Motor Fluid Maintenance 101


Few dealers that sell luxury cars in Baltimore are quite as dedicated to the customer experience as we are at BMW of Catonsville. Our team of automotive professionals and sales representatives make education and service a priority, and to us, no piece of information is quite as important as the basics of fluid maintenance.

Luxury cars offer a premium driving experience; however, to keep your ride smooth, it is important that you keep up with motor fluid maintenance. What is motor fluid maintenance? Well, it typically involves the upkeep of three primary motor fluids: coolant, transmission fluid, and oil.

Engines run incredibly hot and were it not for coolant, your engine would more than likely overheat. Coolant is stored in the radiator, and from there, it keeps your powertrain at operable temperatures. Like all motor fluids, coolant should be replaced on a semi-regular basis, and many mechanics recommend that you do so once every 30,000 to 50,000 miles.

Transmission fluid is the lubricant that helps your transmission run smoothly. Your transmission is responsible for shifting gears, and if it isn’t properly lubricated, you run the risk of doing some expensive damage to this crucial component. Auto technicians typically recommend that you swap out your transmission fluid once every 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

Like your transmission, the rest of your engine requires lubrication as well; this is where oil comes in. Motor oil builds up grime over time, which can reduce how effective it is at lubricating your powertrain. To avoid paying for costly engine repairs, it is recommended that you change out your motor oil once every 5,000-7,000 miles or six months. Oil also helps keep your engine clean and cool for optimal performance.

Regardless if you’re driving a new BMW or are behind the wheel of a proud classic, the BMW service team at BMW of Catonsville is here for you. We’ll ensure your luxury ride continues to exude that premium feel that BMW is known for. 

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