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BMW Steptronic Transmission
What is BMW Steptronic Transmission? The BMW Steptronic Transmission gives you options so that you don’t have to choose between an automatic or manual transmission. The gearbox with the Steptronic gives you the choice between using a manual shift when you want to and changing over to the multi-drive mode automatic when you need it. How the BMW Steptronic Transmission Works The Steptronic transmission works in three different modes. The first mode is the fully automatic drive mode. It allows the driver to focus on other aspects of the driving experience without worrying about shifting. The second mode is a manual/ sports driving mode that makes the engine rev higher before shifting. The third mode is a manual shift mode. It gives the driver the opportunity to fully control the shifting of the vehicle. Why Choose Steptronic? The newest generation of BMW’s Steptronic transmissions is so well-designed that they can actually out-perform a manual-shift transmission, even when driven by a highly experienced driver. This highly advanced transmission system has been designed to give drivers the most flexibility possible, without detracting from the driving experience. After all, choosing a BMW is about performance and the Ultimate Driving Machine.
Transmission Shaking Transmission shaking can be a sign that your automatic and manual transmission may be experiencing problems. Your car shouldn’t shake or jerk, and you shouldn’t hear grinding. These are all indications of transmission trouble. With a manual transmission, the most common red flag is grinding when you shift. If it happens after you engage the clutch and shift, it could also be a sign of a faulty clutch. Either way, you need to get it checked. With an automatic transmission, you’re more likely to find it’s hard to get into gear when you first take off. As it worsens, you’ll notice shaking. Again, get it checked. Transmission Shaking What to do when you experience this: Do not drive due to excessive wear and tear as well as your transmission failing, and costing you thousands of dollars.
Burning Smell If you get a whiff of burning transmission fluid such as burning smell, be advised it is definitely not the sweet smell of success. That’s because it may indicate your transmission is overheating. Transmission fluid keeps the transmission’s many moving parts properly lubricated. Also, it prevents the unit from burning itself up, by providing much-needed cooling. In some vehicles, the transmission even has its own mini-radiator (an oil cooler) that circulates fluid to transport heat away from the transmission unit itself. Common causes include low or inadequate transmission fluid, which can indicate a leak or dirty fluid that needs changing. If you thought your transmission was safe from wear at least while it was in neutral, the truth might surprise you. Look to the next page for the scoop on noises in neutral.
Transmission Noises Another problem commonly found in transmissions is the transmission noises they make whether in neutral or when shifting while driving. In most cases, the issue is sourced from a lack of lubricant between the moving parts. While in other cases, the noise is a clear indication it’s time for an inspection or repair. Noises While in Neutral Clattering, clunking, clanging, or clinking, these are some sounds you never want to hear when your vehicle is idling while parked or in neutral. More often than not, these disconcerting noises are warning signs that your transmission may be on the cusp of failing. Noises When Shifting Hearing a cacophony of banging, growling, buzzing, and grinding while you’re driving or shifting gears can be an even more disturbing experience. If your transmission makes troubling noises when in neutral, that’s not a good sign. To hear loud whining or other noises while you’re driving is a serious warning sign you will have a transmission failure somewhere down the road.
Transmission Fluid Leaks
Transmission Fluid Leaks If you find a puddle of reddish fluid pooling beneath your car where you parked, it’s quite likely one of the gaskets or seals in your transmission has sprung a leak. Rubber seals, gaskets, and o-rings wear out over time and need replacing. A transmission has the possibility of leaking in several areas: Axles seals Front seal of the transmission Vent (if transmission overheats) Pan gaskets Shifter seals or any other misc. seals Is it Safe to Drive When a Car is Leaking Transmission Fluid? While it is not especially dangerous to continue driving with a leaking transmission in the short-term, it is advisable to have this issue repaired immediately to take care of your car for the long-term. As soon as you notice your car is leaking, you should seek to contact a certified mechanic to have your transmission fluid serviced. The faster you get the leak fixed, the fewer problems you will have with your vehicle in the future.
Delayed Engagement Known as Delayed Engagement, it is one of the most common symptoms of problems with an automatic transmission.You hop into your car, turn the ignition key, shift to ‘Drive’ or ‘Reverse’, and there is a seemingly long delay before the transmission engages. A delayed engagement is a type of slip that occurs when the clutches or bands, which allow the vehicle to move, do not operate instantly. Often, this occurs when the internal seals wear or become hard from infrequent fluid replacement. Delayed Engagement-Preventing Problems If you feel there is a lag between when you shift into gear and when the gear engages, you need to take note and monitor the problem — it could be symptomatic of something more severe. If you suspect your transmission has problems, we recommend you: Avoid revving the engine when the problem occurs. Increased engine speed produces friction and can damage the clutches and bands. Allow time for the transmission to engage to prevent needless damage. Check the fluid level. Consult your owner’s manual for correct filling and checking procedure as this varies among auto manufacturers.