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<3MyE36 08-30-2013 10:56 PM

HELP! E36 Problem
 
Hello, Everyone my brother just bought a 97' 328i (AUTOMATIC) with 127,000 kms, BUT We have a major problem, The TRANSMISSION WILL NOT SELECT ANY GEARS Does anyone know what the problem could be or provide some possibilities? Could it be a transmission problem? Shifter Cable or The Gear Selector itself? ANY help would be greatly appreciated. After this all we have to do is replace the Head gasket which we already know how to do because we did mine. THANKS !

<3MyE36 08-30-2013 10:57 PM

I Should also add that at one point we got it to briefly go into drive and it did drive but now it will not select any gears at all.

Eurostyle 08-30-2013 11:06 PM

I think you already know ALL the possibilities!!! Nobody can tell you more without seeing the car, so just start checking things one by one!!! Start with the shifter, make sure cable is doing the right job, move the selector by hand (at the transmission) and see if that helps. IF not, need a new trans.

<3MyE36 08-30-2013 11:20 PM

Thanks, I will do that, let's say I have a working Transmission from another E36 (which is a 325i) would I be able to use that on the 328i? it is also automatic by the way.

E36is 08-30-2013 11:20 PM

key in? brake pedal pressed? some transmissions cannot be moved until either or both of those things are done.

<3MyE36 08-30-2013 11:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by E36is (Post 1622827)
key in? brake pedal pressed? some transmissions cannot be moved until either or both of those things are done.

We did have the key in and the brake pedal pressed, when we moved it we had to keep the selector in gear 3 instead of drive because that was the only way to get it to work, but now that we have it in the garage it won't go back into park and we can't get the key out of the ignition.

E36is 08-30-2013 11:30 PM

http://parts.bmwofsouthatlanta.com/i...lsize/3371.jpg

maybe this will help you find your solution?

Eurostyle 08-30-2013 11:40 PM

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Originally Posted by <3MyE36 (Post 1622826)
Thanks, I will do that, let's say I have a working Transmission from another E36 (which is a 325i) would I be able to use that on the 328i? it is also automatic by the way.

No, 325 wont plug in...Even the other 328's wont fit, as they had about 3 different auto transmissions from 96 to 98...Be VERY careful what you buy!

Eurostyle 08-30-2013 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by <3MyE36 (Post 1622828)
We did have the key in and the brake pedal pressed, when we moved it we had to keep the selector in gear 3 instead of drive because that was the only way to get it to work, but now that we have it in the garage it won't go back into park and we can't get the key out of the ignition.

Something is wrong with the cable/selector for sure!!! Not the trans. Start checking that first!*th-up*

MANDD 08-30-2013 11:43 PM

Was the shift lever very difficult to move into RNDL? If so you will need the following....

BMW 25 16 1 423 114 control cable

BMW 24 50 0 429 180 cable clamp - (this may break upon removal)

Mark.

<3MyE36 08-31-2013 12:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MANDD (Post 1622835)
Was the shift lever very difficult to move into RNDL? If so you will need the following....

BMW 25 16 1 423 114 control cable

BMW 24 50 0 429 180 cable clamp - (this may break upon removal)

Mark.

Yes it was hard to shift it into RNDL and hard aswell to get it back to Park which its still not in so we just left the key in the off position because we couldn't get it out and disconnected the battery. Thanks a lot I really do appreciate everyone's input my brother and I will try this out tomorrow and let you know how it goes.

<3MyE36 08-31-2013 12:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eurostyle (Post 1622834)
Something is wrong with the cable/selector for sure!!! Not the trans. Start checking that first!*th-up*

I'm praying that you are right, because if you are* we'll be some really happy campers. We will try fixing those problem areas suggested and let everyone know. Thanks again though *sigh of relief*

<3MyE36 09-01-2013 01:45 PM

So after some fiddling around we got the shifter cable out and it was completely broken and corroded, and we could move the selector under the car and it clicks into gear now thanks everyone !!!

<3MyE36 09-25-2013 07:57 PM

UPDATE! : So my brother and I replaced the the shifter cable with a brand new one from the dealer ($165) BUT!, it is very Stiff and difficult to shift into gears it will go into Park, Reverse, Neutral but barely into Drive, 3,2, & 1 also the gear shifter won't click into place, although we did test to see if the the Tranny was good and it is. While we were at it we re-did all the brake lines, bled them and now there is brake resistance (the lines were all leaking), if anyone could HELP it would be greatly appreciated!

MANDD 09-25-2013 09:13 PM

Did you replace the cable clamp (BMW 24 50 0 429 180), it may be seized. This part should be free to rotate after the cable is clamped down.

Mark.


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