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  1. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    Away on hols so cant check the wiring diagram. But from memory, the shift matrix switch is powered by a fuse not a relay. But who cares? You got it working
  2. Wheeler Dealers Series 14

    Will have to do a search when I am back home. Just to show I didnt dream it, Edd isnt in it and the Escort is blue. And FWIW I dont have any unusual kit
  3. Wheeler Dealers Series 14

    Dont recall the channel. Above 520 on SKY so probably Discovery. Away so cant check atm
  4. Wheeler Dealers Series 14

    Starts in January? Watched that the other day. No spoilers from me though
  5. That's it for petrol....

    I used to smile at those who moaned about the demise of the steam engine. Of course, losing the petrol engine is different...
  6. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    Are you losing the cluster display in all gears now or just reverse? Think you need to have a look at that shift matrix switch by the gear lever. And see if some unwanted passenger has been gnawing at the wiring. The fact it works fine in manual 2nd is a good sign The fact you lose gears when it is on stands is a puzzle. If the ATF is that low, you would lose them just driving around Filling procedure is in the spare parts catalogue below. The temp is fairly important. If you haven't got a diagnostic kit or temp sensor gun, use your elbow. The pan should be the temp of baby bath water http://www.e38.org/5HP30 spare parts catalog.pdf
  7. OOhh poshy posh... New look to the forum

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  8. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    The shift valve may have been stuck in neutral when it was parked. But it has been moved since If it is the shift valve, no, you don't need to drop the box. You just dump the ATF and drop the pan. You may not even have to drop the whole valve body to replace the valve. Of course, that would be a good time to replace the filter and put some fresh ATF in it. There are a couple of do's and don'ts but none of it is a specialised job.
  9. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    Sounds like the manual shift valve may be broken. It may have been jammed all along. Possibly why the PO broke the cable trying to move it. Give it a go by all means. But if you can get park OK, you should be able to 'find' neutral. The clicks and tension you feel when you move the lever on the side of the box come from the parking lock mechanism. The manual shift valve is connected to the same lever but is free moving. Well, it should be
  10. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    I'd certainly try moving the lever on the side of the box and may have mentioned it in your other thread. You need to make sure the shaft is actually turning with the lever though Does it actually go into park? I know the lever inside the car may say it does but do the back wheels actually lock?
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  12. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    You can check if the matrix switch is working either at the connector under the gear lever panel or at the TCM plug. But sleeping on it is a good plan
  13. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    If you are definitely removing the TCM plug, that is very strange. The gearbox doesn't even need the TCM to move the car. It defaults to 4th and reverse to get you home. And it gives you all the ATF pressure it can muster because it dumps the pressure regulator too. Is the lever on the side of the box moving in sync with the lever? And is it actually rotating the shaft? PS The TCM will say 'Getriebesteurung' on the label (transmission control) While you are under it, have a look at the wiring. If it has been in a barn, mice might have chewed it with 'unusual' consequences
  14. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    When you disconnect the TCM plug, it just leaves the lever on the side of the box to route ATF using the manual shift valve inside. So with 'trans prog' showing you should just get 4th forward in D,4,3 or 2 plus reverse. You will not see the gear indication as that is dumped at the same time. Have you got no gears at all now or is it back to forward only and no reverse?
  15. 1994 540 auto box troubles chapter two

    The shift lever on the side of the gearbox is not sticking again and the cable is adjusted properly? Isn't it?