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 …
Sunday, January 24th, 2010
It may come to a surprise to many people who purchased diesels that they will need a smog test every two years. Beginning with model year 1998 to current. This is a new law that became effective January 2010 and there is no 6 year exemption as is the case with gasoline vehicles. So if you just purchased your new BMW X5d, don’t be surprised when you receive a smog requirement with that CA state registration notice about 21 months from now. We would not be surprised if the hybrids such as the Prius could be next to lose the 6 year exemption. How can that be? Well, in our opinion, the powers that be …
Cash for Clunkers: requirements change, clunkers stay the same
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
It looks as if a lot of people who were checking out their options when it came to the Cash for Clunkers program were totally surprised last week, (just prior to the roll out of the program), when the EPA changed the mileage reports on about 78 to 86 vehicles. This is leaving some people in the lurch as to whether they qualify or not for the program. Some cars lost their eligibility and others instantly became eligible! Ooops. Just how did that happen?
Oh well, . . .and we thought that it’s only a “Clunker” if you make it one. Don’t let your BMW be a Clunker.
Cash for Clunkers – will take you all day to read it
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
OK, the “Cash for Clunkers” finally rolled out late last week. All 136 pages of it! Seriously. It’s obviously so complicated that it took that many pages to explain it. Scary….
Refrigerating your A/C safely
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
It’s that time of the year. If you notice that your A/C does not seem to be a cool as it should, please call a BMW or MINI Cooper professional.
Technology, environmental laws, and even our Business and Professional Codes, have changed in regards to Air Conditioning service. Remember that at one time people would just “top off” their air conditioning system with freon? Well, usually that means there is a leak somewhere in the system. (This is depleting the ozone layer). It is unlawful to discharge refrigerant into the atmosphere, (and it has been for many years). So a qualified shop will have special equipment to identify, (what kind of refrigerant), remove it safely …
Cooling System tests – failure is not an option
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
The purpose of pressure testing a cooling system after a repair is for one reason only. It is to be sure that the coolant system is operating properly and that there are no leaks. It is not to cause more failures. Will something else fail, on a system that is only 4 years old? It is possible. Is there a weak or marginal component? It’s either find out now, or when you are on your way to an important meeting driving up I-280.
Hoses, water pumps, expansion tanks and even your radiator and cap are being highly stressed and subject to extreme heat while driving. A pressure test in the shop setting is not …
Jiffy Lube damaging engines while “flushing” them
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
One of the unfortunate situations that has taken place at Jiffy Lubes in Southern California, is the process of “engine flushes”. It appears that there was, (until 2 weeks ago), an incentive in place for some of those shops to sell “engine flushes”. We did see the report on a local L.A. news channel and it was pretty scathing. Now, there have been hundreds of complaints to the Bureau of Automotive Repair and damaged engines. As one who takes pride in our industry, this was very, very sad to see.
Reality check: Regarding one of those “jiffy/quicky” lubes in our area, our oil service is only a few dollars higher priced than theirs for BMW. …
Monday, August 18th, 2008
August 13, 2008 BMW announced a voluntary recall on 200,000 Model Year 2004-06 vehicles. In includes certain models of 3 series, 5 series and X3’s. Affected owners will be receiving letters in September. It is a recall of the Front Passenger Seat Air Bag Occupant Detection Sensor Mat. At the time of the statement, according to their spokesperson, they were not aware of any accidents or injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website has the complete recall statement.
News Flash: services suspended
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
An Executive Order, (from our Governor), issued on July 31, 2008 is suspending the following programs, that are part of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Smog Check program:
Vehicle Retirement services, CAP Repair Assistance and Referee services through the Bureau of Automotive Repair, has been suspended until further notice. This is part of the State Budget crisis that hopefully with be solved sooner, rather than later. The Consumer Information Center can be reached at 800-952-5210 or www.smogcheck.ca.gov to confirm when the above services will resume.
Don’t worry, breathe easy
Thursday, July 24th, 2008
There is a new Consumer Awareness campaign sponsored by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Automotive Repair. It’s called “Drive Healthy”. This will give you more ideas to save fuel, and get the most for your money.
It also gives you some great information about the Smog Check Program, what is being checked and why.