BMW, Mini Cooper “Lifetime Fluid”
There is a trend with many manufacturers to use so called “Lifetime” transmission fluids in their new cars. Audi, BMW and Mercedes have been doing this for years.
Removing Stuck Bearing Races
Tapered roller bearings are commonly found in wheel bearings, transmission, differentials, and other automotive systems. They consist of two parts, the bearing cone with the roller bearing, and a “race”, which is the highly polished and hardened surface on which the bearing rides. The race is pressed into the part or casting and the roller bearing installed on top of it.
So let’s say you have a bearing race (transmission, wheel, differential or other) in a “blind” hole that you need to replace. By “blind” we mean you can’t […]
In our workshop, we see a number of transmission issues, on a number of different cars, from BMW, Audi, Volvo, and Honda. Almost always on vehicles not serviced by us, but rather referred to workshop by the dealer, or another repair facility. Over the years we’ve compiled a very effective set of diagnostic principles to make the determination of the failure mode, and corrective action, very straightforward.
The old bromide that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” never rang truer than in the case of the automatic transmission. Proper […]