Staying on top of routine maintenance procedures is a critical part of ongoing auto care. Putting off these critical tasks can leave you with a car that doesn’t perform well, and that’s especially concerning if you drive a BMW. BMWs are known for their high performance standards that rival almost any other vehicle on the market; however, these high performance standards can turn into wishful thinking without the proper ongoing care. One part that is often overlooked by BMW drivers is fuel injectors.
The fuel injection system in a BMW is designed for quick acceleration and power. However, fuel injectors can become clogged or corroded with age, rendering them ineffective and causing your engine performance to become inefficient in various ways. In this article, we’ll talk about when you should service the fuel injectors in your BMW as well as some of the common signs to look out for that might indicate issues are arising. The trick is to act preventively as much as possible; hence, our first suggestion:
Follow Your Maintenance Plan
The best thing you can do for your BMW going forward is to follow your routine maintenance plan developed by the manufacturer. The maintenance plan found in your BMW’s owner’s manual is specifically devised to give drivers the best performance results at all times; that’s not to say that problems won’t ever come up, but it is the most efficient way to attend to your car’s needs without letting problems build up over time. Believer it or not, this is also the most effective way to keep the cost of maintenance down. When you follow the maintenance plan, you’ll have fewer problems arise, and therefore less repair fees.
Common Symptoms to Look Out For
It’s important to not overlook the signs your car gives you that there’s a problem brewing. By following through with inspections upon the first sight of trouble, you can spare yourself a lot of money and heartache dealing with repairs. As promised, here is a list of the most common fuel injector failure symptoms to look out for.
Check-Engine Light Is On
All drivers who encounter it dread the check-engine light; however, it’s better to get the problem figured out before allowing it to snowball out of control. Your check-engine light is emitted with a code referenced by your car’s ECU (computer) that can be read by a BMW specialist with the proper tools and equipment. This code will let the automotive technician know where the problem lives, i.e. in the fuel injectors, and allow them to come up with a treatment plan.
Smell of Gas in the Cabin
When fuel injectors become clogged it’s common for fuel to trickle inefficiently out of the injectors, causing the inside of the cabin to become saturated with the smell of gasoline. This can be difficult to detect for some people, so it’s important to look out for other symptoms occurring simultaneously if you suspect the smell of gasoline at all.
Lowered Gas Mileage
This is one of the most common symptoms that BMW drivers notice first when fuel injectors need replacing or servicing. When fuel efficiency becomes noticeably low, it can become inconvenient and expensive the longer the problem exists. Keeping an eye on your average gas mileage and driving habits can help you gauge how efficiently your car’s fuel injection system is working.
Rough Running Conditions
Another common sign that your BMW’s fuel injectors need servicing is rough driving conditions. You might notice that your BMW is struggling to accelerate efficiently, or the engine might begin to misfire. These rough running symptoms can be traced to inefficient fuel injectors in that they cannot provide the right fuel to air ratio for combustion.
How We Can Help You
The BMW experts here at Green Garage European Auto Centre, serving Winter Park and Orlando, FL, have an exceptional reputation in the community for their expertise working with European import vehicles. As the leading independent European automotive specialists in central Florida, we provide quality automotive servicing at a fraction of the cost of nearby shops and dealerships—we also include a 3-year warranty on all our work. If you’ve noticed that your BMW is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, or you’d like to come by our shop to meet our friendly staff, please contact us directly. We look forward to helping keep your car in excellent condition all year long.