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Re: Transmission Service Advise (archive)

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Posted by mark on January 10, 2001 at 13:13:23:

In Reply to: Transmission Service Advise posted by Sari on January 10, 2001 at 09:56:05:

I am planning of having the automatic transmission fliud changed in my 86 535i. I was wondering if it's better to take it to a European car specialist or if it's better to take it to a transmission specialist. I would like to take it to whichever place is more likely to catch any problems with the tranny in the early stages so I won't need a rebuild. Thanks in advance for any information.

86 535i

Before you take it anywhere, check it yourself. Pull the dipstick and look at the fluid on the end of the stick. It should be clear and bright red. If it is dark, cloudy, and/or burnt smelling you may have a problem. You may need to wipe the fluid on a clean white rag to really see the color. If your not sure what good fluid should look and smell like, go get a new can for a comparison.
Also, don't just change the fluid but also have the filter changed. The one constant I have heard is regular fluid and filter changes for these units.
Finally, when you do get the job done, tell them you want to see the fluid when they drain it, and you want to see the filter and the pan. The more interest you take and the more you seem to know, they less they will try to pull on you. Dan is correct, you will always get some material on the magnets in the pan. What you should not see is a pan that looks "dirty". There should be no dark residue on the insides of the pan, just fluid.
Good luck!

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