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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sun, May-27-2018, 03:28:05 PM   #1
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Finally, the correct caps came in so, I am tackling this today; however, I am having difficulty popping the caps out...just making the hole bigger and not getting any bite...is there any other way to get out? Frustrating!

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I think I used a self tapping screw and a pair of pliers. Are you replacing the shift pins or the detent pins? I did the shift pins on my car and didn't notice any difference. Maybe in the long run it made a difference and I never saw a problem because I did it but I don't think you need to screw around with it.
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Slide hammer works great on those if you have or maybe borrow from parts store. Mine has a screw attachment that looks bigger than your hole and yanks them right out




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Slide hammer works great on those if you have or maybe borrow from parts store. Mine has a screw attachment that looks bigger than your hole and yanks them right out




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I got the same tool...I just got two out (one has to get mad). One instruction said not to make the hole too big and that's why I was worried How did you get the plastic caps off fifth and reverse...difficult to drive a screw in them.
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I think I used a self tapping screw and a pair of pliers. Are you replacing the shift pins or the detent pins? I did the shift pins on my car and didn't notice any difference. Maybe in the long run it made a difference and I never saw a problem because I did it but I don't think you need to screw around with it.
Had I known that, I would not have gotten a slide hammer. Mine wasn't having any issues except occasionally first presented a little struggle to go in.
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I got the same tool...I just got two out (one has to get mad). One instruction said not to make the hole too big and that's why I was worried How did you get the plastic caps off fifth and reverse...difficult to drive a screw in them.

I think the same way. Usually you hammer a good size nail through and then screw the screw in.

Iíll add, if your small shift pins wonít come out, and are moving smoothly, leave them be. They can sometimes wear a lip making them almost impossible to get out but may be okay in their normal range and not sticking. Itís the big ones that cause then lean if I recall correctly. They get this waffle looking wear pattern thatís actually kind of interesting.



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Iíve used that kit for way more than I thought I would, itís a handy assortment of stuff to have. Most recently yanked out the rear axle bearings in my f150 and it did the trick.


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You don’t need to do this on your transmission! The 310z in your 95 doesn’t have detent issues, only the 320z does.
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I think the same way. Usually you hammer a good size nail through and then screw the screw in.

I’ll add, if your small shift pins won’t come out, and are moving smoothly, leave them be. They can sometimes wear a lip making them almost impossible to get out but may be okay in their normal range and not sticking. It’s the big ones that cause then lean if I recall correctly. They get this waffle looking wear pattern that’s actually kind of interesting.
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As you say that (bold/underlined), the middle pin/bushing won't come out...bucking at the top and cannot get the twister to grab it...it seems that its moving freely though...not sure what to do...will try a few more times.

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You donít need to do this on your transmission! The 310z in your 95 doesnít have detent issues, only the 320z does.
That would have great to know before I purchase all the pins/bushings...would you just change the springs and put back the original pin/bushings and the new caps? What about fifth and reverse as well as first? I never have any problems except occasionally first present a struggle to engage.
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