Regular Maintenance Checklist for BMW 328d
Auto enthusiasts are all praises for the BMW 328d for its efficiency and sportiness like no other, with the masterful combination of an all-wheel drive, reliable diesel engine, and wagon body style. Key to preserving its awesome qualities is regular and proper maintenance. To make it easy for you to remember the maintenance items you must do for your BMW, below is a checklist that can serve as your guide:
- Know the recommended maintenance schedule for your BMW 328d.
Before anything else, consult your owner's manual to know BMW's recommended maintenance schedule for your 328d. It lists there the maintenance items that need to be done at every interval (e.g., 10,000 miles or once a year). As a rule of thumb, the following are typically done at least once every year or every 10,000 miles: oil and oil filter change, as well as servicing of brakes, windshield wipers, and dashboard warning lights. Think of your car's maintenance schedule as a regular visit to your doctor. It enables you to detect early signs of damage or failure that can hurt your BMW—and your pocket—eventually.
- Inspect your BMW's exterior.
At least once every two weeks, examine your tires using a tire pressure gauge and ensure that they are correctly inflated. The other things that must be included in your visual inspection checklist include smoke in the exhaust (except for the normal startup fumes and normal diesel emissions), leaking fluids under the vehicle (e.g., transmission fluid, coolant, engine oil, brake fluid, etc.), damage on the car body and bumper, and engine or fluid warning lights.
- Check your car's condition under the hood.
The most critical processes that make your vehicle run take place under the hood, and a failure in one component can trigger a domino effect and ultimately cause you hassles on the road. So give that area enough attention. Regularly check and keep track of the condition of the following: belts, engine oil cleanliness and level, power steering and brake fluid levels, transmission fluid cleanliness and level, and coolant level. When inspecting fluid levels, make sure each type of fluid is below the maximum level and above the minimum level. Watch out for any leaks, too.
You must also be on the lookout for these must-fix scenarios under the hood: warped or loose belts, loose tube or electrical connections, and exposed or worn wires. Immediately replace any belt or wires that show such damage.
Do not forget to check your battery as well. If you have been using it for five years or more, it is already up for replacement. Also, if it lacks proper charge needed to start your car, have it checked by a qualified mechanic. There are battery replacement stations that offer free inspecting of a battery's water level and charge; take advantage of such offer.
- Change your oil and oil filter regularly.
It is recommended that you change your engine oil and oil filter every 5,000 miles. Make sure also the oil is clean and free of contaminants.