TO ASSIST YOU IN YOUR MAINTENANCE OF YOUR BMW, WE OFFER INSTRUCTIONS ON VARIOUS TOPICS. THE ENTIRE ELEMENTS EXPLAINED ARE NECESSARY FOR YOUR SAFETY WHEN TRAVELING WITH YOUR VEHICLE
We will assist you in replacing and finding the right parts at right time for your BMW.
The clutch is the mechanical part that makes it possible to make changes of speed and transmits the power of the engine to the wheels. There are two types of gearbox:
- Mechanical / manual
The following tips are only valid if your BMW car is equipped with a mechanical / manual gearbox.
The average life of a clutch varies with driving. The change of the clutch takes place at 150 000kms.
Some examples of anomalies that should challenge you and encourage you to have your car checked by our BMW Technicians:
- a difficult change of pace
- a very soft or very hard clutch pedal
- unusual noise or vibration (the)
It is necessary to change this part if it is worn because, it will transmit more or less well the torque and power of the engine to the gearbox. Apart from the fact that this driving situation is unpleasant and can render the vehicle unusable if the part is permanently broken / worn, it can be dangerous for your safety.
2. Distribution kit
What is a Distribution Kit?
The distribution kit allows the synchronization of the upper part and the lower part of the engine. In some cases, it can operate the water pump that allows the engine to cool down.
- A distribution system can be:
- – a rubber timing belt that needs to be changed
- – a distribution chain which requires no particular maintenance
- In addition to the timing belt, the distribution kit consists of:
- – an accessory belt: it allows to drive all off-motor accessories such as the air conditioning compressor, the alternator (which allows charging the battery), the power steering pump, …
- – Rollers: There are two types of rollers: tensioners and rollers. The reels guide the timing belt and the tensioners ensure a good tension of the belt.
- When to change the different organs?
A timing belt can be changed every 5 to 6 years or between 80,000 and 240,000 km depending on the vehicle model. For more information, refer to your service booklet or visit your BMW dealer.
- Why change a distribution kit?
If you do not respect the maintenance intervals of the recommended dispensing kit, your timing belt may break causing heavy mechanical consequences that can lead to the change of the complete engine …
What is the battery?
Its primary function is to allow your car to start from the moment you turn on the ignition. In addition, it provides electricity for all your electrical equipment (air conditioning, wipers, radio, …).
When to change a battery?
A battery has an average life of 4 years or 60,000 km. To avoid unpleasant surprises, it is advisable to check the battery and its circuit, by your BMW dealer, before the summer and before the winter to limit the risk of breakdowns caused by the change of climatic conditions.
Some signs can potentially tell you the end of your battery life:
- the battery indicator lights up on your dashboard
- difficulty starting your car the first time
- electronic equipment works abnormally.
- Why change a battery?
If you do not check and maintain your battery, you risk breaking down and being unable to start your car.
What is an exhaust?
The exhaust plays an important role on your car. Its main functions:
- evacuate the gases
- to clean up the engine gases thanks to the action of the catalyst
- reduce noise pollution thanks to the silencer
- When to repair the exhaust?
Your exhaust will probably be subject to mechanical intervention by our BMW technicians if you notice the following anomalies:
- an exhaust smell in the cabin of your car
- an abnormal noise under your car or during acceleration
- a loss of engine power
- a smoke emission of unusual color
- Why repair exhaust?
If your exhaust and / or line are defective, it will be necessary to carry out a repair because you will not pass your next technical inspection given the anti-pollution standards to which vehicles are subject.