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      05-09-2021, 01:19 AM   #67
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How did you get all wheels off the ground with out car falling off from one of the stands
What I did was start by driving up on some 2x4s to start from a higher position then used the central jack points. I kept the jacks under as well (under the central points)
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      05-09-2021, 12:14 PM   #68
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I completed my round of trans fluid changes today with the pan/filter and mechatronic sleeve replacements. FYI, the mechatronic sleeve was a real pain in the butt, mostly because I couldn’t figure out how to remove it. There is a metal release lever that has to be pulled down otherwise the sleeve is locked in place. You have to remove the fluid reservoir cylinder, just behind the mechatronic unit under the pan (3 bolts and one electrical plug) to gain access to the lever, which is held down with one bolt. After you do this the sleeve can be pulled out and replaced.
Were your sleeves bad? I haven't heard of any real need to replace them.
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Were your sleeves bad? I haven't heard of any real need to replace them.
No. I did it proactively. I wouldn’t recommend messing with it unless yours is leaking.
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Thank you Unspec for such a great DIY!

Just completed auto transmission pan/filter, fluid replacement on my 2011 F10 528i RWD (N52).

My car has 160 500 km (~ 100K miles) and I don't think it was ever replaced by previous owners based on condition of the fluid/pan.

The shifting is noticeably smoother after replacement.

i got ZF 8 fluid from rockauto.com and trans pan/filter from autohausaz. That was the cheapest option for me considering shipping to Canada.

Around 4.3 L went out and around same volume went in.

Few notes to re-iterate:
- Make sure to do the "Rev to 2000 and hold it there for 30 seconds to fill the torque converter" part. I mistakenly skipped it at first and was not able to add any fluid during "required temperature" fill. After doing this step i was able to add some extra fluid, so old fluid volume OUT was equal to new fluid IN based on my estimates.

- On my model, It was a pita to remove a protective/supportive bracket on passenger side of transmission pan (to get access to fill plug). There is very little space to access 2 nuts which are holding the supportive bracket behind exhaust pipes. I had to cut my 10mm wrench in half so it can be squeezed between pipes and car's bottom.
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      05-28-2021, 11:10 PM   #71
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me and Burrninja just did mine the other week! glad he knew how to do this as it was a very fun project to do as well as i got to learn more about this


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Hey, If I bring my wheels out to you in NJ can you help me with a Tranny Change? Im in New York

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Hey, If I bring my wheels out to you in NJ can you help me with a Tranny Change? Im in New York

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Unfortunately, I've since moved from the time of writing the guide and no longer live in a place where I can work on my car, though I still do live in Jersey City. I work on it down in the Cherry Hill region now, at my parent's garage.
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