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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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2002 M3 stuck in 2nd gear, Need help..

I have a 2002 BMW M3. This car is my DD and has not been raced or rapped. I was driving and while shifting from 2nd to 3rd it did not want to shift. I pulled over and shut the car off. I then tried to take it out of 2nd gear while the car was off and it did not want to come out of gear. I pumped the clutch about 5-8 times before trying again maybe thinking the master cylinder is going out. This did not work either. I then turned on the car and tried again. The weird thing is I can engage the clutch and drive but still will not come out of 2nd no matter how hard i try. So had to drive it in 2nd all the way home going about 20 miles an hour. The car has 120k on it. I just got the clutch replaced about 2 years ago. Im thinking maybe the clutch spring broke which is not letting the tranny shift out of gear? Im not sure what to try, i just dont want to go in there and do all this work to change the clutch and find out it is something that can be fixed very easy. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:39 AM   #2
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Your clutch seems to be operating okay, since it disengages and engages properly when you depress and release the clutch. I would look at the shift linkage itself. It sounds as if something is either broken or disconnected there.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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Shift linkage would be where I checked first. I would start by popping off the cover/plate that sits below the shifter (inside the car) as it is very easy to remove and check to see if any issues are visible from there. Next step would be going under the car, hopefully you have a lift....
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:08 PM   #4
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On mine 2nd gear is always difficult to get into esp. when its cold **** hope it doesnt get stuck. gl op
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:22 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! i will keep u posted and see what i find..
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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Checked under the shifter cover and everything seems normal there..
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:25 PM   #7
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Next step would be to check the linkage from the under side of the car which is much easier to do on a lift rather than jacking the car up and putting it on stands. If you know someone/someplace with a lift that will let you rack the car, do that and give a visual check from under the car. Better to do all these steps before throwing parts/money at it.
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