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Old 06-11-2008, 04:18 AM   #1
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Exclamation Hadr to shift into 2nd

So I just picked up a 98 328is last friday.

Great car, I love it.

But the last 2 days, it's been sort of difficult to shift from 1st to 2nd.

Everything else feels alright.

The clutch feels fine. If the car isn't moving and I move in between gears with the clutch it, it's very smooth. Different story when the car is moving though.

I experimented by letting the clutch out a little while stationary and then shifting and it's the exact same feeling as when I'm driving.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Did some reading and found a good place to start would be to flush the brake/clutch fluid.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:53 AM   #2
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you'll also want to remove the clutch delay valve from the end of the rubber clutch line while you're at it...
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:29 PM   #3
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yeah ive been having the same problem, i have problems shifting into all gears except for 5th!! when the car is hot, its impossible to drive!! next thing i might do is flush the clutch fluid, because tranny fluid flush didnt help much
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:51 PM   #4
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People on bimmer forums are telling me my synco's are probably messed up and may need a tranny rebuild.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:06 PM   #5
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Gear oil

Change your transmission gear oil to Royal Purple or some other synthetic as well. That will help.
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:25 PM   #6
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before you take it to a place to rebuild your tranny, have a good mechanic look at it, take it to Bimmersport (check sig)

Could be something simple like a worn mount,
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:31 PM   #7
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forget a rebuild.... if it comes down to it, it will be cheaper to get a low km used tranny installed.
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:52 PM   #8
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you'll also want to remove the clutch delay valve from the end of the rubber clutch line while you're at it...
where exactly is that located and how would i do it myself? like wat are the steps? and also, by removing that, wat difference does that make?
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Removing the CDV will allow the clutch to engage quicker. The CDV "eases" the clutch in which causes more wear.

Deleting it makes for quicker shifts and a longer lasting clutch.

Google "e36 CDV delete"
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thanks.
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:59 AM   #11
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Put a new knob on and shifter seems smoother? It has a longer throw to it. Strange.

It had a crappy Canadian Tire knob on it so I replaced it with the M-Illuminated knob and knob it feels great.

Might just be a fluke.
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