Luxury BMW car owners are now looking for greater value and scrutinizing their purchases closer than ever. Consumers’ spending patterns have changed and are largely influenced by rising fuel prices and a negative economic climate. Saving money by learning simple do-it-yourself car repairs is a cost-effective way to create more value for money. To lengthen your BMW’s life, look to these basic tune-up and maintenance tips that you can do:
Replacing Normal Maintenance Parts and Improving Engine Performance
Spark plugs: these are good indicators of engine condition. All spark plugs should be removed and checked every 30,000 miles to prevent seizing and future maintenance costs. When changing spark plugs always check which plug came from which cylinder.
Distributor cap and rotor: both are usually made of plastic and should be replaced regularly. Examine your distributor cap and rotor for cracks, signs of deterioration, and excessive wear. If cracks develop, replace them! Cracks allow moisture which corrodes metal contacts and cause misfiring. Replacing the distributor cap and rotor will reduce major problems later.
When filters are changed on a regular basis, it does more to preserve your BMW’s longevity than any other maintenance activity. Replace these filters regularly:
Oil filter: its job is to remove polluting particles from the oil. Oil filters are easy to replace and should be done every 3,000 miles.
Air filter: it traps and removes dirt as air passes through the media. Although experts recommend replacing air filters every 20,000 miles, a filter that is heavily loaded should be replaced sooner.
Fuel filter: if a fuel filter is not replaced regularly, a noticeable decrease in performance automatically occurs. Blocked fuel filters will stall, lose high-speed power, and develop a hard start. Replace your filter every 30,000 miles; however, experts recommend a yearly change.
Automatic transmission filter: a clogged transmission filter can lead to problems linked to hesitation and transmission slippage. Change this filter every 12,000-15,000 miles.
Overall Performance Tips
Tip #1 Overall engine cleanliness: the best preventive maintenance you can perform on your BMW is cleaning your engine. It runs cooler and is less likely to cause premature failure of other parts.
Tip #2 Regular routine replacements: to prevent drastic performance changes, regularly replace filters, vacuum hoses, coolant, and lubricants. Keep a log of mileage guidelines to use as a benchmark for replacing parts.
Tip #3 Setting changes: your car tune-up efforts will pay off; however, noticeable improvements may not take effect immediately. Don’t despair; your BMW’s computer is designed to adjust the parameters before making permanent setting changes.
Preventive maintenance calls for proactive intervention. With do-it-yourself tune-up checks and tips, you are on your way to lengthening the longevity of your BMW and creating more value for money.