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What Are the Most Common Transmission Problems in BMWs?

What Are the Most Common Transmission Problems in BMWs?

Every vehicle is bound to have problems at some point, even your beloved BMW. As long as you take proper care of your car, you can minimize the risks of problems arising. Your BMW's issues will be minor and relatively quick, and easy to repair in most cases. However, the transmission can be a more expensive and complex part to fix. That's why you must take care of any transmission issues in your BMW quickly by getting the top-rated BMW repair shop in Houston, TX: Bay Diagnostics. Below are some of the most popular transmission problems that occur in BMWs.    Low Transmission Fluid The fluid in your transmission system is what keeps its parts properly lubricated to minimize friction when shifting gears. Because the transmission system is closed, this liquid isn't something you have to replace as often as engine oil or brake fluid. Typically, you'll only need to change the transmission fluid if there's a leak or if the liquid is old, contaminated, and no ... read more



11BMW’s have always had advanced electronics so it should go as no surprise that our vehicle utilizes a series of dashboard warning lights and symbols to communicate with you. Based on you BMW year and model, these lights below may differ in appearance. A common rule associates the color of the illuminated symbol with the severity of the issue. It is good to make note of Red and Orange as those are immediate or need service soon indicators. Red: Red means there is an urgent issue with your vehicle, you should take your vehicle to your repair facility and have it diagnosed for repair Orange: Orange is a warning light letting you know there is an issue with your vehicle. Not an immediate need but you should take your vehicle in a diagnostic. Blue or Green: Blue and green symbols provide information such as indicators and lights. will typically indicate a less urgent issue, for example a vehicle service required. NOTE: if you have flashing lights, this indicates and urgent issu ... read more


If you are one of those who drive their vehicle daily, the busy city traffic might be taking a greater toll on the vehicle than you may realize. We strongly believe, and it is our experience, that it isn't simply enough to take the vehicle to a mechanic for an oil change; you need to get it inspected. A look under the hood by a professional once every year will ensure that your vehicle continues to perform optimally. Our oil change and filter inspection services are meant to provide you with peace of mind knowing your vehicle is reliable. Not only do we change the oil and filter but also lift the hood to identify any potential hazards which aren't instantly apparent but could turn into an expensive job. In our experience, using fully synthetic engine oil and adhering to factory maintenance standards as recommended by the manufacturers will ensure your vehicle always performs reliably. You can learn more about our oil, filter, and yearly inspection services below before contac ... read more

Why are tires important?

All cars rely on four well-inflated tires to provide drivers and those riding in the vehicle with a smooth and hopefully uneventful drive. Healthy tires are a big part of making sure that the drive is enjoyable, and it is the only part of the vehicle that's in contact with the road, which is why it is directly responsible for how the vehicle maneuver on the road. Tires with minimal tread or uneven wear will not affect the car's driving dynamics but are a safety hazard for yourself and fellow drivers. Apart from tires being essential for the vehicle's handling, they are also a big part of the suspension system. Many car owners don't realize that every tire is responsible for bearing 1/4th of the vehicle's weight. On large SUVs, each tire is under 1500 pounds of load. That's another reason why your tires should be inspected during each service period to ensure that they are road-worthy. Many of the latest vehicles come equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring Sy ... read more

What Are Brake Rotors and Why Are They Important?

What Are Brake Rotors and Why Are They Important?

Every modern vehicle's braking systems involve many parts: brake pads, brake rotors, master cylinders, hydraulic hoses, and brake fluid. Most people talk about replacing their brake pads, but another part that often has to be replaced is the brake rotor.    In simplest terms, a brake rotor is a circular metallic disc that is attached to the wheel hub on the wheel. They are almost always seen on the front axle of modern vehicles, sometimes in the rear axle. During regular operation, the brake pads are pressed against the brake rotor by the calipers, using hydraulic pressure created by the master cylinder. Friction between the two parts generates thermal energy. It then gets absorbed and dissipated by the brake rotor. Without the rotor, your brakes would overheat and not function.   What Can Go Wrong With Brake Rotors? The most common reason for brake rotor repair is wear and tear. The brake rotor material gets worn away with repeated use and constant exposure to ... read more

Why Bay Diagnostic for your BMW Repair Shop in Brooklyn?

BMWs are known worldwide for offering a host of safety, pleasure, and driving features, coupled with flashy design in a package created by British engineers. The vehicle provides drivers with a memorable experience regardless of how long or short the drive may be. That said, BMWs are also known for requiring rigorous maintenance and specific services to prevent the vehicle's performance from dipping and long-term issues. At Bay Diagnostic you can take comfort that for 35 years we have been repairing and servicing BMW vehicles. When we say we haven’t encountered a problem we haven’t fixed, we mean it. Reasons why our customers keep coming back: 35 years of experience in Brooklyn Factory-trained ASE Technicians 3 yr, 36k mile warranty Special financing available Concierge Service Since BMWs require specialized service, drivers will forego independent shops and visit a dealership to ensure quality. However, dealerships are often: Expensive Employ inexperienced mech ... read more

Correct Your Wheel Alignment Problems

Now, if you want to ensure that the vehicle always outputs the most power and performs the best, the wheels need to be correctly aligned. Unfortunately, it is something many people neglect. What Is Proper Wheel Alignment? We often tell clients that they need to stay on top of the condition of their tires to ensure that they are driving a safe and comfortable vehicle. However, that’s just one piece of the puzzle. The other piece is wheel alignment which mainly refers to how the wheels are mounted and connected to the steering system. Correct alignment will mean that your wheels all point straight with the tires properly angled and centered within the wheel wells. Aligned wheels promote a safer and longer tire life along with a smooth ride. Wheels that aren’t balanced will mean that the vehicle does not handle properly or even operate accurately. The outcomes can be negative, as misalignment will lead to your car becoming dangerous and highly inefficient. That said, there ... read more

What Is The Drivetrain?

The drivetrain isn’t just a single part of the vehicle; in fact, it is comprised of a pretty long series of parts that work together, transferring power from the engine to the wheels. While some parts of the system, like the driveshaft and the differential, are durable, they can break down or start leaking if not properly maintained with regular lubrication. Often replacing these parts can be highly challenging, which is why it is worth maintaining them. Your vehicle’s owner manual should highlight precisely when to schedule maintenance for your vehicle. What’s Wrong With My Drivetrain? As mentioned earlier, the drivetrain is undoubtedly one of the most durable parts of the vehicle, which makes it unlikely to fail. However, ignoring issues early on can lead to permanent and costly damage later. Below we’ll discuss some of the most common symptoms of a fault with your drivetrain, and should merit an inspection immediately. Leaking fluid Vibration and strange ... read more

What Is A Clutch?

The clutch is a key part of your vehicle’s manual transmission system. The clutch is engaged with the foot, and when the car is in gear, it transfers power from the engine to the transmission. That means several parts of the clutch system are undergoing continuous wear and tear over time. However, it is imperative to replace clutch components right away to prevent a serious issue with your manual transmission vehicle. Fortunately, our ASE-certified technicians have the experience and skill needed to diagnose and repair any issue with the clutch. Symptoms of a Bad Clutch One of the most common symptoms is slipping and shuddering, or even difficulty pressing the pedal. Often changing gears can also become very difficult. Issues that do not allow your clutch to engage will even prevent your vehicle from starting. That said, not all symptoms are that severe, but only if they are repaired in time by a certified professional. If anything avoiding any additional, unnecessary wear will ... read more

What Does The Check Engine Light Mean?

To many people, the check engine light may come across as a nuisance, but in reality, it is a highly effective tool for figuring out a problem with the vehicle. But do you know what it means and how it works? In this article, we'll talk about what causes the check engine light to come on. You can always contact us to schedule an appointment if your check engine light has come on. What Does It Mean? Modern cars have a computer and a diagnostic system onboard, referred to as OBD II. The check engine light is part of the diagnostic system. Whether you have an SUV or a sedan, most if not all cars produced after the mid-90s have this system built into it, as it was part of the United State's goal to lower emissions. The exhaust and the engine are the system's main components that need to be monitored for emissions. If there is a problem with any one of these units, like even a bad spark plug or a catal ... read more

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