Every car relies on certain fluids that help it to run efficiently and smoothly. Some of the fluids are designed to reduce friction among components while others ensure that you can drive your BMW throughout Toronto without too much effort.
The five main types of fluids that are used in your BMW are:
- Engine oil
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid
You should get into the habit of checking all of these fluids on a regular basis. That would be every week, or every thousand kilometers, whichever comes first.
Why most drivers neglect checking their car’s fluids.
When your BMW is running smoothly, the last thing on your mind is something going wrong. As long as you don’t hear any knocking from the engine, pinging sounds, and you don’t feel hesitation, you’re usually more than content with the way your car is running.
As a result, if you’re like the majority of people, you don’t think twice about checking the fluids under the hood. However, various conditions can cause problems in the engine, brake lines, radiator, and more. A minor problem unchecked can quickly become a major auto repair expense.
A simple leak in the engine oil pan, brake lines, or even in the radiator can put your BMW at risk of major problems.
A brake fluid leak.
A flaw in a brake line or something clipping a line while you’re driving could cause a very small leak. You may not notice a problem, other than the brake pedal depressing farther than you’re used to, until you push the pedal all the way to the floor and can’t stop. If you had been regularly checking the fluid levels, you would have noticed a drop in the levels.
Rocks and other road debris are the number one cause of leaks in the coolant system. If your BMW loses all of the coolant, the engine will likely overheat, leaving you stranded on the side of the road with a significant auto repair bill about to come your way.
While most BMWs have sophisticated onboard diagnostic systems to detect low fluid levels and other problems, don’t rely solely on these. Get in the habit of checking the main fluid levels in your car.
It will help to make you more in tune with your BMW and that will help you keep it in the best possible shape for many years to come.