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Transmission slow to go into first gear unless auto is warmed up

New problem my 528I 1998 BMW has recently started hesitating to move into first gear unless I go out and let it sit idle and warm up for a few minutes regardless to whether or not it is cold out (worse if cold).

Once it warms up and I take of all is fine but before I did not have to do this and could just go out, start the car and slowly allow it to warm up on its own before I hit 10-20mph.

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    HAVE YOU HAD A TRANS SERVICE DONE AT ANY TIME SINCE YOU HAVE OWNED THE VECH A WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BEING DONE IF YOU HAVE NOT.GOOD LUCK

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Change fluid & filter. no dipstick, sealed tranny. can remove both pans from underneath to access filter.

It is a GM 4L30E trans. used on Isuzu Rodeo and Cadillac Catera. BMW, in their inifinite wisdom, markets it as lifetime fluid. The second biggest bunch of **** advertising that ever was. Heat and friction will wear out ANY fluid!

BTW, it will delay shifting into highest gear when cold. this is normal

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Hi my bmw 530 d year 2002 e39 brakes stay on cant move it help me please


E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki
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View My Garage 03 530i brakes locked up help please
03 bmw 530i, was driving it yesterday and the car started to viberate bad, then the car started to slow, it seems the brakes all locked up, and the car slow and then would not move. i could hit the gas and the car would not move at all. let it sit for a few hours went back to it and it drove about a mile and then the same thing happened again. a roll back came and got it, and when they winched it up on all 4 wheels were locked up. when we got to my place i was able to back it off and pull in spot but then locked up again. Any ideas of where to start looking, and what could be the problem? thanks for your help. This car has been nothing but problems, are these cars usually problematic? thanks
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View My Garage Can you describe the lock up in detail? It is hard to believe the brakes are locking up, they are a simple mechanism.

I also have a 2003 530i and I did the brakes yesterday in fact. Are you sure it is not an engine problem?
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View My Garage when the brakes start to lock, and i stop, i can press the gas and the rear tires will spin a little but it wont move. Also when the pulled it onto the roll back, it was in neutral and all 4 tires where locked up and dragged all the way up. but after it sat for 30 mins (i guess they cooled down) and it would move just a little more. hope this helps.
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View My Garage First thing first:
Jack each wheel up (don't remove tire), spin the tire, does it spin.

Otherwise what you described above may be a failing transmission.
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View My Garage i dont think its the transmission as the front wheels are locked up and the car is rear wheel drive, so that would take the transmission out of it. i know for a fact the front wheels are locked up.
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View My Garage If it is truely locked wheels, the only thing I can think of is the caliper seals seized.
But usually this happens one caliper at a time, not all 4.
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View My Garage Another thought is the Master Cylinder.
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View My Garage Take off the tires and play around with the brakes. May be you can identify the problem.

Take off the pads and reinstall them...
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View My Garage also when they lock up, the pedal is VERY VERY HARD. can only push it maybe a 1/2-1"
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View My Garage Pull your codes. It might be ABS related.
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View My Garage tried the codes, and no codes...
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View My Garage Quote:
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also when they lock up, the pedal is VERY VERY HARD. can only push it maybe a 1/2-1" Buy a new Master Cylinder. #13
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View My Garage Quote:
Originally Posted by soloblazer
i know for a fact the front wheels are locked up. If 'my' front wheels were locked up, the very first thing I would do is jack up the car, & spin the wheels by hand.

Then, I'd remove the wheels, and spin the rotor by hand and take a good look at what's happening.

If I still needed information, I'd have a light person sit in the vehicle to gently press on the brakes as I spun the wheels

What happened when you did that?

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Pull your codes. It might be ABSrelated. Just one caveat: Not all ABS faults show an error code using a 'typical' run-of-the-mill code scanner.

One test of the ABS that 'might' work is simply to disconnect the ABS control module harness to see if that changes anything.

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Buy a new Master Cylinder. I don't disagree that it could be the master cylinder ... but wouldn't that usually affect all four wheels? Last edited by bluebee; 12-20-2011 at 10:29 AM.
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View My Garage Just to clear things up, all 4 wheels lock up when this happens...
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View My Garage just looked at codes and have the p0600 code only.. any ideas?
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just looked at codes and have the p0600 code only.. any ideas? I, for one, don't memorize Pcodes, especially since some are specific to the engine computer model, version, & date.

What's the description for the P0600 fault code for your particular engine computer? #17
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just looked at codes and have the p0600 code only.. any ideas? Have you tried google?

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