Summer Tips and Tricks
The warmer temperatures can place your car under demand and proper vehicle care helps to preserve the value of your BMW so that you can prolong the driving pleasure.
Before you set out on your next road trip or adventure, ensure your vehicle is fully prepped to embrace the warmer months. See below for our tips and tricks for the summer season.
Ensure that the air vents in your vehicle are constantly flowing to circulate the air throughout. This will help to reduce mildew buildup, as well as ventilate any foul smells trapped from the winter season. Also check that your A/C is blowing out cooler air, otherwise there may be a leak that needs to be repaired.
The heat not only gets to you, but your vehicle as well. Ensure your BMW keeps its cool by checking the coolant levels and the hoses attached to the radiator. If you notice that your coolant is leaking and forming a puddle when you leave it parked, bring it in for a repair.
Air filters play a key role in preventing dust, dirt and air pollutants from entering your vehicle. However if not changed to clean ones, these can enter the air conditioning system and impact the air quality and create odours.
The pressure of your tires can be affected by fluctuating temperatures. This is often noticeable as the weather transitions from winter to summer. As warmer temperatures come into play, your tires will over-inflate from the heat. This can be dangerous as it leads to hydroplaning.
If you notice uneven wear pattern on your tires threads, this indicates that you may need a Wheel Alignment service or even a new set of tires. Being one the road with worn tires can lead to difficult driving conditions such as poor braking.
While tire check-ups are recommended, making it a habit to check your wheels seasonally will help ensure you’re getting the best gas mileage.
As the weather gets warmer your engine’s oil may thin, resulting in less protection for your engine and increase stress to your parts. It is recommended to have an oil change every few months or at about 5,000 KM, to maintain the highest quality and prolong your vehicle's life. If your oil appears dark and dirty, it is time to come in for a change.
Harsh road conditions such as slippery roads or imminent steep potholes during the winter can certainly take a toll on your suspensions and brakes. It is important to inspect the quality of your brakes to ensure safety when on the road. If you notice your brakes are making loud noises or require more pressure to make a stop, it's time for a change.
Look into a BMW Full Body Spa that will clear out all the dirt and salt buildup from the winter that leads to wear and rust. Spraying out debris from your tires, polishing the interior, and vacuuming is the little things that can freshen up your vehicle. This is also a good opportunity to take a look into other damages that may have occurred to your vehicle during the colder months. This includes scrapes to the vehicle body, cracks to your windshield, dullness to your leather, the condition of wipers, etc.
Add confidence to every road trip with a BMW 55 Point Inspection. A Certified BMW Technician will inspect every component in your vehicle to ensure all systems are operating properly and that your BMW is in peak condition for the roads ahead. What are some of the assessments included with a BMW 55 Point Inspection?
- Performance: Engine, transmission, alignment, and braking performance
-Interior: Seat belts, horn, A/C, central locking, and dash controls.
- Under the hood: Air filters, belts, hoses, battery, and radiator components.
- Undercarriage: Tires, suspension, exhaust, and transmission systems.
- Exterior: Doors, lighting, and windshield components.