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Old 11-20-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Angry Transmission proplem! :(

I have a 1994 325i with 168xxx miles on it... and the problem is that the tranny sign comes on every time i turn it on! And the problem is that i have to put my foot all the way on the gas just to get it moving!!! is just seems like there is no power coming from or going to the tranny! but when i revers its normal just get it going forward is the problem cuz it takes the whole gas pettal just to get it moving! SO PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME!
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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Sounds like fluid level.....or lack there of. The really bad news is, if you've been pushing it to get it moving and there isn't enough fluid, chances are you've burned the clutches in the tranny. Time to check the fluid level and hope filling it up will do the trick. Don't remember off the top of my head if that one had a trans dipstick, they can get a bit fiddly to check out otherwise.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:51 AM   #3
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Would that be it??? cuz when its rolling like 20 and up everything is just fine, but when i stop and then start to go then that's when i have to use the gas... so if u think its the same reason let me know!!! thanks
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It sounds like you have a line pressure issue and the most common cause of that is low fluid. It takes more to get the car rolling than it does to keep it moving. Could also be caused by a blockage in a line or the filter starving the torque converter of fluid.
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Alright, well what should i check on??? and where do i check first???
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Depends on if your car has a trans dipstick. If it does start there. If it doesn't then take to someone with a scan tool and a lift because that's what it takes to do it. Also be prepared to let the car sit overnight first, Everything needs to be the same temp in order to check it properly (and get a sample of the fluid). What you find there will decide what to check next
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