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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

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