Winter Driving Tips and Tricks
Tips & Tricks:
Problem: Door Locks Freezing
Reason: Frigid, cold weather can cause your BMW's door locks to freeze.
Solution: Applying WD-40 will prevent your door locks from freezing up.
Problem: Low Battery or BMW Vehicle is Not Starting
Reason: When temperatures drop close to -20 °C, extreme cold weather can cause your BMW's battery to drain. It is very common for city drivers to have infrequent driving patterns, and as a result are not driving long enough to let their BMW's battery to charge.
Solution: A trickle or battery charger will help extend the life of your battery and help your BMW start on extremely cold winter days.
We also offer an BMW AVR Test to test the condition of your battery, Click to Learn More.
Problem: Keep All Fluids Topped Up
Reason: Engine coolant serves two purposes - to shield your vehicle from overheating and to protect your engine block from freezing.
Solution: Make sure to check that the transmission, brake, power steering, and windshield washer fluids and coolants are filled to proper levels.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How often do I need to check my oil level?
BMW high-performance turbocharged V engines (V8/V12) have large displacements and can consume larger quantities of engine oil compared to smaller engines within the BMW model line. All engines normally consume a certain amount of engine oil. This is necessary to properly lubricate the cylinder walls, pistons, piston rings, valves, and turbocharger(s). Engines that are fitted with a turbocharger(s) will consume more engine oil than naturally aspirated engines (non-turbocharged engines).
There's a snowflake warning light on my dashboard. What does this mean?
This is casued by ice build-up in the wheels or vibrations in the steering wheel. If enough snow or ice accumulates on the inside of the wheels, the balance will be off and you may experience a vibration in the steering wheel.
My PDC (Park Distance Control) sensors are going off for no reason, why is this happening?
Reason: When the temperatures drop to below freezing, the PDC sensors will accumulate ice and then beep as if there is an obstruction.
Solution: If possible, keep the vehicle inside a garage for a short period of time to thaw.
Visit us in-store at 1155 Leslie Street, Toronto ON or call us at (416) 444-4269 for more information about how your BMW can conquer this winter season.