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E46 Automatic Transmission Fluid Reference and Procedures (ZF/GM)

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  1. bimmerholic

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    I realized there were some questions in regards to the type of ATF oil which is the recommended or suitable to use to the types of slush-boxes that is fitted to your car.Well, here's a quick summary of the types of ATF oil that you are to use when you're due for a change. This should be handy to many.ZF Transmission (1991-1999)[​IMG]ZF Transmission (2000-2003)[​IMG]GM Transmission (1991-1999)[​IMG]GM Transmission (2000-2003)[​IMG]Some information on carrying out the ATF oil change.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Nice one bro :top:
     
  3. jarance

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    Thank you for the compilation. bimmerholic

    sharing is caring.
     
  4. Petrus

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    Good info there bro !!! Thanx for sharing :rock:
     
  5. astroboy

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    Seriously, which workshop uses a proper hoist when it comes to ATF change? Such hoist only found in alignment machine and only available at tyre shop. Secondly, which workshop measures your transmission temperature during ATF change? Don't think our local workshops even have a thermometer for such application. Sigh!
     
  6. bimmerholic

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    You're most welcome guys....:)
     
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    Very true...but the least we could do is to know that this is how it should be carried out. Having said that, our mechanics never swear by the book...it's all about how fast can they get the change done irrespective if it is done correctly.

    i know.....sad but true...
     
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    When I did my last ATF change job when the car was only 40k km old, I went to a shop that provides alignment service to hopefully can use their alignment hoist to ensure car is level during the ATF change. But was in vain because that hoist, business too good with long list of cars waited for alignment job. End up I had to use their normal hoist which hoist from the side skirt jack points with 4 wheels hanging in the air. I asked them to get a hand pump talk jack like this muffler box support stand, to jack the rear diff up to artificially achieve the "level" position. Many were watching because if rear jack too high, the car may slip and fell head down from the hoist !! :ahhhhh: while I use a contractor level ruler to measure the ATF pan level under the hoist.. :4:
     
  9. bimmerholic

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    You actually did that....:top:

    I would have gotten a finger i think from the mech if i were to do so LOL!!!
     
  10. aidilj

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    How about some info for 318i model? is the gearbox the same as any of the above?
     
  11. Ricky929

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    actually, what is ZF and GM transmission, how about my N42 engine? '04 318i...which type of transmission is using? thx for sharing this...just plan to change the oil
     
  12. Iceduke

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    ZF and GM are gearbox manufacturers. They both supply gearbox to BMW. Most 6cylinders sold here are using ZF I believe. For N42 318i, it is GM gearbox. From my extensive reading of foreign (US/EU/UK) forums, GM gearboxes used Dexron VI as a replacement fluid. If you look at the chart posted, the actual fluid is Texaco 8072B which is almost non-existent to get over here. I've got a document from BMW listing approved fluids for its gearboxes and it lists Dexron III as an alternative fluid to 8072B. Dexron VI is the replacement for Dexron III.

    And there is an official announcement stating that from 2006, all GM gearboxes will ship with Dexron VI fluids, as evident in their GM6 hydramatic which is commonly used in Chevy,Bimmers, etc...

    I'll try to post the PDF doc here as it is too big...Hope this helps :)
     
  13. Iceduke

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    can't seem to shrink the pdf file size, if you guys want the file, I can email it...PM me ur email add. Cheers.

    Just to add, for ZF gearboxes, it uses the ever popular ZF Lifeguard 5 or 6 that most workshop/spare parts shop use. Although they say ZF LG can be used for N42 GM boxes but I have my reservations, seeing the high failure rate due to wrong usage of ATF fluids :)

    My 2 sens....
     
  14. Iceduke

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    managed to copy paste to text, this document also covers newer F10/F30. If any of u still want the orig doc, buzz me. Cheers

    View attachment 25266
     
  15. Iceduke

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    apparently CKD N42s uses the ZF gearboxes as evident from a unit doing a service at BOMIN today. Just take note. Cheers
     
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    bimmerholic, I would appreciate if you would have at least posted the website you got some of the information from:
    http://bimmerinfo.com/e46trans.htm

    Thanks
     
  17. anaksarawak

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    Many forum mentioned RedLine D4 ATF, have anyone tried this for their GM gearbox?
     
  18. Iceduke

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    Many overseas GM have used Redline without issues, as it is actually Dexron IV synthetic fluid :), abit pricey but ask yourself if you constantly race ur gb. If not I'd rather go for cheaper ones and change often.

     
  19. astroboy

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    As far as Toyota is concerned, the UMW SC are selling both D-III and D-IV. D-IV is meant for Toyota with AT box that comes with hill decent feature. The fluid is more liquid for this application while my Avanza is sticking to D-III even when service at SC, they have both ATF but only prescribe D-III for my Avanza. Outside part shop has long stop selling D-III and substitute that with D-IV and I just refuse to budge in regardless of how they tried to convince me. I have heard of Avanza suffering from slipping in their AT box after using D-IV because the lighter D-IV fluid unable to build sufficient pressure for my AT Box's normal operation.

    What I'm trying to say D-IV is not a replacement for D-III.

    The new E90 LCI or E90 MSport is shipped with GM 6 speed box and is prescribed with Dexron VI. The authorised part shops are selling Petrol Canada Dextron VI for these boxes.

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  20. anaksarawak

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    astroboy can you share the supply shop contact? Is it the same as iceduke's contact and price? We need 6 liters for each change?
     

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