How to Restore your BMW 2002
Back in 1968, when the BMW 2002 was introduced, it had some pretty stellar reviews. It had good legroom, head room, and more luggage space compared to the other cars in the same category. It also boasted independent rear suspension that most cars didn't have back then. Having said that, the BMW 2002 had a pretty good run. Your BMW 2002 brings back so many memories that you just couldn't let it go down without a fight. Good thing that keeping it in good running condition is not that hard nowadays. All you need are a few basic maintenance steps and your BMW 2002 is good to go. The simple steps are listed below:
- Always check your valve cover gasket.
The valve cover gasket keeps the tiny gap between the valve cover and the engine sealed. It is made out of cork or rubber, so you understand why you need to keep an eye on it more. It deteriorates faster than the other parts of the engine that are made of metal. If it has already dried out and cracked, oil can leak out of the engine. Oil leaks because of a bad valve cover engine can't be easily determined because oil leaks slowly, and it is less evident when an untrained eye looks at it. The leak may be slow but that doesn't mean that it should not be fixed immediately. It should be fixed quickly because the oil can leak into the exhaust manifold, and this can cause fire and release dangerous fumes. And of course, when oil leaks, your engine oil will deplete quickly. You probably know what happens to an engine if you let it run with little to no engine oil, right?
- Make sure that your window regulators are working properly.
Among the parts of your BMW 2002 that should be checked always are the window regulators. It may just be a window regulator to you, but imagine how annoying it would be if your windows don't go up when it starts to rain or when you want to just breath in the fresh air from the outside. You can easily tell if your window regulators have gone bad— your window doesn't go up or down, it moves up or down at an angle, or you hear unusual noises when you put the window up or down. When you experience any of these, you just need to replace the faulty window regulator.
- Keep your BMW 2002 rust-free.
As with any old cars manufactured in the 60's and 70's, your BMW 2002 is prone to rust. It is important that you fully inspect your car for any signs of rust, especially the gas tank area, floors, shock towers, rocker panels, and the spare tire. The fenders, the bottoms of the doors, the front strut tower assembly, the hood, and the trunk should not be missed as well. Once rust starts, it's going to get worse, so it is better to prevent rust from building up by keeping your car clean. Why not give it a good wash at least once a week?