How to Handle BMW Clutch MalfunctionPosted on: October 26, 2018
BMW vehicles are one of the most well known brands in the world. They’re famous for their high standards of performance, consistent delivery of power, and impressive stamina. Unfortunately, even the most well designed vehicles on the market, such as BMW experience part malfunction and system failures from time to time – it’s simply a normal aspect of the mechanically engineered machine experience.
Clutch failure is a serious performance issue for BMW drivers that must be prevented at all costs, and if it occurs anyway then it’s essential to address with efficiency and immediacy so you can prevent further damage and get your BMW back to its old, amazing self. Premature clutch wear is one of the more commonly reported issues in manual transmission vehicles, and there are certainly ways around it. In this article, we’ll go over what you should know about clutch failure in your own car, how to prevent it, and how you should handle it if it happens to you.
What does the clutch do?
Your clutch doesn’t get the recognition it deserves – it’s that simple. In a manual transmission, the clutch performs a highly important role. Generally speaking, the clutch is essential for keeping the engine and wheels in constant communication with one another, engaging and disengaging in a kind of well-choreographed dance number essential for optimal performance and gear shifting. So, for example, when the car wants downshift to a lower gear, the clutch is pressed down, the gas pedal is released, and the engine disengages for a short period of time as the car approaches a stop. As you can see, you wouldn’t get far without a working clutch.
Symptoms of clutch failure to look for in your BMW
Noticing the symptoms of clutch failure can be alarming for drivers – especially if all you know is a perfectly-performing German wonder like your BMW. Here is what you can expect if your clutch begins to fail:
Largely related to the function of the engine and transmission, it shouldn’t come as a total shock that if your clutch fails, you’ll likely run into gear shifting problems. If your car won’t shift at the appropriate times or the RPMs go way up before shifting, you should have it looked at right away.
Poor performance conditions
In a BMW, this is simply blasphemous. You might notice your car doesn’t accelerate as smoothly as it should, which is highly concerning for those of us who rely on the BMW’s zippiness.
From the transmission or the clutch pedal itself, any noises should be checked out right away. While it’s normal for you to hear a faint pressurized sound each time you press down the pedal, you should never hear squealing, screeching, or grinding sounds – either while stationary or moving.
Squishy, spongy pedal
We are conditioned to expect a normal cushiony feel when we press down any of the pedals in our car. if you notice the pedal doesn’t have the same pushback it normally does, it vibrates, or it feels odd to you at all, it could be failing and require immediate attention.
Common sources of the problem
When a clutch fails, it’s usually related to any of the other, smaller components that make up the part or mechanism:
- Pressure plate
- Clutch fork
- Clutch linkages
- Clutch cables
- Clutch disc
Diagnosing a clutch issue often begins with inspecting the main components of the clutch mechanism and determining if they’ve encountered damage or excessive wear for one reason or another. Clutch wear can also occur due to:
- Improper clutch use
- Design deficits
- Unique driving conditions – like heavy traffic or especially hilly areas
- Inadequate maintenance
- Improper servicing and repair techniques or parts
Addressing clutch failure, made easy
Any time something goes wrong with your BMW, it’s frustrating, inconvenient, and usually expensive. Here at European Auto Service Center, we make repairs and inspections quick and easy, but never sacrifice on attention to detail. We have three different locations to provide specialized BMW services to clients from Aventura/Miami, and Boca Raton East and Boca Raton West; no matter where you are, we’re easy to get to. If you’ve noticed a decline in your BMW’s clutch function, it’s imperative to have the issue diagnosed and treated before it causes other problems in engine or transmission function. Please contact one of our BMW specialists right away to schedule a diagnostic appointment.
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