How To Identify BMW Transmission Failure Symptoms

While owning a BMW is synonymous with having an excellent vehicle that is durable and long-lasting, even cars with the highest quality engineering and design are not immune to wear and tear. Transmission issues account for a good percentage of BMW problems worldwide and can be expensive to repair. However, being able to recognize the signs of a BMW transmission failure can help you seek the necessary help and repair it as soon as possible. Here are some ways to identify if your BMW is suffering from transmission failure.

Check Engine Light Illuminating

While your BMW is capable of detecting the difference between a transmission issue and a general engine problem and will notify you through the transmission warning light, transmission problems can directly impact other parts of the engine. Therefore, when your car is suffering from a transmission failure, you may notice that your check engine light lights up as well. The check engine light is a general warning sign that alerts the driver that the car needs to be taken in for a diagnosis. Seek out a BMW specialist for the most accurate diagnosis and best repairs possible.

Vehicle Shaking or Vibrating

As one of the most troubling symptoms of a transmission issue, you might notice your vehicle shake or vibrate even more when accelerating or traveling at either slow or fast speeds. It is vital to have the issue checked out immediately when you notice this symptom as stalling the repair process will simply exacerbate the issue, and cause damage to other parts of your vehicle’s engine.

Problems Shifting Gears

If your car is experiencing transmission issues, you may have difficulties when your car shifts gear. From intense jerking to clutch squeaking, worrying noises, and gear-shift hesitation, having problems shifting gear can leave you at either a low or high RPM or result in the car stalling. The car may go into limp mode, a preventative measure every BMW has to keep the driver from continuing driving in dangerous conditions, rendering a tow service necessary.

Transmission Fluid Leaking

If there is fluid leaking beneath your vehicle, it is a concerning sign that your vehicle might be suffering from a transmission issue. As opposed to a coolant leak, which shows up as pink, yellow or green, if your car is leaking transmission fluid, the liquid might be reddish-brown or bright red. If you have identified that it is indeed a transmission fluid leak, bring your car to a service center as it will require a thorough inspection to locate the source of the leak and make the necessary repairs and replacements.

A Burning Smell

A burning smell may be a sign that your transmission is overheating or that the transmission fluid is old and burnt. In such cases, it is crucial to take your car to a repair shop immediately.

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