Keeping Your BMW 128i on the Right Track: Must-Do Maitenance Checks
There are parts of your car that need crucial maintenance checks and there are those that require less attention. But just because a certain car part isn't high-maintenance, it doesn't mean that you should neglect it altogether. It may just need a longer amount of time before it needs to be checked up on. Here are some of the maintenance checks that you should not forget to give to your BMW 128i.
- Maintain proper wheel alignment.
Aside from the tread of your tires and the tire pressure, you shouldn't forget to have your wheel alignment checked as well. Proper wheel alignment is needed in order for you to be able to steer your car in the right direction and have complete control over it. Through numerous drives, especially with high-powered cars such as your BMW 128i, tires get misaligned in the process which results to swaying and difficulty in driving along a straight path. If you're starting to feel like you're wrestling against your car to maintain control, then there's a good chance that your tires are already misaligned.
- Have your power steering fluid replenished.
Replacement of the power steering fluid isn't at the top of the maintenance list, that's why most of the time, replenishing it gets forgotten. Though it doesn't deteriorate easily, it still needs to be flushed out from time to time. One sign that you need to replace your power steering fluid would be its darkened color. But before deciding to flush out your current power steering fluid, make sure to check with your owner's manual first for the recommended interval. Because even though it seems dark and dirty, it doesn't automatically mean that it needs replacing.
- Check the condition of your windshield wipers.
Since the windshield wipers are not always being used, some people dismiss the idea of having to check up on it. Yes, you only use them during rainy days, but that doesn't mean that they don't get worn out too. The rubber in your wiper blades are greatly affected by the heat during summer which causes them to weaken and be easily worn out during the rainy season. And you know how important those windshield wipers are, especially when you're driving on a rainy night. So, make sure that the rubber inside the wipers can still effectively clean your windshield.
- Have your engine filter replaced.
Once engine maintenance is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind would be an oil change. But one thing people tend to forget is that not all engine upkeep checks are under the hood. The engine filter, for example, needs to be replaced once it has already accumulated too much dirt and debris. Not only is it filthy to look at, but a dirty and worn-out engine filter could also pose a threat to how your engine performs because the engine needs the proper mixture of air and gasoline in order for it to function properly. The dirt and debris could block the air flow and affect the engine performance as a result. So, next time you have an oil change, don't forget to check your engine air filter as well.