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Old 01-09-2012, 11:52 AM
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possible bad torque converter??

Hi, 2004 X3 3.0, 110,000 miles

The car feels like there is a tranny problem, when you start driving there is a very slight hesitation before the car actually moves, and on deceleration one feels a "clunk" ...seems to come from the rear diff or driveshaft but as we know...sound travels..lol
Having read some forum posts i am thinking that the torque converter is bad. I went under the car to where the access hole is on the bell housing and when either reverse or drive is selected i can hear a rumbling sound coming from that access hole, the sound disappears when i select park or neutral.
When i select a gear from standstill, the car DOES start to move when i release the brake (without pressing the accelerator)
I doubt the car has ever had a transmission flush...is there any possibility that new tranny oil and a new filter might fix this...
any ideas welcome
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:50 PM
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I have the same problem and am interested if there is any information. (2005 3.0 x3, 107K)
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:12 AM
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i took it to an indy euro car guy...they found nothing wrong with the torque converter... told me to keep driving the car until it gets more pronounced...oh well!
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