Modern cars are a marvel of engineering and technology. That doesn’t mean they are immune to problems. There could be a number of signs that you might need to schedule auto repairs for your BMW.
Some of the more common issues that may arise are:
- Scheduled maintenance
- Braking problems
- Service engine light
- Odd sounds
Let’s tackle each of these in more detail.
Every BMW has a maintenance schedule. The two significant ones are inspection I and inspection II. These are designed to check the basic fluid levels in the car, inspect the brakes, change the oil when needed, and to ensure that the vehicle is in proper working condition.
If your BMW’s maintenance light illuminates, this is the best indicator that it’s time to schedule service.
If you experience any type of problems with your brakes, such as it taking longer to stop, a squealing emanating from your car when you apply the brakes, or drifting (the car pulling to one side) when you’re coming to a stop, it’s time to have your brakes checked.
Service Engine Light
The ‘check engine,’ ‘service,’ or ‘maintenance’ light is generally a good indicator that it’s time to bring your car in for servicing. Depending on the year of your BMW, it could one of these three.
Any time that this light illuminates on your dashboard, it’s due to the internal computer system detecting an issue or the need for general service. Don’t ignore it, even if it seems that your BMW is operating well; ignoring it could lead to significant issues in the future, and more costly repairs.
If you notice that your BMW is overheating, either according to the gauge or steam rising from under the hood when you’re stopped, bring it to an authorized repair shop immediately. It could be that your coolant level is low and if that’s the case, it could be due to a leak.
Your BMW talks to you all the time. Every sound that you hear is another story it’s trying to tell you. The ping from the engine, the rattle from underneath, and even the hissing sound from the rear of the car could be signs that something is not quite right with it.
Don’t ignore those sounds. Pay attention to them and bring your BMW in for auto repair and servicing. The small investment of time to find out what’s wrong could save you a lot of aggravation and money down the road.