Are They Breaking Brakes on Your BMW?
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Well everyone who eventually has to get brakes, (isn’t that all of us) just got a slight reprieve from the CA legislature.
It seems that CA is going to implement SB346 that will change the friction materials that is used in your brakes. The intent is to reduce the copper content in the brake pads. At one point the bill was going to add a minimum of $1.00 fee on each set sold, with no guarantee that it would not increase. Of course, it would have been collected by the brake installers or retailers and passed on the the consumer. Thankfully, the bill was changed in many ways before our Governor Arnold signed it. So, now the fee is gone and …
BMW Carbon Fiber Making Body Lighter
Monday, November 29th, 2010
Unless you are an owner of an upper high end car, such as a Lambo, Ferrari or Audi R8, you probably don’t have much experience with carbon fiber. If you own a plane, perhaps.
Carbon fiber technologies may be a part of BMW’s answer to the weight issue. (Yes, even cars have to go on a diet) BMW has committed to a carbon fiber body for the MegaCity electric vehicle for 2013. These lighter weight materials are going to be necessary to help offset weight of 96-cell lithium-ion battery packs and other electrical components that an EV requires. They are reported to weigh 50% less than steel but actually have superior strength. BMW …
Giving Thanks to BMW
Monday, November 29th, 2010
We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. Was I the only one taking a moment to be “thankful and grateful” for my BMW?
Why not? It carries what is most precious in our lives. . . our loved ones, ourselves. It takes us to our work every day. It is probably the most expensive purchase you have made besides your home, (or maybe a private education). Our BMW lets us live! It takes us the beach or the snowy mountains, to our schools, to our holidays. Same can be said, of course, for our MINI. We love the fact that it’s a cute little car that merely sips …
The Importance of a Windshield on a BMW
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
For those of you wanting to spiff up your car for the winter driving, don’t forget your BMW or MINI windshield.
If your windshield is chipped significantly, the cold weather, (think Tahoe) can make a chip turn into a crack in no time. The modern BMW’s windshield is not just protecting your cute face from bugs. It’s another part that plays a significant role in the structural integrity of your BMW or MINI’s body. When it comes to the BMW roadsters or the convertibles, that windshield is even more important to the body structural integrity.
BMW Recalls – Steering Problems
Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Recall -sshhhhmmmeeeeeee call. I will always love my BMW.
Maybe it’s due to the Toyota fiasco in dealing with the problems, but, it appears some car makers seem to be a little more on-board with getting the facts to NHTSA and dealing with all of it ASAP. There are a lot of recalls out there and it’s not just BMW’s, for sure.
Within a few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should have more info on the recall by BMW of both BMW and Rolls Royce due to a leak in the power brake system. You will be able to go on their site and check the specifics for your BMW to see if it’s part of the recall.
Signs You Need Proper Alignment
Monday, September 6th, 2010
What is going on? My BMW is pulling to one side.
It’s time for an alignment. Other signs that you may need an alignment is if your steering wheel feels loose or you have to keep moving your steering wheel to keep driving straight. Are your tires wearing uneven? Is your steering wheel centered?
Smog Check – Get Test Results Before You Buy
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
We call it “BMW Fever”. First glance and your eyes glaze over. It’s when all rationality and sense fly out the window when you see the “perfect” BMW. You are overcome with an emotional connection that totally defies logic and then you hand over your hard earned money to anyone who says to you, “No problem. Of course, this BMW will pass the smog check, just hand me the cash and I’ll hand you the pink slip”.
Seriously, buyer beware. In California, the SELLER is responsible for the BMW or MINI passing the Smog Test. The test is valid, (to you for registration) if they sell it to you within 90 days of passing.
After Market Parts for BMW – Are They Safe?
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
If you have a teen or young adult at home who loves to spiff up his/her BMW, MINI, (even the Nissan, Mazda or whatever) you might want to share this. If you are thinking about doing some on-line part shopping for your BMW this is for you, too.
For critical safety items for your BMW such as wheels, always use a trusted site that is operated by an established company with a good reputation. For example, you can pretty much trust that the wheels you might order on-line from a major company such as a TireRack are being sourced from suppliers that they check out for reliability.
Diagnostic Codes: Tech Diagnostics vs. Self Diagnostics
Saturday, August 7th, 2010
You have probably heard of the term “pulling codes”, or “reading codes”. The codes are initiated by your BMW or MINI by it’s very own “self diagnostics”.
There is a fallacy out there in the general public; that all a tech has to do is to “plug something into” your BMW or MINI and that a computer will easily tell the tech what is wrong. Part of this misconception may be from the tons of commercials from big box automotive places advertising their pulling codes for free, with some guy holding the little scan tool and making it look simple and easy. But, let’s look at the bigger picture.
Diagnostics – Why do I need it and why do I have to pay for it?
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Yes, it’s an internal combustion engine, (except MINI e) but the main vehicle functions are being performed and monitored electronically with dozens of control modules. Seeing one of those warning lights in the instrument cluster of your BMW, MINI, or any car can be a bit unnerving, but keep in mind, that may be the only indication that there is an unsafe condition or something may not be working correctly.
Performing a diagnosis involving the various BMW control modules, (aka on-board computers) may be necessary to get to the root of a problem if a warning light does come on. In some cases the manufacturer will also require an update to any or all of the dozens of control units, too. …