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7 minutes ago, AndyM said:

Me too. Anyway, isn't the guy with the tools the fitter?

Sure is and knows what to do with them.

 

What's your point?

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Ha ha, I'd love to have the strength to diy this but current medical issues won't allow. I definitely have an MEng, have had hands very dirty (more tea, vicar?) but have too much of an incline on the drive and peeps walking past with dogs off their leads, always a good combination with trays of transmission fluid! 

Good to see someone happy to attempt at home and be confident enough - just hope the oil spec is definitely ok.

Got me thinking about getting a quote from a place nearby that has an excellent rep anyway. 

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9 hours ago, Matthew Ashton said:

 

Much rather do preventative maintenance than pay for a rebuild. Others have taken a trip to ZF in Germany and had fantastic service where the mechatronic unit has had parts updated along with the oil service. as @nashdm2 said, I too will be taking a long weekend to Dortmund when the time comes to get this done.

 

I am piling the miles on my 518d and if I buy it next year I will also visit Dortmund in the future. Probably when I get to 80,000 miles.

 

On another forum there was an excellent photographic record of ZF doing a major service. Very thorough indeed and definitely a job that is fraught with possibilities to feck up. So much for sealed for life auto boxes, they have simply made essential servicing more difficult. Another example of our throw away culture?

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10 hours ago, Ram Rod said:

Rather than spend £400 plus on an oil service, it might be better to put the money towards a rebuild?

 

That won't get you very far in terms of a rebuild. 6HP rebuild costs ~£3k. 8HP will be similar I'm afraid. 

 

£400 my local transmission specialist can do it. 

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I suppose if your car hasn't done a great deal of mileage then its ok to change the oil at home. But for anyone who hasn't had an oil change and you're up to 100k then you need to get it done by a specialist or ZF who will strip and clean valve body and drain the torque converter. Normal oil changes don't really get the oil out of the torque converter it has to be sucked out apparently. my cars up to nearly 160k now and I must say since getting the Gearbox oil changed it does feel good and like new. 

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I am a bit confused as to why someone would drive to Germany to get a fluid change on a transmission??

 

Am I the only one that thinks that's a bit ott.

 

This is a basic service not any different to changing the oil in the engine..

 

You wouldn't drive to the bmw engine factory to get the oil changed just to make sure they did it right <_<

 

You need to make sure you fill it at the correct temp..

 

If zf do a full flush that is different.. 

 

On there website they show the procedure as just drain and filter change no mention of a full flush being done or required.

https://www.zf.com/me/en_ae/corporate/aftermarket/spare_parts_corporate/transmissions_corporate/how_to_change_oil/change_oil.html

 

Bmw only do a drain and filter change as well.

 

I was a bit nervous doing the job for the first time but if you follow the procedure to the letter you can't go wrong.

 

I am sure a zf approved shop in the uk would do this job just as good as a German tech.

 

 

Edited by jkas1984

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I was going to include it on a holiday to Germany/France so not as crazy as it would first appear. Also, just like the idea of the manufacturers doing it themselves. All the reports are 5* also, so, thats good enough for me.

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Each to their own and no need to be confused. Whether OTT or not, I like the idea of ZF doing the job and having an excuse for a long weekend in Germany - when the time comes of course as I'm only at 55000 miles.  

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4 hours ago, jkas1984 said:

I am a bit confused as to why someone would drive to Germany to get a fluid change on a transmission??

 

Am I the only one that thinks that's a bit ott.

 

This is a basic service not any different to changing the oil in the engine..

 

You wouldn't drive to the bmw engine factory to get the oil changed just to make sure they did it right <_<

 

You need to make sure you fill it at the correct temp..

 

If zf do a full flush that is different.. 

 

On there website they show the procedure as just drain and filter change no mention of a full flush being done or required.

https://www.zf.com/me/en_ae/corporate/aftermarket/spare_parts_corporate/transmissions_corporate/how_to_change_oil/change_oil.html

 

Bmw only do a drain and filter change as well.

 

I was a bit nervous doing the job for the first time but if you follow the procedure to the letter you can't go wrong.

 

I am sure a zf approved shop in the uk would do this job just as good as a German tech.

 

 

ZF didnt just do a fluid change for me. I had my Valve body stripped new parts put in ,Ball bearings, springs and other electronic bits updated and they cleaned out all the small channels that get filled up with gunk in the valve body. I had the oil sucked out of the Torque converter which ZF said is better than doing a flush. Guess what they also did they drained my diff oil and put in new oil in there too. In total they Used 15 litres of oil.  BMW dealer refused to do all of this here as they said its sealed for life. I  couldn't find a gearbox specialist to do all that work for 500 euros

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45 minutes ago, Matthew Ashton said:

Each to their own and no need to be confused. Whether OTT or not, I like the idea of ZF doing the job and having an excuse for a long weekend in Germany - when the time comes of course as I'm only at 55000 miles.  

Remember Matthew they don't work weekends so you will have to get an appointment for Friday ;)

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4 minutes ago, sams255 said:

Remember Matthew they don't work weekends so you will have to get an appointment for Friday ;)

 

Yep, I remember you mentioning hence the great excuse for a long weekend :rolleyes:

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23 minutes ago, nashdm2 said:

Is it not 70k or 5 years Matthew?

 

Hi Dave, I've seen varying specifications from 50 - 80k miles but not about a time interval. I'll look to do it at around 75k if I still have the car.

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4 minutes ago, nashdm2 said:

Ah ok, just checked the ZF document and it says 80k miles or 8 years at the latest, so, some time for me on both counts I think!!!!!

 

I think at 5 months between drives in the F11 it'll take a looong time!B)

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