BMW Repair Services – Fixing the Ignition Coil

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Once you have had the experience of driving a BMW, there is a chance you may not be interested in any other brand. This is mainly because BMWs are very reliable cars – something every BMW owner can attest to. However, like every other  brand, some models are less reliable than others due to  certain components that are prone to malfunction. In the BMW 318i, M3 (e90) and X5, that component is the ignition coil.

How Does The Ignition Coil Work?

The ignition coil is responsible for turning low voltage to high-voltage electrical power which is then sent to the spark plugs. This high voltage current sent to the spark plugs ignites the fuel in the engine to power up the car. If the ignition coil of your car is malfunctioning, you may be unable to start your car and/or keep it running smoothly.

How to Tell if Your Ignition Coil is Malfunctioning

A bad ignition coil will give off several warning signs. As the ignition coil is an engine component, one of the first signs of a possibly failing coil is an illuminated check engine light. You may also experience engine misfiring and stalling accompanied by a snapping sound from the engine compartment. Sometimes your car may not start at all.

The spark generated by the ignition coil lights the mixture of fuel and air in the engine causing it to start. If the ignition coil is not working properly, you may experience poor fuel economy as a lot of unburned fuel will be wasted. A malfunctioning ignition coil is capable of damaging the engine of your car and leaving you stranded on the road. Take your car to an auto repair facility immediately you begin to experience any of the above-mentioned signs.

What are the Causes of Bad Ignition Coils?

The ignition coil, ignition wires, and spark plugs work hand in hand to fire up the engine, thus if the spark plugs or ignition wires are not working properly, the work output of the coil will definitely be affected. The ignition coil in your engine could also be damaged by oils that leak onto the coils. As such, if there is an oil leak in the engine compartment, especially if the leaking fluid is hot and it is getting to the ignition coils, it wouldn’t take much longer before the coils begin to malfunction.

Also, if there is too much resistance in the wires of the spark plugs, the ignition coil may experience premature failure. Bad ignition coils could, in turn, cause severe damages to your catalytic converter and engine. You should have a mechanic look at your BMW once you suspect a problem before it escalates to a more serious issue that could incur more bills.

How to Fix a Bad Ignition Coil

Try not to drive your car with a bad ignition system, not only is it dangerous, you could damage other components of your car engine in the process. When you bring in your car suspecting an ignition coil problem, we will first examine and test the components of the ignition system to determine the root cause of the problem.

If the coil is faulty, we will extract and replace the failing ignition coil. Considering the fact that the coils and spark plugs work together, it is always best to change both components at once. However, depending on the system of your BMW, replacing the spark plugs may not be necessary.

All the same, the manufacturers recommend replacing your ignition coils and spark plugs regularly at scheduled intervals. Not only does this greatly reduce the chances of a breakdown, but it will also keep the ignition system of your BMW in superb condition so you can enjoy a smooth drive.

If your BMW is having issues starting or running smoothly, bring it in for an inspection. To experience our Ignition Service and Repair, schedule your appointment here or contact us here.

Best Ways To Take Care Of Your Car’s Engine

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We all love our cars, don’t we?  A lot of us car lovers can’t even begin to imagine our lives without our favorite car and because of this, we treat them well. However, amongst the very many people who are obsessed with taking care of their cars, very few are concerned with the major part of the car, the engine!

Below are some helpful tips for some of the best ways to take proper care of your European car’s engine.

Regular Change of the Engine Oil

Engine oil is very important to the functionality of your car engine as it helps to regulate the temperature of the engine and helps to lubricate the parts that make up the engine. One of the best services you can do to your engine is to change the oil promptly every time. In some of the older models, you should change the oil every 3000-7,5000 miles however, you can also change the oil before that time when it is necessary.

Watch Out for Leaks

Rubber engine hoses and silicon and rubber seals in the engine can be prone to cracking or leakages due to the high temperature in the car’s engine. When this happens, oil, antifreeze and other fluids begin to leak, and this is one thing you do not want to happen to your engine. You should be proactive and check to see if any fluids are leaking under your car from time to time to get ahead of any issues that may be occurring and prevent further leaks or even more critical issues.

You should also check to ensure that the engine’s cooling system is functioning as designed and that enough air is being supplied to the engine. In the video below, we have highlighted some of what you need to know to maintain the performance of your car. Stop by Eurofed Automotive today and let our highly skilled mechanics take a look at your issues. While you are there you will see why our mechanics are the best in the industry!