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Old 10-11-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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cold redline?

Accidentally managed to rev my car to the redline today 1 minute after starting. I did this for maybe two-three seconds-- did not realize that the gear had not engaged properly. How screwed am I?
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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it's not ideal but you'll probably be fine. this is where the importance of quality oil will save you.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:03 PM   #3
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You're fine..


The Honda owners running the cheapest Walmart oil they can find do it constantly.
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Doing this once or twice isn't going to cause any issues, but if you make a habit out of it, problems will arise. As Mango said, this is where the rubber meets the road as far as oil quality is concerned.
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May I ask how you "accidentally" redlined the car? I mean I don't mean to be rude, but how do you not notice the motor running at extremely high RPMs?
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i've personally seen someone fully flog/redline/beat to crap a stone cold E60 M5 repeatedly redline to redline full aggressive SMG shifts. car was seemingly fine for years as far as i know. personally i wouldnt do that
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May I ask how you "accidentally" redlined the car? I mean I don't mean to be rude, but how do you not notice the motor running at extremely high RPMs?
It's easy when you drive a step.

I have unintentionally been hung out to dry at >5,500 RPM numerous times.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:10 PM   #8
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Probably had his foot on the gas when he started the car.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:14 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the reassurances. Here is how it happened: car started moving on the first gear. Seemingly shifted to second, but the gear did not slot it. So pressed on the accelerator as normal, which caused it to redline.. 2-3 seconds max before I shifted to the right gear.
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Thanks for all the reassurances. Here is how it happened: car started moving on the first gear. Seemingly shifted to second, but the gear did not slot it. So pressed on the accelerator as normal, which caused it to redline.. 2-3 seconds max before I shifted to the right gear.
It's good it wasn't under load. BMW (afaik) actually cold tests these engines to redline right after they roll off the assembly line.
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It had no load. Don't worry about it.
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It's good it wasn't under load. BMW (afaik) actually cold tests these engines to redline right after they roll off the assembly line.
They were done by BMW OEM testing employees. If we were to cold redline the cars the results would have been devastating.
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i've personally seen someone fully flog/redline/beat to crap a stone cold E60 M5 repeatedly redline to redline full aggressive SMG shifts. car was seemingly fine for years as far as i know. personally i wouldnt do that
I've seen E60s, E46 M3s, E9X M3s, etc SMG (SMG2/DCT) cars to many drivers translates to excuse to hammer on it and not think aka ride the red line. The ones I know personally are still on the road and running fine today.

As mango said earlier a good quality oil helps with protection in red line situations.
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I know people who hit the rev limiter backing out of their driveway. You'll be fine, just don't make a habit of it.
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There's a reason why your car has a rev limiter.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:31 PM   #17
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Thanks guys. I was just being a little light on the transmission today since I am really scared of the fuel pump giving out any time now (Symptoms have started). Seriously, this car has driven me into a state of paranoia.
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Acquire fuel pump from BMA, install, profit. Don't tell me you don't have $150.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:10 PM   #19
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Yes Wh33lhop. I have ordered the pump. I am just scared it will die before the new one comes in.
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