Common Auto Problems Often Ignored; Worse Damage and Costly Repairs Down the Road

Published 4 years ago — by Lisa Federico

Don't end up on the side of the road with an overheated engine.

Don't end up on the side of the road with an overheated engine.
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Strange engine noises, different handling than normal, or reduced gas mileage…these don’t seem like major issues for your BMW, right? So you put them off for now. Bad mistake. These are all signs of common problems drivers tend to ignore, that may cause more damage in the long run and have you shelling out more money to repair.

Being proactive when it comes to repairing your BMW can help you avoid major repair headaches down the road. Here are some common problems that are often overlooked by drivers.

  • Check Engine Light: One of the dreaded things to see lit up in your dash is the check engine light. When this is lit, it means your BMW has detected a problem within its OBD system. This can be several things: loose gas cap, faulty fuel injector, faulty O2 sensors, etc. Best to take your BMW to a reputable BMW repair facility and have them take a look and advise you on the proper course of action.
  • Engine Oil Level: Oil, the blood of your BMW. Oil lubricates engine components to help stop them from grinding, and prevents heat buildup. If your BMW is low or runs out of oil, your engine may seize. Which is not good! Get your levels checked and replace oil when needed.
  • Water Pump Leak: The water pump is used to pump water and coolant to the engine of your BMW to avoid overheating. Your engine may overheat if you are leaking coolant. Oftentimes you’ll notice water or coolant under your vehicle, or your BMW will be running hot. If ignored, your engine’s head gasket can rupture, leading to costly repairs. A qualified BMW tech has the know-how and right tools to fix this.
  • Brake Noises: Squeaking /Squealing: As the most important safety feature in your BMW, it’s important for brakes to be functioning correctly. Brakes wear and tear over time, but if you hear metal rubbing against the rotor and grinding noises, go to your local BMW specialist stat for brake repair!
  • Clunks: Clunks can be a number of things, from shock absorbers to strut mounts, to ball joints, but ignoring them can result in steering or handling problems, which can lead to unwanted accidents and extra stress, causing quicker wear and tear. Have your BMW checked out by a specialized BMW mechanic if you hear any clunking, banging or pops.
  • Engine Air Filter: The air filter helps the engine breathe. If not changed often, it can reduce the performance of your car—including fuel economy and acceleration, and may cause your engine to overheat, which will cost you more to repair. Air filters should be changed per the specifications set forth by BMW, and dependent on driving conditions.

BMW repairs are expensive, and everyone wants to save a buck. Do yourself a favor and take your BMW to a qualified BMW mechanic at your local BMW service center before these common problems become bigger issues. It’s very likely that you’ll save on BMW repairs from an indy mechanic over the dealer.


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