BMW Security Concerns
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
It’s July and time to celebrate our Freedom! Believe it or not, BMW was trying to ruin some of that recently by pushing a bill in California that would have essentially locked out all independent repairers from working on anything related to “security” of the vehicle. Because of the integrated electronics in your modern vehicle we are speaking of Ignitions, transmissions, etc.. This is not a security problem, as legitimate mechanical car shops are not stealing the cars they are fixing! Currently we have to show proof that the car is here with us, provide the registration etc.., (every time) to get a key remade. But, the manufacturers were trying to go beyond just …
Buying Parts Online Is Full Of Surprises
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
Buying parts on-line from unscrupulous “places” is an ongoing problem. We are suggesting that you just do not do it! We will only install parts that we have sourced from BMW or reputable European import parts houses. That is the only way we can stand by our service and labor 100%.
Battery Registration. What?
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Battery Registration? What does this have to do with you? No – not a DMV thing, either.
There is an update process that BMW calls “battery registration” when you replace a battery on your later model BMW. Beginning on the 7 Series in 2002 and then later on with the X5’s in 2007 and on down the line with the 3 Series in 2006. (For more details, a complete list can be found in the May 2011 issue of the BMW CCA magazine the Roundel, in Tech Talk)
Motor Oil Tips: Viscosity
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
The best motor oils for your BMW and MINI are going to be those that meet BMW and MINI specified recommendations. Pure and simple. More expensive than your run of the mill oil? Yes.
Using the wrong oil such as one with a low viscosity or one that has depleted it’s maximum usage can lead to metal to metal contact of moving parts causing excessive wear resulting in premature damage to critical parts. Using an oil with a higher viscosity will cause excessive drag and the result will be less miles per gallon.
The 42nd Annual “Duel at DeAnza” Event
Friday, May 13th, 2011
For all of you in the Bay Area that are interested in AutoCross racing, it’s that time of year!
The 42nd Annual “Duel at DeAnza” is being held this weekend in Cupertino at DeAnza College. The fact that his event has been held for 42 years to benefit the Automotive Technology School at DeAnza is amazing! It takes a lot of work to make this happen, so it’s always the teachers and the students that pull it all together.
What To Do In Case Of Car Accident
Thursday, May 12th, 2011
People don’t think about all of the cool safety features that are built into your BMW or MINI. You just want to enjoy the road and forget about it! But, we are hearing reports that a lot of cars are being “totaled” by insurance companies rather than repair them. The expense to repair or in many cases replace crash parts is getting higher and higher every year. If you have a driving situation or accident that causes front end damage, one of those critical safety features may have to be replaced. This seems to be happening across all car makes, due to the electronics.
Because the newer designed autos are intended to absorb shock and even collapse, (one example is a …
You Are Safe Only In A Well-Maintained Car
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
About 31 years ago back in the Mid West there was a horrific accident that killed a prominent TV newsman and his twin boys. A car (far) in front of him on the highway had a muffler that was almost falling off. It did fall off and wrapped around his axle. The car became airborne and crashed through the newsman’s windshield, killing him and his children immediately. Even more gruesome was the fact that his wife was following her husband in another car behind him. She witnessed her family dying because someone chose not to fix their car.
We may have touched on this before, but here it goes again! Don’t shoot the messenger, please.
Save some gas!
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
According to AAA, only 17 percent of cars have all four tires inflated to the proper level! That means that 83 percent of drivers are using more gas! Who wants to do that as these gas prices keep skyrocketing? If your tire pressure is less than optimum, you will wear out your tires faster also and your BMW or MINI will not handle as well, either. See your tire pressure listed on the
The Department of Energy estimates that every 5 mph you drive over 60 is like paying an extra 10 percent at the pump. Sometimes it is difficult to keep below the speed limit in a BMW, no doubt. But, there is always …
BMW Wiring, Engine and Pest Control
Friday, April 15th, 2011
It is the time of the year when those little critters such as mice, squirrels and yes, big ole rats are trying to stay warm and have a snack at the same time. Yes, they are getting into your BMW and/or MINI, (they have good taste) and eating wiring!
For some reason, members of the rodent family love to chew on wiring. They can cause substantial damage if left to fill their tiny tummies. There are all kinds of home remedies that we have heard of over the years, (moth balls, cayenne pepper etc.). Sadly, we cannot vouch for any of them.
Japan Earthquake and BMW Parts
Monday, April 11th, 2011
Has the tragedy in Japan affected our ability to get parts for your BMW and MINI?
No. Fortunately for us, our BMW and MINI parts are German made and we are not experiencing any slow down or shortage of parts for repair.