Q: My bmw 316i has issues with the gearbox

asked by on

Hi I have a BMW 316 I and when I started the car firs it did go to firs gear but the won't go to second so I hade to put it in 3 th gear to move of the road . after a few minutes I stoped and she I put back to gear 1st or second the car won't move . can you help me is it the gear box or just something to do with cluch . thank you .
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle may be having an issue with the transmission, possibly with the gearbox. It may be possible that the clutch is worn, though that would likely affect first gear more than any other, and would have an affect on all of the gears. As the transmission only appears to have issues with going into second gear, it may be possible that the synchronizer rings, or the actual gears for second gear inside of the transmission, have worn out and can no longer engage properly. Usually the issue will progress from difficult engaging, into grinding, into no longer being able to engage at all. As these sorts of issues can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, due to them being internal, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine what the exact cause of the shifting problem may be.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. My bmw 316i has issues with the gearbox

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: My BMW won't turn, I just hear click, click and the fuel pump grinding after push Start button? Do you have experience work with B

Hello, thank you for writing in. You may have drained the battery while you were working with the shifter. If this is the case, you need to charge the battery, jump start the vehicle, or replace the battery. If the...

Q: Bmw locks and window not working

The blown fuse indicates an electrical short. Since it happens when either operating the windows or door locks, the short may be somewhere in the driver's door and/or door harness. Some vehicles can develop shorts in the driver's door wiring...

Q: Q: Gears are out

Hello, if is and automatic transmission, then the fluid level should be checked first. If the fluid level is low, it should be topped up to the full mark and see if operation returns to normal. If the fluid level...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...