BMW 3 Series E46

since 1998 release

Repair and operation of the car

BMW 3 Series E46
+ BMW 3 cars (E46)
+ Current leaving and service
+ Engine
+ Cooling systems, heating
+ Power supply systems, injection and release
+ Engine electric equipment
- RKPP and transmission line
   Removal and RKPP installation
   Removal and installation of the lever of gear shifting
   Check of level and replacement of oil in RKPP
   Removal and installation of the driveshaft
   Differential and adjustment of gear wheels of the main transfer
   Check level/replacement of oil in a reducer of the back bridge
+ Automatic transmission
+ Coupling and power shafts
+ Brake system
+ Suspension bracket and steering
+ Body
+ Onboard electric equipment
+ Schemes of electric equipment

RKPP and transmission line


Separate characteristics are provided also in the text of the Head and in case of obligation of their performance are highlighted in bold type

RKPP design

5-staged, all transfers are synchronized forward


316i, 318i, 320i, 323i, 325i, 328i

Getrag B +



Transfer relations
Transfers 1/2/3/4/5/задний ход: 1
316i, 318i, 320i, 323i, 325i, 328i 4.23/2.52/1.66/1.22/1.00/4.04
330i 4.21/2.49/1.66/1.24/1.00/3.85
320d 5.09/2.80/1.76/1.25/1.00/4.71
330d 5.24/2.92/1.82/1.27/1.00/4.72
The main transfer (Values for models with AT are given in brackets)
Models with the back drive
316i 3.23 (4.44): 1
318i 3.38 (4.44): 1
320i 3.38 (3.38): 1
325i 3.15 (3.23): 1
330i 2.93 (3.38): 1
320d 2.47 (3.07): 1
330d 2.28 (2.81): 1
Models with the four-wheel drive
325i 3.23 (3.23): 1
330i 3.07 (3.15): 1
330d 2.35 (2.93): 1
Oil type
RKPP MIL-L-2105 or API-GL-4 Gearbox oil, viscosity of SAE 80 (If the stopper of gas station of oil has a yellow or green sticker, use BMW special oil if an orange sticker - ATF-Dexron allowed BMW)
Reducer of back Maslo Bridge for gipoidny transfers of SAE 75W-90 (AGIP HLX, ARAL oil for BS, AVIA transmissions gipoidny 75W-90 EP, BMW oil for reducers of back bridges of Synthetik OSP, CASTROL SAF-XO, DEA Dearon BHS, FINA Potronic MS and – MX, MOBIL Gearlube VS 600, BP Energear SHX, ELF Tranself BM 75W-90, SHELL oil for transmissions OLS-BMW, MOTUL Hypo Synt, ESSO NLS 75W-90)
Oil volume
RKPP about 1.1 l
Reducer of the back bridge 0.9 l
Efforts of tightening of threaded connections
The moments of an inhaling of fixture are given in the text of the Head and on some illyustratsiyakh*.

* The moments of an inhaling highlighted in the text in bold type are subject to exact observance; the efforts which are not highlighted in bold type are given only approximately
Bolts of fastening of a flange of the check point
M8 22 N • m
M10 45 N • m
M12 70 N • m
The driveshaft to a box flange
M10, class of durability "8.8" 50 N • m
M10, class of durability "10.9" 60 N • m
M12 100 N • m
Nuts of fastening of the driveshaft to a reducer
M8 nuts 40 N • m
M10 nuts 70 N • m
Drain stopper of RKPP oil 50 N • m
Jellied stopper of RKPP oil 50 N • m
Reducer oil stopper 50 N • m