Post on November 23, 2019 by ultimateauadmin
BMWs exude luxury and finesse while still maintaining practical features suited to modern life. While BMW cars are designed never to fail you, if they are not cared for correctly, or as they reach the end of their lifespan, the risk of part failure will become increasingly more likely. With this in mind, in this article, we will take a closer look at your BMW’s clutch, learn about the signs of failure, and discuss the best place in Tolleson to get the problem fixed.
What is the purpose of your clutch?
The clutch is a system of parts, known as an assembly, which is responsible for isolating the engine when gear changes occur. This means that for the briefest of periods, your engine and wheels are working separately from one another, which is what allows the gears to change.
The clutch assembly is made of many different parts which all need to work together to achieve their purpose. The parts included in your clutch can vary between model and manufacturer, but in general, all clutch assemblies will feature the same 4 key parts:
- Pressure Plate
- Throw-out clutch bearing
- Clutch disc
Signs and Symptoms of Clutch Failure
As the clutch is an assembly of parts, there are a variety of different signs of failure that you should look for. In this article, we’ve focussed on the most common.
Time and Use
Of course, with time and use, parts will start to wear and degrade; it’s just a natural part of aging. Clutch failure, or burn-out, is very common in luxury and sports cars due to the way in which drivers use their vehicles. Drivers of high-performance cars tend to over use the clutch in order to reach peak performance. This is a problematic habit that should be avoided if you want to prolong the lifespan of your clutch. It can also cost a fair bit also in servicing and repair fees.
The Feel of the Clutch Pedal
If your clutch assembly develops problems, then you are likely to notice that the clutch feels different overall. Likely changes include the pedal feeling sticky or hard to press as well as excessive vibrations felt through the pedal. If you experience this, you should take your vehicle in for diagnostics and repair work as soon as possible.
Grinding and Squeaking
If working perfectly, your clutch shouldn’t make a sound when you press the pedal, apart from the natural noise of the pedal being depressed, which is a light sound similar to air releasing. Therefore, if your clutch pedal squeaks when pressed or you notice grinding sounds once the pedal is engaged, then it is likely your clutch is past its prime.
Problems Changing Gears
The transmission works closely with the clutch to ensure that gear changes happen successfully. Therefore, if the clutch assembly isn’t up to par, you’ll likely find changing gears more of a struggle. It may only be specific gears that are affected or you may find that you clutch slips and temporarily impacts acceleration.
BMW Models Most Likely to Suffer Clutch Failure
Overall, BMW vehicles have a good reputation when it comes to clutch problems. However, there are some models that stand out, which may require extra clutch-care to remain problem-free including:
- BMW X6
- BMW 1-Series
- BMW X5
- BMW E90
When it comes to clutch problems, you should always seek repairs as soon as possible. Solving problems as soon as they occur helps to reduce the risk of further damages and faults and will likely mean the repair work your BMW needs is more minor and less expensive. Solving problems fast will also mean your BMW is as safe as possible and also able to drive at peak performance levels.
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