It’s a dream to own a BMW, but that dream can soon become a nightmare if you don’t take the time to properly maintain your vehicle, especially when it comes to engine care. To ensure that you’re taking care of your engine, paying special attention to its temperature levels, here are four things that can cause it to overheat.
A Coolant Leak
Coolant in required in your engine to keep the temperatures regulated. If you live in a warmer climate, your BMW’s engine will have to work harder to keep temperatures at an appropriate level. In these conditions specifically, having a coolant leak can wreak havoc on your engine. As air is forced inside the system, an air pocket is created that blocks the coolant from flowing. Poor coolant movement is one of the main culprits behind an engine overheating.
A Clogged Cooling System
When the coolant in your BMW can’t flow through the engine properly, it makes it more difficult to maintain the optimal performance temperature. Several circumstances can result in a clogged cooling system, including a malfunctioning thermostat, natural buildup or debris contamination. With the flow of coolant blocked by an obstacle, it can’t circulate through the engine efficiently and will likely result in the engine overheating.
Using the Wrong Coolant
The coolant you use will not only depend on the type of vehicle you own but also on the type of environmental conditions you’re likely to encounter on a day-to-day basis. It’s crucial that you use the right type of coolant for your BMW, otherwise, it won’t be compatible with the viscosity necessary for your engine and will likely cause overheating issues. Turn to your owner’s manual to find out what specific coolant your vehicle needs. If you can’t find the information, contact the manufacturer or a BMW specialist to find out. As BMW creates its own coolant for their cars, that can be the first place to start.
A Failed Water Pump
A vital aspect of your BMW’s cooling system is the water pump. This component aids in proper circulation of the coolant within, meaning that when it’s time to replace the water pump, it should be done as soon as possible. Any delays in replacing the water pump while still driving your BMW will result in the engine overheating.
At Right Tech Auto, we specialize in maintaining and repairing a wide variety of vehicle brands. Located in Mississauga, Ontario, we service customers from the GTA and surrounding areas. With services that include oil changes, emissions testing and repairs, brake inspection, engine repairs and more, we also feature an in-house BMW specialist and mechanic for all your BMW repair needs. Give us a call or visit our website to request an appointment.