How to Deal With Clutch Transmission Failure in a BMW
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BMWs provide high performance, reliability and comfort. BMW owners are passionate about their cars. They are outstanding vehicles that are safe and fun to drive, but they can experience issues like any other vehicle. One potential issue is manual clutch transmission failure.

What is a Clutch?

A manual transmission has a clutch assembly whose function is to disrupt the power flow between the transmission and engine. It is needed when the car is stopped, but the engine is running. It is also used when changing gears. The clutch assembly is made up of several different parts. Any of these parts can fail.

Parts of the Clutch

  • Clutch bearing
  • Clutch disc
  • Flywheel
  • Pressure plate

Types of Clutch Failures

  • Shifting issues
  • Slipping
  • Problems Releasing
  • Vibrations
  • Noises

What causes transmission failure?

As a vehicle ages, it experiences wear from high mileage. During regular maintenance, your mechanic will be able to make sure that the transmission isn’t experiencing any failures. They will also be able to check the level of your transmission fluid to make sure that you do not have a leak.

Signs of Transmission Problems

Transmission Fluid Leak

A leak under the front of your car can be transmission fluid. You can distinguish it from oil and condensation by its color. The transmission fluid in a BMW will either be bright red or reddish-brown. Any type of leak should be fixed right away. The leaking fluid will lead to additional damage and component failures if neglected.

Low Transmission Fluid

Transmission fluid is necessary for keeping the transmission cool and the components lubricated. A leak isn’t always visible. That’s why checking your transmission fluid is important. When there isn’t enough fluid, your transmission will not run correctly, and will eventually fail.

Engine Overheating

When the transmission experiences issues, there is greater stress put on the engine, which causes the engine to overheat. If your engine overheats, you can end up experiencing total engine failure.

Burning Smell

A burning smell could be caused by an overheating transmission.

Trouble Shifting

The most common issue of a failing transmission is trouble switching between gears.

Jumps out of Gear

Your car can pop out of gear without warning. This is usually caused by a faulty clutch or low transmission fluid.

Clutch Issues

The clutch is used all the time. Its function is to engage and disengage the engine gears.  When it begins experiencing issues, your BMW may be hard to get into gear or won’t stay in gear.


If you feel vibrations during acceleration, they could be caused by a failing transmission.

Grinding Sounds

Your car should go into gear easily. If you hear grinding noises when switching gears, it could either be a transmission issue or a clutch issue.

Check Engine Light

When the check engine light is illuminated, it indicates that your BMW has experienced a problem. The light can come on for many different reasons, but it is important to never ignore your check engine light.

Regular Maintenance

Many people take their vehicles for granted. Regular maintenance is one of the last things on their minds, but regular maintenance is needed to keep any car running smoothly.

Staying current on your BMW’s maintenance schedule can prevent costly repairs in the future. If you take care of your car, you will have less of a chance of breaking down and your car will last for years.

Don’t Ignore Symptoms of Clutch or Transmission Failure

The clutch and transmission are integral parts of your BWW — if they aren’t working, you are not driving. Ignoring symptoms of failure can lead to costly repairs. If you experience any of the above symptoms, take them seriously. Dealing with the issues right away will save you time and money. If you continue to drive your BMW, you can break down on the road, or you could have an accident that leaves you stranded.

We Are Here to Help

If you are experiencing transmission problems, BMW Transmission Oil Change call Auto Assets today. Our service center is fully equipped with the latest factory-grade tools and equipment. Our mechanics will get your issue diagnosed and fixed right away.

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