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      12-05-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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Drives: 2006 330i E90
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Originally Posted by love2drive View Post
I did the work last weekend and thought I'd share results, FWIW.

Drained out under 5L of fluid, which looked pretty good to me. I have an 07 with <30K miles.

I replaced the mechatronic adapter sleeve because I had a leak. I also replaced the mechatronic adapter seal, which requires you to drop the mechatronic assembly then carefully retorque it in place. All reasonably priced torque wrenches I could find were inaccurate at 8Nm, so I did it by hand. Not recommended, but far better than using a Harbor Freight torque wrench.

Refilled with ~4.8L of Pentosin ATF-1. I'll probably support the car at an angle and try to get a bit more in.

Reset transmission adaptations using BT scan tool.

Results: Initially the slip in lower gears was better, but still there. I was bummed. A few days of driving and it is nearly gone, if not back to the way it always was. I can't really call it slip because under load the tranny does not slip at all, none, never, and I'm FBO with meth and JB4. I would characterize it as late shifting that allows a slight RPM blip between shifts.

Whatever happened, the problem is resolved. My recommendation to others experiencing this would be to just do the fluid change, replace the sleeve because they leak, but don't drop the mechatronic and do the other seal. I suspect that replacing half of the fluid (about all we can get out, that isn't in the torque converter) and filling to proper level will address the problem.

I'm pretty disgusted by a <30K mile transmission having any problems whatsoever. GM and Ford have been making flawless AT for decades, so it's the last point of failure I'd expect on a BMW. I'm hoping this was more of a software issue, and will look more into that, but strange that a fluid change would address it.

A couple of questions for ya:

Isn't your car still under warrantee? If so, I'd let the dealer take care of it (as much as I would hate to do it) in order to "preserve" the warrantee.

Second, How did you fill the transmission? Did you fill it when the car was off, then start it and let it run for about 5 min and then top it off with the car running? Your "slipping" issue sounds like it could simply be low fluid level. These trannys are a PITA to fill so if you don't get all the fluid in that it needs, you will end up with shifting issues. And based on the fact that the seal adapter was leaking, this really supports the theory of low fluid.

If your oil and pan looked good when you pulled it off (no sludge and shavings at the bottom of the pan and magnets) then the problem is not likely your gears or clutches (which is a good thing).

It may be a software issue, that was the first thing I had updated because it was the easiest, but it really sounds like a fluid level issue to me.