How to Get Your BMW 320i XDrive Summer-Ready
The sun is up and the sky is clear blue—who can resist planning a road trip in this kind of weather? Summer is arguably the most exciting time of the year; however, it also brings excessive heat and too much dust, which can take a toll on your ride. Add the effect of the harsh temperatures of the recent winter and your car could be at risk of breaking down without proper preparation. Make sure you equip your BMW 320i against the heat with these maintenance tips:
Make sure you conduct proper cooling system maintenance to protect your engine from overheating and long-term system damage. It should be completely flushed and refilled every 24 months, and the coolant's level, condition, and concentration need to be checked periodically. Also, remember not to remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled.
- Keep an eye out for your A/C's needs.
Nothing could be worse than driving under the wicked sun during midday with the windows down because the A/C is broken. Make sure that your air conditioning system is summer-ready by replacing necessary filters and replenishing its fluids to ensure that it will not fail under the hot weather. If you live in an area with low humidity and dry climate, you can maximize your A/C system by using the "fresh air" setting to bring in outside air. If your area's climate is humid, change the setting to "recirculate" to eliminate high moisture and make it easier for the system to cool your car down.
- Replenish your car's fluids.
Just like the human body, your car has a tendency to require more fluids during the summer. Make sure to keep your BMW's parts and systems well-lubricated by checking the levels of your motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, etc. regularly during the summer.
- Invest in sun shades or get your windows tinted.
Avoid turning your car into a sauna by getting your windows tinted and/or investing in sun shades. Try to park your 320i XDrive in shaded areas, but if this is not always possible, the sun shades and window tint will not only help make temperature inside your vehicle bearable during the day but also prevent your car from getting a damaged steering wheel cover and faded leather interior.
- Always check tire pressure.
More heat equals more friction, adding stress to your tires. Under-inflated tires are more susceptible to friction, which wears out the rubber and creates holes. On the other hand, over-inflation will result in uneven wear, leading to a blow out. Make sure you know the recommended tire pressure by referring to the BMW manual and using a tire gauge to measure the pressure in your tires. You should also also get your tires rotated once you hit 5,000 miles and ensure you have a spare tire especially if you are going for a long drive.
- Be prepared for sudden breakdowns.
The summer heat can really be difficult for your car, so always be prepared for emergency repairs and sudden breakdowns by ensuring you have the basic set of tools for repair loaded in your trunk.