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Old 10-02-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
klixtokw
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My Ride: bmw 325 ci
E46 vert hydraulic fluid

Does anyone know for sure what is the OEM hydraulic fluid used for the hydraulic pump that raises the top? There are many imitations IN THE MARKET and some postings that provide a name for the fluid that they say the dealers sell called "Aral Vitamol ZH-M ".

I have checked various dealers and they do not have such a thing. What they have is a fluid sold by BMW that all it says in the bottle is BMW group hydraulic fluid and sells for $52 for 250ml bottle and is beer yellow.
I need to top off my fluid and hesitate to use a different fluid than the one that came with the car that may have a different coeficient of expansion or temperature rating and create a major problem rather than resolve my issue of a slow moving top.

ANYONE THAT CAN SHED SOME LIGHT INTO THIS TOPIC PLEASE REPLY. MANY OF US WOULD BENEFIT.
THANKS!
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