BMW is known for being one of the most luxurious cars on the market. Its breathtaking design, undeniable speed, and powerful engine make it an ideal choice for drivers wanting to combine power and style. Owning one of these beauties is definitely a status symbol amongst the car community.
As undeniable as the BMW brand is, it still has its fair share of issues. In fact, individuals who own BMWs understand how finicky and “high maintenance” these cars are. There is an online community of BMW owners who share practical fixes to common vehicle problems. As undeniably high maintenance as these cars are, it is encouraging to see that so many people want to find solutions to common problems.
One of the most common issues that BMW owners face stems from underlying electrical issues. Whether it’s a window that won’t move or interior lights that won’t flash, the problems can be overwhelming. If you’re a BMW owner and you’re dealing with electrical issues, let’s first identify what they are, why they occur, who to bring it to for repair, and why a professional mechanic is necessary. This will give you the proper blueprint needed to address these issues and keep your BMW working to its potential.
What role do electronics play in your vehicle?
BMW cars rely heavily on electrical components to function properly. Whether it’s rolling your windows up or down or controlling your stereo system, the electrical component list is extensive. In order for these advanced components to work, your electrical hub must be in excellent condition.
What causes electrical issues in your BMW?
Much like electrical issues within the home, missing plugs, faulty wiring, and natural degradation can play a major role in how your electricity works. Diagnosing these issues is similar to fixing a light bulb or rebooting your television. It just takes a willing attitude and a bit of car experience.
Your BMW has a built-in fuse box that controls a majority of your car’s electrical capacities. In addition, there are several wires connected to the battery and trunk. The BMW specifically has a fuse box that can be found in your vehicle’s glove compartment. If your BMW is a bit older, you’ll want to look in the trunk. By checking the condition of your fuse box, you’ll be able to identify where your problem lies and how to properly fix it.
However, since this requires a bit of prior knowledge and practice, it’s wise to have a professional mechanic diagnose this issue. To begin, you don’t want to accidentally snip or unplug the wrong cord. In addition, anything dealing with electricity can be extremely dangerous to you as you try to work on this yourself. You would not want to compromise your safety while diagnosing an electrical issue, when a mechanic can do it safely and without the risk to you.
Signs you are experiencing electrical issues
One of the most common signs of electrical malfunctions shows in how your car operates. If you find it hard to start to your car, control your windows or sunroof, or even play your radio, it’s safe to conclude that the issue is electrical. Letting a professional team of mechanics who understand the BMW vehicle work on your car is necessary at this point.
Another key sign has to do with checking your battery voltage. Often times, if your battery is below 50%, you will begin to experience issues with how your electrical components function. You will have to physically take a look at your car’s battery in order to properly diagnose this issue.
As mentioned, as important as it is to avoid handling these issues yourself to protect your safety and that of your BMW. It is just as important, if not more, to find the right mechanic for the job. Look for someone who understands the BMW brand fully. You’ll feel more confident about their work and willing to go to them again should this issue arise.
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The automotive experts of Germany’s Best proudly service BMW vehicles and more in the Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, and Oakland CA areas. We have the tools and expertise needed to properly diagnose your BMW and get it back and running smoothly.
If you’re facing issues with your electrical systems, bring your car by today. You’ll never have to worry about being pressured to buy additional parts or services. We’ll go above and beyond to be here for you.