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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Feb-19-2010, 06:44:38 PM   #11
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how bad looking/dirty/broken down is the used fluid like? any shots of the used fluids?
I didn't find any metal shavings, dirt, etc in my fluids. Just a darker color to it, but you can definitely feel that the shifting is smoother after changing the tranny fluid. Here's a pic of it. Diff fluid on the left and tranny fluid on the right. Car had 46k when I changed both.

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I'm in the process of changing my tranny fluid and diff fluids. Where did you get the fluid pump?

What fluid did you use for the Tranny?
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With the breaker bar arm pointing straight down, slowly turn it (towards the rear of the car) and 9 times out of 10 you will be able to get the socket snug onto the fill bolt within the first few degrees.
If not already doing so, using a 12-point socket will also help...requires half as much turning to get it set.

Thanks for the write-up, should help clear up some anxiety for many smg owners
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Bookmarked.

Doing my diff this weekend as well as my oil. Look forward to maintenance for some reason!
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Also quick question OP, is all this visible from under the car? Or are there parts covering it up?
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I didn't find any metal shavings, dirt, etc in my fluids. Just a darker color to it, but you can definitely feel that the shifting is smoother after changing the tranny fluid. Here's a pic of it. Diff fluid on the left and tranny fluid on the right. Car had 46k when I changed both.

Thanks for the pic !

That's such a relief to see these dirty oils coming out of the tranny eh...
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I'm in the process of changing my tranny fluid and diff fluids. Where did you get the fluid pump?

What fluid did you use for the Tranny?
I bought the pump for about $7 at Kragen.

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If not already doing so, using a 12-point socket will also help...requires half as much turning to get it set.

Thanks for the write-up, should help clear up some anxiety for many smg owners
No problem and good advice!

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Doing my diff this weekend as well as my oil. Look forward to maintenance for some reason!
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Also quick question OP, is all this visible from under the car? Or are there parts covering it up?
There are plastic shields that are there to protect everything from debris. If you go to the madrussian DIY link I posted in the original post he has pictures of the shields that you must remove including where all of the screws are. It's very easy to remove the shields though so it shouldn't slow you down at all.
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6 point sockets are always a safer bet on something that is often really tight. The 12 point does halve the angle of entry, but it more than halves the bolt to socket contact area.
On a bolt this size, it wouldn't normally round the corners, but for whatever reason, regardless of manufacturer, I've seen these plugs EXTREMELY tight. In this case a 6 point is safer.

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Great tips. I'll be doing this soon as part of my insp. 2.

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HEy everybody I am new to this forum. I have a Couple of questions after changing my SMG transmission Fluid with REDLINE OIL I feel like the car is Driving a little ROUGH and as is Accelerate is not that smooth as before? So do you think is the Fluid that is costing the problem or something else ? by da way my car have 77 K miles on it
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i changed my transmission fluid this past weekend. wasn't that bad. Put in the pentosin fluid. it shifted the same to me.
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Discussing DIY Tips for SMG Transmission Fluid Change in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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