It’s been a long winter. So long, in fact, that you can’t even remember the last time you checked your BMWs oil.
Perhaps you are like the average vehicle owner today and have no clue how to even bother checking the oil. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to have no experience with this, but it’s a good habit to get into, especially if you now own a BMW.
Depending on the age, make, and model of your BMW, it may require a very specific type of oil. For example, high-performance engines now recommend nothing but fully synthetic oil. This doesn’t mean it is completely manufactured oil, but that it’s a much higher quality oil that protects against viscosity and thermal breakdown in the engine.
The process of checking the oil.
Checking the oil is actually quite simple. You should get into this habit of checking the oil at least once a week. Even though you don’t notice any leaks in your BMW, you might notice the oil level dropping over time. That’s because some internal issues could cause oil to escape in the exhaust or be burned off in the process.
If that’s happening, it’s a good idea to bring your BMW into an authorized service center for proper diagnostic. A major problem could be brewing and having the problem repaired now can save a great deal of money over time.
Pop the hood and raise the hood, securing it properly. If you’ve never done this before, have an experienced auto service technician show you how this is done.
Once you have your oil professionally replaced by an authorized BMW service center, you can ask them to show you all of these details. The technician will show you the dipstick for the oil, how to remove it, to wipe it down once, reinsert it, then remove to check the oil level. Make note of the condition of the oil itself.
It should be relatively clear and clean. After several weeks or several thousand kilometers, check the oil and notice how dirty, thick, and grungy it appears now. That’s what happens over time, and that’s why it’s so important to get in the habit of not only checking the oil frequently, but replacing it at appropriate intervals.