Originally Posted by abbaszb
They diagnosed the bearing/bush by taking off the gearbox (and is currently sat at the dealership awaiting bush and bearing to be delivered).. when i asked to have the clutch/fly checked the technician said he cannot see any damage to the forks/teeth connecting to the clutch/fly and therefore does not believe any damage has been caused. also because the car does not miss or slip in any gear he believes the clutch is fine. he cannot assess the true extent of damage/wear to the clutch without having to take the clutch/fly apart which would be at my cost.
"if the bush and bearing were deemed to be faulty then BMW are directed to change the clutch and fly at the same time, as per the book"... If this is so, then i will definitely push to have the clutch and fly replaced also. Where did you hear this drivective? is there any proof/evidence you can provide that i can approach my dealership/warranty services with on this?
Thanks you for your assitance here Eddie. Much appreciated.
I was told by my dealer that if the guide bush / bearing were at fault then they had to change all the parts inc clutch, flywheel etc. There was no way around this as the computer system has set channels to follow, a bit like a flow chart. To get the difinitive answer your best bet is to phone BMWUK on 0800325600, they will help you out im sure.
The question you should be asking your dealer is, 'how can they prove it hasnt affected the flywheel or clutch?'. If they cannot prove it then they need to fit a new one. You need to start thinking with a mechanical mind too, if the bearing and bush are sticky / seized then it doesnt take a scientist to work out that its going to affect the clutch and fly. Why are they maiking such a big deal out of removing the clutch to check it for wear? Its a 10 minute job if the box is already out!! Just tell them to get on with it or you are going to a different dealer.
Is the bush and bearing being changed under warranty? If so there should be no issue as far as checking the fly and clutch. The labour is all covered by the warranty as the time required to do a bush change is the same as is stated for a clutch change - 4.5hrs.
Have you read my other threads? Have you seen the pictures of where things are in the gearbox? Its really easy to see its no big deal for them to check the clutch. It annoys me to think you are letting them treat you like this. Its not like they are paying for the job, the more work they get from it the better as BMW will pay the bills.
The thing with the clutch on these cars is that they are self adjusting so you do not get slippage like you would on a regular car. The clutch will work fine until its completely dead. Then it'll self destruct. Its really that simple. The fact that its not slipping only means its still useable, not that its not worn. You do however get slippage when pulling away, caused by the sticky bearing and bush. This will accelerate the wear on the clutch facings and the fly, but probably wont cause slippage elsewhere.
In all honesty i think you need to be harder on these guys. Give me a bell on 07854615512 if you need any more advice as i wont be on the net til later tonight.