5 Ways To Increase The Life Of your BMW
Today’s cars aren’t just a 7 or 8 year investment; they’re built to last if taken care of correctly. Even if your commute is less than an hour, every mile takes a toll on your car’s most essential parts. So how do you keep your car running like new, even into double digit years spent behind its wheel?
Consistent Maintenance is Key
1) Keep Up with Regular Oil Changes and Vital Fluids
Managing your car’s basic essentials helps it stay in tip top shape. The most common sentiment to getting your oil changed is to put if off until it is convenient. Ignoring your oil completely is a recipe for disaster, but not abiding to the manual’s recommendation, often for changes at 1000-3000 miles. Vital fluids also need to be checked regularly to make sure they are at optimal levels, especially when seasons change. These small refreshers keep your engine clean, improve your gas mileage, and help keep components cool; three things that save you money in the long run.
2) Clean Gas Goes a Long Way
Because the BMW is a high class vehicle, what you put into its gas tank makes a difference. Gas at a typical pump station ranges in purity and effectiveness. Reputable gas stations will have their gas filtered at the pump and the pump filters changed regular. Low quality stations won’t have filters, leaving you with gasoline that could do harm over time. Sediment in your gas can dirty and clog up fuel filters and injectors, resulting in poor performance and possible future repairs. Do some research and find out where other luxury vehicle owners prefer to get their gas
Don’t Hesitate to Get things Checked
3) Happy Engine, Happy Car
It goes without saying that even the least experienced driver understands that the engine is the heart of any vehicle. Whenever you see anything strange with the engine, get it checked immediately. A loud ticking sound from the engine or a scratchy noise when you start the car can indicate a major problem that will only get worse if you ignore it. If you see an engine indicator light up, consider having the engine checked. It never hurts to have a professional look at it, and can save you a lot of stress down the road if something is wrong.
4) Good Tires Keep Things Rolling
Tires help you keep your car running smoothly, as well as maximize fuel efficiency. It’s likely that a diligent BMW owner would check their tire pressure at least once a month, or better yet, once a week. Getting your tires rotated is also necessary. A tire rotation is done because tires tend to wear unevenly—front tires tend to wear on the outside edges whereas the rear wheels, which simply follow the front, wear down more evenly. If you don’t rotate your tires, your front tires will wear down much faster than the rest, meaning you’ll need to replace them much sooner than necessary.
Care for your Car and it Will Show
5) Don’t Be Afraid of Maintenance
We use our cars for everything from running errands to getting to work. For most people, their car is like a fifth limb, essential to life and livelihood. As a BMW owner, you’re not only using your car, but you’re proud of it. Just like most good habits, routine BMW maintenance is a hard one to get into, but incredibly helpful. Most people put off auto maintenance because it’s inconvenient, time-consuming, and potentially stressful. Don’t be afraid to take your car in if something feels or sounds off; like a health concern, putting it off just elongates worries and solves nothing.
If you’re looking for a place to take your BMW for a checkup or possible repair, the team at Beyer will make sure the process is painless for you and your vehicle. Give us a call, ask any questions, and we’ll help you with the knowledge and experience we’ve been cultivating over years of dedication to BMW maintenance and repair.