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Attention BMW X7 Owners: Potential Transfer Case Defect Identified

The Kalfayan Law Firm, APC and The Katriel Law Firm, PC, are jointly investigating a potential defect in the transfer case within BMW X7 vehicles. The transfer case has been known to cause vehicles to shudder when driving at slow to medium speeds, driving slowly around corners, or driving uphill. Costs for the repair of a transfer case are dependent on the extent of the damage, and the parts or fluids needed for the repairs. If you purchased or leased a BMW X7, please contact the Kalfayan Law Firm, APC.

Drivers of various BMW X7 model years have reported a potential defect in the transfer case, a critical component of the vehicle’s drivetrain. Complaints often involve the vehicle shuddering at slow to medium speeds, when navigating corners slowly, or while driving uphill. These symptoms suggest a defect in the transfer case may be at fault.

Understanding The Issue

Symptoms to Watch For

In addition to the shuddering issues, drivers experiencing transfer case problems may notice:

  • Fluid leaks: Transfer case fluid is vital for cooling and lubricating the internal components. Leaks can lead to low fluid levels, causing severe damage.
  • Strange noises: Grinding or other unusual sounds may indicate internal wear or damage.
  • Difficulty shifting gears: A malfunctioning transfer case can make gear shifting challenging.
  • Failure to stay in gear: The vehicle may slip out of gear, posing a significant safety risk.

What is the Transfer Case?

The transfer case is essential for transferring power from the transmission to the front or rear axles or, in all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicles, equally to all wheels. It is filled with fluid that keeps its internal components cool, prevents corrosion, and minimizes wear and tear. Proper maintenance of the transfer case fluid is crucial for its longevity and performance.

Related Issues and Preventative Measures

While the potential defect is concerning, some related issues may arise from regular wear and tear, off-road driving, towing, or lack of maintenance. These factors can also lead to:

  • Low fluid levels: Regularly check for leaks and ensure the fluid is topped off.
  • Regular wear and tear: Routine maintenance and inspections can help detect issues early.
  • Off-road and towing stress: Avoid excessive strain on your vehicle to prolong the life of the transfer case.

Immediate Actions for BMW X7 Owners

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned, it’s imperative to take your BMW X7 to a mechanic immediately. Driving with a defective transfer case is unsafe, even if no warning lights appear. Continuing to drive can exacerbate the damage, potentially leading to costly repairs to the transmission, drive shaft, and axles.

Professional Diagnosis is Recommended

Repair Costs and Warranty Information

The cost of repairing a transfer case varies based on the extent of the damage and the required parts and fluids. Labor costs also fluctuate depending on the severity of the issue and the state of residence. The repair costs should be partially or fully covered if your vehicle is still under a manufacturer or extended warranty. However, if your vehicle is beyond the warranty period, you might need to cover the costs out of pocket.

Contact The Kalfayan Law Firm

If you or someone you know has experienced issues with the BMW X7 and its transfer case, please contact The Kalfayan Law Firm. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your legal options.

Contact The Kalfayan Law Firm

Your safety and the performance of your BMW X7 are paramount. If you've experienced issues with your vehicle and it matches the description of those affected, we urge you to take immediate action. Schedule a service appointment with a certified mechanic to ensure your vehicle is operating safely and efficiently.

For more information or to discuss your specific situation, please contact us. Our team is dedicated to assisting BMW X7 owners in navigating this issue and advocating for effective solutions.

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