In Reply to: Has anyone changed transmission seals ??? posted by 95 525i(5speed) on April 05, 1999 at 08:00:19:
Doing this job is much easier if the car is up on a lift. But you don't have to remove the exhaust, just lower it in any case. Support it to prevent stressing the converter pipes.
Remove the heat shield and then unbolt the section of the driveshaft that's attached to the rear of the trans. Also take off those 2 bolts that hold the center support bearing to the body.
Work the hardy disc/guibo coupling end off the trans. output flange with the disc still attached to the driveshaft[you take the 3 bolts that go through the disc and into the trans flange off, not the other 3 bolts holding the disc onto the driveshaft itself]
You will need a thin walled 30mm deep socket to remove the trans output flange once you get any retaining ring pc off the 30mm nut that the factory put on.
You will also need to disconnect the shifter linkage clips and pull it off the shifter arm hanging under the car.
The linkage ends up at the trans with a spring clip ring over a pin that holds the linkage together. Once you get this off you can carefully remove the little shifter seal behind all that stuff. Install the new seal with a 15mm deep socket or like diameter tool. usually you can pry the old seal out with a small flat blade screwdriver.
Hope this helps.