Learning to drive a vehicle is not always easy, and occasionally it may seem like a good solution to choose an automatic BMW X4, whether it’s for simple comfort or ease of use, this sort of transmission is becoming more and more known. However, although they may seem like a perfect solution, there might as well be problems with the automatic gearboxes of your BMW X4 . This is exactly the subject of our content page. First, we’ll quickly describe the different types of automatic gearboxes, then, in a second step, which problems you might come across with the gearbox of your BMW X4 , and, at last, how to resolve them.


The different types of automatic gearbox of a BMW X4

Gearboxes have the advantage of being known to be solid, as you don’t need to use your clutch pedal and everything is electronically and mechanically handled there will be no premature wear of your clutch or other components that could be put to the test by misuse on your part.
However, based on the sort of automatic transmission your BMW X4 is equipped with you will have more or less reliability, we will expose them to you now:

  • Classic automatic gearbox: It will use a torque converter, which will manage the gear changes, it’s the oldest technology, it has evolved quite a lot in the last decades (more gears and a better management of the gear changes).
  • Robotized automatic gearbox: This is a manual gearbox with a robotized mechanism that will change the driver’s action. This sort of gearbox is less and less general because they are considered very slow. We as well often feel a coupling during deceleration.
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission: This is the best automatic transmission, it functions on the same principle as the robotic transmission, but thanks to its dual clutch, you won’t have any more problems with slow speeds or increased fuel consumption. They are often equipped on luxury models.
  • Continuously variable automatic box: It is the same concept as on a scooter, a variator will come to control the differences between acceleration and motor speed, they are especially slow and tend to be unresponsive during the acceleration phases of your BMW X4.


I’m having problems with the automatic transmission on my BMW X4

We now start the part that absolutely attracts you the most in this post, what are the problems you may come across with the automatic transmission of your BMW X4? As mentioned earlier, in general they are more reliable than manual transmissions, nevertheless, here are the main problems you may come across:

  • As mentioned earlier, no matter what sort of automatic gearbox, they are often established to be slow and have inertia when accelerating. However, this phenomenon is supposed to happen only when the car is started, not when it is launched. If it feels like it happens constantly, the clutch or converter is most certainly dead.
  • I have the impression that a gear in the automatic transmission of my BMW X4 no longer shifts or jumps: If you have the impression that your gears no longer shift or tend to jump on your BMW X4, there is a part that is most certainly responsible for this failure. Indeed, the solenoid that works as a “switch” to engage the gears must not be working effectively, second option, a speed or engine speed sensor may be faulty and send the wrong information to your gearbox.
  • If you experience drops caused by the automatic gearbox of your BMW X4: If you experience a clutch when you go up or when you slow down, it is either your oil which is too old and which does not lubricate any more adequately all the mechanisms of your gearbox, or else a sensor which gives bad info
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  • My BMW X4’s automatic transmission is leaking: Finally, if your BMW X4’s automatic transmission is leaking, it’s most likely one of your spy seals is too worn.

How do I fix automatic transmission problems on a BMW X4?

And finally, we’re going to try to give you the solutions to correct the automatic transmission problems on your BMW X4 . Find them below:

  • Oil leak on the automatic gearbox of a BMW X4: Find the source of the leak, and change the concerned gasket, get it done by a professional, opening a gearbox is not easy. It will cost you a few hundred euros, especially for the labour. Do not think twice to read our content page on gearbox oil leaks on BMW X4.
  • Sensor issue: No matter which sensor is concerned, a replacement is the only remedy, sensors do not repair themselves, you should count from 100 to a few hundred euros according to the difficulty of access to the one that concerns you.
  • Couplings: If you have problems with the couplings on your BMW X4, you will only need to do a complete gearbox change to gain comfort and preserve your gears.
  • The automatic gearbox of my BMW X4 slips: In such a case, you clearly have a dead clutch disc, you will have to change the clutch, and on some models you won’t have the ability to change it without doing a standard exchange of the gearbox, be prepared to spend more than a thousand euros.

There are other automatic transmission problems on BMW X4, such as electronic problems or pressure problems, but this list lists the main ones, whatever the case, for such difficult mechanisms. When you feel a problem on this level, we advise you to go fairly quickly to your mechanic.

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