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Why Does My BMW Smell Like Maple Syrup?

Why Does My BMW Smell Like Maple Syrup?

While it is nice to catch the sweet aroma of maple syrup in your kitchen, it is not as pleasant if detected in your car. A sweet smell in your BMW can indicate that you have a coolant leak. Coolant is a fluid that circulates in the engine, heater core, hose, and radiator to prevent overheating. It also plays a role in delivering heat to your cabin heating and defroster systems. When coolant escapes the enclosed system, you could be harming your BMW's engine.   What Happens If My BMW Lacks Coolant If you have a coolant leak somewhere throughout your car and continue to drive, your BMW will work harder to maintain a stable temperature. Eventually, it can harm your engine parts and cause overheating. When your car engine overheats, you may experience the additional inconveniences of a breakdown and face costly repairs.  You should never ignore the smell of maple syrup in your car for this reason. Instead, please save yourself time and money by taking pro ... read more

Should I Change My BMW's Transmission Fluid?

Should I Change My BMW's Transmission Fluid?

Besides the normal oil changes and tire rotations you get for your BMW, there is a maintenance service that is often overlooked. And that service is a transmission fluid change or flush. Unfortunately, there's a misconception that BMW's "lifetime fluids" last -- well, a lifetime. However, it is highly advised that BMW owners have it done once their vehicle reaches 100,000. It can even be done before then for safe measures.  What Is Transmission Fluid? This car fluid is a red fluid that supports your transmission's functions, which is to transmit engine power to move your wheels. This fluid lubricates your transmission parts, and when doing so, it undergoes a lot of heat. Over time, the heat breaks the liquid down. Additionally, the fluid can also become contaminated with metal scraps and debris. As a result, it becomes less effective at doing its job. Signs That You Need to Change Your Transmission Fluid Fluid is no longer a vibrant red and becomes dark a ... read more

How to Keep Your BMW Clean In the Winter

How to Keep Your BMW Clean In the Winter

If you love your BMW, you probably want to make sure it looks outstanding all year round. Keeping it pristine this time of the year can be challenging due to road salt and wet/slippery grounds. When you maintain your vehicle's appearance regularly, not only will it give you a confidence boost, but it can help limit the long-term damage to your car. Whether you wash your car yourself or prefer to take it to the carwash, we recommend washing your vehicle right after any inclement weather or exposure to salt, sand, or other harmful impurities.    Below are some essential tips to remember when cleaning your BMW this season: Washing your car in the cold can be tough, so please remember to wear waterproof gloves, shoes, and a coat to stay warm. Remove any snow or ice beforehand with a brush or scraper. If possible, try washing your car on a day when the temperature is above freezing to avoid freezing your doors, windows, wipers, etc. Pay extra attention ... read more

Winter Car Maintenance Tips for BMW Drivers

Winter Car Maintenance Tips for BMW Drivers

Regardless of what model BMW you drive, winter driving can take a toll on your car or SUV. To ensure your BMW prevails throughout the winter, you should take preventative measures. Here are some essential tips and maintenance practices for your BMW during the colder months. 1. Test Your Battery & Replace It If Needed The primary cause of vehicle breakdowns this time of year is a weak battery. Battery failure is more likely due to the cold weather. It's best to change your battery every three years to be safe. Our shop can test your battery for a sufficient charge to ensure that your BMW stays reliable throughout the season. 2. Replace Windshield Wipers and Fluid Rain, snow, and sleet are quite common in Brooklyn, NY, this time of year. At Bay Diagnostic, we can fill your vehicle with winter wiper fluid so it does not freeze. You're going to need a clean windshield and functional wiper blades to see clearly. 3. Check the Headlights While BMW does not shy away from putt ... read more

What Are the Most Common Transmission Problems in BMWs?

What Are the Most Common Transmission Problems in BMWs?

Every vehicle is bound to have problems at some point, even your beloved BMW. As long as you take proper care of your car, you can minimize the risks of problems arising. Your BMW's issues will be minor and relatively quick, and easy to repair in most cases. However, the transmission can be a more expensive and complex part to fix. That's why you must take care of any transmission issues in your BMW quickly by getting the top-rated BMW repair shop in Houston, TX: Bay Diagnostics. Below are some of the most popular transmission problems that occur in BMWs.    Low Transmission Fluid The fluid in your transmission system is what keeps its parts properly lubricated to minimize friction when shifting gears. Because the transmission system is closed, this liquid isn't something you have to replace as often as engine oil or brake fluid. Typically, you'll only need to change the transmission fluid if there's a leak or if the liquid is old, contaminated, and no ... read more

DASHBOARD INDICATOR LIGHT GUIDE

DASHBOARD INDICATOR LIGHT GUIDE

11BMW’s have always had advanced electronics so it should go as no surprise that our vehicle utilizes a series of dashboard warning lights and symbols to communicate with you. Based on you BMW year and model, these lights below may differ in appearance. A common rule associates the color of the illuminated symbol with the severity of the issue. It is good to make note of Red and Orange as those are immediate or need service soon indicators. Red: Red means there is an urgent issue with your vehicle, you should take your vehicle to your repair facility and have it diagnosed for repair Orange: Orange is a warning light letting you know there is an issue with your vehicle. Not an immediate need but you should take your vehicle in a diagnostic. Blue or Green: Blue and green symbols provide information such as indicators and lights. will typically indicate a less urgent issue, for example a vehicle service required. NOTE: if you have flashing lights, this indicates and urgent issu ... read more

WE OFFER MORE THAN YOUR TYPICAL OIL CHANGE

If you are one of those who drive their vehicle daily, the busy city traffic might be taking a greater toll on the vehicle than you may realize. We strongly believe, and it is our experience, that it isn't simply enough to take the vehicle to a mechanic for an oil change; you need to get it inspected. A look under the hood by a professional once every year will ensure that your vehicle continues to perform optimally. Our oil change and filter inspection services are meant to provide you with peace of mind knowing your vehicle is reliable. Not only do we change the oil and filter but also lift the hood to identify any potential hazards which aren't instantly apparent but could turn into an expensive job. In our experience, using fully synthetic engine oil and adhering to factory maintenance standards as recommended by the manufacturers will ensure your vehicle always performs reliably. You can learn more about our oil, filter, and yearly inspection services below before contac ... read more

Why are tires important?

All cars rely on four well-inflated tires to provide drivers and those riding in the vehicle with a smooth and hopefully uneventful drive. Healthy tires are a big part of making sure that the drive is enjoyable, and it is the only part of the vehicle that's in contact with the road, which is why it is directly responsible for how the vehicle maneuver on the road. Tires with minimal tread or uneven wear will not affect the car's driving dynamics but are a safety hazard for yourself and fellow drivers. Apart from tires being essential for the vehicle's handling, they are also a big part of the suspension system. Many car owners don't realize that every tire is responsible for bearing 1/4th of the vehicle's weight. On large SUVs, each tire is under 1500 pounds of load. That's another reason why your tires should be inspected during each service period to ensure that they are road-worthy. Many of the latest vehicles come equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring Sy ... read more

What Are Brake Rotors and Why Are They Important?

What Are Brake Rotors and Why Are They Important?

Every modern vehicle's braking systems involve many parts: brake pads, brake rotors, master cylinders, hydraulic hoses, and brake fluid. Most people talk about replacing their brake pads, but another part that often has to be replaced is the brake rotor.    In simplest terms, a brake rotor is a circular metallic disc that is attached to the wheel hub on the wheel. They are almost always seen on the front axle of modern vehicles, sometimes in the rear axle. During regular operation, the brake pads are pressed against the brake rotor by the calipers, using hydraulic pressure created by the master cylinder. Friction between the two parts generates thermal energy. It then gets absorbed and dissipated by the brake rotor. Without the rotor, your brakes would overheat and not function.   What Can Go Wrong With Brake Rotors? The most common reason for brake rotor repair is wear and tear. The brake rotor material gets worn away with repeated use and constant exposure to ... read more

Why Bay Diagnostic for your BMW Repair Shop in Brooklyn?

BMWs are known worldwide for offering a host of safety, pleasure, and driving features, coupled with flashy design in a package created by British engineers. The vehicle provides drivers with a memorable experience regardless of how long or short the drive may be. That said, BMWs are also known for requiring rigorous maintenance and specific services to prevent the vehicle's performance from dipping and long-term issues. At Bay Diagnostic you can take comfort that for 35 years we have been repairing and servicing BMW vehicles. When we say we haven’t encountered a problem we haven’t fixed, we mean it. Reasons why our customers keep coming back: 35 years of experience in Brooklyn Factory-trained ASE Technicians 3 yr, 36k mile warranty Special financing available Concierge Service Since BMWs require specialized service, drivers will forego independent shops and visit a dealership to ensure quality. However, dealerships are often: Expensive Employ inexperienced mech ... read more

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