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      03-12-2014, 11:54 AM   #67
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Sounds like you got a "wall job" first time, not unusual unfortunately. Wall job is where they take your car, keep it overnight, park it next to the wall, and do nothing. Call you up say its done!

Old GF's brother had opened a car repair place. Going like gang busters. She took her car in for service there all the time from brand new.

She said she wanted to learn how to work on cars herself, so I said sure, let's do basic stuff, oil & filter, plugs, air filter etc. So we go get all the parts and get to work. Long story short obvious no one ever once touched the car. Oil looked horrible, air filter totally clogged, plugs nasty. I felt so bad for her, she was like crying as I'm putting in new plugs and stuff. It was awful.
I agree with you! But I did mine on my friends lift and it didn't call for a reset. In other words, no idiot light. IIRC if there is a certain amount of time you drain after the car is off you won't get the light. But not positive.
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      03-12-2014, 03:30 PM   #68
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I agree with you! But I did mine on my friends lift and it didn't call for a reset. In other words, no idiot light. IIRC if there is a certain amount of time you drain after the car is off you won't get the light. But not positive.
Would it necessarily display the MIL?
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      03-12-2014, 08:01 PM   #69
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adaptations reset will not do transfer-case reset... two separate things. Use DIS. If you change your fluid before the car throws a fault code saying the fluid should be changed then you can get away without the reset. When you reset the case the motors make an easy to hear sound.
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      03-12-2014, 08:04 PM   #70
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adaptations reset will not do transfer-case reset... two separate things. Use DIS. If you change your fluid before the car throws a fault code saying the fluid should be changed then you can get away without the reset. When you reset the case the motors make an easy to hear sound.
Can inpa/winkfp do this? There is a dcx chassis module that I bled earlier.
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      04-14-2014, 09:07 AM   #71
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Can inpa/winkfp do this? There is a dcx chassis module that I bled earlier.
Did anybody ever determine this? It seems I keep reading "it's easy, use DIS" but nobody ever gives details.
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      04-15-2014, 03:04 AM   #72
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Does anyone know how many liters of oil I need for front and rear diff?
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      07-15-2014, 05:01 PM   #73
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Does anyone know how many liters of oil I need for front and rear diff?
^ Would like to know this as well.

Additionally, I understand I'll need to replace the transfer case fluid with BMW fluid (going to get the ECS kit ), but can I use Redline for the diffs and MT fluid?

Also maybe a dumb question, but can I drain out the existing fluid (unknown type, assuming BMW) and just put Redline right in?

Helpful Redline fluid reference page here - (D6ATF for xi 6MT, 75W90 for the diff)
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      08-09-2014, 08:30 AM   #74
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Bump on dis transfer case reset DIY
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      08-09-2014, 08:35 PM   #75
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Does anyone know how many liters of oil I need for front and rear diff?
I would like to know this as well
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      08-10-2014, 12:40 PM   #76
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Bump on dis transfer case reset DIY
Not necessarily required.

I changed my fluid and didn't reset the case. I did make sure the car was in 'sleep' mode though before I did it.
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      08-10-2014, 12:41 PM   #77
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Does anyone know how many liters of oil I need for front and rear diff?
I would like to know this as well
2 quarts. Whatever that is in liters...
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      08-26-2014, 10:41 PM   #78
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I recently did this. It took a little over 0.5L of fluid. I ended up removing the cross brace that supports the xfer case, this made it much easier to get to the fill plug. If you do this, be sure to support the xfer case with a bottle jack.

excellent DIY guide here
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      08-27-2014, 04:10 AM   #79
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I did this recently too, did not have to reset anything.

Edit: deleted second part...

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      10-11-2014, 04:54 PM   #80
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Will a battery reset clear the transfer case adaptation?
Getting ready to do the transfer case oil change on my 2011 328. Trying to avoid having to learn how to use DIS to reset the adaptation.
Had read elsewhere that a battery reset clears the transfer case adaptation. Can anyone confirm?

Thanks.
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      10-11-2014, 05:12 PM   #81
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Will a battery reset clear the transfer case adaptation?
Getting ready to do the transfer case oil change on my 2011 328. Trying to avoid having to learn how to use DIS to reset the adaptation.
Had read elsewhere that a battery reset clears the transfer case adaptation. Can anyone confirm?

Thankts.
I used the reset ECU feature from my Cobb AP3 to reset mine...
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      10-20-2014, 03:39 PM   #82
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Sorta related, I had a whine noise coming from mine last year. Had them replace the fluid in December and it quieted down a little. Just had them do it again today and I didn't hear any whine afterwards. Saw a post over in an X5 forum abut someone who did a few flushes to fix theirs. Only $160 for the indy BMW shop to do it. The transfer case itself is $2,500 ($3k+ installed) so I don't mind a little preventative maintenance. I have 108k miles on the car.
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      11-02-2014, 02:47 AM   #83
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I just bought mine and it probably needs it too. I'll be replacing fluids in all three. This is a very helpful write-up!
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      11-29-2014, 09:55 PM   #84
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I just did this change on my 2011 335 xdrive sedan. Man what a bitch. Bought a 14mm hex socket from harbor freight, pressed out the hex bit from the socket and used an open ended wrench to get the drain plugs off. YOU NEED A RATCHETING CROW/OPEN END/CLOSED END WRENCH. But really, its the only way you can do it. Oh I also bought the fluid transfer pump at harbor for $6. Worked like a charm. Case took about 75% of a quart. Btw not all open ends will fit in the tight space, try to find the thinnest one you can. And a high quality one with a lot of pawls so you can utilize the 2 clicks of throw you get with the wrench.
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      12-21-2014, 11:11 AM   #85
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the bavarian technic cable can do this as well. im just going to order one before i change my transfer case fluid.
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the bavarian technic cable can do this as well. im just going to order one before i change my transfer case fluid.
Happened to have a Cobb Access out Port Device to tune my 135i so used the clear ECU feature when I did my wifes E90 328i. Tc adaptation done and error code is
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Soooo. Anyone ever figure out how to reset?
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Soooo. Anyone ever figure out how to reset?
Anyone?
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