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Technical Service Information

GM/BMW 5L40E
TRANSMISSION PARTS DIFFERENCES

COMPLAINT: When the technician is rebuilding a 5L40E transmission from a Cadillac or BMW, some
hard parts which may be acquired as good used may not fit the particular application
being rebuilt.

CAUSE: Although the 5L40E may look the same for both the Cadillac and the BMW models, there
are some very distinct dimensional differences in various parts that make
interchangeability impossible.

CORRECTION: Figure 1 illustrates the Cadillac bell housing which also incorporates the pump body.
Figure 2 illustrates the BMW bell housing which also incorporates the pump body.
Figure 3 Illustrates the different stator shaft lengths between the Cadillac and BMW
models.
Figure 4 illustrates the different input shaft lengths between the Cadillac and BMW
models which is an integral part of the forward drum.
Figure 5 Illustrates the BMW pump cover.
Figure 6 illustrates the BMW and/or Cadillac pump cover.
Figure 7 illustrates the difference in the Line Boost Valve between Cadillac and BMW
models which is the outer most valve assembly in the pressure regulator valve line-up
located in the pump cover.

Many thanks to Paul from Hardparts For Transmissions for his help in providing this information.

Copyright 2006 ATSG

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TRANSMISSION PARTS DIFFERENCES

CADILLAC

STARTER OPENING
AT 10 OCLOCK
POSITION

Figure 1

STARTER OPENING
BMW AT 2 O'CLOCK
POSITION

Figure 2
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STATOR SHAFT LENGTH

CADILLAC
3.37 IN
85.60 MM

BMW
3.22 IN
81.79 MM

Figure 3

CADILLAC
INPUT SHAFT LENGTH
WILL HAVE
AN ID CADILLAC
GROOVE 11.69 IN
HERE 296.93 MM

BMW
11.50 IN
292 MM

Figure 4

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TRANSMISSION PARTS DIFFERENCES

BMW PUMP COVER

GM

Figure 5

BMW OR CADILLAC PUMP COVER

GM

Figure 6

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TRANSMISSION PARTS DIFFERENCES

LINE BOOST VALVE

CADILLAC BMW

Figure 7

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