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Celebrate July 4th Safely!

Celebrate July 4th Safely!

The 4th of July is one of the most celebrated holidays here in America. It symbolizes our freedom and our independence, and many families and friends get together to enjoy each other's company and watch fireworks - a long-held tradition here in the states.  We know that July 4th weekend may look a little different this year due to the current pandemic. However, there are still ways in which you can celebrate while staying safe. We know you're probably eager to start up the grill and spend time with loved ones, so here are some tips on how you can do so safely this July 4th weekend: Don't forget to wear your face mask if you'll be out in public or celebrating with friends. If you are celebrating with anyone outside of your household, try to practice social distancing!    If you'll be consuming alcohol, have a plan for how you will get home (if you aren't celebrating at home already). Never drink and drive. Use a rideshare app or have a des ... read more

A Guide to Proper Vehicle Maintenance

A Guide to Proper Vehicle Maintenance

Good vehicle maintenance is essential when it comes to preventing major repairs and also ensuring that your vehicle runs smoothly for many years to come. For all of your general and preventative maintenance needs, bring your vehicle into the experts here at Bay Diagnostic. Fluids are a key maintenance item for all vehicles. Your vehicle runs on many different types of fluids throughout parts of your vehicle. Fluids have an important job that includes protecting components and ensuring that systems run smoothly. We will always check each of your vehicle’s fluids to make sure that the fluid looks clean and that lines are working properly.  Engine oil needs to be clean and cool to protect your engine parts against corrosion and seal combustion chambers. Lubricating mechanical components is extremely important because it reduces friction between moving parts and prevents wear. Dirty or low engine oil can cause damage to the engine and can also lead to overheating. The brake f ... read more

What Can Cause the Brake Pedal in my BMW to be Hard to Push?

What Can Cause the Brake Pedal in my BMW to be Hard to Push?

You get into your BMW only to find that the brake pedal is stiff and hard to press. While your brakes might still function, it is still more difficult to slow or stop and it feels as if your brakes might stop working at any moment. What could be causing the brake pedal to be hard to push like this? Let's take a look at some of the common causes.  You rely on your vehicle's brake system to slow down or stop when you need to. Any issue with the brakes is a cause for concern and should be taken care of at the first sign of an issue to avoid getting stuck with failing brakes while on the road.  Brake systems on BMW vehicles work using a vacuum assisted through a brake booster. The vacuum helps to multiply the force you apply to the brake pedal to make it easier to brake and give you more control of how quickly you slow or stop. If you find that your vehicle's brake pedal is hard to apply pressure to, there may be an issue with any of the following:  Bad brake ... read more

Bay Diagnostic is Open - Our Response to COVID-19

Bay Diagnostic is Open - Our Response to COVID-19

At Bay Diagnostic, we want our customers to know that we remain open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak. New York has been hit particularly hard by the spread of the virus, and we want to ensure that we do our part to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 while also remaining open as an essential business to our community.  For the health and welfare of all, we are limiting our hours and will be CLOSED on Saturdays (until further notice). For more information regarding our hours, please give us a call.  It is our top priority to keep our customers and our staff members safe and healthy. While we are still servicing vehicles, we are taking extra measures and precautions to ensure that our work stations and lobby areas are constantly disinfected and cleaned. We are also using gloves while working on vehicles and disinfecting your vehicle when it enters and leaves our shop.  Additionally, if you are unable to drive your vehicle to our shop or wou ... read more

What are the Most Common BMW Repairs?

If you own a BMW, there is no doubt that you appreciate a vehicle that is not only functional, but also stylish and high-performing. Here at Bay Diagnostic, we are passionate about BMW vehicles and understand the love that BMW owners have for their cars. While BMW models are built for excellence, like any other working vehicle, they will need a repair or two once in a while. The best way to avoid needing repairs is by abiding by your vehicle's factory recommended services and inspections here at Bay Diagnostic. However, lets look at some of the most common BMW repairs and when you need to call a mechanic.  Cooling system repairs - BMW models are known for needing cooling system repairs which cause engine overheating. Typically, the issue is caused by a faulty water pump or coolant leak. This is an issue that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid major engine damage from occurring.  Oil leaks are another common issue, which can be identified by a puddle ... read more

Is Your Car Ride Bouncy or Rough?

You're driving your BMW and you travel over a speed bump. If you notice that your car bounces excessively afterwards or it seems that you feel every bump in the road, there may be a problem with your vehicle's shocks and struts. It can also point to a suspension system issue, especially if you have a performance suspension installed.  When it comes to a leaky shock absorber or a broken spring, the repair is typically easy to do and inexpensive. We can diagnose this issue quickly and get your ride smooth again. The best way to analyze the issue is to perform a test drive which will allow our mechanics to better understand the ride control issues that you are experiencing.  While you may describe your drive as bouncy or uncomfortable, the culprit doesn't have to be the shock absorbers or struts. The real problem may be an out-of-balance wheel, bent rim or too much run out in a tire. Also, it is important to remember that your vehicle's suspension and stee ... read more

Walnut Blasting - Audi

Walnut Blasting - Audi

Here a picture of an #audi #after a walnut cleaning process. The car had a cold misfire condition. Now it’s running great!  #walnut #auto #autorepair #brooklyn #brooklynautorepair #wecanfixit #audibrooklyn #misfire #nycaudi  ... read more

How to Drive Safety on NYE

It’s time to ring in the New Year, celebrating that another year has passed and hoping that the New Year will bring us all good health and fortune. Many people will be out celebrating the holiday with their loved ones, which is why it is so important to remember to stay safe tonight wherever you plan to be.  If you are planning on driving to a destination tonight to celebrate, be sure to remember the following safety tips which will protect your safety and the safety of others on the road:  NEVER drink and drive. If you are planning on partaking, we suggest not driving at all and getting a ride share or taxi sorted to get you where you need to be. If you do drive to a friends house and partake in drinking, ask to spend the night until morning when you will be safe to drive home. When you drink and drive, you risk taking your own life and the lives of others.  You may want to leave early to get to your destination to avoid heavy traffic in populated areas.  ... read more

Replacing Valvetronix Motors B1 & B2 | 2005 BMW X5 4.8, N62 Engine

Replacing Valvetronix Motors B1 & B2 | 2005 BMW X5 4.8, N62 Engine

From the picture you can see we are replacing the left and right side Valvetronix Motors B1 and B2 on a 2005 BMW X5 4.8 with n62 engine.  #bmw #bmwofbrooklyn #bmwnyc #brooklyn #autorepair #brooklynautorepair #bmwengine #bmwx5#bmwn62 #wecanfixit #val ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Bay Diagnostic!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Bay Diagnostic! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Bay Diagnostic before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, and first aid kit ... read more

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