What Does Check Engine Light Mean
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Help! “Check Engine Light” was on, but I drove for a while and now it’s off. What’s with that?
Your MIL light, (Check Engine Light, also called Service Engine Soon light in some BMW years/models), turns on when a fault, (Diagnostic Trouble Code aka DTC) is detected related to emissions and your OBDII(Onboard Diagnostics, second version). It is about clean air.
Tire Safety Checklist
Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Check tire pressure regularly (every two weeks or at least once a month), including the spare.
Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma. (This is best done by a professional who will raise your car up on a lift and check the tires for inside/outside wear.
Carefully remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread.
Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
Car Maintenance Schedule Done Your Way
Friday, April 6th, 2012
A recent Consumer Reports study showed that 83% of car owners involved with making the repair decisions were choosing independent repair shops over dealers and national chain stores. They were confident they would get the right repair at the right price. However, many people are cash strapped these days and are delaying auto maintenance at the potential cost of their safety.
44% of those who deferred work in the past year also admitted that they felt the value safety or reliability of the vehicle would suffer, with some saying their vehicle was becoming an embarrassment. The failure to have small problems promptly repair or regular maintenance performed on schedule can lead to larger and more costly problems down the road.
High Gas Prices? Get Better Gas Mileage
Friday, March 30th, 2012
Wow! The gas prices are going crazy again. Did you know that by keeping your BMW, MINI or Mercedes in top condition, you will get better gas mileage.
A few other tips!
Don’t use your trunk as a storage locker! OMG you would not believe the trunks that we see. Sometimes, if we have to access a trunk for a repair, there can be stuff shoved and pushed in the trunk that weighs as much as one or two more people! Weighing down your trunk with “stuff” can affect your gas mileage in a negative way.
BMW Battery Change Select Smarter
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
If you think you can save some money buying a less expensive lead acid battery instead of the more expensive AGM type in your later model BMW, it is not a good idea. The battery “registration” is a programming function that lets all of the control modules know that you have just installed a new battery. If you originally have the AGM battery and you put in a lead acid battery, the car will need extra programming besides the “registration.” That is because it is not originally programmed to recognize the lead acid type battery. Now, you have not only spent more on the programming, but the lead acid battery is just not going to last as long. So, do …
Maintenance On BMW And Check Ups
Friday, March 16th, 2012
This is so cool, when a person comes in who is going to buy a pre-owned BMW and is actually planning on budgeting for maintenance. Seriously, we wish this was the norm, but it’s not.
You may never have thought about it, but your car is a “consumable”. As you drive, it is being “used up”. Yes, your gas, the oil, the rubber on your tires. Those are the things that most people think about. But, there are other parts in your car that are being worn just because they are being used on a daily basis. The CV boots, your brakes, brake fluid, transmission and it’s fluid, power steering pump and fluids, your battery, …
Check Engine Light Issues
Friday, March 9th, 2012
It is true the check engine on the dash will sometimes turn off if you keep driving, but that does not mean that your BMW, MINI or Mercedes ahs healed it’s problem. Unfortunately, some drivers seem to believe that it will “just go away” if they wait long enough.
All the while fault codes are being stored, adaptations are happening in the systems, and one component being out of spec is affecting another and the situation is exacerbating. Your BMW or MINI will only “self-heal” for so long and then it’s time for some health care.
Cylinder Head Crack – what does this mean?
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Cracks in a cylinder head are often blamed for a head failure, but it is actually a symptom of something else that took place that resulted in a crack. Overheating or thermal stress is the usual culprit of the cracked or warped cylinder head. Loss of coolant, (and continuing to drive in that condition) will result in severe overheating and damage to the cylinder head.
Cheap Brake Jobs
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
It is amazing how many phone calls we receive and people just want to know the price of brakes. Nothing else, just the price. Not, “how good are they going to work?” “Are they BMW or Mercedes brakes? Is this what MINI recommends?” Just, “I think I need brakes – how much?” and “…the other shop told me it was only…..”
Have you really thought about the safety issues involved in stopping your BMW, your Mercedes or your MINI, (or any car)? Stopping may the the most important safety factor when it comes to getting you and your family safely from A to B, without an accident.
Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Thanks to all of our clients who visited us this past year, or called for information regarding their BMW, Mercedes or MINI!
We continue to celebrate our 30th year of business in the South Bay, helping thousands of fine vehicle owners over those decades. We are so grateful that you have chosen our team of professionals to help you. If you are happy with us, (and we know that you are from your surveys and reviews) we always appreciate your referral to friends and family. We are adding more services throughout the next year due to requests from our clients. So, if you have another European car at your home besides the BMW and Mercedes, our Master Techs will be glad …