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Hey guys:

My car's been having a tight time going into 2nd gear. The rest of the gears are fine, and it's just going into 2nd that's the issue. In fact, when I was tired tonight, I missed the 1-2 shift a few times and ended up in neutral.

She's an 01 with almost 63k, ACS short shift kit is installed.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
 

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is it worse since changing shifter? Did you change fluids with the shifter? Renewing the "lifetime" OE fluid is one option, though there are many votes for the RP Synchromax.
Generally though, of any change with our box, 1-2 is the 'worst'.
 

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is it worse since changing shifter? Did you change fluids with the shifter? Renewing the "lifetime" OE fluid is one option, though there are many votes for the RP Synchromax.
Generally though, of any change with our box, 1-2 is the 'worst'.
I bought the car with the SSK, so I don't know. But I've noticed that it got a little worse recently.

I might try doing a fluid flush with Royal Purple :).
 

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You've done searches, right?

DO NOT force it. You may find yourself between shift forks.

Lscman has posted on this. Also a fellow down under did his own pictorial on a fix. Impressive.

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You've done searches, right?

DO NOT force it. You may find yourself between shift forks.

Lscman has posted on this. Also a fellow down under did his own pictorial on a fix. Impressive.

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Yup, I did. I found a couple of posts from members with transmissions stuck in a particular gear...but didn't really hear anyone that's having trouble going into a certain gear :(.

I'll drive it around a little more...if the trouble is persistent, I'll have to get the transmission looked at.
 

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I seem to recall the failure mode is problems geting into 2 from either 1 or 3...and, if you are unlucky the shifter can 'pop' out and land 'in between' gears... or just stay in one.



http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=661051&postcount=15

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=73471&highlight=detent

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=79017&highlight=detent

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=91130&highlight=shift+fork

"Looked at"???

[Come by and I'll charge only half of what the shop wants! ]

Just kidding, but I think you'll find that the experience reflected here, over many years and many cars will surpass what any one tech knows.

Seriously though, a fluid chance wouldn't hurt, maybe check the shift linkage to ensure it is tight and no slop is contributing to the issue.

GL

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PS The last link is my favorite for 'DIY Guts'
 

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Thanks, ard. I'm going to go through those. Drove the car this morning...didn't feel too bad. Maybe I was just too tired Saturday...hope that's the case.
 

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Replace the fluid and the yellow washers on the shifter linkage. Ensure the shifter linkage and buchings are in good working order. Lube the pins as well.

If non of the above fixes the problem BMW does sell a shifter detents replacement kit.

Ryan
 

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I had some shifting problems too (especially getting into 2nd when the engine was still cold) and even a few 'pop-outs' a few years back. After I let the dealer put in new fluid all problems just vanished. Since a fluid change isn't very expensive and I'm too lazy to research a decent local variant to RP I just stop by the dealer every time my shifter starts to feel worse, about once a year, and let them put in new OE fluid. Not exactly "lifetime", but this works :)
 
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