Congratulations. You’ve purchased your first BMW. Throughout the buying process you probably heard the terms luxury, performance, sporty, and German-engineering quite a bit. But now it’s time to familiarize yourself with another term: walnut… Walnut Blasting to be exact. Yeah, you heard us right. In fact it’s time to get used to it, because Walnut Blasting and German cars go hand-in-hand.
Why do BMW’s Need it?
Let’s start with the basics. German cars, specifically BMW’s, come engineered with direct injection engines. These engines work differently by igniting gasoline within the combustion chamber through spark plugs. Combustion causes increased power, mileage, and efficiency. All are considered “benefits” of German car ownership. The hallmark of these Euro machines is performance. But that performance comes at a price. As the combustion chamber undergoes ignition after ignition, carbon is released and built up in the engine, causing blockage and, essentially, choking your vehicle.
So, What’s the Deal with Walnut Blasting?
We’ll admit the combination of walnuts and car engines does sound a little strange. But it turns out, walnuts are just the thing to do the trick! Crushed walnuts are blasted (hence the name) through the engine chambers. During the process, buildup and blockage spots are cleared and the engine can breathe cleanly again. During the procedure, an oil change and spark plug replacement will likely be done as well.
What This Means for BMW Ownership.
BMW owners will likely encounter some problems with carbon buildup over time. Slow starts, misfires, and cranking sounds are all symptoms of internal problems. A check engine light alert often is activated as well. Walnut Blasting is a part of routine maintenance when you purchase a BMW. Though the mileage ranges, you’ll likely be needing the work done every 20,000-30,000 miles. Unfortunately, the price clocks in at about $700-$1,200, but afterwards, you’ll be back on the roads with the premium performance that you’ve come to love from your BMW.
There you have it, Walnut Blasting in a nutshell (pun intended).