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Old 02-22-2010, 02:02 AM   #1
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Anyone know how to fill up the convertible pump with hydraulic oil?

Any pictures would be great if anyone has done this before. Mine is running low on my 325Ci convertible and I have to add some. I know the pump is in the trunk area on the drivers side but I don't know where to fill.

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Old 02-22-2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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send me your email and ill send you the procedure in jpgs
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:07 PM   #3
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:37 PM   #4
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Thanks wtm2w. Awesome pictures
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:20 AM   #5
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I never heard of this one. How do you know it needs fluid? Where is it checked? Thanks!
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:03 AM   #6
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I never heard of this one. How do you know it needs fluid? Where is it checked? Thanks!
Where is this container? What fluid does it take?
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:38 AM   #7
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i think you should post the pictures, and the mods can make it a sticky
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:08 AM   #8
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post the pics!
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:39 PM   #9
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Here's the E46 Convertible Top pdf file.

Read page 6.

and online repair manual LINK
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:46 PM   #10
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:59 PM   #11
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E-46 Cabrio, Do you know if they ever changed anything through the production year ending 2006, with regard to the manual? It appears it was produced in 2000. Thank you for posting it.

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Old 05-06-2011, 09:04 PM   #12
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anyone know how full the clear container should be? My container is more than 3/4 full I am not sure how to fill it.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:51 PM   #13
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E-46 Cabrio, Do you know if they ever changed anything through the production year ending 2006, with regard to the manual? It appears it was produced in 2000. Thank you for posting it.

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I don't think so, all the hydraulic pumps are the same 318CI-M3, 2000-2006.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:58 PM   #14
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anyone know how full the clear container should be? My container is more than 3/4 full I am not sure how to fill it.
Only fill the container when the top is open.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:04 AM   #15
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Any pictures would be great if anyone has done this before. Mine is running low on my 325Ci convertible and I have to add some. I know the pump is in the trunk area on the drivers side but I don't know where to fill.

Thanks for helping out.




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My mechanic told me that unlike other fluids in the car, this system should never 'run low'. If you need fluid there is probably a leak somewhere...which will be very expensive to repair.
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:47 PM   #16
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My mechanic told me that unlike other fluids in the car, this system should never 'run low'. If you need fluid there is probably a leak somewhere...which will be very expensive to repair.
This is exactly what I heard too.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:09 PM   #17
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How about the hydraulic oil type? Does it need to be OEM from dealership, or can regular hdyraulic oil be used?
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:24 PM   #18
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How about the hydraulic oil type? Does it need to be OEM from dealership, or can regular hdyraulic oil be used?
I paid $40 USD from the dealer. I thought it was reasonable. YMMV.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:03 PM   #19
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This is exactly what I heard too.
You two are correct, you should not need to add fluid, UNLESS there is a leak, doing so could over pressurize the system and cause a seal to blow- thus causing a leak. This is for any hydraulic system.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:41 PM   #20
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Where would those seals be? I bought my car with troubles to open, very weak. I checked the fluid and it had almost a quarter of a cup too much. I took the fluid out but a little too late, the damage is done. Is there a solution?
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