Posts made in June, 2015

3 Maintenance Tips For Your BMW

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A BMW is a fine piece of craftsmanship that you can enjoy to the fullest when you take great care of it. Because of this, you will need to learn some of the quality steps you can take to keep your car on the road, driving in the best condition possible. This requires some attention and understanding on your part, so that you are able to keep your vehicle in working order over the long term. With this in mind, follow the tips laid out below and use them to keep your car in the best condition.  Maintenance Tip #1: Get Your Oil Changed On Time Changing the oil in your BMW will allow you to keep your engine clean and avoid it overheating or breaking down on you. The proper schedule may vary based on your vehicle model, but a solid rule of thumb is to change your oil between 3,000 and 7,000 miles. Since BMWs are sophisticated and specialized, you should take your vehicle a specialized shop that can assist. While oil changes generally cost between $20 and $30, you will likely pay a good bit more for your BMW automobile.  Maintenance Tip #2: Get Your Transmission Serviced Your transmission is a part that requires some attention, since it is responsible for controlling the force of your car as you switch gears. If you drive a manual transmission BMW, you will need to get it serviced at intervals between 30,000 and 60,000 miles. In the case of an automatic transmission BMW, this range can vary greatly, but a good rule of thumb is to have this part serviced between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. Touching base with a BMW auto repair shop will help you know for sure which is best.  Maintenance Tip #3: Get Your Tires Rotated This repair is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. It’s easy to remember to take care of things under the hood, but neglecting the tire can have huge negative ramifications for both the way the vehicle drives and your safety. For this reason, you should shoot to get your tires rotated between 3,000 and 6,000 miles. This can save you plenty of money on repairs and help you avoid accidents over the long haul as well.  With these three maintenance tips in mind, you will be able to take great care of your BMW. Find the help of a BMW auto repair shop (such as Autowerkes) that can assist...

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Two Reasons Not To Drive With Winter Tires All Year Long

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re like the average person, you aim to make every area of your life stress-free. This statement is particularly true when it comes to your tires. If you live in an area with harsh winters, you probably install winter tires to make navigating through the snow easier. However, to avoid excess work, you don’t bother to rotate to an all-season tire once winter passes. If this is a practice you follow, it’s best to avoid it. Here are just two of the problems with using winter tires all year round. Accelerated Wear One of the biggest problems that result from driving on winter tires throughout the year is faster wear, especially during the summer months. A part of what makes it easier to drive through the snow with winter tires is their flexible tread. Unlike the harder tread found on all-season tires, the flexible tread on winter tires basically allows the tire to dig into the snow, offering more traction. However, on dry and warm pavement, this flexibility makes the treads more susceptible to wear and tear. All-season tires are not as pliable and less susceptible to damage from dry and warm pavement. Instead of being able to use your winter tires for several years, when you use them all year round, you shorten their life and will likely find that you need to replace your tires more often than you normally would. Decreased Handling Driving with winter tires outside of winter can make handling your vehicle more difficult. This can significantly decrease the safety of your vehicle and limit your maneuverability. A part of the reason for this is the design of winter tires. As previously mentioned, winter tires are designed to be more flexible than all-season tires. This also means that they are softer. When you need to quickly swerve around an object to avoid an accident, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to do so with winter tires. Even attempting to perform this type of maneuver with winter tires increases your risk of losing control of the vehicle and causing an accident. When the pavement is free of snow and ice, all-season tires will offer you a greater level of control and better ensure your safety on the road. Ensuring safety and caring for your vehicle properly, does take some effort on your part. This effort comes in the form of removing your winter tires and rotating to all-season tires after winter. Make certain you are properly rotating between your winter and all-season tires. To learn more, contact a company like Bearsch’s United Auto...

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3 Signs That You’re Paying Too Much for Your Foreign Car Parts

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As the owner of a foreign car, you have probably accepted higher car part prices as being inevitable. However, you should know that foreign car parts don’t always have to be costly. There are a few ways that you can save money on these parts, so look for the following signs that you have been paying more than you have to. Then, you can start making changes to make foreign car maintenance and repair a little more affordable. 1. You Never Buy Aftermarket Parts You might assume that aftermarket parts aren’t the best thing for your vehicle, but they are still required to fit the same standards as any other part. With the host of aftermarket parts that are out there, they are generally more easily available and more affordable than the foreign car parts that you purchase from the manufacturer. Since some car manufacturers void their warranties if aftermarket parts are used, you might want to avoid this option if you find this language in your warranty information or if you have a newer car. For older vehicles or fixes that won’t affect your warranty, however, aftermarket parts can be great for helping you save money. 2. You Assume You Can’t Find Anything at a Salvage Yard Don’t assume that all of the cars at a salvage yard are old and completely worn out. Some vehicles end up in the salvage yard because they were wrecked, but many of them still have working, like-new parts. Calling around to your local salvage yards to look for a used part is always a good option, especially if you are replacing a very costly part in your vehicle, such as a motor or transmission. 3. You Don’t Take Your Car to a Foreign Car Repair Shop You might think that you will pay the lowest repair costs if you take your car to a regular mechanic rather than to a foreign car repair shop, but the opposite is often true. Foreign car repair shops generally have strong working relationships with the manufacturers that sell foreign car parts, which means that they can often score a better deal. Then, many of them will pass these savings on to you by offering them to you for a reasonable rate. Plus, you can often save on labor charges when hiring a foreign car mechanic, since he or she will have experience working with your type of car and probably won’t take as long to fix it as regular mechanics might. If you are like many foreign car owners, there is a good chance that you are paying more for your car parts than you have to. These are just three signs that it’s time to make changes so that you can save when buying the parts you need to keep your foreign vehicle in good condition. For more information about foreign car repair, you might wish to speak with a representative from Dave’s Import...

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Changing Your Vehicle’s Air Filters

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your vehicle has two air filters, and each plays an important role. The engine air filter cleans the air for your vehicle’s engine, while the cabin air filter cleans the air that you and your passengers breathe. They must be changed at least according to the manufacturer’s schedule. However, the scheduled maintenance is timed for optimal conditions, so if you have driven under dusty conditions or through harsh winters and road salt, you may need to inspect and change them more frequently. Inspecting your engine air filter Your engine air filter cleans the air that your engine uses to burn fuel. If the filter is dirty, impurities may make combustion less efficient. If the filter is dirty enough, gas mileage will be decreased. An extremely dirty filter will cause a vehicle to stop running. To inspect your engine air filter, you can consult your owner’s guide, or look for a plastic rectangular compartment with metal clips on either side. It will be located near the top of the engine. Older vehicles will have a round metal compartment atop the engine, with a wing nut on top, but most recent vehicles have a rectangular air filter. When it is located, push the side clips down and out. Lift off the lid, and pull out the filter. If it is dark, and dirt falls out when it is shaken or tapped, then it must be replaced. You must buy a new one according to the year, manufacturer, and model of your vehicle. They can be found online, in auto parts stores, and in discount stores in limited styles. Be sure to install it according to the directional arrows on the side. Simply place it in the compartment, and replace the top and side clips. Inspecting your cabin air filter This filter removes contaminants from the air that enters your vehicle through the vents. It removes road dust, salt, and allergens that would otherwise build up inside your vehicle. This could cause breathing issues in sensitive individuals. Inspecting and replacing your cabin air filter is a bit more difficult, because it is close to the interior of the vehicle. Many cabin air filters can be accessed through the glove box, but it must often be removed. This will entail removing everything from the glove box, pushing the side hinges inward, and unhooking the hydraulic rod (resembling a small storm door closer) from the side of the glove box.  The glove box will pull out, and you will then look for a small rectangular compartment that is capable of holding a filter the size of a thick book. There will be a small door that can be removed from the front. Pull out the filter, and if it is dark or dusty, buy a new one using the same methods as the engine air filter. If you can’t remove the glove box, or can’t find the either filter compartment, you should take your vehicle to an auto repair shop. It may be more...

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How To Fix Minor Scratches In A Car Window

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Scratches on a window can be distracting to a driver and have the potential to impair the visibility of the person driving. Scratches can be caused by simply driving on a daily basis as the dirt and debris that is thrown into the air as a car drives by comes into contact with the windows. Fixing the scratches can be done with some simple items that you can pick up at a local hardware store or an auto body shop. Here is a simple list of step-by-step instructions on how to fix the scratches on a window. To complete the task and fix the scratches on your window you will need the following items; Rubber gloves Dish soap Water Sponge A bunch of clean rags A canister of polishing compound Applicator pad 1 – Start by putting on a pair of rubber gloves on your hands and leave them on throughout this entire process. The gloves will protect you from having the compound come into contact with your skin. If compound does come into contact with your skin wash it off with soap and water immediately. Afterwards is the area that was touched by compound becomes itchy or develops a rash, please contact your family physician immediately. 2 – Wash off the dirt and debris off the window or windshield using dish soap and water. Once the dirt has been removed, rinse the window with water and then dry it by hand using a clean rag. Do not attempt to apply compound to the window while it is wet. 3 – Open the canister of compound and apply it to the applicator pad. Make sure not to overload the pad with excess amounts of compound and only use small amounts. You can always add more compound to the applicator if necessary. 4 – Take the applicator and apply the compound in a circular motion to the entire area where the scratches are located on the window. The compound will work to fill in any minor imperfections in the window and fill the scratches. 5 – After the compound was been applied and had a chance to coat the window, use a clean rag and gently wipe away the compound that remains on the window to complete the job. This method is effective for the treatment of minor scratches on windows, but major scratches or chips should be handled by a professional auto body specialist that deals in the restoration or repair of windows. An auto body specialist that repairs windows will have specialized chemicals that can treat scratches in windows and they can use a buffer to get the imperfections back to the original appearance of the window. If you’re unsure of the seriousness of any scratches or chips in your vehicle’s windows or windshield, bring your vehicle to a specialist at a business like Mid-Atlantic Muffler &...

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