Owning a BMW is an investment for years to come. Accompanying those years are the long-term costs and expenses of maintaining and cleaning your new or used BMW throughout the time of your ownership. While the time spent and actual cost of some of these maintenance solutions may seem intimidating at first, they’re not as expensive as most people would think—especially if you maintain it properly and regularly.
Proper maintenance for your BMW is key to keeping its quality and condition throughout the time you own it. That’s why we at Edmonton BMW compiled a list of things you should do to maintain and clean your BMW to ensure it stays the same as the day you bought it. If you need any servicing for your BMW, don’t forget to contact our service department for certified BMW professionals to help maintain the quality of your vehicle.
Why BMW Maintenance is Important
It can be hard work to keep up with maintenance, but your valuable BMW deserves it—and so do you and your passengers. Often, people put off repair and maintenance work on their new or used BMW because they don’t have enough time, it’s inconvenient, or they don’t know what they’re doing. It’s important to do so, though, as improperly maintained vehicles can contribute unnecessarily to accidents on the road, as your BMW won’t be operating at its full potential. As well, failing to do proper maintenance will generally reduce the lifespan of your vehicle, robbing you of many kilometers that could’ve been saved with minimal maintenance, repair and upkeep.
Servicing Your BMW
Speaking of servicing, new BMWs and used BMW vehicles require the same kind of care and attention you would need for any other car. That means regular maintenance on your BMW will keep it running without any major problems down the road.
- Engine: It’s the most obvious component, but still the most important. Even the tiniest problems can snowball to making your vehicle not even run. Make certain a professional, or someone who knows what they’re looking for, checks it multiple times a year.
- Transmission: While you’re checking the engine, check the transmission as well. Flush the transmission fluid about every 80,000 km, so you can help prevent having to replace the entire costly transmission.
- Oil & filter change: Ensuring your engine is lubricated and the air filter stays clear from dirt are crucial. Consult with your owner’s manual to determine the kilometer range for when your oil needs to be changed.
- Brake pads and fluids: You should replace your brake pads as soon as rust is prominent. A proper brake fluid flush s good to do at least every couple of years, to help avoid contaminants being collecting and leadingi to breakdowns.
- Cooling system: Flush out your BMW’s cooling system every 3 years with newer coolant to prevent your car’s engine from overheating. These coolants help to keep your BMW’s important systems from seizing.
- Steering system: Your steering fluid should be flushed every 80,000 km or so. Fluid breaks down and can affect how you can best control your BMW, so keeping an eye on this is vital.
- Tires: Not only do your tires help get you where you need to go, but they are key to keeping you safe during extreme temperatures and maximizing your vehicle’s fuel economy. Purchase the proper tires for each season so you can get the most out of your BMW. Pressure should be checked at least once a month, but even more often than that is advisable. And, don’t forget to continually check your tire treads by sticking a quarter in it with the caribou pointed down. If you can still see the tip of its nose then it’s time to start looking into new tires. Furthermore, make certain to get your tires rotated every 6 months or so, to help your tires wear more evenly.
How to Clean and Maintain A BMW
Not only do we need to take care of our BMWs from the inside, but we need to do so on the outside as well, so the materials don’t break down or deteriorate.
- Remove salt build-up: Spray out salt build-up when the weather gets a little warmer to prevent more dirt and debris from building up over time
- Wash & wax your car: Not only does washing your BMW make it look nicer, but it also prevents rust and further scraps and cracks in the body’s paint.
- Use rug shampoo: High-quality rug shampoo can remove salt and bits of dirt that have collected in the fabric of the carpeting and keeps it clean and unworn.
- Cover your leather: If your BMW has a leather interior, it’s best to protect it with covers so it doesn’t fray as easily over time.
- Park in shade: Protect you BMW from the harsh damage caused by the sun on your vehicle by sheltering it as best as possible. As well, a windshield interior shade is a great investment to protect the interior at the same time.
- Purchase quality fuel: Don’t skimp out on cheap fuel for your BMW, make sure your BMW is getting quality gas, that is still compatible, and some that is best filtered for the continued health of your vehicle.
- Clean your headlights: Do you think your headlights may not be as bright as previous? It might not be the bulbs, they might just be dirty! It only takes a few minutes to clean your headlights of dirt and grime so they can illuminate to the best of their ability.
- Keep track of all work done: Any repair, maintenance or cleaning work should be recorded, so you know exactly what was done on your vehicle, and when. This can help better troubleshoot problems and can even benefit if reselling or trading in.
These are just a few maintenance and cleaning tips to keep in mind for any of your new or used BMW vehicle just off our Edmonton BMW lot. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance or have any questions.