BMWs are fantastic, unique, and special automobiles. For decades they have remained one of the most widely purchased vehicles worldwide, and are world-renown for their spectacular performance and endurance. However, like any other machine, they tend to wear out in areas and become in need of repair and maintenance. One area that BMWs sometimes experience issues with after a period of use in is the suspension. BMWs suspension are built for high-performance use, so the daily excursions of the average driver may have unique effects. For instance, depending on the area or roads you typically drive on, your BMW might run into suspension issues before anything else. But first, it is important to be able to recognize various signs that your BMW is experiencing suspension issues. Here are some of the common signs of suspension failure and how you can best deal with them:
Your car’s wheel alignment is important to maintain, and when the suspension becomes damaged, it can show signs of drifting or “pulling” off-center. Your BMW’s alignment may become compromised after going over a bump quickly, or hitting a curb, or any intense, jolting movement. By having your alignment checked routinely, you can prevent other issues from occurring, such as uneven tire wear, which result from inadequate wheel alignment. With special equipment, your BMW’s alignment is assessed and then re-centered. Another sign that your alignment is off is if the center emblem on your steering wheel does not rest dead-center when the wheels are pointed straight. If you notice signs of misalignment, contact a trusted automotive specialist.
Your BMW’s suspension is high-quality, and you should not feel excessive bouncing after hitting a bump or going through a dip. If you notice that your shocks are not absorbing the impact of even the slightest bump in the road, you may need to replace the shocks. One of the most concerning symptoms of failing shocks is fluid leaks. Since your suspension system relies upon fluid and a complex system of parts, when any of these components become damaged it may lead to fluid leaks. Although the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule is helpful to follow as a guideline for when to replace or service the shocks in your BMW, this is simply a guideline based on the average BMW driver’s habits and conditions. It is important to consult with a trusted car repair shop and take your own driving habits into consideration when deciding when to service your shocks or other suspension-related parts. Certainly, if you experience a fluid leak, you should bring your BMW in for an inspection immediately.
One of the most tell-tale signs that there is an issue with your BMW’s suspension is that the tires are wearing unevenly. While uneven tire wear can be caused by a number of things, often the culprit is wheel misalignment or damaged suspension parts. If your tires are wearing more rapidly on one side, in the front or back, or on one specific tire more so than others, this indicates that your vehicle is in need of service, and will eventually now also need a tire service. This is a perfect example of how general ongoing vehicle maintenance can make a huge difference in repair costs and automotive bills overall. Preventive care can save you a ton of money in the long run, and it will help your BMW perform optimally on a regular basis.
As we mentioned before, BMWs are special and unique vehicles. German engineering requires specified knowledge and skill, making it especially important for you to find an automotive shop that has specialized experience in BMW maintenance and repair. Here at Euro Plus Automotive, we have serviced a wide range of different BMW models over the years. Providing automotive care for BMW owners in Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, and nearby San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County, CA, areas, we have seen it all when it comes to BMW issues. When it comes to suspension in particular, we are fluent in diagnostic procedures and repair approaches. For more information on how we can help you maintain your BMW’s suspension, contact us directly. We look forward to helping you enjoy your fantastic BMW even more.
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