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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

Spring Maintenance Checklist for Your Vehicle

There is no coincidence why April is called the National Car Care Month. April marks the end of winter ice and unsafe road conditions. As you prepare for warm-weather driving in summer, it is critical to prep your car. That means partnering with a professional auto care center to inspect various systems and components and (if need be) repair any failures. Here's a spring vehicle maintenance checklist to boost your vehicle performance; Wash Your Vehicle There's more to washing a car for the spring season than just the aesthetics; it's all about hedging the vehicle's resale value. Before you embark on summer driving, find professional vehicle maintenance technicians to wash your car's body and undercarriage. A good cleaning unveils blemishes on the car paint, which leads to corrosion. Undercarriage cleaning rids it of road salts that accumulated in winter. Switch out Your Winter Tires In spring, temperatures rise above five degrees, and that's good enough for ... read more

Why you should not overlook oil leaks

At Bay Diagnostics in Brooklyn a common problem we see with European vehicles is oil leaks. The good thing about being in business for over 35 years is when it comes to oil leaks, we’ve seen them all, know what to look for and how to repair them the first time. Here are the common warning signs your vehicle has an oil leakDark Spots Under Your Vehicle Dark or wet spots under your vehicle are a sure sign you have a leak. While most commonly an oil leak, it could be other fluids such as brake fluid, water, transmission fluid or power steering fluid. All of which are a concern. Leaks from underneath your vehicle should be inspected immediately as they are usually a sign of a significant leak. When these leaks are caught early, they are generally a minor repair. When left alone, a major repair such as an engine rebuild & transmission replacement is necessary. Burning Oil Smell If you have an oil leak on the top of your engine ... read more

What is An Engine Misfire?

What is An Engine Misfire?

An engine misfire is a failure in the sequence of events during combustion. Generally, combustion involves the induction of fuel and air into the combustion chamber, compression of the fuel inside the cylinder, power supply from the spark, and the air-fuel mixture's burning before the burnt gas is expelled. If something in this sequence does not happen, the engine will misfire. Many car engines have four to eight cylinders. If one stops working, the engine will misfire and not function at its full potential. That is where the name comes from, a cylinder or more failing to fire as they should. The combustion process is an intricate one that is made up of controlled explosions. This stress means that something is likely to break down in the long run. When something finally goes amiss, the engine will misfire, and a check engine warning light comes on. What Happens if the Engine Misfires? It is essential to know what happens when an engine misfires and what you can ... read more

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

Are Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections Worth the Cost?

A pre-purchase inspection is done when the customer brings in a used vehicle to the nearest shop to have it checked for mechanic and safety issues. From there, the technician will check both front and rear lights, test your brakes, and check over your tires to ensure that your car is ready and safe to drive. A good, quality inspection can be done at a mechanic's home or shop and can come back clean or unearth something major that can make or break the price of your vehicle. An initial inspection should involve taking the car for a comprehensive test drive that includes hills, valleys, mountains, and bumpy terrain. You should have the mechanic test it over speed bumps as well as flat roads in order to gauge the condition of the shocks and suspension. The mechanic can also test the brakes and other trouble spots. Even an analysis of the automatic alert system can be checked for any signs of possible failure. Other problems that the mechanic can check for are issues with the bodywork ... read more

How to prevent cold weather from killing your battery

For 35 years Bay Diagnostic has been the chosen auto repair shop in Brooklyn for European & Asian vehicles, needless to say we know a thing or two about car batteries.  Simply put, batteries don’t like cold weather like we get here in Brooklyn. This article will show you how to care for your car battery during cold weather. A fully charged batter won’t feel 100% in cold weather because the weather affects the chemical reaction happening inside the battery. At 32°F, your cars battery can lose up to 35% of it’s strength and at 0°F, your battery can lose up to 60% while your engine needs twice as much power to start during this time. Here are some tips for battery during the winter 1. Get your battery checked A good battery will have less issues during the winter. If your battery is old or not fully charged, it can easily lose enough power to cause starting issues during cold weather.  Most auto parts stores will check your batt ... read more

How Can I Figure Out What’s Wrong With My Vehicle?

How Can I Figure Out What’s Wrong With My Vehicle?

Having trouble with your car making strange sounds, warning lights flashing, smoking, or finding unexplained leaks? These are all warning signs of potentially larger issues going on underneath the hood of your car. In this article, we discuss common signs that your car needs repair and how a certified automotive technician can help to diagnose and repair your problem. What Is That Sight, Smell, Sound, or Odor? When preparing for do-it-yourself auto repair or talking to a certified automotive repair technician, it's important to explain the specifics of what's been happening with your car. Following are examples of important signs, symptoms, and related questions that can help you figure out what's wrong with your car.Sounds - What sounds were coming from your car when you noticed a problem? Where are the sounds coming from? Sights - Do you see anything unusual hanging from underneath your c ... read more

A Properly Functioning Cooling System Can Help Avoid Breakdowns

A Properly Functioning Cooling System Can Help Avoid Breakdowns

Your car's engine works hard. And as it works, its temperature rises. The cooling system in your vehicle is responsible for channeling the extra heat out into the air. It circulates a liquid coolant (antifreeze) through your engine and out to the radiator to be cooled by air coming into your car's front grill. Why is a coolant system necessary? Because too much heat under your hood can cause serious problems and breakdowns, problems that can be prevented by a properly functioning cooling system. What causes a vehicle to overheat? You are alerted to your engine starting to overheat by a rise in temperature indicated by your car's dashboard temperature gauge. Often a vehicle overheats because not enough coolant is moving between your engine and radiator. This might happen in a car that's stuck in traffic, or one that's idled too long. The culprit could also be a broken thermostat, or a cracked radiator hose that's allowing coolant to leak. If yo ... read more

Common Problems Every BMW Owner Should Know About

BMW continues to be one of the largest brands in the automotive industry and BMW owners drive them for a reason, performance. BMW’s are meant to be driven. Not only do BMW’s offer superior performance, they also host a number of features and technological advantages. Just like any other vehicle, BMW’s are known to have common problems which is why BMW maintenance and service are essential. As someone who may be considering owning a BMW, it is worth being aware of all the issues before you buy one. AC Malfunction – You will notice that the compression switch comes on for a few seconds and then it goes off. The cause here is a failure of the ambient temperature sensor. The solution is to replace the sensor. Unfortunately, the sensor appears to have a short service life for some reason. BMW AC repair is a common problem we know how to fix. The steering wheel vib ... read more

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Signs of a Failing BMW Water Pump

Signs of a Failing BMW Water Pump

A vastly important part of your BMW's operation is the cooling system. This system is needed to pump coolant throughout the engine in order to regulate its temperature. Without it, the engine would run at such high heat that it would quickly overheat and become damaged.  Many BMW owners have complained of the same issue occurring - a failing water pump. It seems to be a part that can become faulty with certain BMW models, so it's important to understand the signs of a bad water pump if you do drive a BMW so that you can have it taken care of as soon as it happens.  The job of the water pump specifically is to ensure that the coolant is pumped from the radiator to the engine. When the water pump fails, you could be looking at eventual engine failure. The water pump is just as critical to your engine's performance as engine oil, so be sure to keep these symptoms in mind as a BMW owner.  Signs that can indicate a failing water pump include:  An apparent ... read more

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

When it comes to your vehicle's brake maintenance, you are probably very familiar with having to replace brake pads from time to time. It is a common brake repair and is typically need at least once in a vehicle's lifetime, if not a few times. While brake pad replacement is a critical maintenance item, many vehicle owners don't know about their brake's fluid and how important it is to the overall operation of the brake system.  What is brake fluid exactly? Well, your vehicle's brake system is a hydraulic system, meaning it uses brake fluid in a highly pressurized system in order to create the force necessary to slow or stop your vehicle when you step on the brake pedal. It is an integral part of this system and without it, your vehicle's brakes wouldn't work.  So, does the brake fluid need to be serviced? The typical answer is yes - most vehicle manufacturers will recommend a brake fluid flush at least once in your vehicle's lifetime. This is ... read more

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