Archive for May, 2018

When Should You Replace the Cabin Air Filter in Your BMW

Generally speaking, you should change the cabin air filter in your BMW every 15,000 – 20,000 miles. This may not always be the case though. The BMW model, driving conditions and seasonal changes are all contributing factors for identifying when to replace a cabin air filter. Drivers should understand the importance of replacing their filter to ensure the best quality experience out of a BMW all year long. Make an appointment with a BMW specialist for an inspection.

When you own a BMW, it’s easy to forget that they require ongoing service and maintenance in order to continue performing optimally; as they’re such excellent vehicles year-round, they rarely require significant repairs or maintenance tasks.

The cabin air filter is an important part of ongoing care because it keeps the interior of your car cleaner and helps the AC system perform well. There is more to know about the cabin air filter in your BMW, and if you’re not sure how to know when it should be replaced or serviced, continue reading to get more information:

What Does the Cabin Air Filter Do For Your BMW?

The cabin air filter in your BMW plays an important function, but it’s often a neglected part of maintenance. The cabin air filter is responsible for capturing all the dust, dirt, pollen, debris, and contaminating particles, keeping them from entering your cabin so that you and your passengers don’t breathe them in. Furthermore, it keeps the overall quality of the air inside clean so that your interior stays new and preserved longer.

How to Know When to Replace Your BMW’s Cabin Air Filter

Just like many of the other parts of your car, such as engine oil and oil filters, the cabin air filter in your BMW needs to be replaced on an ongoing basis. Once the air filter becomes dirty and compromised, air cannot pass through it efficiently, nor can it perform the function of properly filtering out debris and contaminants. Here are a few tips on how to know when you should replace your cabin air filter:

Follow the Factory Maintenance Schedule

The BMW manufacturer does a pretty excellent job of laying out all the important maintenance tasks their drivers need to follow in order to achieve optimal performance results out of their cars. The cabin air filter is certainly included in these maintenance tasks, and your specific BMW might require different maintenance intervals than others. If you’re not sure where you to find this information, start with your owner’s manual and then contact a BMW specialist for more guidance.

Have Frequent Inspections Performed

A good rule of thumb to follow to ensure that your cabin air filter is adequately replaced is to have an inspection performed every time you get your oil changed. You can ask to see the filter yourself to make sure it requires replacement. If you notice that the filter is darker, black, or covered in debris, it’s a good idea to change it right away.

What Factors Contribute to Increased Need for Air Filter Replacement?

The routine maintenance and inspections will help you stay on top of cabin air filter replacements; however, there are other factors that contribute to how often you’ll need to replace it:

Especially Dusty Roads or Driving Conditions

If you live in an area that has lots of dirt roads, or in rural communities with farmland, your BMW is likely exposed to a lot of air particles that can fill up your air filter rather quickly. It’s important to stay aware of the roads and conditions you frequently drive in and adjust your maintenance intervals accordingly.

Changing Seasons

It’s always a good idea to check your air filter before summer and after spring for a few reasons. First, you’ll want a great-working AC system for the summer months that can be brutal three-digit temperatures. Second, the Spring season usually brings a lot of excess pollen and allergens out into the air, which could significantly affect the quality of your air filter.

How Star Motors Can Help You

For over 30 years the BMW experts here at Star Motors BMW AC Vent have made cabin air filter inspections part of their routine care each time our clients bring their cars to us. In the areas of San Juan Capistrano and Southern Orange County, CA, the air can be especially filled with contaminants, dirt, and debris—particularly during spring and summer months that are often dryer. We always remind our clients that their air filters need to be checked and follow through with such tasks to ensure they’re never without quality air inside their vehicles. If you’d like to schedule an oil change and/or cabin air filter inspection, please call us directly or make an appointment through our website.


How to Maintain the Rear Self-Leveling Suspension in Jaguar

Jaguars are termed luxury vehicles for a reason: simply put, they offer drivers consistent quality performance and comfort that goes beyond the average vehicle. It’s no wonder why drivers gravitate toward Jaguar vehicles—they continually deliver on their promise to give drivers an exceptional experience. Contrary to popular belief, however, Jaguars encounter performance issues just like every other vehicle on the road. One area that Jaguar vehicles tend to combat is suspension problems, specifically with a rear self-leveling suspension.

If you’re already lost and aren’t sure what a rear self-leveling suspension is, don’t panic—you’re not alone. Educating drivers on their cars helps promote longevity and saves them money. This article should help give you a little background information on what the self-leveling suspension does for your Jaguar, signs that it is incurring problems, and what you can do to extend the life of your suspension system.

What Does a Self-Leveling Suspension Do For Your Jaguar?

The suspension in any car is designed to perform certain functions. Specifically, the suspension is what helps level the car, keeping it off of the ground, and absorb the impact of road imperfections and normal bumps and divots. In a Jaguar, the suspension is especially sophisticated in that it has what’s called a rear self-leveling suspension. This type of suspension is designed to level or even out the weight of the vehicle by detecting heavier rear loads and adjusting the height of the vehicle accordingly to promote proper aerodynamics and suspension functioning. In cars with more front-wheel braking power, the self-leveling suspension also helps distribute the braking power more evenly, making brakes more effective in times when the back of the car is carrying a heavier load.

Symptoms of Problems

As with any other problem or concern with your Jaguar, paying close attention to warning signs of rear self-leveling suspension failure or wear is essential for the diagnostic and repair process. These are some of the most common signs of suspension failure in Jaguar cars:

Vehicle Lower to the Ground in Rear

The rear self-leveling suspension does just what its name implies: it levels out the rear of the car. If the suspension isn’t working properly, then it’s common to be able to observe the rear of the car being especially lower to the ground when carrying a heavier load, but it might sit lower without a load if the rear self-leveling suspension has failed completely.

Less Effective Shock Absorption

When the chassis of the car is too low to the ground, or to the wheels, the shock of road impacts cannot be properly absorbed. As the rear self-leveling suspension lifts the vehicle, it also allows it to reduce the amount of vibration and impact inside the cabin. Ineffective shock absorption certainly affects the quality of your driving experience, and it’s a sign that the suspension needs some TLC.

Less Effective Braking with Heavy Loads

As we mentioned earlier, one of the main functions of the self-leveling rear suspension is to better distribute the braking power evenly from the front to the back of the car. If your Jaguar becomes difficult to halt, especially with a load in the back, it might be due to a failing suspension.

What You Can Do to Maintain the Rear Suspension

Ongoing care and maintenance for your Jaguar’s suspension is essential to keep it working properly. Here are a few tips to best prevent suspension issues in your Jaguar:

Perform Frequent Inspections

The suspension requires fluid changes and mechanical work in order to maintain its function. The more often your Jaguar specialist can take a look at the various components and systems of your car, the more likely they are to spot an issue sooner rather than later, eliminating the cascade of damages that can occur.

Follow Your Jaguar’s Maintenance Plan

The Jaguar manufacturer designs a maintenance plan that is specifically dedicated to your Jaguar model and year. It’s important to follow this maintenance plan in order to experience the most optimal performance in your car’s suspension.

Jaguar Sports Car

Consult with Jaguar Experts

Along with following your maintenance plan it’s important to consult with Jaguar experts who can spot problems that are typical as well as problems that might be out-of-the-ordinary or unexpected. The Jaguar specialists here at Star Motors serve clients from all over the areas of Southern Orange County as well as San Juan Capistrano, CA. For over 30 years we’ve dedicated our passion to these cars, and it shows in our quality of work and customer service. To schedule an inspection of your rear self-leveling suspension, please call one of our helpful professionals today.

* Jaguar Sports Car image credit goes to: ian35mm.