More Service Questions Answered for Bristol Area Drivers

Last month we answered some common service questions, and this month we're back with three more.

Keeping your BMW safe and healthy is what we love to do, and our Service Center wants to arm you with the knowledge necessary to spot issues before they become problems. Read some common service questions below to keep growing your automotive know-how, and if your vehicle needs a check-up, you can always book your appointment with us online.



Three More Service Questions to Grow Your Service Knowledge:

  • Q—What is Engine Coolant?
  • A—Pure and simple, engine coolant is a liquid in your engine that helps to dissipate heat. When the coolant itself gets hot, it is moved to the front of the car to be cooled by air as the vehicle drives. Coolant is crucial to keeping your engine healthy and you can have our service techs check your levels and top you off next time you're in!
  • Q—How Can I Spot Transmission Issues Myself?
  • A—If you know what to look for, you could spot transmission trouble before it becomes a huge problem. Here are some signs to watch out for: leaking transmission fluid; burnt smell coming from the car; difficulty shifting between gears, or; grinding, unusual noises, or a "whine" when you are changing gears. If you notice any of these signs, get your car in to be checked out—your vigilance may mean the difference between a transmission repair and a transmission replacement.
  • Q—What Is a Serpentine Belt & Why Might I Need a New One?
  • A—Your serpentine belt—also called the drive belt, but it sounds a lot less cool—is responsible for providing the power for your AC, power steering, and alternator in conjunction with the idler, tensioner, and pulleys inside your accessory drive belt system—in short, though, it's an important piece of equipment, but it can't last forever. Most serpentine belts will last up to 50,000 or five years, but your BMW owner's manual should be specific about your BMW model. Here are some signs you can look out for to keep an eye on your own serpentine belt: a squealing noise from the front of the vehicle that isn't the brakes; your AC or power steering won't function properly; your engine is overheating, or; if when you pop the hood you notice cracks, rips, abrasions, or other imperfections on the belt—any of these mean you're due for a new one.

When it's time for service and maintenance, savvy BMW owners here in Watertown and our neighbors in Bristol, Southington, Naugatuck, and Torrington make their appointments with the pros at Hoffman BMW of Watertown. Visit our online service scheduler to get started booking your appointment.

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