The crushed bumper, busted mirror, flat tire, and trashed headlights all beg for immediate repair. But what about that the covert BMW repair issues of an accident that aren’t immediately noticeable? Ensuring that recent motor vehicle accident didn’t wreck your BMW’s long-term health means paying attention to the damage you can see as well as what you can’t.
Top BMW Repair Issues After an Accident
Here are three stories from fellow Bimmers and lessons you can learn from each.
1. Transmission Damage
Transmission problems don’t present themselves immediately after a crash. Many times, this is missed during repairs to more obvious damage. Dale, a new BMW owner suffered a rear end collision when his car, a 335i, had less than 600 miles. The insurance paid to have his bumper replaced and repainted, but weeks later he began to notice the tell-tale signs of transmission problems.
- Slipping – Vehicle is sluggish and has a hard time speeding up when on the road. Eventually, it will catch up to full speed but it takes some time.
- Hard to shift – If your automatic is having difficulty shifting, or if you experience difficulty shifting manually, this could be a signal that your transmission is damaged.
- Leaking – Some accidents can cause cracks. If you notice a leak, it is important to get it in immediately.
- Noise – A crash can displace your transmission or damage the mounts. This may lead to a loud rattle or vibration.
If your BMW is experiencing these symptoms of transmission issues, it is better to get it checked out. Damage to the transmission can progress even after the initial collision.
2. Electrical Problems
Julie was relieved that there was no frame and suspension damage after a run in with a Suburban left her 328i’s hood, fender, nose panel and radiator destroyed. Later on, however, she began to experience problems with her electrical system that included sporadic problems with dimming lights and difficulty starting her car. Here are several electrical symptoms you can’t ignore in the days and weeks following a car accident.
Difficult to Crank – This isn’t always a sign of a bad battery, starter, or engine trouble. Especially if your car has been in a wreck recently. There could be a damaged component in the electrical system that is causing your battery to drain or preventing the starter from working properly.
Smell of Melting Plastic – This is something that should never be ignored as it is a sign that an electrical circuit is overloaded. The smell of smoke of any kind in your car should be considered an emergency.
Problems with Lights – Dim or nonworking lights, both internal and external, can be an indication that there is a charging malfunction, loose wires or faulty fuses.
3. Check Engine Light
Jeremy thought that he was in the clear after a minor fender-bender left his Z4 with minimal cosmetic damage. Two days later, he notices that his “check engine” light is flickering. Since it can take several days for your car’s onboard diagnostic computer to run all its checks, it is best not to make assumptions. These are the leading causes that can trigger your BMW’s check engine light after an accident:
- Loose or damaged gas cap
- Fuel injector
- Blown head gaskets
- Damaged or failing Oxygen sensors
- Damaged hoses
- Damaged or failing mass airflow sensor
- Wiring or other electrical problems
- A malfunctioning emissions control system
In most cases, your BMW expert will be able to pinpoint the root of the problem for you by using a diagnostic scanner. From there, they can advise you on what to do next. When contacting insurance, be sure to mention that these are delayed onset issues and provide documentation for such from your repair shop or certified mechanic.
Note: BMW doesn’t officially recognize any specific issues with their cars experiencing deferred onset problems after accidents.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms after a car accident in Scottsdale, AZ, call New Look Collision Center at (480) 939-2489.