Summer is winding down in Toronto and even though we didn’t have to deal with the extreme heat that is typical this time of year, it’s still important to pay attention to the coolant levels in your BMW.
The coolant is also commonly referred to as the anti-freeze in cars. They may be essentially the same thing, they protect your car from extremes, such as the cold winter months and the heat of summer.
Coolant is critical for your BMW all year long. Most of us tend to think of a ‘radiator’ as being something that keeps us warm inside during the winter. For your car, the radiator actually helps to keep the engine cool when it’s running. Due to the friction that is generated inside the engine, it can get extremely hot inside. The hotter the metal becomes, the more pliable it is. That means it can bend easier.
As a result, when you don’t have the proper coolant in the car, it can overheat. When the engine overheats, it can cause a significant amount of damage to the cylinder’s valves, and can even cause the engine block to crack. If that happens, you would need an entirely new engine for your BMW.
There are many reasons why the coolant levels in your BMW can go down. The most common is damage to the radiator. This is less common today than previous generations, but it can still happen. Rocks and other road debris can kick up and damage the components in the radiator.
Hoses that leak can also cause you to lose coolant. Checking the levels regularly will help you ensure that there is plenty of coolant in your BMW. If you notice the coolant level going down, bring your car to an authorized BMW service center as soon as possible. They can diagnose and repair the problem quickly and efficiently, ensuring that your BMW continues to drive like the champion it was built to be.