BMW

BMW Questions? Ask a BMW Repair Expert for Answers.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

BMW

BMW 328i How do I check the transmission fluid on a 1998 BMW

Customer Question
How do I check the...
How do I check the transmission fluid on a 1998 BMW 328i
Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: BMW
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own BMW Question
Answered in 52 minutes by:
12/1/2010
BMW Mechanic: JayPutelis, Shop Foreman/ BMW Master Tech replied 7 years ago
JayPutelis
JayPutelis, Shop Foreman/ BMW Master Tech
Category: BMW
Satisfied Customers: 875
Experience: 12 yrs Experience; ASE Master Technician; ASE L1 Certified
Verified

Hi there,

 

Is the transmission an automatic or manual?

 

Thanks, JP

Ask Your Own BMW Question
Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Auto
BMW Mechanic: JayPutelis, Shop Foreman/ BMW Master Tech replied 7 years ago

Here is the procedure for checking the fluid level; please note the drain and fill plug locations; you should be able to match one of the pictures up to your transmission depending on what model transmission is in the vehicle. Also note, the instructions state to have the trans fluid temp between 30-50; if you do not have a scan tool to look at the fluid level of the trans; if you start the engine cold (after sitting overnight); let the vehicle idle for 10 minutes before checking the fluid, this will put the temp around 30-35 degrees.

 

Transmission Fluid Level Checking Procedure and Application Chart

MODEL

  • All with the ZF and GM automatic transmission

SITUATION

  • Checking the fluid level may be necessary if there is evidence of a leak, a complaint related to fluid level or in the event repairs are made to the transmission.

NOTE: USE ONLY THE TRANSMISSION FLUID THAT IS APPROVED FOR USE WITH THE SPECIFIC TRANSMISSION AS INDICATED IN THE FLUIDS APPLICATION CHART. ALL OTHER FLUIDS WILL CAUSE NON WARRANTABLE TRANSMISSION DAMAGE.

PROCEDURE
Fluid Level Checking Procedure for all Transmissions without a Dipstick:

  1. The transmission temperature must be between 30°C and 50°C before checking can begin. Use the DIS or the MODIC to determine the transmission temperature.
  2. The vehicle must be level and without load. With the engine running, switch on the air conditioning. This will increase the idle speed and ensure that all oil passages in the transmission are filled with oil.
  3. Step on the brake firmly, apply parking brake fully and move the selector lever through each gear position, pausing briefly in each gear.
  4. With the engine running and the selector lever in Park position, remove the filler plug located on the transmission (see picture for location). If a small stream of oil runs out, the fluid level is correct.
  5. If no oil runs out when the filler plug is removed, the fluid level is too low. Add oil until it starts to overflow.
  6. With the engine running, reinstall the oil filler plug and tighten to proper torque. (Refer to section below for proper tightening torque)

Transmission Filler & Drain Plug Locations:

5 HP 30 (A5S 560Z)

(1) Drain Plug
(2) Filler Plug
5 HP 24 (A5S 440Z)

(1) Drain Plug
(2) Filler Plug
5 HP 19 (A5S 325Z)

(1) Drain Plug
(2) Filler Plug
5 HP 18 (A5S 310Z)

(1) Drain Plug
(2) Filler Plug
THM R1 (A4A 310R & A4S 270R)

(1) Drain Plug
(2) Filler Plug
5L40-E (A5S 360R & A5S 390R)

(1) Drain Plug
(2) Filler Plug

Fluid Level Checking Procedure for all Transmissions with a Dipstick
(As of 02/91 the THM R1 transmissions are not equipped with a dipstick):

  1. The transmission temperature must be between 30°C and 50°C before checking can begin. Use the DIS or the MODIC to determine the transmission temperature.
  2. The vehicle must be level and without load. With the engine running, switch on the air conditioning. This will increase the idle speed and ensure that all oil passages in the transmission are filled with oil.
  3. Step on the brake firmly, apply parking brake fully and move the selector lever through each gear position, pausing briefly in each gear.
  4. Pull out dipstick and wipe clean with a lint free cloth
  5. Reinsert dipstick completely. Pull out dipstick and place bottom tip on a level surface, measure level from bottom tip as shown.


Compare measurement and oil temperature reading from MoDiC or DIS with Table.

  1. Add additional oil if needed.

Reinsert dipstick completely. Pull out dipstick and look at level. Level should be between MAX and MIN marks as shown.


Amount of oil between MAX and MIN marks is 0.3 lit (0.6 pts)

On vehicles with a dipstick tube if transmission fluid is needed use only Dexron III.

Adding Oil after Transmission Repairs:

  1. With the engine stopped, add oil to the transmission until it overflows.
  2. Insert the filler plug and tighten by hand. Place the selector lever in Park position and start the engine.
  3. Follow the fluid level checking procedure as described under step A or B.

Notes on fluid level checking and adding transmission oil:

  • Whenever all lifetime use oils (Shell LA 2634, Esso LT71141 or Texaco ETL 7045 or 8072B) are to be collected in a clean container and reused.
  • It is preferred to check the transmission fluid level at 30°C , this way the transmission will hold extra oil versus topping off at 50°C .
  • If the transmission temperature rises above 50°C during the fluid level checking procedure, the resulting oil level will be too low.
  • Have necessary equipment, oil pump and transmission fluid available before starting the fluid level checking procedure.

Hope this helps, please use the accpet button as this is the only way I receive credit for my work.

 

Thanks, JP

Ask Your Own BMW Question
Ask JayPutelis Your Own Question
JayPutelis
JayPutelis
JayPutelis, Shop Foreman/ BMW Master Tech
Category: BMW
Satisfied Customers: 875
875 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 12 yrs Experience; ASE Master Technician; ASE L1 Certified

JayPutelis is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible.

CharlesWalnut Creek, CA

As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!

SueCharleston, WV

Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff.

JimCastleberry, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Roger

Roger

BMW Master Tech

3,050 satisfied customers

10 yrs. experience as BMW Master Technician, shop foreman and dealer.

Marty

Marty

ASE Certified Technician

509 satisfied customers

ASE & Bosch Certified Master Tech. Over 30 years experience.

bimmaster

bimmaster

BMW Technician

1,838 satisfied customers

3 years dealer experience, master bmw tech

Sam

Sam

BMW Master technician

1,043 satisfied customers

BMW S.T.E.P. graduate, 10 years BMW dealership experience

Thebmwbum

Thebmwbum

BMW Foreman

714 satisfied customers

31 years BMW Experience

mike

mike

BMW Technician

694 satisfied customers

bmw master tech ase certified

Matt

Matt

Engineer

419 satisfied customers

Mechanical Engineer with 20 years experience in the auto industry, 8 yrs in formula 1 engine testing

< Previous | Next >

Related BMW Questions
Instrument cluster doesnt work. 2009 328i xdrive. Buying a
instrument cluster doesnt work JA: What is the model/year of your BMW? Customer: 2009 328i xdrive JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far? Customer: buying a used one but … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
Change battery car starts but top speed is 20mph. 2008 328i.
Changed battery car starts but want go over 20 mph … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
Changed battery and car too speed is 20 moh. 2008 328i.
Battery was dead changed battery car starts but well on go 29 mph … read more
rpmdiag
rpmdiag
High school
7,167 satisfied customers
I have a 2013 328i. The hood open warning light is on but
I have a 2013 328i. The hood open warning light is on but the hood is latched. I can't drive it because of the sound warning it's making. How can I reset it or just disconnect it? … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
No spark. 08 328i. Cleaned vanos solenoids, replaced,
yes, cleaned vanos solenoids, replaced, shredded serp belt, checked pulleys, checked cam sensor, changed oil, checked fuses, … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
My 2009 bmw 328i will not start. There is a new battery in
My 2009 bmw 328i will not start. There is a new battery in there and the mechanic put in a new starter. Any suggestions ? … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
Hard top stuck about halfway open. 2012 328i. Only tried
Only tried shutting car totally off a few times. Top doesn't budge … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
T sensor on a 2009 bmw 328i. Codes have been triggered. its
yes codes have been triggered. its the crankshaft sensor … read more
Marty
Marty
ASE Certified Technician
Associate Degree
509 satisfied customers
Radio cycles on and off. OEM. 2014 328i. Nothing, just
there was some smoothie spilled on the center console controls a few months back .... might be related… read more
Jason
Jason
Associates
3 satisfied customers
I have 2010 328i / the Val Tronic motor shaft broke I
I have 2010 328i / the Val Tronic motor shaft broke I removed the valve cover / removed the broken shaft / reinstalled the cover Now I'm not sure how to install the new motor / adjust it … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
I just purchased a 2008 328i and the rear view mirror is a
I just purchased a 2008 328i and the rear view mirror is a mystery to me. When I back out of my garage at 5am, I cannot see anything from it! Can that be adjusted somehow? … read more
Kevin
Kevin
workshop foreman /master tech/mot tester
0 satisfied customers
Front windows don't work. 2008 328I conv. Checked fuses in
front windows don't work JA: Is this your first time dealing with this issue? Customer: yes JA: What is the model/year of your BMW? Customer: 2008 328I conv JA: Are you fixing your 328i yourself? What… read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
2000 328i was told code 18? what is that and is it costly
2000 328i was told code 18? what is that and is it costly repair??? … read more
Chad Farhat
Chad Farhat
Owner
Associate Degree
4,099 satisfied customers
Our 2008 328i recently started to indicate that the ABS
Our 2008 328i recently started to indicate that the ABS system is not working properly - the ABS light is on. We have scanned it and received the following codes: 5DF0 Hydraulic unit pump motor and 5D… read more
eauto
eauto
self employed
High School or GED
74 satisfied customers
Lean code and powertrain malfunction. 118001. 2013 328i
2013 328i Xdrive 2.0 I have not pulled the code on the drivetrain yet. … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
I have a 2008 328i. Are the adaptive headlights suppose to
I have a 2008 328i. Are the adaptive headlights suppose to light during daylight hours or is there a sensor that turns them off when it's not dark enough ? … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
Will a 2011 328i motor work in a 2007 328i, 175k on the 2007
175k on the 2007 and the 2001 motor has 52K automatic … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
Not blowing and ac. 2008 BMW 328i. How do I do that? 328i.
Haven't done anything. I just noticed the problem. … read more
Stephen, MBA
Stephen, MBA
Master's Degree
166 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x