Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Transmission fluid change

asked by on

Is this something I can do myself? If so, how?

My car has 149000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. This car has a possibility of at least 3 different types of transmissions and all three do not have a standard dipstick. The drain and fill procedure is different for all three transmissions and all require the manufacture scan tool to check the transmission fluid temperature during the fill procedure. This vehicle is not one I would recommend for the untrained mechanic to do. Special drain and fill procedures, if not done correctly, could cause transmission problems or other damages may happen. If you need further assistance I recommend you have a technician, like one from YourMechanic, change the transmission fluid on your BMW.

Was this answer helpful?

Hi. The first question is, why do you want to perform a transmission service? If you are doing it solely as a preventative measure, that’s a worthy goal. However, if you are doing it to address some kind of problem (i.e. harsh shifting, transmission trouble codes, etc.) I would advise against it. In this case, you need to address the real problem as changing the transmission fluid can make things worse. That being said, if you want to change your transmission fluid it can be done. But, I would not suggest it. Your transmission does not have a dip stick and must be filled through a plug underneath the vehicle. I would contact a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to replace the transmission fluid on your vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: manual transmission hard to sift into second or fourth gear

Hello. There are few things which could be causing a problem with your 2nd and 4th gear. It could be that the shift linkage is out of adjustment, due to worn bushings, or it came out of adjustment when the...

Q: is it required to change the compressor if its not functioning ?

If the compressor is the source of the noise, then yes, you will need a new compressor. As for what exactly is wrong with your A/C system, I can't speak to that without more information or directly diagnosing it. Most...

Q: 4x4 stuttering issue

Hi there. The shutter could be a couple of things. First see if the tires are too wide and hitting the frame or inner fender. This will make a shutter sound and vibration and is a common issue with 4x4's....

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...