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Dado 540
01-05-2009, 08:14 PM
Im experiencing very rough jerking when starting from a stop. Once its strats going, im guessing when i goes into second it rides with no problems. Also sometimes it doesnt even wanna go into the drive or reverse even tho the shifter says its in gear. I have had the differential replaced at Maranello last year. Could this be related to it in any way, while its still underwarranty or is my tranny fried?

1998 540i Sport

Any help is appreciated

5thseries
01-05-2009, 08:30 PM
well, is it an automatic or standard?

Dado 540
01-05-2009, 09:08 PM
Ahh i forgot to mention that!

Its an Automatic

5thseries
01-05-2009, 09:28 PM
Check out your torque converter...

if you are in a stand still, if your rpm jumpy?, also is there any abnormal sounds.

Dado 540
01-05-2009, 10:44 PM
yes! there was some screech, or grind and the rpm are jumpy! what does that mean?

Fel
01-06-2009, 09:31 AM
Im experiencing very rough jerking when starting from a stop......

Tranny problem, eh? I'd say find a new tranny, but full on girls are better man. :D



....I'm sorry, I couldn't help it, I'm not much help...

ShortShifter
01-06-2009, 09:37 AM
Sounds like a good time for a 6spd swap...

5thseries
01-06-2009, 06:09 PM
yes! there was some screech, or grind and the rpm are jumpy! what does that mean?Gears are probably grind down, also your torque converter may be going.. i suggest getting your tranny oil changed and inspected. Have a look for any kind of chips or peaces or mettle and also getting that torque converter checked upon

6 speed swap *rockout* :P

Eurostyle
01-06-2009, 06:25 PM
I have a 6 spd and pedal cluster! Find the rest and you got yourself a nice swap!!!*th-up*

5thseries
01-06-2009, 06:37 PM
It was ment to be Dado :P Softermatic to MANual

Thank god for Eurostyle!

Dado 540
01-06-2009, 07:20 PM
Looks like the Torque converter is on its way to hell

5thseries
01-06-2009, 07:21 PM
Looks like the Torque converter is on its way to helldid you get it checked out?

Dado 540
01-06-2009, 07:34 PM
yes, i went to Toronto Automatic Transmission. However i had no symptoms today at all. They are suspecting its the torque converter.

I wonder if maybe my fluid is low, could be the cause of this?

5thseries
01-06-2009, 07:37 PM
Possibly.

when was the last time you actually checked or even changed the fluid?
Honestly, transmissions are the bitch of the car.. they play some serious tricks on you

Dado 540
01-06-2009, 07:45 PM
i havent done it. I was planning on getting it changed and this happened. How can i check my level?

5thseries
01-06-2009, 08:04 PM
Look under the hood, and search for the dip stick

Check for colour, texture, and if theres anything weird that is in the fluid..
if you find any kinds of hard clumps.. that can be yur transmission grinding up into mettle shreds

Dado 540
01-06-2009, 08:08 PM
Any idea where it is on a 98 540i

5thseries
01-06-2009, 08:17 PM
Ill find that out lol

Dado 540
01-06-2009, 08:28 PM
Since the lifetime fluid was introduced, dip stick was removed.

Also read up on this and there are recomendations not to chance the fluid after 100,000k since you lose most of the fabric from the clutches and slippage will occur. Any truth in this?

5thseries
01-06-2009, 08:30 PM
Look near the fire wall, or the back of the motor, anywhere around the general area, cannot pin point..

according to me father, all automatic transmissions have dipstick for that fluid
Hmm.. ill look more into it

zackman17
01-06-2009, 09:59 PM
Look near the fire wall, or the back of the motor, anywhere around the general area, cannot pin point..

according to me father, all automatic transmissions have dipstick for that fluid
Hmm.. ill look more into it

my jeep doesn't have a dip stick for transmission fluid....

5thseries
01-06-2009, 10:07 PM
ok?

ShortShifter
01-07-2009, 09:01 AM
ford escorts dont have dipsticks either. Take it to a mechanic or even Mr. Lube. Mr. Lube will check it for free.

5thseries
01-07-2009, 08:25 PM
My mistake.. not all automatics have those..

For further assistance on the fluid, go to the transmission shops and see what they say

Dado 540
01-08-2009, 02:47 AM
gonna have the tranny fluid flushed today. when they drop the pan, ill get a better understanding of whats happening (If there's any metal chips or cluch fibres).

azn_oo1
01-08-2009, 10:00 AM
i went to mississauga automatic transmissions they did amazing job, i would go to them with my transmission needs. (btw i had mine rebuilt by them by far the cheapest around). The owner is a really nice guy too.

europrince
01-08-2009, 10:17 AM
Good luck. I had the tranny on my 1997 540 rebuilt 4 years ago but had to get rid of the car last spring. Good riddance. As wonderful as the e39 is, its an old car now and the repair bills prove it. I've noticed a bunch of new e39 owners on this forum recently. You've bought yourselves a high maintenance woman. As long as you don't mind buying her a couple Louis handbags yearly, you enjoy the experience.

Dado 540
01-08-2009, 01:02 PM
I hear you europrince. Im gonna start looking for a younger E39 lol. The funny thing is im not having any problems now. Its running perfectly fine.

5thseries
01-08-2009, 06:28 PM
I hear you europrince. Im gonna start looking for a younger E39 lol. The funny thing is im not having any problems now. Its running perfectly fine.Just incase, check it out because transmissions are tricksters.. it can go tomorrow, or maybe 4 years from now..

Dado 540
01-08-2009, 06:36 PM
So i went to Mississauga Transmission and i was gonna do the fluid change. They drop the pan and to find 4 porkypines in there lol. There are 4 magnets in each corner of the oil pan. And there was so much metal debree that it looked like a porkypine. Also there were some pieces of aluminum (probably from the converter turbine). Mark (the owner) said not to touch it, they pumped the old fluid back. Basically it has to be rebuilt. So far its riding flawlessly, he even took her for a test run and was amazed with the smooth shifting.

5thseries
01-08-2009, 07:09 PM
So i went to Mississauga Transmission and i was gonna do the fluid change. They drop the pan and to find 4 porkypines in there lol. There are 4 magnets in each corner of the oil pan. And there was so much metal debree that it looked like a porkypine. Also there were some pieces of aluminum (probably from the converter turbine). Mark (the owner) said not to touch it, they pumped the old fluid back. Basically it has to be rebuilt. So far its riding flawlessly, he even took her for a test run and was amazed with the smooth shifting.Was he able to tell you where the 4 porkypines came from? lol

Dado 540
01-08-2009, 07:17 PM
He thinks its the forward drum. They have tendency to crak right along the rim edge. He showed me and example of that form an audi tranny. And he also showed me a converter with a turbine so ****ed up thats not rebuildable.

When i saw the little metal chunks and the "porkypines" it wasnt pleasant. They cleaned up hte magnets and washed the pan, but its gonna have to get rebuild. Torque converters common on 540i. As i was there some other dude was calling in his 540i that doesnt shift into reverse.

The owner Mark, what a guy man. Definitely gonna go there.

5thseries
01-08-2009, 07:20 PM
Think you can give me the directions? my fathers vans transmission is going soon, can feel it in the shifts

Dado 540
01-08-2009, 07:30 PM
Just go on www.mississaugaautomatic.com

Click on Map&Directions, cant miss it!

Tell him Davor sent you

5thseries
01-08-2009, 07:53 PM
Thanks Davor*th-up*

All the best for your transmission, keep the update and feel free to ask questions, try my best to assist *wave*

Dado 540
01-08-2009, 08:06 PM
Will do, thanks.