We LOVE BMWs. We specialize in them. We know them like the backs of our hands. We own them, we study them, we snuggle them. (Okay, maybe we don’t snuggle them… at least not in public.) The point is, we are true Bimmer enthusiasts. We believe the BMW is called the Ultimate Driving Machine for very good reason.
Eventually though, like any machine with mechanical and electrical components, the parts will wear down and potentially fail, requiring repair or replacement. Even the best cars on the market need maintenance and periodic repairs to keep them running smoothly.
If you own a BMW, reliability and longevity are top priorities. You want to keep your car in tip-top shape for as long as possible. But like most of our customers (and most people in Southern California), you’re probably very busy — and most likely not an auto mechanic. Not to worry! You can do your part to keep your Bimmer operating at maximum efficiency by doing just a few simple things:
- get it in for regular maintenance: oil changes, tire rotations, air filter replacements, fluid top-offs, brake inspections, etc.
- when you notice something is “off”, get it into the shop right away for an early diagnosis
- make sure your car never has less than a quarter tank of gas
- get your car washed regularly (this not only helps with appearance, but performance too!)
That’s it! Bring your car into JL Motorworks, and we’ll take care of the rest. We’ll treat it like it’s our own.
And just so you know what to look out for, here are some common problems that BMW owners see with their cars.
Top 5 BMW Problems and Repairs
1. Electrical Issues
Common malfunctions in a BMW’s electrical system are with the turn signals and windshield wipers. These are obviously easy for a BMW owner to detect.
2. Power Locks
Sometimes, the doors don’t unlock remotely. This is also an obvious problem, if you’re using keyless entry.
3. Window Function
This seems to be most common with the E46 model. The regulator chips can break, causing slow moving or immovable power windows. The regulator chip will need to be replaced. Again, another problem that’s easy to spot for any Bimmer owner.
4. Engine Management Components
Engine parts such as ignition modules, the clutch, and fuel injectors are common BMW repairs. These aren’t as easy to detect, especially for a layperson.
The ignition module is the heart of your ignition system. According to doityourself.com:
Its two main roles are to create a spark strong enough to ignite the air/fuel mixture for combustion and to control the timing of the spark plugs by opening and closing the ignition coil ground circuit. The ignition module has a direct impact on the performance of the engine.
Symptoms of ignition module trouble include:
- overheating, and
- sudden failure (your vehicle stalls while running and won’t start again).
Fuel injectors are the nozzles that spray fuel into your engine. Symptoms of a bad fuel injector are:
- fuel odor
- Check Engine light illuminates
- loss of power and acceleration
- reduction in fuel efficiency
If you drive a manual transmission BMW, your clutch is crucial. Signs of a bad clutch include:
- change in pedal behavior
- difficulty shifting gears
- slipping out of gear
5. Wheel Alloy Issues
This typically happens with 19-inch alloy rims: the alloy can be prone to cracking, which can cause a tire puncture over time.
Call JL Motorworks for your BMW problems today. We’ll get your car back to you as quickly as possible, and in excellent condition.