June 15

Get Your BMW Ready For Summer!

Is your BMW ready to handle Nevada’s scorching summer heat?  It’s a good idea to take a few proactive steps to protect both the performance and longevity of your vehicle this summer. Here are some tips to keep your BMW in top shape during the hot summer months:

    • Cooling System: Start by inspecting the coolant level and quality. Ensure that the correct type of coolant mixture is appropriate for summer temperatures and that there are no leaks in the system. If necessary, contact SAS Automotive in Reno to have your coolant flushed and refilled.

    • Air Conditioning System: Be sure your BMW’s air conditioning system is functioning correctly. If you notice any issues such as weak airflow or warm air, have it inspected by a professional at SAS Automotive. Also, replace the cabin air filter for optimal air quality.

    • Tires and Tire Pressure: High temperatures can cause the air in your tires to expand, leading to overinflation. Check the tire pressure regularly and adjust it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Additionally, inspect the tires for any signs of wear and ensure they have sufficient tread depth for safe driving.

    • Battery Health: Heat can be particularly taxing on car batteries. Check the battery’s charge and ensure the terminals are clean and secure. If the battery is nearing the end of its lifespan or showing signs of weakness, consider replacing it to avoid unexpected breakdowns.

    • Engine Belts and Hoses: Examine the condition of engine belts and hoses for any signs of wear, cracks, or leaks. Have any components that appear damaged replaced, as they are vital for the proper functioning of your BMW.

    • Sun Protection: To shield your BMW’s interior from the sun’s harmful UV rays, consider using sunshades or having your windows tinted. This can help prevent fading of the upholstery, and protects the dashboard and other surfaces from heat damage.

    • Fluid Levels: Verify that all fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid, are at the appropriate levels. Refer to your owner’s manual for guidance on proper fluid specifications, or bring your BMW in to SAS Automotive to have fluids checked and replaced if necessary.

    • Regular Maintenance: Stay up-to-date with routine maintenance tasks such as oil changes, filter replacements, and overall inspections. Regular servicing ensures that your BMW operates optimally, especially during extreme weather conditions. If you’re not sure what sort of maintenance your BMW needs, just ask our certified BMW mechanics!

By following these steps, you can help ensure that your BMW is prepared to tackle the summer heat, providing you with a comfortable and reliable driving experience throughout the season. Remember, if you encounter any significant issues or concerns, it’s always best to consult a qualified BMW technician for professional assistance.

If you’re in the Northern Nevada, Tahoe, or Truckee area, you can find all the help you need to get your BMW in shape for the heat at SAS Automotive. Let our BMW-certified mechanics take care of all your checks and necessary maintenance for summer. Contact us here to set up an appointment for service!


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