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Old 12-19-2007, 11:55 AM   #1
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Clunky gears when cold



My second and third gears (manual tranny) are pretty clunky until the fluid warms up. Has anyone tried Royal Purple Synchromax in their transmission? If so, how was it on cold mornings?

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Old 12-20-2007, 01:36 AM   #2
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I never had the problem when I used Redline MTL. However, I'm now running the thicker Redline MT90 to reduce gear rattle from my lightweight flywheel and I'm getting really bad clunking and even grinding when cold. So what I've been doing is double clutching until the temp gauge starts to move. It also helps to make slow deliberate pauses in neutral before putting it into the next gear. I'm an experienced double clutcher, so it's second nature to me, but it would probably take a while for someone to pick up.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:18 AM   #3
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Yaaaaa... i hate to be the bearer of bad news but the tranny fluid you guys are talking about is MANUAL Transmission lubes, which is perfectly cool if it's not a BMW tranny.


A heads up, as far as i know, ALL BMW tranny's take ATF.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:23 PM   #4
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Yaaaaa... i hate to be the bearer of bad news but the tranny fluid you guys are talking about is MANUAL Transmission lubes, which is perfectly cool if it's not a BMW tranny.


A heads up, as far as i know, ALL BMW tranny's take ATF.
Royal Purple shows it as BMW manual tranny fluid on their website.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:24 PM   #5
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I never had the problem when I used Redline MTL. However, I'm now running the thicker Redline MT90 to reduce gear rattle from my lightweight flywheel and I'm getting really bad clunking and even grinding when cold. So what I've been doing is double clutching until the temp gauge starts to move. It also helps to make slow deliberate pauses in neutral before putting it into the next gear. I'm an experienced double clutcher, so it's second nature to me, but it would probably take a while for someone to pick up.

I tried double clutching this morning for 10 minutes. It seemed to be a little smoother.
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:16 AM   #6
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Thats strange, even manual BMW transmissions take ATF. Call the dealer and ask!
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Old 12-21-2007, 01:43 AM   #7
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Mine does specify ATF, but Turner Motorsport (actually Will himself, back in the early days when he answered the phone) recommended the MTL. It's worked great for 6 years.
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