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How to change the transmission oil

A few days ago someone asked: how do you change the transmission oil?
So while I was doing mine today I took a couple of pictures,
just to help some of the new guys out.

The only “special” tool required is a 14 mm allen wrench,
you can pick up a set of three ½" drive at Auto Zone for around 7 or 8 bucks,
some entrepreneur is selling that same set on E-bay for $25.
I ended up knocking the allen wrench “stub” out of the socket and using it with a 14 mm box end wrench.
An empty oil “bottle” cut up makes the draining process a lot neater.



My LT has a Bushtec trailer hitch, which must be removed first,
next remove the right side riders foot peg plate, three allen bolts and two torx screws.



There you'll find the transmission "fill plug"



Remove the exhaust system “hanger” bracket two allen bolts,
one directly underneath the drain plug,
the other is accessible from the left side of the motorcycle,
look way up under there and you’ll see it.



Loosen the drain plug, slide a 14 mm box end wrench over the allen socket,
now shove the allen socket up into the drain plug and “break it loose”
Position the “modified” oil “bottle” under and continue loosening the drain plug.



You can carefully measure out 600-750 ml or 20.3-25.4 oz of gear oil
or you can just fill it until the fluid “overflows” out of the fill plug,
the proper fluid level is even with the bottom of the fill plug.

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computer glitch

seems this happened once before,
I see the pictures, you guys don't,
think I got it figured, y'all see pictures?


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seems this happened once before,
I see the pictures, you guys don't,
whatdidIdowrong?
Don't think it's you, Hans. I don't see 'em either. Just the red X in the two-sided box thangie. Pretty sure it's my browser settings that I tried tweaking coupla days ago. Got some of the stuff back (like the avatars and home page photos that went south), butt some other thangs are still AFU.
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Not sure what's up, I found the link you used to see the pics - but it returns saying there's no such attachment. Don't think you missed it - methinks maybe something ooopsed on the server side??

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what started out as a good idea

This is confusing me,
Maybe I should change the title to how not to post pictures

I just fired up my laptop, .....NO pictures

yet here they are clear as...well........ pictures on my desk top????


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This is confusing me,
I put the thumbnails back on the bottom, did that help?
I got the thumbnails. Still see only the red X 'tween the paragraphs above tho. Good pix, by the way.
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Nicely done, the pictures finally showed up at the bottem. Thanks for the info.


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The modified oil bottle thingy looks like it may keep me from storing the old oil on my driveway! The cut out paper drain thingy BMW tells you to make always seems to fall out just as the oil starts to drain. Thanks for the info.

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The credit for the oil bottle "thingy" goes to the mechanic at BMW of Bentonville Arkansas,
while they were putting a back tire on for me,
I noticed he was using a "modified" oil bottle to put bolts and nuts in,
that was one of those hmmn "why didn't I think of that" moments,
been finding "other" uses for them ever since


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moved thread

Finally got it right and moved it here:


http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17636


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Dead Link Above - But the photos work

Hi Hans,

The link you just posted is the bad one... The thread we are on now is the one that works... Very nice photos. Thanks for your hard work... I am still debating whether or not to do my next transmission oil change myself or let the dealer do it... (i don't have a lift)

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Why would you need a lift?
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Don't need a lift - just newspaper

It is not too hard to do without a lift. Just a pad for your knee and cat litter box filler or newspapers for the little spills. It's not too hard to catch either. Just go slow and follow the great instructions on this site.

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Hans,

Thanks for posting the tranny oil change procedure. It really helped me out big time. Now that I'm retired I'm starting to do my own maintenace to save a few bucks. Thanks again. Bones
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Glad to hear somebody's getting use out of my post and pictures.
Sorry y'all got to weed through all the BS with the picture posting
I was a little behind with the picture posting learning curve.


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Re: How to change the transmission oil

Thank you for posting this with pictures. I would not have found the transmission drain plug without it. I performed the transmission oil change today for the first time. Your pictures don't display all the road grime and caked on salt that I found on the bottom of my bike and the procedure didn't mention that I may need to run to Sears to buy a much longer 14mm wrench in order to crack that nut loose, but I was able to figure a few things out on my own.

Many thanks for this useful post.

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Re: How to change the transmission oil

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Next week....the brake bleeding begins.
Keep us posted on how the brake bleed goes - I also have an '02 with the linked ABS and am reluctant to tackle THAT job...

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Re: How to change the transmission oil

One thing to note when changing the trans fluid is that the trans drain plug is the only one on the bike that does not have a crush washer. After changing the other fluids I was convinced the trans drain crush washer fell off, only to find out from the forum members that there wasn't one.

I have the Sayeg videos and the owners manual. Both are good about telling you to replace all crush washers, but niether even mention there isn't one on the trans.
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Re: How to change the transmission oil

To Hans:
I'm just curious to what program you used to add your text & arrows to the very nice pics you took. That would help a lot of us (me thinks) in posting in the future....

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Re: How to change the transmission oil

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The modified oil bottle thingy looks like it may keep me from storing the old oil on my driveway! The cut out paper drain thingy BMW tells you to make always seems to fall out just as the oil starts to drain. Thanks for the info.
Just a thought...keep the cap on the oil bottle thingy when doing the refill, then pour the overflow back into the original bottle.

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Re: How to change the transmission oil

Your method is exactly the same as I've been using ever since I did the first one on my "05 LT. The cut away bottle works great to control the waste oil flow into the catch pan. I will say tho, your pictures show a much cleaner bike underside than I have ever been able to achieve!! How do you manage that?

An added comment. If you didn't already know, another good use of the empty oil bottle; put the cap back on and use it as a cushion under your knee. Works well for those worn and well used up knees out there. Especially helpful for any knee when you don't have the benefit of a lift.

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Re: How to change the transmission oil

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Just a thought...keep the cap on the oil bottle thingy when doing the refill, then pour the overflow back into the original bottle.
So then it really is true!

The cheapest thing on a BMW is ....... the rider

Just kidding, good tip actually I always place my "empty" oil bottles upside down on a funnel for a while.

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I'm just curious to what program you used to add your text & arrows to the very nice pics you took. That would help a lot of us (me thinks) in posting in the future....
Duuude..... You're asking me for computer advice?
I know just enough to really screw things up, I offer the first eight post's as proof.
I just used the "insert text" function in paint.

As for the "cleanliness" of my bikes "bottom" our summer rain storms (gullywashers) take care of that!


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Re: How to change the transmission oil

Old thread resurrection, but the search engine is a wonderful thing.

Thanks Hans for the photos.

I have changed Transmission oil three times on my 2005 and couldn't understand why people kept talking about having to remove interference. I never removed anything on my 2005.

Today I changed the transmission oil for the first time on my 2006. Imagine my surprise when my 14mm hex and gear wrench would not fit.

Simple solution remove the exhaust hanger as Hans has pointed out and documented in his photos.

Next question: Why did I never have to remove the exhaust hanger before?

More simple answer: My 2005 had a Remus exhaust and apparently does not have the same OEM exhaust hanger....Duh!

So, bottom line, Thanks to Hans and the LT forum for making me smarter every time I turn a wrench on my rides.

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Thanks so much for going through the trouble, the article is great and so are the pictures. They came through cristal clear at the bottom of your article.
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Re: How to change the transmission oil

I didn't re-read the entire thread so suggestion this might be redundant. I was once told, to always loosen up the fill plug before emptying the drain plug. Guess someone learned the hard way.

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Re: How to change the transmission oil

Dan,

That was another great suggestion that I learned from this great forum. I aways do it...for the final drive also.

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