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Old 10-16-2016, 02:44 AM   #1
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Best ATF replacement kit?

I'm going to have my friend's father flush and fill the ATF, and I thought while he was at it, he might as well put on a new filter and pan gasket. Don't know **** about cars, so I'm hoping for some guidance. Been looking at a few options on ebay...


http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-e46-e39-...FUoaCp&vxp=mtr

http://www.ebay.com/itm/361529400437...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:41 AM   #2
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https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...zf-24152333915

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/vol...ns-fluid-29934 x whatever amount you need

bolt x22

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...lt-24101423273
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:51 AM   #3
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As you know, you've got the ZF transmission in that car, and not the GM transmission.

I've always found www.pelicanparts.com to be an excellent source for parts information and parts purchases.

There, you can buy the ZF branded filter kit with pan gasket and drain & fill plugs for $88.50.




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Old 10-16-2016, 05:00 AM   #4
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Solidjake, thank you so much.

How many liters should I buy (To fill)?
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:01 AM   #5
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Not sure, you'll have to search around.
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Old 10-16-2016, 05:37 AM   #6
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I bought 14 Litres of Valvoline Maxlife ATF- for 3 drain/fills when I did mine.
If I remember rightly, removing the pan will drain approx. 5 litres, just draining the pan without removing it will drain approx. 4 litres.

I used the ZF filter kit from pelican that MR PODMAN mentioned, all good but from memory one of the plugs was wrong size so ended up reusing the old one.

Clean the old pan bolts up and use Blue Loctite when refitting them.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:24 AM   #7
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Jake, I think No. 29934 is the wrong Febi ATF. FCPEuro lists that as power steering fluid.

He should use the No. 14738 instead, which is what is shown in his ebay links.

I looked up both on the Febi website (http://www.febi-parts.com). The 29934 is Dexron III fluid, while the 14738 is LT71141 fluid.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:36 AM   #8
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How much fluid you need depends on how you change it. For multiple drain/refills, it takes 6 liters per. For a full fluid exchange using the cooler hoses it's 9 liters.

ZF 5HP19 ATF capacity:
9 liters including torque converter (full fluid exchange)
6 liters without torque converter (pan drain and refill)
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:57 AM   #9
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The best? ...I guess that would be genuine BMW parts. You can use an aftermarket filter and gasket if you like; but for the ATF, I would go to the dealer and give them your VIN, they will sell you the exact fluid recommended for your trans. Other fluids might work, but they won't be better and could be worse.
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