Pressure Warning System (TPS): This system really is a great
idea and can give you critical information when a tire has incurred
damage and may be about to deflate. So if you're driving along and the
Tire Pressure warning lights up, take heed.
Give us a call or
just stop by so we can check your tires. If you're farther away from us
or on a trip, consider finding a tire shop to check your tires for you.
Remember, everything between you, the car and road is happening at and
through your tires. The TPS system can, however, be triggered during
certain weather conditions when large temperature swings occur, such as
during the Fall and Spring when the days are warm but the nights
chilly. If you get into your BMW on a crisp Fall morning and your TPS
warning comes on, here are two suggestions:
Come in and see us; we will check your tire pressures and reset the
If you're feeling more adventurous, check each tire's pressure
using an accurate gauge (NOT the ding-dong kind at the local gas
The correct pressure settings are listed on a label
in the driver's door jamb. If the tire pressures are OK, then you can
reset the TPS system light. On most non-I-DRIVE/Navigation cars, this
is done using the button the left hand steering column stalk switch. On
I-DRIVE cars, the TPS can reset through the central controller
(menu....settings....tire pressure). Check your owner's manual since
there are variations from model to model, or call us for help.
Flat Tires: You may have read some things about Run
Flats and if you are of a certain age (like your humble author) you may
rue the lack of a spare tire. But think about this: Run Flats will
retain their integrity even when they lose pressure when driving at
highway speeds. This can make the difference between maintaining control
and losing it.
Also, changing tires on a crowded highway is
NOT a safe thing to do in the best of conditions, let alone on today's
loony-infested roads. Run Flats tend to give a harder ride and make a
bit more noise, but the extra margin of safety they add cannot be
When should I service my BMW? The short
answer is, your car will tell you when it's ready for service.
Measuring key factors such as the number of drive cycles and the average
number of miles you drive per trip, your BMW's internal computer will
decide when service is due. Bear in mind that the average service
interval is typically between 12,000 and 16,000 miles; this is possible
thanks to BMW's Efficient Dynamics design and the superiority of modern
synthetic oil. Your car comes from BMW with such oil as factory-fill,
and it's what we put in when we service your BMW: Genuine BMW synthetic
oil (and Genuine BMW filters, of course). You can check how many miles
remain until the vehicle requires service by checking Settings in
I-DRIVE or via your left hand control stalk on the steering column; it
will tell you the status of the car's maintenance needs.
should I prepare my BMW for winter driving? First of all,
congratulations for asking the question! Winter driving, especially
here in New England, presents numerous challenges which we should all
take seriously. First, understand that no matter how cool and
technically advanced your car is (e.g., your BMW), the fundamental
realities of physics don't change. Therefore, icy roads still afford
less grip; it still takes longer to stop when the road is snow-covered;
you cannot count on other drivers to drive sensibly so protect yourself
by keeping your distance from them. In terms of your BMW, make sure
your washer fluid is topped off with a good quality mix rated for cold
weather. Look at your wiper blades and come in for a new set if they are
at all streaky or worse, if the rubber is separating. Check your tire
pressures. And if you really want to be in control (don't we all?)
INVEST IN A COMPLETE SET OF WINTER TIRES! Your author believes that
going through a New England winter on regular all-season tires is like
wearing sneakers for a snow hike: not smart.
Winter tires: the
correct "footwear" for the season Winter tires offer infinitely
more grip in cold, freezing, icy and snowy conditions than all-season
tires. It's what they are made for. And while your snow tires are on the
car, your "regular" tires aren't being used and therefore aren't
wearing, so they last longer. Winter tires will allow you to steer more
precisely, to get more traction and to stop in shorter distances. Why
doesn't everyone have them? Good question. Your author (John the service
director) believes that winter tires are a key safety feature and makes
sure his wife's car is properly fitted-out with a set. A complete set
could cost from $500 upwards; some are significantly more expensive.
But what's the cost of an accident? Of an injury to your loved-ones?
These are the valid questions you should ask yourself. Call us or email
us today so we can help get your BMW equipped with the right tires for
this and next winter.