I recently bought a second-hand BMW 328Ci. I noticed a puddle under the hood of my car. I also smelled something like burnt oil from the engine compartment. I'm suspecting that the puddle is not just water, but oil. It's my first time to encounter this. What should I do?
It is common to experience oil leaks especially if your vehicle is already aged. Some of its parts have worn out over the years, and some of the most prone to wear and tear are the gaskets. When these gaskets are already worn out, they can result to leaks. What you need to do is to inspect your vehicle for worn out gaskets and replace them immediately. The burning smell of oil could also be due to a failed gasket. It is important to replace these worn out gaskets immediately to stop the leaks, and to ensure that you oil level will not be compromised. Having a low oil level may result to engine problems, which is very expensive to repair. After you replace your gasket, make it a point to replace it every 60,000 miles to ensure that it is always in good condition.
A few weeks ago, I've been experiencing a problem with my BMW 328Ci. The Check Engine light keeps going on and off, and my temperature gauge is stuck in its cold level. I brought it to my technician, and he said that this is normal to aging vehicles. I'm just curious; what could be causing this problem?
There could be several reasons that would cause your temperature gauge to be inoperative. For this particular model, the most common cause is a faulty coolant temperature sensor or CTS. When your CTS fails, it can cause your temperature gauge to fail as well. What you can do is to bring it to a car repair shop to have it fixed or replaced if needed. You might want to also check your vehicle's owner's manual to check what's causing your Check Engine light to act differently. You can also check online forums to seek help from other 328Ci owners too.
Despite the cold weather, I've noticed that the engine of my vehicle has been overheating often. I know how to properly take care of my car by regularly check the coolant level, and refilling the fluid as instructed by my dealer. However, the coolant seems to run out way faster than before. What could be wrong with my vehicle?
Your problem is caused by a leak in your radiator. No matter how often you refill your coolant, if your radiator has a leak, then it will just drip and empty out. Bring your vehicle to your technician, and have it checked for leaks. If it can still be fixed, better. Replacing the radiator can be expensive. Make sure to check your radiator for signs of corrosion or wear and tear to keep it from reaching this point. A leaking radiator can be bothersome, and may even cause worse problems, such as frequent overheating and worst of all, engine failure.