BMW Transmission Service & Repair

BMW Transmission Service & Repair

BMW Transmission Service & Repair in San Jose

There have been instances where some BMW drivers have been informed by either BMW Service Advisors or other repair shops that they shouldn’t change the transmission fluid in their vehicle. This however is a complete fabrication; BMW states that the transmission fluid should be changed by around 100,000 miles on most of their available models and at even shorter intervals for the M models. We strongly encourage you, based on experience, to change the transmission fluid and transmission filter at 60,000 miles. No fluid is actually ‘lifetime’ and the shops that say don’t change it may simply just be inexperienced with BMWs and afraid to try to do it. Some car service advisers have even go so far as to tell customers that changing the transmission fluid “just causes problems” within the vehicle. The importance of changing the transmission fluid and filter and servicing the transmission is vital to preserving the performance of your BMW and preventing extremely costly repairs.


BMW owners need to keep in mind that the service recommendations provided while the car is under warranty, is the minimum amount of service needed to get the car through the warranty period with minimal cost to BMW. After the warranty all bets are off for the BMW Owner. We provide specific service plans to ensure that the life of your vehicle is extended as much as possible. Each BMW benefits from these service plans and while not required very often, the transmission fluid is a key component for a variety of your car’s functions.


Key factors of BMW Transmission Service


Many drivers may be unaware of this but the transmission in a BMW is considered one of the most intricate units of the car. It works with other parts and components. It is integral to the computer controlled driving systems of the car. If the transmission has issues, the rest of the car and its control systems will be dramatically impacted. It is common to see the instrument cluster light up like a Christmas tree with many different warning lights and the check engine light illuminated when there is a transmission related issue. The transmission of the vehicle usually relies on two key factors; the transmission fluid and the transmission filter.


What does the Transmission Fluid & Filter Do?


The transmission fluid provides lubrication to reduce any wear and tear on the transmission and also helps to prevent overheating. In most transmissions, the individual gears are operated by clutch packs that have many small plates coated with friction material that use hydraulic pressure to maintain or hold a particular gear. These clutch packs and other transmission parts are subject to wear and tear in the form of loose clutch material, metal particles, and other debris. This is where the transmission filter comes into play. The filter works to collect these particles and keep the fluid clean and properly lubricating the transmission. Overtime, the transmission filter gets clogged with debris and is unable to properly filter the transmission fluid and can cause reduced fluid circulation, which is very bad for a transmission.


Signs Regarding the Health of  BMW Transmission Fluid & Filter


While BMWs are known for having excellent and reliable transmissions, they still require maintenance and service like any other vehicle. There are a few signs to look for regarding the health of the transmission fluid and filter to make sure the owner knows that service may be needed for the transmission before it’s too late. Slow or delayed shifts often indicate that the transimission filter is clogged and the fluid is due for replacement. BMW transmission fluid is either red (Pre 1995 cars) or copper-brown color (newer cars) and if it begins to turn brown or dark Grayish Black, that can be an indication of problems beginning to develop; the smell of burnt rubber can also be coming from the transmission as opposed to the tires as you may think.


Overheating is a big cause for severe transmission issues as well, because of the age of the transmission fluid. The older the transmission fluid, the lower the cooling properties of it are, in these instances, it can cause problems when the driver is shifting gears and will often times be indicated by a flashing light on the dashboard for transmission service.


When to Change Transmission Fluid on Your BMW


Now to settle the biggest misconception: the BMW “Lifetime Fluids.” These lifetime fluids used by BMW are supposed to last for the entire lifespan of the vehicle. They are synthetic fluids that are much more expensive but can last up to 100,000 miles. In the instance that someone has bought a used BMW, then that vehicle is clearly closer to that mile marker. However, the fluid becomes contaminated with debris and the transmission filter clogs up long before that 100,000 mile mark.It is best to perform a transmission service at 60,000 miles. With that in mind, it’s often recommended by BMW to change the transmission fluid at 50,000 miles and to inspect the transmission filter closely when you do.


Don’t Ignore Transmission Issues


While servicing the transmission isn’t an essential component in month-to-month maintenance on your BMW, it is however not something to ignore in the event it needs service. Prolonged transmission issues that go undetected or unresolved can cause extensive and catastrophic damage to your engine and transmission.


Why you can trust Sprint Motorsports in San Jose?


The BMW specialists at Sprint Motorsports in San Jose have performed transmission fluid and filter changes in over 1000 BMWs. Using the exact same lifetime fluid that the BMW dealership would and OEM Filter assembly, our experts know what signs to look for in your transmission filter and will ensure that any issues or potential issues in the transmission are discovered and addressed early on, saving you time and money down the road.


While some auto mechanics may look for ways to avoid performing the services your vehicle needs or give you misinformation, you can trust Sprint Motorsports to make sure that your vehicle is kept in perfect condition while offering truthful and upfront customer service that truly puts your best interests first.

Quality and Competent BMW Service in the San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, And Saratoga Area


We have the know-how to keep your vehicle top-notch condition. At Sprint Motorsports we provide the best quality OEM parts from manufactures for your BMW Transmission such as ZF, Febi,  and Mahle. We have expert trained staff that undergo constant training and education to up to date with the latest industry technology. We have dealership level equipment. Give us a call!

To schedule an appointment for a Transmission Service on your BMW or other car brand, please contact service@sprint-motorsports.com or 408-831-3730. We welcome you to stop by our shop at 2099 S 10th St Unit 40, San Jose, Ca 95112. If you have any questions about your BMW performance or maintenance, don’t be shy about asking our friendly staff for assistance.