I drive a BMW 325ix and recently I am having some trouble with the power steering. I have to exert more effort than usual. What could be causing this?
The power steering system is designed to allow the driver to steer the vehicle with minimal effort. If you notice that you are starting to need to exert more effort than usual or that the steering responsiveness might be delayed, then it is time to check the power steering system components. First, check the power steering fluid. Determine if there is enough fluid in the reservoir and watch out for signs of leakage. The hoses may be damaged causing the fluid to seep out. Check the quality of the fluid as well. The power steering fluid has a distinct red color and a strong odor. If you notice that it is starting to turn into a dark grey color or that it has foamy bubbles and bits of chrome, then those indicate oxidation and the fluid needs to be bled out and replaced. Start to look at the drive belts. Loose, misaligned or corroded belts can also cause more difficult steering. When the 325ix is idling then the steering wheel is starts to vibrate, then that might mean there is something wrong with the drive belts. Also, watch out for any or clunking squealing sounds as these can indicate power steering problems.
I just bought a BMW 325ix and I now understand why this car has a huge following. I test drove it and it was smooth and responsive; I am excited to drive it around. However, the dealer told me to replace the tires because of its slightly uneven wear. Is this really necessary or could I wait a little longer? When will be the absolute necessary time for me to change the tires?
If the tread wear is only slightly uneven, then changing the tires is not necessarily urgent. It could also be fixed with a little wheel alignment. In your case, it is entirely up to your discretion. If you have money and time to spare, of course it would be better if you can change the tires. Having peace of mind and a lesser chance of mishap could not hurt anyone. Just make sure that the tread depth does not exceed 2/32 of an inch otherwise that is considered already legally worn out. Once you notice that the tread depth gets too shallow for comfort and that the tire wedges can hardly be seen anymore, then that is when you should take your car for a tire replacement as soon as possible.
One of the great features of the BMW 325ix is its great traction and impressive handling. You always feel confident while on the road. What are some tips on how to keep my BMX 325i's performance top notch?
The BMW 325ix's terrific handling and control is attributed to its well-designed suspension system. The suspension system is composed of shock absorbers, the struts, the springs, the ball joints, and the tires. Keeping all these in good condition will maintain your car's quality performance. Always make sure that the tires are properly aligned and inflated as they can affect how the suspension system performs. Inspect all the parts every 20,000 miles and be vigilant for any signs of corrosion and damage. Experts recommend lubricating the underside of the chassis to keep the suspension joints from wearing out too quickly.