Have you ever had a conversation with someone where the information they were discussing was so foreign to you, it felt as though they were speaking a different language? I sometimes feel that way when I am talking to someone that knows about cars, especially foreign cars. Owning a BMW really is a luxury and I understand that there are thousands of working parts that make my high-performance engine hum, but I feel completely ill equipped to understand even the most vital components beneath the surface. Sure, we know that there are basic BMW maintenance requirements to keep our luxury cars running smoothly and efficiently, but what about those times when something unexpected comes up? At Auto Works of Brandon, you will never have to worry about whether or not your questions will be answered. All of their technicians are ASE-certified BMW specialists. They know what to look for and they have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to find what the eyes can’t see. It is certainly comforting to know that I have a dependable place to go, with people I can trust for my BMW service needs.
But back to the foreign language I was talking about earlier. Wouldn’t it be great to understand just a little bit more about what the technicians are saying when they explain what my car needs to run at its best? Well, after the engine, the next most important part of your car’s operating system is the transmission, and we wanted to share a little “tutorial” on the working parts and what they do, so you will have a better understanding of what you may hear. According to carconnection.com, here is a list of the basic working parts of the transmission and what they do:
– Gear: in this context, a gear is a set of toothed wheels that work together to determine or alter the relation between the speed of a vehicle’s engine and the speed of its wheels; it is also the term used to describe each of the gears a driver can select, which is, in fact, a ratio of the selected gears on the input and output shafts.
– Gear Ratio: the ratio between the rates at which the input and output of a set of gears rotate
– Clutch: a mechanism for connecting and disconnecting a vehicle’s engine from its transmission system
– Transmission: a mechanism for transmitting power from a vehicle’s engine (or motor) to its wheels
– Shift Lever: a control lever which the driver uses to manage the current gear (or gear range) of a vehicle’s transmission
– H Pattern: an arrangement of gears, usually designated on the shift lever knob, wherein the gears are arranged in a series of parallel rows, reminiscent of an “H” with extra legs
Apart from changing the oil and keeping air in the tires, maintaining transmission “health” would round out the top 3 priorities of BMW maintenance. Even the slightest roughness or grinding noise from the transmission should warrant a trip to your BMW service shop for transmission repair, to avoid any further damage. Generally, oil levels are the biggest culprits in transmission repair cases, but it is never worth risking a misdiagnosis that could cost substantially more than a fluid change. If you choose to change the transmission fluid on your own, and the noise continues, a clogged transmission filter could be preventing the fluid from reaching the pump. If this occurs, it can result in severe damage to the pump as well as other components, costing you far more in the long run. Checking your transmission fluid isn’t difficult, but it is always best to consult a BMW-certified technician if your fluid is brown, especially if it smells “burned”.
Basic BMW maintenance standards are set based on general driving conditions, but an accelerated maintenance schedule should be considered if you regularly drive in the following conditions:
- Extreme temperatures (hot weather or sub-zero temps)
- Frequent stop-and-go driving or heavy traffic
- Dusty conditions (i.e.: Consistent dirt and/or gravel roads, desert areas)
- Steep inclines on a regular basis (i.e.: hills or mountains)
Auto Works of Brandon has been in business for over 14 years and is a winner of the Angie’s List Super Service Award as well as the Gold Medal in The Tampa Tribune’s Best Of 2014. With a perfect customer service track record with the BBB, you can rest assured that you will get the absolute best BMW service from the most qualified BMW-certified technicians around. Call today to set an appointment.