With winter on its way, you want to make sure that your BMW is in top running condition. Just changing the tires isn’t enough (though that’s one of the important steps). There are a few things that you should focus on to ensure that you get a fun and safe driving season out of this next winter.
1. Change the coolant/antifreeze.
Even though the coolant and antifreeze in your car are essentially the same thing, it is important to understand the dynamic differences between the two. During the summer, coolant is used to help keep the engine from overheating. During the winter, coolant helps to protect the engine during those extremely cold morning starts.
When you are getting your BMW ready for the winter, make sure that you have the antifreeze/coolant replaced. It is best to replace the coolant before the winter season to ensure maximum protection for your car’s engine.
2. Change the oil.
During the winter, it is best to use a viscosity oil that won’t strain the engine on those cold mornings. You can use a 5W-30 weight oil for most BMWs. This will help to keep your engine protected even on those cold Toronto days.
3. Change the tires.
As mentioned in the beginning of this article, it is important that you have safe tires for winter driving. Living in Toronto means that we are going to have to deal with a lot of snow and ice throughout the year. Driving on snowy roads can be treacherous, but if you have deep tread winter tires on your BMW, it will help to keep you and others on the roads safer.
Even if you have winter tires from previous years, you want to make sure that they were stored in a safe environment. Have an auto service technician inspect the tires before installing them to make sure that the rubber is still durable and at the tread is deep enough.
If you have any specific questions about getting ready for the winter driving season, visit an authorized BMW service center today.