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How to know When Your BMW Needs a Wheel Alignment

You're driving your BMW and notice that your car is pulling to one side - is it time for a wheel alignment? Most vehicles require a wheel alignment as outlined by the owner's manual, although sometimes a wheel alignment may be needed sooner if you get into a car collision, hit a pothole, drive fast over a speed bump, hit a curb, and more.  Driving with a bad wheel alignment can cause a multitude of problems for your BMW. Not only does it excessively wear down your tires, but it can also damage suspension parts. As soon as you notice something strange with your vehicle's steering or wheels, bring your car into Bay Diagnostic for assistance.  Signs that your BMW needs a wheel alignment include:  Vehicle pulling to the left or right Uneven or rapid tire wear Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight Squealing tires Vibrating steering wheel As soon as you notice any of the symptoms listed above, bring your car into Bay Diagnostic for a wheel ali ... read more

How to Keep Your BMW Running at Its Best

BMW owners are very passionate about their vehicles, and when it comes to owning a BMW, keeping your vehicle performing at its best is more than likely a priority. At Bay Diagnostic, our goal is help you maintain your BMW and keep track of all recommended services and repairs.  When you stay current with your BMW's factory recommendations, you not only stay under warranty if you have one, but you also avoid major repairs that can cost thousands.  Here are some of the top maintenance items for BMW to never ignore:  Engine maintenance - regular inspections at least twice a year Tires - making sure your tires are always at the right tire pressure and are in good condition is vital Cooling system - having your cooling system inspection and coolant replaced to protect the engine Steering system - Power steering fluid flushes and inspections Oil - motor oil is always important to change on time, which will be outlined by your vehicles owner's manual  Trans ... read more

When are Tune-Ups Needed?

You've probably heard the term "tune-up" before, and if you've been driving for a long time, you may have gotten a few before. The term is pretty vague however - tune-ups can mean a number of different things, and the services needed during a tune-up will differ depending on your vehicle.  So what is a tune-up? It is basically a collection of preventative and general maintenance services that are performed periodically to ensure that your vehicle is running well and that all major issues are taken care of. Your car's owner’s manual will indicate the proper interval for your vehicle in regards to how often you should have a tune-up performed. It is usually recommend that a tune-up is performed roughly every 20-30k miles, or when you notice that your vehicle has dropped noticeably in performance and fuel efficiency.  A tune-up helps to boost the overall performance of your vehicle and restore your vehicle back to top working conditi ... read more

Common Warning Lights and Their Meaning

If you own a vehicle, you’ve probably seen a warning light pop-up on your dashboard a couple of times, whether it be a check engine light or other system warning light. Most are familiar with the check engine light and understand that once it appears, it’s time to have your vehicle inspected. However, there are many other warning lights that can appear that represent issues with other systems in your vehicle. Here are some of the most important warning lights and what they represent:  Check Engine Light - The most common warning light, indicating an issue with the engine.  Engine Temperature Warning Light - This symbol looks like a thermometer in an ocean. This indicates that your engine is overheating, and needs to be inspected immediately.  Tire Pressure Warning Light - This light looks similar to the shape of a tire, and indicates that one or more of your tires have low pressure. Tire pressure should always be correct, so try to get this fixed as soon ... read more

Summer-ize Your Vehicle

Driving our vehicles in the warmer weather can take a toll on their health, especially when going on long drives and road trips. In order to keep your vehicle reliable this summer, be sure to have your vehicle inspected and prepared for the heat.  Make sure your A/C is working properly. If it has been a while since your A/C has been checked, be sure to have it looked at by one of our expert mechanics. Getting stuck driving in the summer without a working air conditioning system can be unbearable.  Have the cooling system inspected by a trusted mechanic. The cooling system is what prevents your engine from overheating, and this system needs to be in top working condition with fluids in good shape to avoid unwanted breakdowns.  Be sure that your engine oil has been replaced on time and that you aren’t due for an oil change during your trip or long drive. If so, have it completed before you embark.  Double check that your windshield wipers are in working cond ... read more

The Importance of Factory Recommended Services

Factory recommended services are something that most car owners have heard, but may not fully understand what they are. The simple explanation is that they are services that your vehicle manufacturer recommends at certain intervals. These recommendations are based on estimations on how long certain components will last and how often certain services will be needed to maintain your vehicle.  These recommendations are based on a number of things, including keeping warranties valid, making sure your vehicle stays reliable on the road, keeping you safe at all times, and helping you protect the overall integrity of your vehicle. These recommended services are also planned out in order to help save you money on repairs over time. That is why it is in your best interest overall to stay current with these services.  If you take a look at your vehicle’s owner’s manual, you will find a list of factory recommended services for your specific vehicle, along with specific mil ... read more

3 Reasons to Make the Leap and Buy That Porsche

For some people, driving a car is so much more than just “driving a car.” This giant chunk of metal that helps you get around isn’t just transportation for car aficionados. It’s an experience. The feeling of the machine making its way through the street. The roaring of the engine, tight grip of the curves and what you feel under your foot as you press the gas petal. This is what makes driving a luxury sports car a worthwhile thrill that so many seek. One thing that keeps even the biggest car lovers away from these quality automobiles is the price tag. Not just the price to purchase the car, but the maintenance and parts costs to keep it running at peak conditions. If that’s what’s been holding you back from buying that Porsche you’ve been thinking about for years, we’re here to tell you there is a way to finally get into the car of your dreams. Here are 3 reasons to choose a European Auto Repair Service Center to maintain your vehicle. Leave the Pushy Upsells Behind ... read more

Give Your Car the Love it Deserves, Choose a BMW Certified Repair Shop

Driving a BMW comes with a certain feeling of confidence that only the automobile’s owner truly understands. It’s a unique bond. Not only do you feel the difference when you drive it, but knowing you have a quality-built car based on years of German automotive ingenuity, makes enjoying each experience in your Bimmer all the more worthwhile. Your Car Deserves the Best As any loyal BMW owner would attest, having your car perform optimally at all times is part of the expectation you have with a luxury car in this class.  After all, the BMW slogan does state, it’s the, “Ultimate Driving Machine” and the numbers don’t lie. Since 1916, BMW has remained a top-selling vehicle in the automotive industry. In addition to looking great, the car also holds its value and has become a standard in sophistication. Would you treat ultimate luxury in any way other than the best? You know the pretty price tag you paid to enjoy all the perks included with this amazing vehicle, so leavi ... read more

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Comparison: Auto Repair Shops Beat Dealerships for Service Needs

Bringing a car in to be serviced is something we all experience as vehicle owners. From oil changes, to tire rotations and tune-ups – service and repair are inevitable and important. Ignoring maintenance schedules or that strange sound coming from under the hood after your car’s been running is downright dangerous for any type of vehicle. Maybe you’re hesitant because you’ve heard horror stories about the large financial expenses others have paid or, you simply don’t have the time in your busy day to spend waiting at a shop. You’re not wrong to worry. Who you choose to trust and pay to get the job done right is an important factor to consider.  Especially with your European vehicle that as you know, requires specialized care. The debate over choosing a small, independent repair shop over a dealership is an ancient one. The truth is, choosing the right shop to have vehicle services done doesn’t have t ... read more

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Causes of Catalytic Converter Failure in Cars

Catalytic converters play an integral role in your vehicle’s overall function. While you might be able to drive under some circumstances where the catalytic converter is compromised or damaged, there are other potential scenarios where damage to this part can cause your vehicle to exhibit symptoms of serious problems. It is most important to keep up on maintenance and repair procedures; however, despite our best efforts, sometimes the catalytic converter can become damaged or worn anyway. The catalytic converter is in a particularly vulnerable spot on most vehicles. Located beneath the car, about midway from the engine, the converter is susceptible to damage by large bumps and debris in the road—particularly in cars that are lower to the ground. There is a lot that can go wrong with a catalytic converter, and it’s important that your automotive specialist k ... read more

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