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Old 12-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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? regard auto trans GM A5S360 or 5L40E

Am replacing my '99 323i slush box with a reman unit, and need to send back a core.

The tranny bell was cracked and welded during an engine project with the PO. I'd like to get it replaced so I can get a full core refund.

Has anyone pulled the TQ and bell off this tranny? I can't imagine that the bell also has internal tranny stuff mounted on it, but I've been wrong before.

Also, does anyone have a good bell that they can part with for a reasonable price?

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Old 12-19-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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The bell housing has the pump installed in it, that's why they are pricey and hard to find. Pictures in my DIY:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ighlight=5l40e
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:33 AM   #3
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thanks! I did read your thread top to bottom earlier.

I fould a GM A5S390 328i bell from a vendor on ebay. I'm guessing that the bell housing is the same, but that the pump might be different between the two, so I'll need to swap the pumps.

Any tips on how the pump gets removed? Looks like the 6 bolts behind the tc, and the 2 screws holding in the seal, and the whole pump should drop out of the bell?

John

edit: maybe I can just drop the 390 bell in with the core, since they are totally disassembling and rebuilding anyway. I took some risk assuming the 360/390 bells are identical.

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You must remove the o-ring from the input shaft, then the bell housing bolts and it will lift right off, they should be identical.


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Old 12-20-2013, 10:56 AM   #5
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thanks again, your very clear photos and explanations are a big help. I'm hoping that the ETE reman corrects the issues in the 5L40e, like they claim to have done (more efficient, smoother shifting, more reliable, dyno tested, etc). With a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty, and priced at $2400, it is still probably more investment than a 323i deserves, but since it is for my son, all worth it.

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