You spent a lot of money on your BMW; it should last you many years! For such a big investment, it’s important to keep your vehicle thriving in all conditions so as to extend its life. There are many ways to go about this, but some are so common and obvious, many owners simply overlook them. From oil changes to frequent car washing, here are some tips to getting the most out of your BMW over the long haul.
Drive with care: Take it easy every day with your BMW. Don’t put undue stress on it, making sure consistency is part of your daily routine. This simple suggestion can add years of life to your car. Avoid racing your engine to hasten the warm-up process on a chilly morning, and don’t accelerate quickly when starting to drive. Remember, the first few minutes of driving adds the most wear and tear to the engine. In addition, avoid pulling your wheel too far to the left or right, too quickly, as this can also cause damage. Keep an eye on the road and stay away from sharp turns if you can.
Keep your tires properly inflated: Do this according to the tire manufacturers’ recommended air pressure, as under-inflating your tires can spur tread wear and reduce your gas mileage, points out the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Wash your car regularly: This keeps your car free from debris that can damage your undercarriage and paint job. Anything from salt and rain to mud, dust and pollen can impact the appearance and functionality of your BMW. Salt in particular can cause rusting. Wash frequently in the hot summer months, and keep that practice going in the winter as much as you can. Even a rinse is better than nothing. Be sure to get those out-of-the-way areas like the wheel wells, bumper and undercarriage.
Follow regular maintenance schedules: This will vary depending on make and model, but it’s important to stay on top of this. Add it to your phone’s calendar if you have to so you don’t miss any service. Get oil changes every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, have the tires rotated (usually about every 6,000 to 7,500 miles), get multi-point inspections when needed, and stay on top of any recalls. Also, change your air filters regularly or whenever you see they are clogged with dirt. This will help improve your gas mileage.
Keep your BMW in the shade: Parking your car in the shade or in a garage will shield it from extended exposure to UV sunlight that can crack the dashboard and fade your interior as well as fade your exterior paint job. Use a sunshield if you can’t help but park in full sun.
Read the owner’s manual: You may not give your owner’s manual a second thought until you have to dig it out of your glove compartment to look something up. If you’re unsure of maintenance information and schedules, make it a point to read through the owner’s manual every once in awhile to make sure you’re not missing anything.
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