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    trans fail-safe prog can you drve it to mechanic?

    after a 35 mile drive home stopped at the store and when I left the transmission banged twice and then went into safe mode. Got it home 1 mile. Can I drive it to the dealer probably 10 miles with stop and go traffic? or should I flat bed it?

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    2003 530

    2003 530I

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    drove it to the Dealer Wish me Luck!!

    Drove it to the Dealer Wish me luck!!!! HA

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    internal converter leak, knowledgeable comments

    anyone with knowledge on trans please comment. Dealer said internal converter leak causing slippage (reason it went to trans safe prog). They say to fix it NEW trans $5500 installed. He said they will reset the trans code and I could take it and drive it to see how long it would last.I'm going to do that and see what happens. 171,000 on the car 2003 530I. I guess if I am going to keep it maybe look around for a little bit better deal on trans than Dealer. Any comments would be helpful.
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    I'm no expert on auto trannys, however (m)

    The torque converter is full of tranny fluid, so how can it have an internal leak. Where is it leaking to?
    Do you know if the tranny was full? If it was low get it filled to the proper level.
    You are correct in getting another opinion. You can probably get a rebuilt one installed for less than 1/2 the price they quoted.
    Good luck.


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    Thanks Jim read more

    When I asked the rep if they were going to check the level of the fluid he said they can't because it's sealed. That's when I got suspicious because I read how to check the fluid in my Bentley book.Maybe I didn't explain it right, leaking seals on the converter internal cause it to lose pressure I guess and cause it to slip and throw the code? They are going to clear codes and test drive it and then I just have to sewe if it happens again. I will have to try and drive it and look into other places for a trans. Thanks again for your input, I trust your advice with may of your post.There seems to be a few people who answer post that just like to hear themselves type?
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    Flat bed is obviously a safer choice. I'd do that.





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    safe to drive it. I drove 300+ miles to get home

    and since the trans fail safe is absolutely not related to the transmission mechanical's, it is perfectly safe.

    don't even try and go to a transmission shop. Its electronic fault, check mass air flow sensor, shift control switch (on the outside of the transmission, wiring failures leading to that switch, etc)



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    Get the code and use the power of search

    My bet is that your torque converter is the problem-- there's a TSB you might want to track down. If it is, the TC be replaced independently of your transmission. Rebuilt TC's run ~$300-500. Should be ~$1k for parts and labor.

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    TC lockup clutch seal

    See photo in post 3 of link. This is the seal I was describing in my previous post.
    Replace the asterisks with m's.

    http://www.bi**erfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=518142&highlight=torque+converter

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    Service Bulletin : 5HP19 TC lockup clutch seal

    BMW Service Bulletin in post 6

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