BMWs are known for their sleek designs, luxurious comforts, and enduring performance. To achieve those exceptional speeds, your vehicle relies on its clutch. Over time, BMWs may experience issues with the clutch, resulting in the need for service or repair work.
A clutch is a part of your vehicle designed to connect two or more rotating shafts. For instance, in a manual transmission, the clutch connects the shaft coming from the engine and the shaft that turns the wheels. A clutch allows you to speed up or slow down to keep an engine running while the vehicle is moving. A clutch is a part of both a manual and automatic transmission.
In a manual transmission, the clutch is used by the driver to change gears on, taking into account the right timing and the use of a gear shifter to accelerate. In an automatic transmission, the clutch uses automation to change gears for the driver, depending on the car’s speed. Once the vehicle reaches a certain RPM level, the transmission receives a signal to change gears, allowing the vehicle to speed up.
Symptoms of a Failing Clutch System
There are many tell-tell signs when it comes to a failing clutch within your transmission system. Among these, the most commonly-reported warning sign is a clutch that is either too easy to push or too hard to push when you press down in an attempt to change gears. You may also feel a vibration from the clutch pedal when you press down on a manual clutch or a jerking feeling in an automatic transmission when your vehicle is changing gears. In addition, you might begin to notice your vehicle exhibiting signs or poor acceleration or a loss of acceleration commonly referred to as clutch slipping.
It is never a pleasant sound when you are cruising the highway in your BMW and you hear that eerie grinding sound coming from your vehicle as you change gears to accelerate. In addition, you may experience trouble shifting your vehicle into gear. These problems are more common in a manual transmission but could be associated with an automatic transmission as well.
Trouble shifting or grinding gears may be a small problem such as a bad bearing that needs replacing or could result in a much larger problem resulting in a worn or damaged clutch that needs to be repaired or replaced.
Clutch issues can become quite costly in terms of repair and labor costs. However, you should not put off looming clutch problems. Whether you drive a manual or automatic BMW, you must get your clutch inspected immediately to avoid damage that cannot be undone. If your transmission becomes more damaged, you could end up being stranded on the side of the road. Please call for a tow if you no longer feel your BMW is safe to drive into our service center.
Corpus Auto Service for Your BMW
Corpus Auto Service has been helping drivers near Portland, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Calallen, and Corpus Christi, Texas for more than 35 years. Our family-owned and operated business was established in 1984 and has been Corpus Christi’s leader in European auto repair ever since.
We provide service to luxurious brands such as:
- Land Rover
Our ASE Certified Mechanics provide top quality service and repair work using the latest factory-grade tools, equipment, and diagnostic tools. We specialize in AC service and repair, brake repair, electrical troubleshooting, engine services, oil change service, suspension repair service, transmission repair, and tire services.
We understand the hesitation drivers hold when it comes to leaving their BMW behind for service, which is why we strive to provide the absolute best customer service we can. We provide our customers with free WiFi and coffee in our comfortable waiting area as well as being available for any and all questions you may have.
At Corpus Auto Service, we offer a one year warranty on all services we provide. We are a BOSCH Car Service affiliated repair shop dedicated to providing you with nothing but the best. To schedule an appointment, call or stop by today, and a member of our staff will be happy to assist you.