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Old 08-14-2010, 07:02 PM   #1
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ATF Question, Manual Tranny

i have a 1999 328i with a manual transmission and I noticed my shifts are getting rougher so i peaked around under the hood and found the ATF reservoir was low. Isnt ATF AUTOMATIC transmission fluid??? what should i use to fill it up?
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:34 PM   #2
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That resevoir is for your power steering. The only way to check that your tranny fluid isn't low is to jack the car up (needs to be level) and remove the fill plug on the tranny. There should be oil right up to that fill plug. If it isn't, then you have a leak somewhere (only 3 spots where it can leak). If you've gone this far, then you might as well remove the drain plug and put new oil in the tranny.
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