We often forget to maintain our cars until there is a broken part. This should not be the norm, even more so if you own a prestigious car like a BMW. All BMW owners know and recognize the value of their vehicle both performance wise and the price tag of course. For these reasons, you should learn to take good care of the essential parts in the vehicle such as the BMW cooling parts.
It is important to remember that a BMW is a sensitive car. It has been built and should be maintained with strict German discipline. In this article, we are going to focus on the BMW cooling system.
How a BMW cooling system works
For you to take good care of your BMW cooling system, you need to know how it works; the system works through the following three main components;
The water pump
To keep the coolant flowing throughout the system, the water pump keeps the pumping going on. Different models have different ways in which the pumps operate. Some pups are driven by belts while others are driven by gears. Some designs have another water pump;that is used to give additional flow around and hence additional cooling.
A BMW hose
The cooling piping system includes several components such as hoses, the radiator, the heater core, an expansion tank and control valves. All these parts are always in contact with the coolant which is in motion while the engine is switched on, due to this, wear and tear sets in. Eventually creating the need to regularly inspect these parts for leakages or any malfunction. Worn-out or leaking parts should be replaced as soon as possible, and further assessment is done to ensure that no further damage was done to other parts.
The standard operating procedure calls for inspection of the hoses at least after every six months although this can vary depending on how your BMW is used. Cars that are used more often and in operate in poor environmental conditions should be inspected more regularly.
BMW temperature control
The temperature controls on a BMW consist of several sensors. These sensors are in the following components are; the thermostat, expansion tank cap, cooling fans, the coolant and the radiator. Each of these parts and sensors works independently from the engine although all their data is sent back to the electronic car system for evaluation and decoding.
The BMW cooling system is important in controlling emissions and for the performance of the vehicle. It is quite a complex task to diagnose problems in the system, the easiest way to keep the cooling system working well is by ensuring that the cooling sensors are always cleaned often. Cleaned sensors will give accurate readings to the car electronic systems.
What could go wrong?
An overheating car can suffer several damages that might be costly. Most cars have warning systems for overheating engines if your BMW puts up the warning light; it should be brought to a stop to let the engine cool down and then should be checked by a technician as soon as possible.
The damage done by an overheating engine is far more reaching than you think. It can damage several components of the engine fast. The radiator of an overheating car might heat up boiling the coolant which may turn into stream. The steam expands and builds up pressure; this can cause breaking of several vital parts of a radiator.
If the engine overheats, the internal working may be affected. Pistons may be affected causing them to expand. Expanded pistons may not fit in well in the cylinders causing the breakage of the piston or parts of the piston. Further damage may be done to the cylinder as the pistons expand. Expanded pistons damage the cylinder walls while trying to move. Putting in mind that a BMW is a high-end car, it is relatively expensive to repair and replace parts.
The best way to ensure a smooth and enjoyable ride in your BMW with no hitches it to regularly maintain all the systems that keep it going and more so the BMW cooling system. Always keep the system cleaned, use the recommended coolants and in the right volumes and finally schedule maintenance trips to you BMW technicians. These steps will keep your vehicle healthy and your face smiling.