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Old 09-06-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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I'm about to do a driveway special with 4 jack stands and 2 jacks.

I'm doing a clutch and fly wheel install and pulling the tranny all the way out to replace the fluid and seals and check the gears. Its a 6 spd. I have BMW repair instructions for the process are there any suggestions or tips I should know before I go at this.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:31 AM   #2
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I'm about to do a driveway special with 4 jack stands and 2 jacks.

I'm doing a clutch and fly wheel install and pulling the tranny all the way out to replace the fluid and seals and check the gears. Its a 6 spd. I have BMW repair instructions for the process are there any suggestions or tips I should know before I go at this.
Just take her slow and make sure you double check everything on the jacking process.

Never done this before on a BMW, but done it a few times on other cars.

Good luck.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #3
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:37 PM   #4
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I'm about to do a driveway special with 4 jack stands and 2 jacks.

I'm doing a clutch and fly wheel install and pulling the tranny all the way out to replace the fluid and seals and check the gears. Its a 6 spd. I have BMW repair instructions for the process are there any suggestions or tips I should know before I go at this.
1) The entire transmission can be held in place by the dowel pin on the starter. I just used a large screwdriver and some PB Blaster from the top of the engine compartment to separate them.

2) Jacking up the front of the engine (make sure to remove all items in the way per the manual) will make removing/installing the transmission much easier.

3) Make sure you align the starter properly onto the flywheel to ensure that it will engage properly. I should be easy to feel/see if it's right or not.

4) Having a second set of hands will make everything much easier, especially when you're removing and installing the transmission. Doing everything by yourself is possible, just more difficult and time consuming (tranny is very heavy and akward).
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There is a bolt that holds the flywheel cover on that goes in from the front of the car on the passenger side. All the other bolts come out the back.. Mine was covered in dirt and pulled and pulled on the transmission for an hour or so trying to get it loose. Once I realized that bolt was there and took it out, it slid right out. I think its a 10mm.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:54 PM   #6
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I got all the bolts out and the trans is separated but fully supported on a jack. the starter wont seem to separate and is holding the whole thing together. i cant get a screw driver up in there. any suggestions
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