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    transmition acting up...181K

    181K 528iA GM 4 gear transmition, original oil...
    up to now never seen anything like this: when I left my work today car was stiwthing from: "s" in 2nd gear and then "d"...it was skiping gear 3. I pulled on the side of the road, disconnected the battery for 2-3 minutes. Drove to home 15miles...it did once more, I mean it went from D to S in 2nd gear...with rpm going high (a bit dramiatic)...again after that drove 15miles...no problem. In the garage I disconnected battery again,i'm going to leave it over night...I'll go to mechanic tomorrow.
    Did anyone had a similar problem?

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    Bikan, Chicagobikan '97 528i
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    Re: transmission acting up...181K

    I apologize for bad spelling in my previous post...don't use the tablet, the laptop is still the best.

    Anyway, the problem appears to be an electric nature; however, from a few posts that were posted in the past, I found: changing the oil is the fix for this problem. Did anyone replaced the transmission oil only and solved this issue?

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    Bikan 528iA 181K...bikan '97 528i
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    It wouldn't hurt to try since you're using cheaper

    plain Dexron III.



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    Mine does the same thing, before and after,

    changing the fluid. No codes, proper level. Only does it after a lot of stop and go traffic when hot ambient temps. Let car sit for 10 minutes and it is fine. Fritracer
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    shift control switch or gear selector switch

    located on the side of the transmission.

    The switch wires might be bad or the inside is really dirty. The switch is very simple inside and I think for the 4spd its not expensive.
    Try and clean the inside 1st and check the wires. if all fails get a new or a good used one.

    The 5spd auto is more expensive, the one fits the 96-97 840Ci is 1200usd new. I rebuilt mine from 25usd and no trouble for 2+ years




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    i meant to say these switches are the same but

    has many different names. I hate that w/o paying I can not edit a post....

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    Re: shift control switch or gear selector switch

    My mechanic thinks that the problem is internal: solenoid that controls the torque convereter...at least that what the codes tell him.

    I guess I'll need to take it to transsmision specialist or dealer...
    If someone asked me 48h ago: "how do you like your car?"...I would've say: Great, 181K no major probles, still running as new car...

    Anyway, if someone knows the good transsmition place in Chicago area, I would like to take my car for 2nd opinion...I would love to fix it. I can't say good buy yet.

    Thank you and Merry Christmas
    Bikan, Chicagobikan '97 528i
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    yes the solenoid will act up as it does not get

    power ! My tool and all the tools/testers we put on told me the same. Solenoid this and that. Do not listen to that.

    here is my take - buy a cheap used shift selector switch. 50usd top. try it. also check wires and connectors. if all good and it did not solve the issue you are out of 50usd. Less then half hour of testing and if you put it on ebay you can sell it for 40 in a month.

    I would put a 100usd on this that no internal failure but the shift switch or its wire/connector is out and causing a short.

    been there done that and learned it in a hard way.


    just an another note... my Astro Can lost its 1st and 4th gear one day. GM dealer computer and all obd-ii testers etc. showed transmission solenoid failure.
    I got the solenoid and then I remembered my BMW. Changed the shift switch, all good in 10 minutes. I paid a total of 25usd for the used switch and 30 for the solenoid (which of course was returned)

    2 years later the same happens, I buy a new/used switch but it does not solves the issue. same solenoid errors all over. Search online and quickly revealed a ignition switch trouble. Dropped a new ign switch in, all is good. The solenoids gets the signal from the ignition switch and that was getting a short thanks to GM's ingenious design - which I later found out was not a recall but a bulletin info. Had I been the original owner, I would got a switch for free and I would need to pay for labor only.


    my point is anybody who's been in this business or had a same issue, will tell you when the testers tell you solenoid its the power source to them is the trouble.



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    Re: yes the solenoid will act up as it does not get

    Laszlo thank you man,
    I'll try it. I'm planning to move to Bay area next month so I'm really motivated to keep my car for at least 2 more months...and buy a new one in California. bikan '97 528i
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    turns out my trans is doing the same thing too...

    i didn't think it was quite the same, but it is.

    Trans shows "S" and has problems shifting out of 3rd i think. The G/F said the motor would revv up, but the car wasnt moving until she manually shifted it down through the gears.

    i.e. it sounds like it was "between" gears, let the RPM's run up.
    I had a Ford that did this shifting to OD one time - it would shift from 4th to OD, but never go into OD, revv up, then slam back down into 4th.

    problem with the Ford was a part of a c-clip broke and fell down into the valve body blocking a channel. Doubt its that on the BMW.


    I still think its something electronic.... but no error codes.- Nano
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    lol i had ur ford problem on my old LSC



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    If you could provide specific info about your car, the site in the attached link can show you the part number for the selector switch you are seeking. I used a 528i of a random year to generate this part diagram. I think the part you are searching for is part #5 in the attached.

    There are numerous threads in the archives regarding this problem. If you do an advanced search using the "Search Single Content Type" tab, and specifiy the e39 forum you limit the responses to your particular car.

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