Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gears are difficult to change - 2000 BMW 328Ci

asked by on

Upon purchasing this pre-owned car, I was aware it had a flex disc issue. While shifting, there was a bit of noise. Also, when the engine starts revving around 3200 RPM, the gear gets stuck and it becomes difficult to shift out of any gear. I had this problem while I was driving at the highway. I put it in fifth gear with the 3400 RPM and I attempted to downshift but it was very difficult to change gears at this point. I think the clutch is working fine as it enables the RPMs to decrease. It's as if the gears don't have dog clutches between them. What might be causing gears to get stuck like that?

A: Hello. It is possible that the slave cylind...

Hello. It is possible that the slave cylinder is faulty and needs to be replaced. The slave cylinder allows hydraulic pressure to aid in shifting from gear to gear. If the slave cylinder fails, it becomes hard to shift gears. It is also possible that the gears to the transmission are worn and need to be replaced. My recommendation would be to have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, diagnose the gear issue and make a recommendation for the appropriate repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Whirring noise at lower speeds

Hi there. If this noise changes as you accelerate and decelerate then most of the time it is caused by a failing pinion bearing in the rear differential. I usually start by checking the fluid in it to see if...

Q: Motor swap

The two base engines are similar but not the same. The sensors used will be different. The ignition system is different. The intake system is different. You should check both engines firsthand and compare them to see what I mean....

Q: Hard shifting transmission light comes on

Transmission issues like this can range from low transmission fluid to mechanical issues to electrical issues. Since the light has come on, the first step to take is to scan the vehicle for diagnostic troubleshooting codes. If a sensor, shift...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...