As summer begins to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about getting your BMW ready for the fall and winter season ahead. You had a lot of fun this summer driving around, either with the top down or the windows open. You went to parties, headed off on vacation, went to the beach, and actually enjoyed your commute to and from work a little bit more.
When it comes to the end of summer, here are five tips that can be incredibly important at helping you properly care for your BMW.
1. Change the oil.
Even if you had the oil changed in July or the beginning of August, once you reach the end of summer, it’s a good time to do it again. Maybe you’ve only put 2,000 or 3,000 km on the vehicle since that last oil change, well under the requirements for your vehicle or the type of oil you use, but changing the oil at the end of summer means you’ll start the new season with fresh oil at the proper weight.
2. Replace the wiper blades.
Like oil, no matter how recently you may have replaced the wiper blades, do it again before autumn rolls in. The summer sun can dry out the rubber on those blades quickly, causing them to be less effective and leading to increased risk of streaks and low visibility.
3. Check the tires.
Make sure there ‘s plenty of tread on those tires, not just on the outside portion of the tire, but the inside as well. If the tread has worn down, replace them with all season tires. If they’re still good, you can wait until late October or early November when you should consider replacing them with winter tires.
4. Bring it in for an inspection.
Even if your BMW is not scheduled for an Inspection I or Inspection II service, bring it into an authorized BMW service center to have it checked out from top to bottom.
5. Check the coolant.
You should always replace the coolant after winter, sometime during spring and just before winter. You should also check it regularly to make sure there are no leaks. Check the coolant to be sure it’s protecting the engine still.