FAQs—BMW 1 Series M
I'm going out of town for two weeks and is wondering if there's additional maintenance needed to keep my 1M okay while I'm away. If there is, can you give me some tips?
If you'd only be out for a week or two, then there's not really much you have to do for your car. Just make sure that it's cleaned and stored properly, protected from harmful environmental conditions and animal infestations. There's also no need to use the parking brake as the brake pads may fuse with the rotors for being in contact for so long. Just get a tire stopper to prevent your car from moving.
What you can do though is to place a sheet of vapor barrier plastic under your car to prevent vapor buildup, especially if your garage is unheated. This could also be helpful in spotting fluid leaks after your car has been removed from storage.
I'm planning to replace my alloy wheels with steel ones to accommodate the cargo that I'm going to be hauling for a while. I know that the steel is considerably heavier but at the same time more durable, hence the swapping. But will it have a lasting side effect on the overall condition of my car though?
First of all, you're correct. The steel wheels are indeed heavier and more durable. Being heavy as they are, it just means that you're going to have a slower time accelerating and your handling is going to become a bit rough especially around corners. But as long as you don't plan on racing with your car, then there's really not that much downside on switching to steel wheels.
As for the possible lasting side effect, you might want to check your suspension and brake system when you switch back to alloy ones as they would have reacted differently to the manner the steel wheels handled. Other than that, the rest of the components of your 1 M should be in a good condition.
I've started to smell something burning whenever I use my car. My engine isn't overheating, so what could be the problem? I have a BMW 1 M.
Burning smell coming from your car doesn't necessarily mean an overheating engine. What's happening could have something to do with your transmission fluid, which could actually be the one that is overheating. Because when the transmission fluid has already broken down, your transmission system would end up running too hot, which in the end increases friction and corrosive activities that produces more debris and sludge build-up. The increased friction is what then causes the transmission fluid to emit a burnt smell.
Check your transmission fluid and verify if that is indeed where the smell originated. If it is, then replenish it immediately to avoid getting the rest of your transmission system compromised. But make sure though that you're going to replace it with the correct type of transmission fluid because a mismatch could cause untimely fluid deterioration or a transmission malfunction.