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Why You Should Change Transmission Fluid In BMW

There have been instances where some BMW drivers have been informed by either BMW Service Advisors or other repair shops that they shouldn’t change the transmission fluid in their vehicle. This however is a complete fabrication; BMW states that the transmission fluid should be changed by around 100,000 miles on most of their available models and at even shorter intervals for the M models. No fluid is actually lifetime and the shops that say don’t change it may simply just be inexperienced with BMWs and afraid to try to do it. Some advisors have even go so far as to tell customers that changing the transmission fluid “just causes problems” within the vehicle. The importance of changing the transmission fluid is vital to preserving the performance of your BMW. Built with specific service plans in place to ensure that the life of your vehicle is exte ... read more

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BMW Service

Tips to Prepare Well For the Winter Driving

The importance of vehicle tune-ups can never be overstated but as it gets colder towards the end of the year, a tune-up is one of the best things you can do for your vehicle to help prepare it for the extreme weather and driving conditions that winter brings. The winter temperatures can actually magnify existing problems in your vehicle like the occasional pings, hard starts, sluggish acceleration and performance or rough and bumpy idling along with other various ticks along the way as well. By just getting an occasional tune-up your vehicle will be restored back to a normal operating state while also increasing the overall efficiency both in the emissions system along with improving the fuel efficiency. Here are just a few tips and the benefits that they have when getting a tune up either from professionals or if you’re just making a few adjustments and ... read more

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Driving Tips

BMW Carbon Cleaning

Carbon buildup in your vehicle is something that can occur over time in not just BMWs with direct injection but it is a more common occurrence in BMWs. There are multiple models of BMW with direct injection including the N54, N55, N63, N73 and S63 as well as most future models. These models and many more including the E60 535i, the F25 X3 3.5 and all BMW E70 X5 MY2011 and newer all feature some of the most amazing, advanced and sophisticated features in modern engine technology available today. Benefits of direct injection With direct injection however, it’s important to note that this moves the fuel injector from outside the combustion chamber to inside the combustion chamber and directly over the top of the piston. The idea behind this is to allow for a greater fuel atomization, which creates a more homogenous fuel mixture and a precise timing of when the fuel is introduced into the combustio ... read more

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BMW Service

Finding Trained Specialists for BMW and MINI Maintenance

Two of the most well respected and finely crafted vehicles; BMW and MINI carry with them some of the best reputations of reliability and performance that you can purchase these days. When you do decide to purchase one of these vehicles, you’re making a commitment to superior performance and to preserve that performance to the highest standard possible. In order to keep your vehicle well maintained, you need to make sure you don’t just take it to any mechanic; you want to make sure that you have your vehicle looked at and tended to by trained specialists. You can go for shops approved by manufacturing factories You often hear when you purchase one of these vehicles that the best maintenance is usually obtained by going directly to the dealer. The idea being that dealership mechanics have a dee ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Reasons Why Check Engine Light Is On In Mini Cooper

No vehicle embodies the fun of driving quite like the Mini Cooper, whether you enjoy the quick acceleration, tight steering and maneuverability or the compact size that allows you to fit into spaces other cars simply can’t, there’s something for just about every type of driver. Nothing can kill the fun of driving a Mini faster than the check engine light, chances are no matter what kind of car you drive, you’ve encountered the check engine light but in a Mini, it seems less like a warning light and more like a time bomb counting down to impending vehicular catastrophe. Gas cap issue can turn on check engine light In most modern cars, the check engine light can be caused by not having the gas cap screwed on tight enough or having a worn out gas cap. When this happens, it causes your vehicle to fail the self-diagnostic ... read more

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Car Timing Belt Problem Symptoms & Repair Tips

When it comes to your vehicle, your engine is one of the most critical things you need to maintain to avoid catastrophic damages occurring to your vehicle. Any time the check engine light turns on, drivers know that action must be taken quickly to avoid compounding any problems as engine repair work is usually the most extensive and expensive of repairs. However, one key component that is often overlooked during routine maintenance is the timing belt in your engine. The timing belt can be either a rubber belt or steel chain that will synchronize the rotations of your crankshaft and your camshafts so that the engine valves open and close properly in your engine. Specifically, the rubber timing belt eventually wears down over time and in worst case scenarios, will break while you’re driving your vehicle. Should your timing ... read more

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Car Repair

Working for Dealerships Compared to Shops

For most technicians, working at a dealership may seem like a great end goal in terms of job security and pay but there are many reasons why working for a dealership is a less stable and ideal place to work when compared to smaller, independent shops. Problems that technicians face at dealerships Most dealers employ technicians at a flat rate, meaning OT is widely discouraged and at some dealerships even a punishable offense. This can also lead to widely varying pay levels for each technician, with newer and less experienced techs oftentimes earning more money than technicians with years of experience and various certifications. Dealerships will also oftentimes provide inconsistent hours to their technicians so while they may be earning $25+ an hour, they’re only working around 20 hours a week, which can be hard to sustain. Unfortunately too, one of the most widely reported de ... read more

What You Should Know About Software in Your BMW

“The Ultimate Driving Experience” isn’t just a tagline that BMW casually uses. It represents their commitment to consistently pushing the limits and raising the bar for luxury vehicles. Cutting edge technology and innovation are integral parts of what makes a BMW stand out from the rest. You know that when you purchase a BMW that there are abilities and potential that far exceeds what other cars on the market are trying to do. But as with most technology, BMW’s software is constantly advancing and is actually able to do much more than you may expect. Knowing what exactly your vehicle is capable of can lead to much more enjoyment driving and not to mention, customization of your vehicle. Here are just some of the many things that you should know about the software in your BMW and what it can do. The Basics This refers to the common amenities on a BMW; things like the back-up camera and the integration of your apps and ... read more

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Car Software

BMW and Porsche Fluid Leaks

No leak is a good leak when it comes to your vehicle and while there are some that are a higher priority than others, it’s important to take care of any leak promptly to avoid further damage to your vehicle. It’s easy to forget about the little things when driving vehicles like BMW or Porsche given all of the extra maintenance that usually comes with owning a higher end vehicle but it’s important that every little thing is checked when annual inspections are performed. If you can’t determine if the leak in your vehicle is oil, transmission fluid, coolant or brake fluid and don’t want to visit a mechanic or the dealer to have the issue diagnosed, there is an at-home way to check and see what kind of leak you’re dealing with. Simply place an old bed sheet or a piece of white cardboard under your vehicle and let it sit there overnight. When you check it in the ... read more

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Car Care Tips

Knowing a Bad Sound When You Hear One

You hear hundreds of different sounds a day from all different angles. You’re constantly bombarded from every direction and with how much time you spend driving each day, it’s impossible to ignore the sounds your vehicle may make as well. While we get accustomed to these sounds and treat them like the daily occurrences that they are but it’s important to remember that when something begins to go wrong with your vehicle, oftentimes the sound it makes is a telltale sign that if noticed early, can save you a fortune. These are some of the most common sounds your vehicle may make and what kind of trouble they may signal. High-pitched squealing- A loud whine or squeal can signal an issue with a number of the belts or pulleys under the hood. Most belts and pulleys wear out over time so it’s important to regularly check and replace them to avoid larger damages should one break while y ... read more

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