We’re in the heat of summer and your European car is probably feeling it just as much as you are. Summer is the season for road trips, weekend excursions, and spending as much time outside as you can. Your car is with you through all these activities, and whether you noticed it or not, it is most likely being effective by the summer conditions. High temperatures can push your European car past its limits, threatening to leave you stranded on the side of the road. Here are some tips you can follow to avoid becoming the unfortunate driver who is left staring at a smoking engine. Whether you drive an Audi, BMW, or Mercedes, come to Auto Imports to schedule your regular maintenance check-up before you hit the road.
Inspect Your Tires
Your tires might just be the most important part of your car because they are the wheels that will actually get you from point A to point B. Your tires should be checked monthly and year-round to ensure that they are at the right pressure and are in good condition for driving long distances. Reference your driver’s manual for the correct tire pressure and check that no foreign objects, like rocks or nails, are living in the tire treads. All four tires should be in good condition with no uneven wear (which is a sign of a suspension problem), cracking, or splitting and should show good tread depth. Bald tires could lead to a number of accidents and are just not worth the stress. If you do end up having to replace your tires, they should be replaced two or four at a time. If your tires do indicate that your European car is in need of suspension repair, our specialists will solve any problem with expert care.
Maintain Proper Fluid Level
Your car is a well-oiled machine and in order to keep it that way, proper fluid maintenance is required. While performing this diagnostic on your car, you should check oil, break, windshield-wiper, transmission, and power steering fluid — not to mention your coolant! These liquids are constantly being used by your car, and when fluid is lacking in one section of your car, it affects the other parts. While your dashboard should warn you if one of these fluid levels is low, performing manual fluid checks before any long trips will give you a more holistic idea of the shape your car is in. If you need to top any of these fluids off, then reference your owners manual to know how much. And, for clarity and safety, it is always better to wait for your engine to cool down before adjusting any fluid levels.
Don’t Let Your Car Overheat
The threat of your car overheating can come from anywhere, like sitting in the hot sun during stop-and-go traffic or climbing steep hills. Low coolant levels or a leak in the cooling system are usually the culprits of an overheating engine, but a malfunctioning thermostat could also be a potential cause. While you’re in traffic, roll the windows down and turn the AC off. Despite what you might be thinking about the cool air helping the engine cool off, it is actually adding to the stress of the engine. Rolling the windows down on your Audi or BMW not only gives you some fresh air, but it reduces the amount of work the engine is having to do. Keeping a close eye on the temperature gauge will give you the forewarning you need to pull over and let the engine cool down. This could take around half an hour, but is worth the wait, as you want to help the engine cool down to maintain proper functioning. After your engine has cooled down completely, remove the radiator cap and refill the coolant. Your car overheating may also be reflected as a malfunction indicator light or steam pouring from the hood of your car — which is when you should know to take immediate action. If you think it might be a serious problem, then stop by Auto Imports, your Denver BMW and Audi repair shop, to have your air conditioning system checked!
Before you experience any problems with your European car, then head to Auto Imports, your Denver Audi and BMW repair and service shop, for services like alignments, oil and lube services, heating and air conditioning, and brakes! We guarantee your satisfaction, so what is there to lose? Schedule an appointment today or contact us to submit any questions about our services!