Many consumers would argue that the BMW is the world’s most popular luxury car. Even those who don’t own BMWs aspire to drive them! In 2015, BMW beat Google and Disney to become the world’s most reputable company, according to Reputation Institute’s Global RepTrak 100 Ranking.
If you are one of those fortunate enough to drive a BMW, you will want to know how to properly care for and maintain it. Read on for tips on how to keep your Ultimate Driving Machine in perfect operating condition.
First of all, it’s important to mention that all cars need regular maintenance.
You will want to schedule regular checkups for your BMW — not just wait until there is a problem. After all, you have regular physicals with your physician, don’t you? (Oh, you don’t? Trust us — your doctor would advise that you should!)
Preventative maintenance is important because it can prolong the life of your car and save you money in the long run. For instance, it is less expensive to replace worn tires before they become dangerous and possibly cause an accident. Regular oil changes will extend the life of your engine, cause fewer harmful emissions, and save you money on gas mileage. Faulty shocks and struts could cause an uncomfortable ride or even a loss of control in your car’s steering system. Regular upkeep is essential.
Your BMW is no different than any other car in this regard. However, as a luxury car, it needs specific care to maintain peak performance.
How do you care for your BMW?
Obviously, the engine is what runs your car. Minor issues may cause big problems, so you will want to have the engine checked several times a year by a certified mechanic. Only a mechanic trained in all of the BMW engine types and with a wealth of experience should be trusted with your treasured vehicle.
While your mechanic is checking your engine, have them also check the transmission. The fluid should be flushed at approximately 50,000 miles for best performance. Again, servicing the transmission fluid and filter regularly will keep your car healthy and prevent the tragic (and oh so costly) transmission replacement.
BMWs are known for smooth and responsive steering. As the BMW Corporation itself says, Good steering is what makes a car a precision machine and effortlessly driveable. It has a significant impact on sheer driving pleasure. You don’t want to mess that up! Like the transmission fluid, the steering fluid should be flushed every 50,000 miles for best performance, as it can become contaminated over time.
Getting your brakes inspected on a regular basis is imperative for your safety. This includes having your mechanic check the brake pads. If they are dirty, they can cause squeaking and other issues. Make sure to flush the brake fluid approximately every two years — otherwise, it will become contaminated by absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. This could cause serious brake system failures.
The cooling system, which keeps the temperature of the engine at its optimal operating level, includes the radiator, water pump, water pump belt, hoses, fan, and thermostat. You do not want an overheating engine, a blown head gasket, or damaged cylinder heads; the cost can be astronomical. Instead, have your car maintained by specialists who can help you avoid such catastrophes.
Pay close attention to your tire pressure (for most BMWs, this is 32PSI, but always check the sticker on the inside of the driver’s door). BMW recommends checking the pressure every two weeks or so but at least once a month. Your tires should be rotated every 3,000 - 6,000 miles or every six months. Also, the tires should be replaced every six years, whether or not the tread is worn. You can do the quarter test before that (yes, it used to be the penny test, but apparently, a quarter is more accurate. Plus — inflation…), OR you could trust your experienced mechanic to use specific gauges designed for that job.
How do you keep track of all of this?
Yes, your BMW does demand a little extra in the way of care and maintenance, but, as we have already established, she is worth it. Here are a few tips to help you plan:
You know that minor services can add up over time, so put some money aside for regular maintenance. Regular maintenance means that you will be less likely to need major car repair; it will be worth it in the long run. If you have budgeted ahead for yearly upkeep, you won’t feel the pain in your wallet when it’s time to pay.
Watch for warning signs:
Nip problems in the bud. If your steering wheel is vibrating, trust your qualified mechanic to check your wheel bearings, balance, and rotors. If the entire car is vibrating, it may be time to check your alignment or get new tires. If you see spots of liquid under the car, make an appointment immediately to find out what is leaking. Of course, pay attention to any warning lights. Your mechanic will be able to fix whatever is going on. The main point is — don’t delay!
Follow a plan:
Your BMW has a maintenance schedule that must be followed for safety and optimal performance. Various models may have different plans, but you will find yours online, in your manual, or by asking your mechanic.
Find a trusted mechanic:
Well, it all comes down to this in the end. If you have an experienced and trusted mechanic, like the ones at Euro Motorworks, you’ll know that your BMW will be getting the best care possible. If you’re looking for the highest level of BMW Indianapolis service, maintenance, diagnosis, repair, and enhancement, then look no further than Euro Motorworks. Our BMW technician is ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Master Certified and has over 26 years of experience. You don’t get more trustworthy than that.