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Don’t let your oil supply run out

Written by maryp posted on Friday, December 14th, 2007

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Now that gasoline costs are much higher in the U.S., sometimes the urge to just let that fuel tank run almost dry is so tempting. This is not a good idea, especially on the newer vehicles.

It may be harder on the wallet, but it is also harder on your fuel pump. The older fuel pumps were “external” units vs. the newer ones, that are “internal”, and running that tank almost dry can lessen the life of those units due to heat buildup.

Another item to consider is your fuel filter. When the fuel filter becomes dirty, it is restricting flow of the fuel, which in turn is making that fuel pump work harder. You’ll want to change that fuel filter at 60K or every 5 years. BMW decided to drop those fuel filter changes in the services for models after 1999, but we see the ramifications and suggest otherwise. We want to help you get the maximum use out of your fuel pump in your BMW. Happy Motoring!

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