the parts you need. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.

Be sure to pinpoint the whistling sound. It may not be the transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Lovi Comments: My 2007 bmw 550i was put away for the winter 4months when I took it out for the season the display screen showed transmission malfunction and driving is possible but take the car to a bmw dealer for service,what is concerning is the acceleration is very slow but once getting up to speed not a problem. Do you think changing oil and filter would solve this problem?
April 9, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Oil and filter will not fix a performance issue. 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
 
Don Comments: do the driveshaft need to be reinstalled to perform shifting of the gears on 06 525xi
April 5, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
gmak Comments: 1. The 4 bolts for the xdrive front axle, at the transfer case, are E12 on my 2006 530xi.
2. I thought that the fill plug was on the RHS on the back near the corner - where the bracket for the transfer case is located?
April 4, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On 6-cylinder models, it should be on the right side corner, as you mentioned. Look for the label on the trans pan, it is right above it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Hec Comments: 2005 545i 6speed steptronic shifts through all gears properly but after driving a distance an the car is hot the transmission starts to slip, 170k miles on the car transmission pan or fluid has never been changed or flushed what could be the problem ?
March 29, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The fluid may be worn out or the trans cooler may be restricted. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Robert N Comments: Thanks Casey for great info. I have follow up. I had a single hard shift which triggered transmission fail light. Car operated fine for another 200 yards include stop light and turn. Once I turned off car, it will not go into gear. Error code reads 3097: pressure control solenoid issue. Car has 110K miles, I never replaced fluid but never had a sniff of trans/shifting problem. I replaced transmission fluid, pan filter. Code didnt reset and car will not shift into gear. How can I reset transmission code? I tried the throttle/transmission reset with key and 25 seconds on gas pedal. Nothing. Do those BMW code reset tools I see on internet work?
March 28, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the code reset tool is a BMW ISTA 3G copy, then yes. How did the fluid look when you were setting the fluid level did it have any foam? Sounds like it may be time for a replacement mechatronic unit. I am not sure if the pressure control solenoid is available separately from the Mechatronic unit (aka valve body) - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Capt. Jack Comments: My wife purchased a 2005 545i with the SMG transmission. It has began a 'small' leak under the center of the car, of which I am guessing it is transmission oil. My question is - does the drain plug have an O-ring that helps it seal?
February 28, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is really tough to say where the leak is coming from on those cars because the plastic underbody paneling will hold the oil and move it far away from where it is originating. Best to pick the car up and remove the panels. To answer your question I don't think there is an o-ring on the transmission drain plug. I think it is an old fashioned taper fir drain plug. If this car has upwards of 60K miles it is probably the upper timing covers, or alternator bracket leaking, those are the big leaks for that vehicle. Other notable leaks are from the swaybars if fitted with dynamic drive (ARS). In my experience the SMG box doesn't really leak that much. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Robert N Comments: While driving my 208 BMW 528i I felt a hard shift from 2nd to 3rd then received a 'transmission fault' alarm. Car handled perfectly as I stopped at light and drove 100 yards more to pull over. Instructions said restarting car may resolved issue. I restarted car and now it wont get out of park. Error code is 3097: pressure control solenoid issue. Should I replace fluids, PC solenoid or whole mechatronic? Car has 120K miles but has never had trans errors or issues.
February 22, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have noticed that on those Mechatronic cars they are very sensitive to driving through water, water gets inside the connector and throws a fault that cannot be cleared until the connector has been dried thoroughly. Would this be a possibility? Also try to clear the fault and see if the car drives again? - Casey at Pelican Parts  
tito Comments: Hi my E60 545i gear light comes on anytime i drive aggressively and some times jerks, i did top up the oil some time ago but is still doing the same thing when it was diagnosed the error code indicated that solenoid 4 and 5 was faulty and it also lags on reverse gear, what do you advice.
February 8, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This sounds like a classic case of a failed mechatronic adapter seal. There is a seal between the mechatronic unit and the transmission pump which breaks and causes this exact symptom. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
E Comments: i have a 2006 bmw 530i with an automatic streptronic transmission that has barely ever been serviced and now it jerks from 1st to 2nd and downshifting from 2nd to first in the automatic mode. Also when brakes are applied hard car comes to a stop and jerks extremely hard a few times. It has 117k miles, would you suggest changing the transmission fluid or topping it off as everybody recommends.
January 29, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No I would not, it may be too late. 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
 
Mo Comments: Hello
My BMW 523i model 2005 auto is showing a warning sign: Transmission fault, possible to drive care moderately.
The pick up and acceleration are slow but car is drivable.
Any idea what might be the issue and solution please.
thank you for your help.
January 10, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a gear ratio problem. 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
 
namrahd Comments: Hi does the engine need to be running during the refill procedure? Thanks
January 4, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: it is started after the initial fill as noted here:

Start the engine and then apply the parking brake. Hold your foot on the brake pedal and shift the transmission through all the gears. This will circulate the transmission fluid. Place the transmission selector in Park. Then remove the fluid fill plug. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Febian Comments: Hi Just change a bad transmission to a good used, Mechanic add this fluid http://www.ebay.com/itm/271872086564?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Also would you please tell me how many quarts this car use, Mech only add 10? transmission slips and loose power
December 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you have? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Al Comments: Hi, I am getting a transmission fluid smell after the changing the filter and fluid on my 2004 bmw 530i sport. No visible leaks just fumes from engine bay.
Everything was fine before the service was carried out.
Any feedback be much appreciated.

Enjoy the festive period
Kind Regards
December 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be spilled fluid burning off the exhaust. If it doesn't go away, have it checked for leaks. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Baliboy Comments: My trunk lid on my 2005 E60 opens very quickly when i push the trunk button on the key fob and is quite dangerous if you do not know about it what is wrong with it and how can i repair it.
December 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The springs or hydraulic supports could be faulty. http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/BMW-E60/80-BODY-Hood_&_Trunk_Strut_Replacement/80-BODY-Hood_&_Trunk_Strut_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kenny Smith Comments: Hello, I have two problems with my bmw, when i accelerate from a stop my car jerks from 1st gear to 2nd gear, any clues?
Also, when i am coming to a stop I've test this with my foot off the brakes my car jerks, please let me know what you may think can cause this.

BMW e60 2009 535i xdrive
December 2, 2016
  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
 
Baliboy Comments: Hi
I have a 2005 E60 2.3 series 5 BMW and when i stop at lights i get a very small jolt this does not happen if i stop in neutral i am going to change the transmission oil as it has 95K on the clock will changing the fluid cure this slight jolt.
November 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the fluid level and driveshaft condition to start. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Plex Comments: My 2006 530i fill plug is an 8mm internal hex allen - just a heads up for others
November 6, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Witold Comments: 1. You suggest that getting the driveshaft out of the way to facilitate access to the drain plug. Do you mean only the end of the driveshaft in the proximity of this plug, or removing it completely by unscrewing the four mounting bolts on both ends? Is there a concern that this shaft may start turning when the transmission is engaged into R and D as part of the topping up the level at the end of the procedure?
2. Do you have any fittings or suggestions what could be used to facilitate the flush of the fluid by disconnecting one or both cooler lines and attaching hoses to a flushing machine or a Jerry-rigged containers with new and old fluid?
November 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 1. Yes, the end that is near the plug.

2. No, I don't have info for that. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
marty Comments: HI Nick..great read
I have a 2005 E60 545i and ready to replace the pan..
Bmw tell me once the pan is dropped the Main electrical plug needs changing because they suspect its leaking.
do you know what plug this would be?
Whole plug or just an Oring? Obv BMW want something like Au$400 for new plug as opposed to probably a $3 o ring.
Any ideas?

Also - the oil for these wouldnt be $50 per litre would it?
What would be the best recommended aftermarket oil to suit 6sp steptronic - no wheel paddles. only Sport/manual shift.
thanks
October 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a plastic bushing (connector) that the harness runs through. Once the pan is down, you can replace it from inside. The connector unscrews, then pushes out. You will need the sealing o-ring 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
 
Kenny Comments: Can I add transmission fluid conditioner, like Lucas brand additive, when I change transmission fluid in my 2006 525i?
October 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would not recommend it. I would stick to only BMW recommended fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Camobob Comments: Mor pics
October 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks again. Meally great tips. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Camobob Comments: Thanks for the help. Just did the transmission pan/filter, T-case, oil, and differentials on my 2006 525xi. Don't take shortcuts -follow their repair write up. I did let the exhaust hang down from the back. I would NOT do this because the weight once extended far enough to slide out the heat shield put too much strain on the exhaust manifold. Fight the rusty bolts and disconnect the exhaust ! I made a special wrench by cutting off a long hex wrench to 1.5" and using a 6 point box end wrench to get to the full plug. Use a 18" 3/8 extension running parallel to the drive shaft with a swivel at the socket end to get out the top torx bolts. I could only torque two of the to 55lbs because the top ones were hard to reach and it was binding on the transmission pan. Follow directions and you will be successful. See pics attached
October 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Culichi63 Comments: I have a 2004 BMW 545i automatic transmission,how many quarters of transmission fluid it takes?
October 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Capacity approx. 9.5 liters- Nick at Pelican Parts  
DD Comments: How to remove the driveshalf to get access to the fill plug? When I tried to unscrew the fasteners red arrow the whole driveshalf moves. If I lock the front wheels there is still some play it still turns a bit when I tried to unscrew the fasteners. Also the drain plug size for 2006 BMW 530xi ZF 6HP19 transmission is 10mm hex and fill plug is 8mm hex.
September 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll need to unbolt and pull the driveshaft out of the way. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
lfchavez Comments: My 2007 BMW 550i has a dipstick to measure the transmission fluid.Can I put fluid through the dipstick if needs some?
August 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have info on the dipstick equipped models, nothing in my repair info. Can't comment as I am not sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Wayne Comments: Hello I have a 2004 E60 530i with only 40k I recently had a problem with the car the problem is that it will not go into any gears when I move it from park to R or D it not going anywhere and I don't have any check engine light or any transmission codes.The car was running fine and all of a sudden it just was like it was in neutral. Please any help Thanks
July 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the selector shaft inside the transmission is faulty.

Check this out:

https://wiki.bentleypublishers.com/display/tech/E90+Selector+shaft+rod,+replacing - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mohd quishawi Comments: Hi . I bought a used bmw 520 2008.2000 cc .
I noticed that some times when i switch on the enfine a noise appear from the transmission.
I get advises from some technicions that the problem in valve body. I did some upgrade for yhe software but the problem still exist .
Can you advise me if changing the transmission oilncan kill the problem or i have to change the transmission or the valve body ?
July 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can;t comment on a noise without hearing it. I would suggest having the mechanic show you the source of the noise or get a second opinion. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Victor M. Comments: Hi, I starting feel a little bump from behind the car when I'm at red light stopped, I check the level tranny fluid it need to be refill is low that's the cause?
June 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: it could be. I would correct level and see if the issue goes away. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Victor Comments: I have a 2007 BMW 530i and was wanting to know are we able to keep the same Transmission pan and solely purchase a filter and gasket kit or is it a must to replace the pan?
June 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the filter is integrated into the pan, it has to be replaced.

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
 
Somer boykins Comments: I have a bmw e60 and I change the rear brakes and reset the code but the brake light still came back on. Then I got a code saying g I needed to change the camshaft sensorsensor so I change both because the car was idle funny up and down when starting and driving, the I got a code saying 51A7 can engine engine speed do you know what that means? Then I got a message saying transmission fault gear can be engaged without depressing the brake drive moderately please tell me what these things mean please help ......
April 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What codes are currently present? The engine speed and cam codes are likely related. I would start by addressing the sensor codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
525i Comments: I have a 2004 BMW 525 I with 124x miles is it to late to change the oil on it?
April 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Depends if it was ever changed in the past. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
angelo Comments: I own a bmw 520i e60 2004 with automatic transmission which has 180000 km. I havent change the transmission fluid so far because bmw manual specifies that oil is for "lifetime". When i asked bmw said that they would never change the oil.
Considering the high millage should i change the transmission oil or it is better not to.In other words changing the oil at this millage would i increase the transmission life or would i cause problems
March 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are just about at the lifetime of the vehicle - 100,000. It isn't a bad idea to replace the fluid, if the trans is working well.

BMW specifies "lifetime" fluid for all its transmissions and defines lifetime as 100,000 miles. Therefore, it is a good idea to service your fluid every 50,000 miles. If you're unsure of the last service, replace the fluid as soon as possible. Doing so will extend the life of your transmission. There are many options for replacement fluid. Choose the best you can afford and be sure it meets BMW's current specifications for your vehicle. To determine the fluid that belongs in your transmission, check your owner's manual, or give our parts specialists a call. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
tjkarch60 Comments: Why can't they just use a dipstick and tube like my old Chevy, and probably most other American cars? It would make checking the level and topping off so much easier!!
There are probably many other makes that don't have a dipstick anymore, not just BMW.
February 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure why. Maybe due to wanting to keep the unit sealed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Joe O. Comments: I changed my filter, pan and fluid out 3 weeks ago on 2006 550i got 4 quarts out. I was only able to get 3.5 quarts back in. Today drained out 3.75 quarts, but only got 3.25 quarts back in. I did everything correctly the first time and today after I was all done remembered I forgot to do the shifting of the gears. Is this really a major mistake? I plan to do this drain and fill one more time in hopes of getting as much of the old fluid as possible. Also do you know why I am not able to get the same amount back in that I had removed? Thanks for your help!
February 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure why it won't fill. I would suggest trying the fill and level checking procedure. Just try to top it up. If it won't take any more, it may be full. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
hugh Comments: Hello Nick,
Can you show me how to replace the mechatronic sleeve on my 2008 528i. I'm wondering on how to align the electrical when you install it back. Your help is much appreciated, thanks
January 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have that tech article. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, Bentley has an online version here:

https://wiki.bentleypublishers.com/display/tech/E90+Selector+shaft+rod,+replacing - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Momo Comments: Thank you for your response, but if this is the problem, shall I change the gear box, or this shifting rod could be fixed. Thank you very much....
January 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can remove the valve body and replace the rod. There is a repair kit available. It is an advanced repair. If that is in fact your problem. 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
 
Momo Comments: Thank you very much for your great illustrated article, but I have a problem with my 2009 E60 525i transmission, as I made a trs. fluid change when my mileage was about 50000 miles as a part of my regular routine service when there were no problems concerning transmission, by this time I only changed the fluid, but didn't change the pan with the strainer. Recently when the mileage was 57000 miles, I encountered a problem with my transmission, as when I shift my gearbox to R reverse, sometimes the car will not respond as if the gear was N neutral.This only happens when I cut a distance, or when the fluid becomes hot as I noticed, but when the car is cold at start up this doesn't happen. Please tell me if this problem could be because of bad fluid type that loses pressure when heated, and if I should change the fluid again with the pan, or something else inside the gearbox. Thank you sirs.
January 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a possible broken shift rod inside the trans. The plastic rod can break, causing a no shift condition when using the shift lever. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Zheliazo Comments: Do I have to waited for information on the dashboard of my sedan E60 530i before change in transmission fluid, at what point do I change.
December 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The longitudinally installed BMW E60 drivetrain came with a choice of three styles of transmission:

Manual 6-speed transmission with manual clutch.

Sequential manual 6-speed gearbox (SMG) with automatic computer controlled hydraulically operated clutch. SMG models are equipped with paddle-shift levers on the steering wheel.

Automatic 6-speed Steptronic transmission with choice of Normal, Sport or Manual mode. When Manual mode is engaged, the driver can upshift or downshift through gear ranges by flipping the shift lever forward or backward.

The manual and SMG transmissions are filled with manual transmission fluid, while the automatic is filled with ATF (automatic transmission fluid). BMW specifies "lifetime" fluid for all its transmissions and defines lifetime as 100,000 miles. Therefore, it is a good idea to service your fluid every 50,000 miles. If you're unsure of the last service, replace the fluid as soon as possible. Doing so will extend the life of your transmission. There are many options for replacement fluid. Choose the best you can afford and be sure it meets BMW's current specifications for your vehicle. To determine the fluid that belongs in your transmission, check your owner's manual, or give our parts specialists a call.

ATF is used to fill the automatic transmission but also fills the torque converter, an integral component for transferring engine power to the transmission. The torque converter is a compact turbine which is bolted to the end of the engine crankshaft. As it spins at engine speed, an internal set of rotors uses the ATF inside the torque converter to transfer the spin to the transmission input shaft. The transmission then transfers the torque to the driveshaft using clutches and planetary gears.

You have two main options when replacing ATF. You can drain and fill the fluid. Or you can drain the fluid and replace the fluid strainer by dropping the transmission fluid pan. In either case the old ATF inside the torque converter remains and mixes with the new fluid. Don't expect to get all the old fluid out, unless you have access to an ATF flushing machine.

For the first ATF service at 50,000 miles, I usually drain and fill only; on the next one at 100,000 miles I replace the strainer. Replacing the strainer allows you to clean the transmission fluid pan of dirt and debris. E60 models utilize a plastic oil pan with a built in strainer. To service the strainer, you will have to replace the oil pan. The transmission holds about 10 liters of fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
reykingno1 Comments: can i use the same trans pan on my 06 525xi or i have to use a new one if so why ? i just get the bmw and i just want to drain the fluid and new trans filter .
December 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you have a plastic pan, it has to be replaced. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paul Comments: Does your article apply to diesel power vehicles?
Example 535d 2005
November 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We didn't have that model in the US, so I can't be sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Glenn Comments: I have a replacement pan on my 525i. Plan on doing a drain and refill without removing pan and am being told that the drain cannot be re-used? Does this make sense? Do the pans that you sell allow for reuse of the drain plug? I like to do a drain and fill between filter changes and want to know if this is possible.
October 26, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: usually drain plugs and seals for the plugs are replaced when removed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bertie Basset Comments: Excellent article ,though I would point out the original torx bolts can be the next size down and can be difficult to remove they are not as deep and can be found to be loctighted .If the replacement sump does not have new fastenersas in the case of the meyle unit invest in new bolts from bmw.Also the torque setting for these bolts is 10nm
October 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mojo Comments: Thank you, a nice clear article.
October 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
///M Comments: Any knows what ist the torque for the 24 T30 Torx bolts ???

Thanks
August 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have that info handy.
I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
NAT Comments: I'M CONFUSED PLS HELP CAN I USE LIQUI MOLY ATF 1200G OIL FOR MY AUTOMATICGEARBOX .MODEL :BMW E60 520I . GA6HP19
THXS.
July 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: BMW recommends Shell M-13785.4 for that trans for similar US models. I am not sure of the liquimoly spec. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mario Comments: . the four E10 driveshaft fasteners red arrows. When I put it back do I need a new one and the torque is? For a transmission fluid change
May 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: They can be reused. Apply threadlocker of the same color if yours have it when removed. I don't have the torque specs handy.
I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mario Comments: Hello am trying to change the transmission fluid of my 530xi 2007 bmw sedan my question is if I remove the bolts from the drive shaft do I have to get a new bolts set or I can use the same one and which is the torque I got to do thanks
May 28, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Which bolts? If they are self-locking style, you should replace them. 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
 
Mitch Comments: Have a Question on my BMW e60 Transmission, I have noticed that when my E60 doesn't warm up all the way and I drive off and come to a Stop i feel a slight bang push but its very slight almost cant feel it unless I let the person know, but aging once it warms up no more.

Any Idea I have plans to replace the Pan and oil, could it be something els as something called eztronic unit ?

Thanks
Nick
April 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a pressure loss or clutch issue inside the transmission. 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
 
Dave Comments: The fill plug takes a 7 mm allen on a 2005 530i. Just serviced mine.
March 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
allan Comments: Hello why dont see the car list 520i 2.2 m54b22 ? is this car have different automatic gearbox?
February 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't have that vehicle is the US, so I can't be sure if this applies. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ALLIE Comments: HOW MUCH TRANSMISSION FLIUD I HAVE TO USE FOR BMW 523I E60 SEDAN N52 ENGINE.can you please explain how the put in transmission oil
January 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tech article covers that procedure>
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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