The last thing any driver needs is to break down in cold, harsh winter weather. A vehicle check now before winter arrives is a sensible way to be car care aware and avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold and with the unexpected expense of emergency repairs. Anyone who owns a BMW is aware that he or she has one of the best manufactured cars on the highway. The BMW is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and is a marvel under the hood. These are definitely not economy cars. The high expense is a reason why the owner of a BMW is willing to be a little bit more concerned about the care and upkeep of the automobile. There are a number of things the owner can do to ensure that the life of this car is extended for years.
Winter care certainly doesn’t have to be high tech. Anyone who has been stuck in a snowstorm appreciates how aggravating it is to be trapped in the snow. All it takes is to have in the trunk a bag of kitty litter for tire traction, an ice scraper to get the ice of the windshields, and de-icing liquid. All of this can be in the trunk for use in an emergency. Tires should be checked to be sure the pressure is adequate and also if the tread is still good. A trip to the local BMW maintenance center can include having the tires rotated, and would also be a good time to have a tune-up done and to have the fluids checked, particularly the windshield washer fluid. Here are the top five things that could have your BMW fail during the winter:
Your Battery Could Fail
Often, a battery and cold weather do not go well together. Low temperatures and harsh winter conditions, such as ice, can negatively affect the performance of your vehicle’s battery. Though batteries are prone to failing regardless of the season, cold weather adds additional strain.
It’s important to make sure checking your cooling system is on your winter BMW preparedness checklist. You’ll need antifreeze that will protect your BMW at the temperatures your area experiences each winter season. Antifreeze also helps to safeguard your cooling system against corrosion. With this in mind, it’s crucial to inspect the engine’s coolant regularly. Also, inspect to see if there are any leaks in your coolant system and if so, get them resolve sooner rather than later.
Windshield wipers are essential for all seasons but perhaps even more so in the winter when weather can include large amounts of precipitation, such as freezing rain, ice and snow. Wipers provide a clear view of the road ahead and should be replaced regularly to keep your visibility at its best. Obvious signs of wear and tear on your wipers like cracking, tearing and streaking should indicate how often to replace wiper blades on your BMW, but every six months is the time frame recommended by wiper blade manufacturers.
With colder temperatures outside your windows can become covered in frost. Frost can reduce visibility, adding to the already poor driving conditions winter weather can cause. Making sure your front defrost and rear window defroster are operating properly can help prevent these common winter issues and ensure you have good visibility for navigating the highways.
Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly at your closest BMW Scottsdale Serivce.
Motorists should also keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Drivers should check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles/matches, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.
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