Shifter Pull

From BMW E34 Encyclopedia

Overview[edit]

This section will attempt to diagnose shifter pull that happens in hard acceleration (1-2nd gears).

Symptoms[edit]

The shifter aggressively pulls to a side during hard acceleration or launch.

Diagnosis[edit]

  • If the shifter pulls towards the passenger side, inspect the driver side engine
  • If the shifter pulls towards the driver side, inspect passenger side engine mount
  • Inspect the transmission mounts


You cannot always tell if the engine mounts are faulty due to tightness in space and lack of access. If the transmission mounts look healthy, check the work history on your car. If the history is nonexistent or the engine mounts are overdue for service, you may want to bite the bullet and replace them. The mounts are a maintenance item.