All cars, especially high-end performance vehicles like BMWs, require a certain level of ongoing care and attention. When it comes to engine performance, almost nothing else is more important than fluid care. Your BMW utilizes several different fluids that cater to the different areas of your car. For instance, brake fluid helps keeps the brakes lubricated and pressurized. Engine oil keeps the moving parts of the engine running smoothly and free of excess friction and heat; and to regulate your engine’s temperature, it requires coolant.

All of these fluids and more must be kept at the right level and free from contamination. Any leaking fluid is a cause for concern; however, coolant leaks can have an especially significant impact on your engine’s operation. In this article, we’ll talk about why coolant is so important for your BMW’s engine, the most common effects coolant leaks have on BMW engines, and what you can do to prevent coolant leaks.

What Does Coolant Do for Your BMW’s Engine?

As your BMW’s engine burns gas and continually keeps internal parts moving, it creates a ton of friction and heat, which cannot remain in the engine, otherwise overheating can occur. With the help of the radiator and the water pump, coolant and water are circulated through the engine cooling off the excess heat the engine produces. In order for the cooling system to work properly, it is essential that the various components are kept in good condition over time. It is usually recommended to perform a coolant flush every so often, and to monitor the condition of the radiator and water pump continually. When coolant leaks occur, your engine lacks the proper ratio of coolant and water needed to adequately cool off the engine and can lead to concerning engine performance symptoms.

Most Common Effects of Coolant Leaks on BMWs

In BMWs, or any car for that matter, coolant leaks are a serious problem for engine performance. When your car’s engine can’t expel the heat that it generates, the engine is unable to perform and may shut down. These are the most common effects of coolant leaks on BMW engines:

Engine Overheating

As one might expect, if the engine can’t properly cool itself then it will eventually overheat. If you notice smoke coming from your exhaust or your engine, you might also notice that the engine temperature has shot up. When your BMW overheats, you’ll need to pull over and inspect for coolant leaks. It helps to keep an extra bottle of coolant in your car at all times.

Diminished Fuel Economy

If you’ve encountered a slower coolant leak, then the more noticeable effects might take a while to come up. Instead, you may notice a lowered fuel efficiency in your vehicle. While this can be due to any number of issues with your BMW engine, it’s important to note this symptom and get it checked out for leaks.

Contaminated Engine Oil

If the coolant leak is due to a faulty seal or valve, it is common for engine oil and coolant to mix. This is a huge problem, as it dilutes the engine oil and keeps it from being effective at its job. Furthermore, the natural properties of the coolant strip the engine of the oil lubrication and corrode the parts prematurely.

Why Ongoing Fluid Care is Essential for Your BMW

As we mentioned before, caring for all the various types of fluids your BMW utilizes is critical for its longevity, performance, and overall health. Fluid flushes, top-offs, and inspections can help prevent fluid leaks, engine overheating, and other concerning symptoms in your BMW.

How We Can Help

The BMW experts here at Cerrone’s European in Redwood City, CA, have helped BMW drivers from all over the area restore their cars to their optimal level of functioning. Simple ongoing maintenance tasks such as fluid flushes and inspections can keep your BMW in excellent condition year-round, and can significantly extend its lifetime. We have a passion for BMWs, and it shows in our dedication and exceptional quality of work. If you think your BMW has encountered a coolant leak, or any other type of fluid leak, please contact us right away to schedule a diagnostic appointment.

* BMW F26 X4 image credit goes to: DarthArt.

When you decided you wanted to drive a Land Rover, the descriptive terms that came to mind likely included: strong, tough, durable, and elegant; all of which make Land Rovers especially unique cars. Luxury and elegance combined with function, comfort, and durability is rare in many European import cars; however, these singular cars can run into difficulty, just like every other manufactured vehicle on the road. The good news is that Land Rovers have a good track record when it comes to reliability.

With that being said, Land Rovers run into some specific issues that also set them apart from other vehicles, including accessory drive belt failure. The reasons for accessory drive belt failure vary depending upon driving habits, driving conditions, and the age of the vehicle. It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms of drive belt failure in your Land Rover so that you can act preventively. In this article, we’ll go over what a drive belt does for your Land Rover’s engine, the common signs of failure, and what you can do in the future to keep problems from arising.

Drive Belt Function and Purpose

Also known as a serpentine belt, the accessory drive belt is comprised of a network of parts working together. Of course, if any of the other parts become compromised then it can lead to accessory drive belt failure. The drive belt is responsible for delivering adequate power to the other working components of your vehicle, mainly your engine. Since Land Rovers are especially larger vehicles, they need enough power to run optimally. When the drive belt fails, it cannot delineate the appropriate power to the various systems of the car.

Potential Reasons for Failure

Drive belt failure can be due to any number of issues, including simple manufacturing deficits in the specific model. As mentioned previously, driving habits and conditions, such as frequent short-distance drives, can also strain the drive belt over time, causing it to deteriorate quicker. Additionally, the material of the drive belt is exposed to harsh, ever-changing temperatures; this can cause the material to expand and contract, making it especially susceptible to cracks and tears.

Common Symptoms of Drive Belt Failure

Driving with a compromised drive belt can lead to serious engine damage and even failure. It’s critical to keep an eye out for concerning symptoms related to accessory drive belt health.

Noises

It’s most common to experience alarming noises coming from your engine when your drive belt moves off its designated alignment. Your Land Rover might be able to temporarily function; however, it is extremely risky to drive your car when the drive belt isn’t properly aligned. Belt misalignment can lead to the belt snapping or becoming damaged beyond repair, which will further damage your engine and significantly affect your car’s performance.

Problems with Power Steering

Your Land Rover was designed to protect itself from engine failure, which can certainly follow the event of a snapped accessory drive belt. Therefore, when the belt snaps or the car detects a problem, your car might present difficulty with the power steering function to inhibit drivability until the problem is addressed. Furthermore, your power steering might not be able to generate enough power to function due to a failed drive belt.

Engine Overheating

In addition to the other components of your Land Rover that are powered by the accessory drive belt, it also dominates the power delegated to your Rover’s cooling system. When your engine isn’t able to properly cool itself, engine overheating is usually what occurs next. An overheated engine commonly leaves drivers stranded on the roadside, and internal engine components damaged.

How We Can Help

The Land Rover experts at Cerrone’s European work proactively to address problem parts, including accessory drive belts, before they fail and cause further damage to our clients’ vehicles. We are known in Redwood City, CA for our expertise working with luxury European imports, including Land Rovers, and our foundational knowledge of common pitfalls in various vehicles’ design and engineering. When it comes to drive belt failure in Land Rovers, we know what to expect. If you’ve experienced any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it is critical to bring your Rover in for an inspection at the very least—it could keep you and your passengers safe, and save you thousands of dollars in repair work down the line. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly to schedule an appointment or learn more about our shop.

* Range Rover Evoque 2016 image credit goes to: teddyleung.

Sunday, 08 April 2018 06:10

DSC System Failure in Your BMW

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BMWs are known for their resilience, reliability, and strength. They’re designed and engineered with characteristics in mind that are typical of the brand, but also addressing the desires of the BMW clientele—we mean power, consistency, and durability. When your BMW begins to malfunction in various ways, it can be highly concerning—and rightfully so; those of us who are fans of the BMW brand come to expect a certain level of excellence that is typically unrivaled by other vehicle manufacturers.

Saturday, 24 March 2018 13:20

Reasons for Air Suspension Failure in a Jaguar

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Jaguar vehicles are especially known for their lavishness—not only in design and engineering, but in performance and comfort. European import brands such as Jaguar are special in that they can out-perform many of the vehicles on the road today, and are sought-after by car enthusiasts of all ages and generations. However, all of that luxury and high-quality performance can go down the drain without the proper care and maintenance.

Cars from different manufacturers behave and perform differently. Due to differences in design, engineering, and execution, there are variations among all vehicles—and not just vehicles from differing manufacturers. In fact, there are many variations between vehicles from the same manufacturer. For instance, all Volvos are made by the same company; however, not every model is the same. The same rule applies to the common issues that Volvos often encounter.

Friday, 23 February 2018 09:58

How to Inspect Failed Suspension Struts of Land Rover

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Land Rovers are a current trend in the automotive industry for their luxury and elegance. However, these luxury cars are above all else road-ready. In addition to being luxurious and elegant, Land Rovers are also known for their durable suspension and are excellent for off-road adventures. If you don’t mind getting your Rover a bit roughed up, these cars are perfect for a range of different possible terrains. Unfortunately, sometimes we can be a little too rough, causing parts to malfunction or fail. Alternatively, parts simply become worn over time and eventually need to be replaced.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 11:40

Does My Jaguar Have a Bad Ignition Coil?

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Your Jaguar consists of a complex system of interworking parts and pieces that depend on one another to perform optimally at all times. When one of these parts becomes worn out or fails, it can cause a chain reaction of problems leading to engine trouble, including total engine failure. Jaguars are incredible cars, known for their luxury and high quality. If you drive a Jaguar and notice that the performance is dwindling or becoming unreliable, it can be disheartening; however, general, ongoing maintenance can help keep your car in optimal running condition. Furthermore, routine inspection of certain parts of your Jaguar is essential to ensure that every system is working at its best.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 07:42

Signs That My MINI's Timing Chain Needs To Be Replaced

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Not all cars are created equally, and Mini Coopers are an anomaly to the automotive world—they are built for endurance, performance, and all-around fun, but fit into a compact version of other vehicles that are similar in performance specifications. MINI is a brand that has been around for generations, and they certainly have perfected their engineering and design over the years to cater to the masses of fans and fanatics who continue to cherish the traditional Mini Cooper characteristics. Unfortunately, just like every other machine or vehicle on the market today, problems can arise.

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