Driving a BMW is a luxury. They are vehicles that set very high standards. When you own a BMW, you know that it will be of top quality and last for a very long time, as long as the proper maintenance and repairs are kept up. One part of your BMW that plays a huge role is the clutch. Below you will find information on what the clutch is and how to repair it if you need to.
What does the clutch do?
If your BMW is automatic, then one of the most important parts of your vehicle is the clutch. In order for you to successfully drive your automatic BMW, you have to have a clutch that is working properly.
The clutch is the mechanism that communicates between the engine and the wheels. The clutch tells the engine and the wheels when it is time to engage with each other and disengage from each other. In order for your BMW to shift into the next gear, the engine rotation has to be disconnected from the wheel rotation and the clutch is the part that allows this to happen.
In order for the clutch to function properly, there are many different nuts, bolts, and screws that all have to work together. The 4 main parts that make up the clutch that you should be aware of are the throw-out clutch bearing, clutch disk, flywheel, and the pressure plate.
Signs the Clutch is Failing
The clutch in your BMW is crucial if you are going to keep driving. Over time, it is possible that the clutch can wear out. There are certain signs and symptoms that you should be aware of that will indicate to you that the clutch is starting to fail.
The first sign is going to be a grinding or squeaking noise. You will hear the grinding noise as you are attempting the shift gears. The squeaking noise comes from the pedal. As you engage the pedal, if it squeaks, then you will know that there is an issue with the clutch.
In addition to the pedal squeaking, the pedal can also begin to feel different. This could mean anything from the pedal vibrating to the pedal sticking to the pedal feeling loose. Any one of these will alert you to the fact that there is an issue with the clutch.
Another sign that you should be aware of that will indicate to you that there is an issue with the clutch is if the gears are slipping or if you are having trouble shifting. Both of these signs are very common in BMWs, especially as the vehicle ages. Once you become aware of this sign, it is extremely important to repair the clutch yourself or take your BMW in for servicing immediately because this can cause damage to the transmission and the engine.
How to Repair the Clutch
If you are handy with tools and need to replace the clutch due to one of the issues previously mentioned, then the following steps will walk through how to do it.
- Make sure your BMW is in a secure position. This will keep you safe as you are working on it. Then you can properly lift your BMW with a jack to hold it in place.
- In order to get to the clutch, you need to remove the transaxle. To make it easier for you to remove, then disconnect the clutch cable and also the positive battery cable because these cables will be slightly blocking the transaxle.
- Unbolt the engine mount because you will need to remove at least one of the engine mounts in order to completely remove the transaxle. The transaxle can be removed by unbolting the flywheel housing and then gently pulling it away from the engine.
- After the transaxle is out, you will be able to take the clutch out by unbolting the pressure plate. It is here that you will also want to thoroughly inspect the flywheel to ensure there are no hot spots and make sure it is clear of all grime and debris.
- Replace the flywheel and then put in the new clutch.
- Reinstall the transaxle and slowly release your BMW from the jack.
- The last step is to test the clutch to ensure that any and all issues have been repaired.
Servicing Your BMW for Clutch Issues
Changing the clutch on your own can be a difficult job if you are not familiar with all the parts. If there is a hint of doubt, then you will want to bring your BMW in for servicing at Group One Motorwerks. We are located in Tucson, AZ.
We will run a thorough diagnostic on your BMW to locate the exact part that is causing your clutch to need to be repaired. Our trained technicians will then go over with you what they recommend, and upon your approval, the clutch will be repaired using the best and newest parts without you having to pay dealership prices for them. We will always make sure that you leave our shop satisfied and with a completely fixed clutch.