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X3 Transfer Case Problems
#1
So after reading forums around the world on problematic / noisy transfer cases and hoping my car might have one built which might just last a little longer than average……my transfer have sadly started to echo the noise of a pricy repair.

Over the past moth I have made contact with various dealers across the country to try and find alternatives to the hefty R45k OEM replacement, with no luck.

Not accepting this boulder of a charge I hit the internet and found an X3 owner in Germany who have experienced the same transfer case problems and who had his transfer case re-built at a company called ZF Germany. Luckily I found a local branch of ZF in Meddowdale / Germiston and got a quote for R14k to completely rebuild the case and replace the chain, two main bearings and new actuator.

The guys at ZF SA recon it takes about 3-4 working days and their work is backed by a 1-year warranty.

Enjoy
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#2
You are so lucky. Viva the Net; vivaThumbsup2Thumbsup2
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#4
For interest sake there bud.

Your transfer case was actually designed and built by ZF. So ZF is the OEM manufacturers. You can be sure that they will do a decent to spec job of it....

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BTW….seeing that my transfer case is on its way out, I opted to buy new oil, just to see if that will make any difference and it’s a day / night difference. The TC no longer makes excessive noise when drive up a steep uphill. Also the clunking sound the TC makes on the rear wheels are gone.
Not sure how long this “Quick Fix” will last, but it might buy me a couple more months…
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(31-03-2011, 09:57 AM)warrenturbo1 Wrote: BTW….seeing that my transfer case is on its way out, I opted to buy new oil, just to see if that will make any difference and it’s a day / night difference. The TC no longer makes excessive noise when drive up a steep uphill. Also the clunking sound the TC makes on the rear wheels are gone.
Not sure how long this “Quick Fix” will last, but it might buy me a couple more months…
Thanks man you have done something i wanted to do. Did you buy the oil from BMW. R465 per litre of something. My X3 has a hum between 60km/h to 80km/h. Quite annoying.

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#8
Yes, I used the BMW brand oil as it is much better than the stuff avalible at Auto shops. Let me know if you need more help.
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#9
Guys,

The Liqui Moly website has alternate specs available for your car. Simply visit the website, identify your car, and it will tell you what spec oil you need to use on a specific component.

I still need to find a new dealer in gauteng though...
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(01-04-2011, 01:18 PM)zaleonardz Wrote: Guys,

The Liqui Moly website has alternate specs available for your car. Simply visit the website, identify your car, and it will tell you what spec oil you need to use on a specific component.

I still need to find a new dealer in gauteng though...

Used the liquimoly engine oil works very well. Nothing listed for transfer case and gearbox.Says that it uses lifelong oil bs.


(31-03-2011, 09:57 AM)warrenturbo1 Wrote: BTW….seeing that my transfer case is on its way out, I opted to buy new oil, just to see if that will make any difference and it’s a day / night difference. The TC no longer makes excessive noise when drive up a steep uphill. Also the clunking sound the TC makes on the rear wheels are gone.
Not sure how long this “Quick Fix” will last, but it might buy me a couple more months…

I also have that clunking sound. Will change it tommorrow!
2013 X5M Jb4 DPs Intake 12.2 @ 185kmh( Redstar 2018)
2010 X5M (StockRollsmile)SOLD
07 335i (Current) JB4, AFE Intake,DPs,20" M5 Wheels, SOLD
12.9s ODI (2012)
08 X3 3.0D M-Sport (Sold)
91 325iS Evo 1 Turbo (Sold)
92 325iS 2.9 Stroker + Twin Throttles (Sold)
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#11
Heres some pics...

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The old oil had a pretty bad, burnt, smell.

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Scary the amount of metal shavings in the oil.

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This is the oil which i used.
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#12
Thinking looks like metallic parts in the bottom...
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#13
Yip, a nice thick layer...
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(03-04-2011, 07:27 PM)warrenturbo1 Wrote: Yip, a nice thick layer...

Thanks for all the info. Oil will be here tommorrowClap
2013 X5M Jb4 DPs Intake 12.2 @ 185kmh( Redstar 2018)
2010 X5M (StockRollsmile)SOLD
07 335i (Current) JB4, AFE Intake,DPs,20" M5 Wheels, SOLD
12.9s ODI (2012)
08 X3 3.0D M-Sport (Sold)
91 325iS Evo 1 Turbo (Sold)
92 325iS 2.9 Stroker + Twin Throttles (Sold)
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#15
Did you change your oil Richard H?
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(08-04-2011, 09:19 AM)warrenturbo1 Wrote: Did you change your oil Richard H?
Not yet, only on Wednesday.

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2010 X5M (StockRollsmile)SOLD
07 335i (Current) JB4, AFE Intake,DPs,20" M5 Wheels, SOLD
12.9s ODI (2012)
08 X3 3.0D M-Sport (Sold)
91 325iS Evo 1 Turbo (Sold)
92 325iS 2.9 Stroker + Twin Throttles (Sold)
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#17
Changed oil today.
How much does it take about 1L? Seem to be alot more in the transfer case!!!

2013 X5M Jb4 DPs Intake 12.2 @ 185kmh( Redstar 2018)
2010 X5M (StockRollsmile)SOLD
07 335i (Current) JB4, AFE Intake,DPs,20" M5 Wheels, SOLD
12.9s ODI (2012)
08 X3 3.0D M-Sport (Sold)
91 325iS Evo 1 Turbo (Sold)
92 325iS 2.9 Stroker + Twin Throttles (Sold)
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#18
The transfer casse only takes 700ML. Try not to overfill.
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#19
Hi. My 2008 X3 3.0D auto needs a transmission fluid change. BMW quoted me around R340 a litre and I need about 7L! I figured I could get it cheaper elsewhere, so I asked them what type of oil is used. They said its a 'special' shell atf and I won't get it anywhereelse. I tried a few stores but they need specifics like dextron 2 or 6, etc. Which I don't know. All I know is that it needs to be synthetic.
Can anyone help?
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#20
Wont be a Dexron 2

Check on the liqui moly website they may have the right spec.
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