With rising temperatures, Big Motoring World wants to make sure that your car is ready to take on the heat. Whether you are taking a road trip or heading to the beach with the BMW X3, it is essential to use the guidelines below to arrive at your destination safely in the sweltering sun. If you’re searching for a service to get your CPO BMW in top condition for the hotter months, schedule servicing at any of the Big Motoring World dealerships.
The sweaty, sticky months can exact as much punishment on a car as the cruel winter can. Hot pavements do a number on tyre treads. The battery is under stress. Transmission fluids drain faster in the heat. That is not to mention the effect on your paint job.
The good news is that the experts at Big Motoring World offer the following tips to help prepare your prized BMW for the summer months.
Inspect the battery
Extreme heat has a tendency of draining the battery. Have your battery tested at a certified service shop—especially if the battery is more than three years old. If you don’t know the age of the battery, you should have it tested at the Big Motoring World Canterbury. This centre has equipment that can determine if your battery requires recharging or replacing.
Mind the fluid levels
Modern oils are typically multi-viscous, that is, they become thinner in the heat, which may result in reduced lubrication function for your car. Based on the advice of factory trained specialists at Big Motoring World Snodland, you should consider switching to a slightly thicker compound when driving in extreme heat. Meanwhile, keep a fifty-fifty ratio of water to coolant to optimize your BMW’s temperature.
Switch the winter wheels
In case you use ice and snow tires in the winter, change to all-season of summer wheels now. Winter tires are rather susceptible to wear and tear from hot, dry pavements. Moreover, make sure that the tires are neither over- nor under-inflated. High temperatures may lead to a rise in air pressure. Properly inflated tires not only last longer, but also give better fuel mileage.
Wiper blade replacement
If you have used your wipers for more than a year or if they no longer make full contact with the windscreen, Big Motoring World Prestige specialists recommend buying a new set. In case of a sudden downpour, you want clear visibility.
Clean off road salt
After a rough winter, road salt will likely have accumulated in your BMW’s undercarriage. Using a garden hose with as much pressure as you can, loosen the winter salt and grime. A clever trick: if you have a low-lying lawn sprinkler, set it up under your car and let it work for you.
Keep the paint protected
Give your BMW a good wash and wax because it deserves it. Thereafter, park under the shade and let the car dry out for as long as possible. As a rule, limit your car’s exposure to the sun by investing in a car cover.