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Old 07-05-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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Nuetral to auto

Many of you know what im alking about that drives an automatic e46, you cannot throw from nuetral to drive on high RPMs. I would like to know is there any way i could remove that safety or get rid of it. Yes i know its bad for youre transmission and all that but i just want to know how to remove it. Help would be really apricciated thank you!
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #2
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There is a solenoid by the shifter, I'm sure it's possible to eliminate that function by disconnecting, or removing the solenoid.
I thought of it because I like to put the tranny in neutral as I wait at a stoplight and shift back to drive without pressing the brake.
However, I advise you against shifting to neutral while moving at a high rate of speed.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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A 323i owner asking how to do a neutral drop.

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Old 07-05-2013, 11:13 PM   #4
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:13 PM   #5
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neutral drop at 8,000rpm... yeaaaaaaaaah boooooooy!!!
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:14 PM   #6
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WHo makes the Auto in the E46 ? I swear I've seen it.. I thought they were a special unit from GM, if they share much with the new tech GM autos there might be some interesting hacks to be had by cross breeding...

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Old 07-06-2013, 01:55 AM   #7
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:11 AM   #8
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I'll admit though, there are times when I have been at a light, and either bumped it into neutral, or other times where I'd hit neutral, and hate having to hit the brakes just to get it to shift back into Drive. I always feel like a tool when there's someone behind me, and suddenly I have to light up the tails just to get moving again. recently, it was because I was fighting a seizing caliper so coming to lights, I would dtep it down all the way to first, then jump it to neutral so I didn't have to use the brakes. But then even just sitting there, having to hit the brake anyway to release it to shift back. Admittedly, very few and far between circumstances, but one of those "if only" times when it happened. (especially since I can be doing 60, pop it into neutral just fine, and back into drive, but can't do it sitting still, at idle, at a red light? lol)
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:53 AM   #9
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Well my mission isnt to nuetral drop. Just like every other automatic drive i like to put in in nuetral while at a stop light. It would be nice if someone can give me an actual how to do it instead of bitching about it.
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There is a solenoid by the shifter, I'm sure it's possible to eliminate that function by disconnecting, or removing the solenoid.
I thought of it because I like to put the tranny in neutral as I wait at a stoplight and shift back to drive without pressing the brake.
However, I advise you against shifting to neutral while moving at a high rate of speed.
Do you know how to do it or what i have to remove?
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:55 PM   #12
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If you lift the shifter surround, you'll see the solenoid on the passenger side. The gearshift assembly needs to be removed to get to whatever is holding it. I disconnected it, it worked initially, but then the transmission light came on, the "electronic nannies" intervened.
If the solenoid is removed, but stays connected, the computer may be tricked into thinking it's working.

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