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Old 02-16-2017, 07:03 PM   #1
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Shifter was doing something weird

So coming home from work, I noticed that the shifter was leaning slightly towards the right but was not in gear. And when driving through the gears, the shifter naturally wanted to go into 5th instead of 3rd. I messed around with it for a little moving it through the gears while idling, and eventually it sat back in it's normal position. Any idea what this could be?


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Old 02-16-2017, 07:12 PM   #2
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I believe it's the detent pin? Search it up, it's been discussed a few times. Remedies include new trans fluid or taking apart the clutch to replace the part

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Old 02-16-2017, 08:35 PM   #3
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I believe it's the detent pin? Search it up, it's been discussed a few times. Remedies include new trans fluid or taking apart the clutch to replace the part

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Thanks! After reading some of the other cases, does indeed seem like the detent pin. I don't have the time to drop the tranny right now, so might change the tranny fluid for the time being until I have some free time/need to do the clutch.


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Old 02-17-2017, 07:46 AM   #4
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Mine does it too only when it's cold outside for 5-10 minutes. Search 5th gear lean. I plan on fixing mine when I replace the original clutch

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Old 02-17-2017, 08:02 AM   #5
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Mine does it too only when it's cold outside for 5-10 minutes. Search 5th gear lean. I plan on fixing mine when I replace the original clutch

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Yeah it seems like after about 5 minutes of driving it cleared up


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Old 02-17-2017, 08:46 AM   #6
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I don't think it's a detent spring as they are present only in the reverse shifter path and 5th gear shifter path. They have nothing to do with the clutch but are on either side of the tranny. Check your engine and tranny mounts first.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:04 PM   #7
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The detent pin for 5th gear binds in the bore. Once the transmission gets warm slightly it releases and the shifter stays in the center. Bmw has a tsb/sib from back when the cars were new about the problem.

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Old 02-17-2017, 02:06 PM   #8
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They are on the top of the trans so you have to remove it for access. They come out from the outside of the transmission so you don't need to open the case.

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