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Many of us drive our BMW enthralled by its performance, while overlooking the components that keep it running smoothly. One of these is the coolant system - designed to prevent your car from overheating, it is also the leading cause of mechanical breakdown. Although it is one of the most neglected systems, it is one of the easiest to maintain. If neglected, coolant can lose its lubricating properties, corrosion resistance and cooling efficiency. If maintained properly, coolant prevents freezing and boiling in your engine, improving heat transfer. It also lubricates the water pump and aids in prolonging the lifespan of other system components. In order to function properly, this coolant needs to be replaced approximately every 40,000 kilometers, though the actual mileage may vary in different scenarios.
BMW Grand River offers a coolant flush, which will drain existing coolant within your coolant system, flush the system with cleansing material, and refill the system with new coolant. This will ensure your coolant system is running effectively at the proper pH level while preventing a harmful build-up of scale, corrosives and debris.
Aside from coolant flush, a vehicle requires regular brake fluid flushes to maintain optimum performance of its brakes. Naturally, over time, as a result of extreme pressure, heat and moisture exposure, brake fluid becomes contaminated, impairing braking ability, in addition to potentially damaging the hydraulic components of your braking system. It is recommended that your car’s brake system is flushed every 40,000 kilometers to prevent damage and ensure the optimal performance of your brakes. Apart from the brake fluid becoming dirty and dark in colour, (instead of the clear, yellow-tinted liquid), here are a few signs that your BMW’s brake fluid may need to be drained and refilled:
• Brake pedal sinks deeper into the car: If you experience your brake pedal travelling further into the footwell, it is likely that there is a leak somewhere in the braking system. It could also be an indication of brakes pads wearing out.
• Vehicle pulling to one side during braking: A car pulling to one side during braking is usually caused by its pads not wearing evenly. To rectify the issue, brakes may require adjustments, or the brake fluid may need be drained and refilled.
Did you know?
Brake fluid transfers pressure from the brake pedal to the brakes of your vehicle. It also keeps the internal components of your brake system lubricated and protected from corrosion.
Call BMW Grand River’s Service Department at 519.747.0269 to book an appointment for a coolant flush or brake fluid flush and ensure your BMW runs at optimum performance.