Safety Check List for the Holidays
Friday, July 2nd, 2010
Today is get-a-way day for those wanting to get an early start on the July 4th celebrations. Freedom and the birth of our great country. What a fantastic holiday we are celebrating!
By now, we hope you have had your BMW or MINI serviced and checked out. If not, you will want to check your tire pressures, (the psi for your specific vehicle is listed on the door panel sticker) check your tires for any nails, and of course, check all of the fluid levels. You can usually call a local independent BMW and MINI shop if you have any questions. Or call us at (408) 446-9727. Remember, your BMW or MINI manual is also a …
Tire Pressure Monitoring: Looking Out For Your Safety
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
For you and your BMW, MINI, and all of your household cars; July 1, 2010, another mandatory regulation by the California Air Resources Board, (to be implemented by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Automotive Repair) is finally in effect.
So what does that have to do with me? In California, what this means for you, is that in most cases wherever/whenever you take your BMW, your MINI, or any other car for repair, service or maintenance, your tires should be inflated to the proper psi that is listed on the sticker on the door pillar by your auto tech and documented on your invoice or repair order.
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
BMW of NA has issued a recall that just began a few weeks ago at the end of March 2010. The recall is specific to year 2010 Sport Activity Vehicles, the X5 and X6 that were produced over a span of 2 days in December of 2009. Thankfully, there are only 210 of these recalled and it is related to the bonding of the windshield over a certain length that could affect stability of the roof in the event of a rollover incident.
Go to safercar.gov or nhtsa.gov for complete details on the recall.
Thursday, January 28th, 2010
How did your wipers perform during this last series of rain storms? Experts have cited that 90% of your driving decisions are based on an unobstructed and clear view of the road. If your wipers are dried out, cracked and not working properly, you are taking a chance that clear windshield visibility may be reduced to zero. Who wants to put themselves, others and your beautiful BMW at risk? Windshields are increasingly sloped model after model, to increase that ever important aerodynamics. Your wipers should be hugging the windshield properly on each and every sweep. You are looking for full, clean contact from the wiper to windshield. Over time, (not necessarily use), your …
Rain etiquette – turn on your lights
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
Well we are about in the 3rd Quarter of what is turning out to be the worst storm to hit the Bay Area in 40 years. You would think that people would turn on their lights when they drive, slow down, and put down that cell phone!
Seriously. The State could have balanced the budget if they would have collected the fines from all of the the drivers out there today, breaking the law and causing an extra few thousand or so accidents since this morning.
We just saw a driver in a Porsche Carrera honking at a SUV driver because he wanted her to drive a little faster. The real solution for that dude is to drive on …
Clean fluids – pure power
Monday, October 12th, 2009
Fluids are the life blood of your BMW. That is why it is so important that you follow a regular maintenance program that includes checking, and flushing/exchanging the fluids when necessary.
For example, power steering fluid that is old and dirty, can actually damage the internal drive shaft in your power steering pump. You may even notice that your E46 is getting a little bit harder to steer at low speeds. Actually, if you get used to the gradual decrease in performance of your steering, you may not notice it. Then it could fail completely resulting your needing a new power steering pump, etc.. That’s one good reason to keep it clean.
Be sure that you are …
Stay safe – check air filter
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Sadly again, our state has been plagued by wildfires. If you are or have been driving in the areas affected, be sure to check the air filter on your BMW or MINI. Air flow in the vehicle system is very important for getting the best gas mileage, performance and overall health of your BMW or MINI. Driving in or around the fire areas can make your air filter dirty. Remember to check it, and change it when necessary.
Enjoy the road!
BMW Battery – AVG or lead calcium; good to know
Friday, August 28th, 2009
The modern luxury car such as a BMW, is using a considerable amount of electrical current even when you are not driving. The need for environmental, safety, ABS, electric power steering, DSC, your NAV, (this is not the complete list of features). Then throw in a few creature comforts, and the electrical draw is pretty substantial. You can count on about 100 or so actuator motors that need electrical current, too.
In the later part of 2002, BMW, started using a type of battery commonly referred to as a “glass-mat” battery or AGM, (absorbent glass mat), in a few of the models. This battery is very different than the lead-calcium batteries.
They usually have a much longer life and …
BMW cooling system: radiator, hoses, and maintenance
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Well it’s time to do some cooling system work on my beautiful BMW 540i. My spouse saw the tell tale spot of coolant/antifreeze on our garage floor. It looks like I have a hose that has developed a small leak. Of course, I will want to take care of it right away, before it blows when I am on the freeway.
Due to the age of my BMW and the mileage, it’s time to go through the entire system. I’ll probably replace all of the hoses, expansion tank and radiator at the same time. We’ll have to check the thermostat and the water pump too. In some situations, it can save some time and …
Oil and batteries – mixing and changing
Saturday, August 8th, 2009
We know that in economic downturns, some owners will try a little DIY, on their BMW or MINI. Just remember to be responsible if you do decide to change that oil yourself. Used Oil and batteries must be handled appropriately, safely, and recycled.
Speaking of batteries; all batteries are not made equal. You don’t want to replace your BMW original or an Interstate Battery with a cheap version. Why not? Your voltage may be out of the designed specifications upon start-up, and this lower voltage may also affect your on board computer, (and not in a good way)! Due to the electrical demands of your modern BMW, you do not want to cheap out when …