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Yearly Archives: 2019

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

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