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Old 07-16-2008, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default Clutch - Shifter Problems

Hi all, new member here, I posted this over on bimmer forums with no luck. I'm hoping someone here can help, I really need to get this fixed.


A couple months ago the clutch on my 95ti had began to go out on me. A little sticking here, some bad shifting there, so I ordered a new one. When I was home on vacation, I took the bimmer to a local mechanic who hesitantly agreed to put my clutch in for me. I would usually do this myself but I do not have a the auto shop I once had on base to tackle this sort of thing. Anyhow, upon getting my car back I noticed that my shifter sits about 2 to 3 inches forward of where it used to sit. This is a huge pain, anytime I shift into 1st, 3, or 5th or reverse the shifter literally pushes into the front edge of the shifter housing, causing it to grind or pop out of gear since it it can not fully go forward as it should. Does anyone know of an adjustment the mechanic may have failed to take care of or do I have some huge disassembly in my near future to fix this problem? Help!!

Is there a good DIY section on clutch replacement? I have searched with no luck. If I could retrace his steps or see some easy stick adjustment (hoping for this one) then I could have this knocked out while my car is disassembled as I am doing the full Active to Sport conversion at the moment. Any good info would be great. Thanks!
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Here you go:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ch_Replace.htm

I wonder if he put the selector rod in backwards. . . that may generate the symptoms you're having.
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shifter lever is backwards. east fix though, just pop the clip off, spin it around and reinstal clip. rookie move, never bring your car to that shop again. Btw, I bet he lost the nylon washers too. What kinda shop doesn't test their work before handing the keys back to the owner.
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Thanks, I'll give this a shot after I get back from work. Here's hoping!
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Here you go:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ch_Replace.htm

I wonder if he put the selector rod in backwards. . . that may generate the symptoms you're having.
Thanks for this too, I read over it last night to retrace his steps. Maybe I should have printed this out for the guy to use... Last time I get stranded in Little Rock AR!!
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If it's what cooljess thinks it is or even what I think, this shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.

In fact, this is more likely to be useful for you: http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...t_Bushings.htm

Figure 8 in that guide is the picture to see. Your shifter should be facing away from the tranny and the curved part of the selector rod should be at the tranny side.

The spring clips holding it in are really easy to take on and off. A flathead is the most you'd need - I can usually pull them off with my fingers.
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Well I looked at it and sure enough, the shifter was turned around! It was dark so I just left the console cover off and I will take care of it today when I leave work. Thanks guys, you rock
Now if only Stimpy would get back to me on some items I am purchasing from him, my car will soon be whole again!

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Done. 1 jack, 1 flat blade screwdriver and 10 minutes. Thanks zboot and cooljess76. My car shifts perfect again.
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