You’re cruising down the highway and notice another car is broken down on the side of the road. Hopefully they made it to the shoulder before their car died and they are not holding up traffic or putting themselves in danger. You might pass that car and not even think twice about it. Broken down cars on the side of the road are commonplace in modern society.
When you own a Beemer, you might not ever think you’ll be one of those people standing by the side of your car waiting for a tow truck to arrive. However, it can happen. There are many different reasons why cars break down, but the most common has to do with a simple bit of maintenance and upkeep.
Overheating. This is the single most common cause of car breakdowns today. An engine can overheat for a number of reasons. The most common is radiator fluid, or coolant, that leaks and is not checked on a regular basis. Many people bring their car in for an oil change every 8,000 to 16,000 kilometers. They might bring it into have the brakes done.
They have the spark plugs changed, the air filter checked and replaced as needed, and their fluids topped off, but they might not have their radiator fluid flushed on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to flush the radiator twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall as you head into winter.
By doing this, you help to ensure that there are no leaks in the radiator itself. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking the coolant levels on a regular basis. They should be checked, at a minimum, every two weeks. It’s advisable to check all of the fluid levels, including coolant or antifreeze every week.
This can help avoid an easily avoidable breakdown on the side of the road.