Project: Useless E46
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01-29-2012, 06:16 PM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Southern California
My Ride: 2003 325i Sedan
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Step 10: Removing Shift Rod Joint
-Lever Spring Washer out of the Groove and slide it out of the way.
-Now press the dowel pin downwards or upwards out of the shift rod joint and remove shift rod joint. I used a 90 degree pic to slide the pin downwards.
Opposite of removal. Make sure you lubricate the ball of the selector shaft on the transmission. I HIGHLY recommend you replace the foam piece inside the shift rod joint. This wears out very easily over time and contributes to play in shift quite a bit. If you are replacing the shift rod joint like I did, it should be coming with a new foam insert.
You can see the foam bushing is quite abused.
Step 11: Remove Selector Arm
-Lever out selector arm support bushing. Take a flathead screw driver and wedge it in the opening next to the support bushing levering to the outside of the car it will pop out.
: Make sure you pay attention to the orientation of the support bushing as you remove it, so that it is reinstalled properly.
-Next Take a flat head screwdriver and lever out a spring clip that is attatched to the pin that secures the selector arm to the transmission.
Here is a different angle of how exactly you release the spring clip I was only able to get with it out. It doesnt take much to release the clip, just get screw driver under the clip and roatate the screw driver to push the clip out of its securing location. I've seen people mangle the hell out of this clip or even break it because they dont think just muscle it.
Now that the clip is released. Swivel it up and slide the pin out.
Now you can take the selector arm out!!!!
Here's the old bushing. Time to get it out. I grabbed a 11mm socket and put it on top of the bushing in my press and started to pop it out. It really isnt to hard to get out. A press is certainly not required I just used it since I had it avalable to me.
Get some WD-40 on your fingers and lightly coat the new bushing. This will help pop it into the selector arm, just dont want to much because you want the bushing nice and secure in the selector arm not sliding about!
Alright all the parts are out!! time to compare Old vs New!!
Heres what a new foam insert should look like in the Shift Rod Joint.
Alright Now for reinstallation!
I used some silicone spray, you can use white lithium grease or any mild greases. Lubricated all the components that move during shifting:
-Selector Shaft Ball on the Transmission
-E60 Shifter Ball Joint
-Ball Joint Mount
-Selector Arm Pin
-Both Pins on Shift Rod
-Selector Arm End that mounts into the Support Bushing
As I stated before Make sure Your new shifter is oriented correctly with the rubber grommet that it goes through. Take note of the Arrow on the front of the grommet that points toward the front of the car.
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