Who Will You Call in Cincinnati to Say “Fix My BMW”?

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When you’ve run an  auto repair shop in Cincinnati since 2001 the way we have, you get used to phone calls detailing all kinds of auto repair needs. So, when we answer the phone and hear, “Hey, fix my BMW,” we know exactly what to do. Car repair can’t wait. We understand what it’s like to be without your wheels, and how much you depend on your car to live your life. No worries. We’ve got your back. Our auto repair shop will have your BMW repaired and running beautifully, like the day it first rolled off of the assembly line. Our BMW mechanics are at your service.

Our BMW technicians are highly specialized at repairing anything that you can throw at us. Do your BMW brakes need some love? Is your BMW’s electrical system on the fritz? If so, sure, we’ll fix your BMW! Bring it into our auto repair shop in Cincinnati. We’ll take care of your car like it was our own, using only factory specified parts. We understand what it takes to get these machines to purr. Our car mechanics have over 60 years of combined experience repairing all European cars—and we have a special spot in our hearts for BMW repair. When something is so finely crafted, it’s a joy just to keep everything working perfectly. It’s not just a job, it’s a lifelong passion.

BMW Troubleshooting Basics: Problem 1—Engine Not Starting

If your engine refuses to start or roll over, it could be something simple like battery connection that has become loose or corroded. Depending on how bad the corrosion is, it may be like it’s not even connected at all. Check the connections, giving them a wiggle to make sure they are secure. If there’s rust, remove the rust with an iron brush. This is a car repair you may be able to do yourself. 

You should also check to see if the wires themselves are still in good shape. If there has been a rodent who thinks that battery wires are a fine snack, that is a whole different problem. 

If it is not the battery connections, your starter might be bad. This car repair won’t break the bank, but will likely require a professional BMW technician or at least someone handy with cars. And since it’s a BMW, you should probably have it serviced by a certified BMW technician that specializes in BMW repair.

Problem 2—Is it Hard to Start Your Engine in the Cold?

If you have trouble starting your car in cold weather, the battery is the first place you should look during your car troubleshooting. Do you have bad or rusty battery connections? When was the last time that you changed your battery? The older it gets, the more likely it is that its charge will be depleted during a cold winter’s night. 

Changing your dirty or clogged air filter may also help, which is something that can usually be done with nothing more complicated than a screwdriver—no BMW technician necessary.  

Another thing to consider is taking a look at your spark plugs. If your odometer is nearing 100,000 miles and they’ve never been changed, you should put this on your list for BMW scheduled maintenance. You may not need to replace your spark plugs as often as you did in the days of leaded gasoline, but they still need to be replaced occasionally. If you’ve experienced sluggishness in the engine and your car is nearing 100,000 miles you should set up an appointment with your BMW technician to get them changed.

Problem 3—Is Your Car Overheating? Here’s What to Do

If your car is overheating, you need to stop driving your car immediately. Driving with an overheated engine is one of the quickest ways to do some serious damage. Call a tow truck to come pick you up or do some car troubleshooting from the side of the road. Don’t think that since you are almost at home that it’s okay to keep going. This is a critical car repair. Bring it into our auto repair shop for service immediately.

If you understand how the system works, you can see just how serious of a problem it can be. Coolant flows from your engine through the engine head, propelled by the water pump. If the coolant isn’t circulating through the system properly, the engine will start to overheat and can warp and crack. Which is a repair that starts and ends with you shelling out for a new engine.

If you see your engine’s temperature gauge start to creep up, pull over and begin by checking the coolant level. You can safely check the level by looking at the coolant reservoir even if the engine is hot—just make sure you are checking the correct line. To do anything else, however, you’ll need to wait for the radiator to completely cool. When the radiator is cool, you can unscrew the radiator cap to either add more fluid or inspect the cap for corrosion, rust, or any visible sign of damage. If your fluid is low and you are in a pinch, you can temporarily add water to get you home. You will definitely want to take it to your BMW mechanic for a radiator flush ASAP if you have to add water. They can then make sure your coolant balance is correct and do some car troubleshooting to see why it was low in the first place. 

If the coolant looks like it’s at the right level, the problem may be a damaged radiator cap that’s not sealing properly or air bubbles in the system. If it’s air bubbles—a phenomenon mechanics refer to as burping—these bubbles can impede coolant circulation as well. Once the system has cooled enough to remove the radiator cap, you can use a funnel to add coolant to the system, which should force out out any clogged air bubbles and improve circulation. No air bubbles mean better circulation—which will help to keep everything cool.

If you still can’t figure out how to keep your car from overheating by yourself, give us a call. We’ll be happy to fix your BMW. Bring it into our auto repair shop, and we’ll give you a diagnosis for BMW repair, let you know how much it will cost, how much time the repair will take, and get you back on the road ASAP.

Choose BMW Specialists with Over 60 Years of Combined Experience

At our auto garage, we have been serving the Cincinnati area since 2001. Our BMW mechanics live and breathe BMWs. We are ASE certified and all of our work is guaranteed under warranty.

BMW repairs we specialize in include:

  • Minor and major engine repair 
  • Electrical services 
  • BMW brakes 
  • Suspensions 
  • Shocks and Struts 
  • Exhaust and Muffler 
  • Transmissions 
  • Air conditioning 
  • And more 

Our BMW mechanics will always be upfront with you on your repair needs. We hate surprises as much as you do and will lay it all out on the table. Our auto repair business is based on the importance of customer satisfaction. We want to impress you enough to keep you coming back, so building a lasting relationship with our customers a priority. We promise to deliver the highest quality of care—the best foreign car repair you’ll find in the Cincinnati area. Give us a call or fill out our online form. We can give you a cost estimate or let you know how long your repair is going to take before you even get here. We’re here to serve you in all of your auto repair needs.

How to Inspect Your Own BMW Brakes

We often don’t think about the brakes on our BMWs until they have issues, but by then it’s already an expensive problem. Regular inspections and repair not only keep you safe, but keep costs to a minimum. Outside of taking it to a professional mechanic (which you should do on an annual basis), the two ways to look for brake problems are looking and listening. Look through the spokes of your wheel to check for wear on your brakes. You should be able to see the pad pressed against the rotor. You want at least ¼ inch of pad. Anything less means you need to replace the pads. You can also listen for a high pitched squeal, a sign that your pads have worn through to the metal shin. This also means they’ll need replaced, the sooner the better.