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Official Word on '06 Rear Axles

What is the official word?

My early '06 did not have the fluid changed at the first service. Has BMW posted a bulletin recommending ALL be changed? Will I be notified if this is the case? Will BMW pay for the service? Were the "S" and "R" affected by this?

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What I saw was only for the 07 model going forward!


"Sorry 'bout your luck" mister 05-06 owners!

The 07 will have a plug to make the service easier and it will be done at 600 miles, due to their incredulous discovery that you can't break in a machined part in a lifetime oil!!! After 600 miles it is to become a lifetime oil.

The speed sensor on the ones I've assisted doing has the Don King look and the oil was pretty black!

Seems the drive unit wasn't reliable enough for a lifetime after all. (read 36,000 miles as life time?)
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So what makes the '06 or the S and R any different? Hence my question.

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Hi All,

My friend's 06 RT also doesn't have a drain plug. I will see how he is going to do this when the time come... He is a mechanic... May be he can do my 06 K12GT for 6 packs of beers... :p
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So what makes the '06 or the S and R any different? Hence my question.
Nothing!!! I guess you are just out of luck!

I attached the bulletin for your viewing pleasure...


Added by eljeffe:

Details can be found at: http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showth...ght=rear+drive

Last edited by eljeffe; Sep 26th, 2006 at 5:00 pm. Reason: Copyrighted BMW document removed from attachments
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My friend's 06 RT also doesn't have a drain plug. I will see how he is going to do this when the time come... He is a mechanic... May be he can do my 06 K12GT for 6 packs of beers... :p
It really isn't that bad.

Short version:

You have to take off the paralever arm and brake caliper. you pull the speed sensor out and the drain plug (it looks like a fill plug since it is in the rear at center level.) and then rotate the housing down 90 degrees and drain it out. Then you measure the right amount to replace and fill it through the speed sensor hole. A lot more work than the old style, but really not that bad.

Make sure to use a new o-ring for the speed sensor and new nyloc nut on the paralever arm.
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Nothing!!! I guess you are just out of luck!

I attached the bulletin for your viewing pleasure...
Thank you for the "official" bulletin.
Now, where do you find this stuff at ???????????????
Is there some site that we all can access?
I printed out a copy, and will use it to show my dealer that my '06 does need the fluid change.
I have no problems paying for this service.
Makes me wonder why BMW states... '07 onward. Guess they don't like recalls.?
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Thank you for the "official" bulletin.
Now, where do you find this stuff at ???????????????
Is there some site that we all can access?
I printed out a copy, and will use it to show my dealer that my '06 does need the fluid change.
I have no problems paying for this service.
Makes me wonder why BMW states... '07 onward. Guess they don't like recalls.?
It shows up in my mailbox periodically... I can't really reveal any more than that...

If you read it carefully, it is carefully worded to say it needs to be added to the service list but isn't "really" a big deal.

The dealer will do anything you tell them to do, if you are willing to pay for it. This one isn't a warranty item, so maybe they just dont' think it is worth doing on the bikes previously. The difference in the new "drain" plug is just a magnet added to the plug, whereas the older ones weren't magnetic.
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BeniciaRT, thanks for the bulletin information but it looks like the great and powerful "eljeffe" just stepped in on you. I'm going to follow up with my dealer's service department too. Please refer to the adjoining thread on this subject. A happy consumer is an informed consumer!
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Thank you BeniciaRT, I did manage to print it prior to Eljeffe giving it the yank. Why would he do that anyway? Copywrite perhaps?

In any case thank you. I'll be using it if I ever have a problem with the drive or the bearing. It proves BMW is culpable and should pay for the repair.

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