Drivers look to luxury cars for comfort and performance and European-made vehicles like Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz are designed to maximize both. Perhaps more than in any other cars, it is crucial that you follow the proper maintenance plans for any European car to avoid any issues developing. These finely tuned machines require specific service to stay free of issues and maintaining that high performance.
In any European-made car the two most important components are the engine and the transmission. These 5 maintenance tips will ensure that you get the most out of the motor and transmission in your European car for years to come.
1. Maintain Your Engine’s Oil
Checking the oil level in your engine and making sure you get regular oil changes are two of the most important steps to taking care of your engine. Your engine is full of moving parts that need lubrication from the oil and as you drive the quality of the oil degrades. As it fills with dirt and debris from throughout the engine it fails to lubricate the engine properly and trouble can begin to build. Regular oil changes will keep the oil clean and your engine functioning properly. Driving extended periods of time on old oil can also lead to the check engine light turning on, a rough idle and other driving problems.
You should also check your oil level because some oil will get burned off in the engine and driving with low oil levels can cause severe damage to the engine. Most cars will give you a warning that you need an oil change but few indicate a drop in oil levels so checking the dipstick is still the easiest way to make sure the levels are good.
2. Protect The Engine From Overheating
As your engine burns fuel it produces a lot of internal heat so keeping the engine cool is the responsibility of the cooling system. It moves antifreeze from the engine to the radiator but if there is an issue in the cooling system the engine will overheat. Any overheating can lead to very serious damages to the engine so be sure to always have your vehicle checked for leaks. Coolant leaks are the most common cause for engine overheating so check your coolant levels regularly and if any leaks are present make sure to have them taken care of before any overheating can occur.
3. Replace Transmission Oil, Filter and Oil pan gasket on regular intervals
Replacing transmission fluid on regular manufacturer recommended intervals is a key step to proper transmission maintenance. It is absolutely important to replace all seals and gaskets with genuine once which are needed for a transmission fluid and filter change. Normally most of the European cars, transmission fluid change recommendation from the manufacturer comes between 60,000 kms and 80,000 kms. The earlier the better. If the transmission fluid is being replaced late, it is necessary to flush the transmission oil to get rid of all accumulated fine particles of friction material dust and metal particles which can severely affect the performance of the transmission.
4. Routinely Clean Transmission
As with other areas of your car, a build-up of fluid, dirt and grime can lead to issues inside the transmission. Whenever you have any transmission service done it should include the removal and cleaning of the dirt and sludge that develops. It should include your transmission pan, gasket, sealing surface, transmission case and any excess fluid that drips onto the exhaust.
5. Check The Transmission Fluid Level
It is a safe practice to inspect the transmission fluid level on regular basis as It is important to keep the transmission in an optimum working condition. It is advisable to check the transmission fluid level with every basic engine oil service.