Small coolant leak today – big expensive bang tomorrow
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
Sometimes you may have a very small coolant leak and not realize it. For example, you don’t see drops of “anything” under your car, but now, your coolant level light will turn on. You decide to check the level and then add a bit of water, coolant, (or mixture) to “top off” and go on your merry way. From your perspective all looks OK.
Now, if this happens again, and indeed your coolant is low, you really should get your cooling system, hoses, etc..checked by a professional who knows your BMW. Why?
Under the stresses of driving, a very small leak that is not noticeable, can become a big leak at any time, (usually a tiny stress crack that has now grown …
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
No matter how much you enjoy so many of the cool, techno and safety gadgets that enhance your later model BMW, be aware that in some instances, what used to be a simple situation, can become a little more challenging for you as a consumer.
Take your keys, for example. Due to the rolling security code feature, you cannot just go to your local locksmith, and get a key re-made. Of course, one never wants to lose a key, (or worse yet, both keys), however, if that becomes the case your specialty shop or dealership will take extra steps to be sure that the key is being remade for the registered owner of the vehicle. (Great news)! …
They asked, you answered, we comment
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
A very recent survey that was conducted by manufacturers of rubber products, determined that only about 15 percent of people had their tire pressure checked on a monthly basis, while 70% of cars are being washed once a month, (according to the survey).
In California the legislation that was signed by the Governor to reduce carbon emissions, is proposing that your tire pressure be checked every time your auto is in for maintenance. Not sure how this is going to be monitored, but, we are probably going to have some new paperwork! The good thing, is that correct tire pressure, (in case you are not aware), is one of the things that you can do to get better gas mileage.
Some of …
Tires… Don’t just kick them – look at them!
Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
It’s time to do a visual check on your BMW’s tires and you may want to know what you, (or a professional), should be looking for. Any uneven wear such as irregular tread wear on the tire’s shoulder area, (whether it be inside or outside), should be inspected by a professional. We touched on the tread depth in a post about being prepared for a rainy day, but any exposed tread bar is sign to replace the tires. If you see any fabric or tire cord exposed, the tires are dangerously worn, and they should be replaced immediately by a professional prior to driving the car.
Now, hopefully, you are getting your BMW inspected on a regular basis and you will …
DIY repair might not be right for your car
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
Hey, we think it’s great that some of you are buying cool wheels and upgrading your tires. But, please, do not expect us to put these on for you at “no charge”. Today, a young man even wanted us to loan him a tool so he could try it himself! Not sure how that was going to work, since the tool he wanted was not going to get the job done…..and just when you think you’ve heard it all.
Please, remember that there is a cost to drive your beautiful BMW. None of us wants to find out out that a particular part, repair, or service is going to cost more than expected. But, will someone …
Be prepared for a rainy day
Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
It’s hard to believe that the kids are going back to school and that summer is almost ended. Haven’t you noticed that the days are getting shorter? So, before we know it, winter driving will be here.
Be sure that your tires on your BMW are ready for the rainy season that will, (eventually), be upon us. Most tires manufactured today have wear indicators that appear as a bar across your tire. This is a tread wear indicator from the manufacturer to warn you that your tire is worn out! The bar appears with 2/32nds of tread remaining or less.
But, BMW recommends replacement at 3/32nds of tread depth. Effective tread life and water channeling are severely diminished, or non existent at …
Shocking truth about suspension
Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
Sometimes, we see situations where a BMW has been driven in a poor condition for so long, that the driver becomes unaware of how it should be driving! Luckily, this is a rare situation for us.
Remember, that suspension components are safety related. When your shocks are no longer working properly, it’s time for some attention by a qualified shop! There is a tendency by some owners to think that “it’s driving fine”, when actually they have just driven it for so long, so broken, that they cannot understand why “now”, they need shocks.
“Aahhhhh, it feels like a new car!” These are some of the most gratifying words that your BMW technician can hear. Happy …
My car is my most sophisticated gadget
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
Often times a client of ours will assume that they need a new battery because, “my battery is dead”. Yes, sometimes that is the case. However, be sure that your shop is testing your battery and performing a charging system check. Your technician will then have the readings that will help determine ultimately what the problem is. Your battery may not be the problem, at all.
Remember, that with each model year, the demand on your electrical system is higher. Just think about it. The number of sensors that monitor components,etc., in the vehicle, as well as those new gadgets, (for all of you gadget lovers out there!) is ever increasing. How cool is that?
Smart maintenance to the rescue
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Just within the past few days, we have seen several BMW’s that are still under the “Free BMW Maintenance” program, that are being totally neglected. It’s going to be so sad to see those beautiful engines and cars take a premature demise. We are seeing fairly new cars going way over the service intervals, with no oil change, no filter change!
This is enough to make a BMW lover want to cry. Go get your car maintained, please.
Of course, most of us love convenience and it sounds convenient when maintenance is free and infrequent. If you are not going to keep your BMW very long, well, that may work for you. But, if you are planning on keeping your new car …
Conditioning the air responsibly
Friday, August 10th, 2007
One of the issues that our California Air Resources Board is finally going to address is “do it yourself” air conditioning refrigerants. They plan on restricting the sale of these. We are not sure how they are planning to do this, unless it will be similar to the spray paint cans that are locked up at your local hardware store. Maybe they will restrict the sale in that manner, or perhaps ban their sale entirely in the state. We’ll see what happens next.
It has been known for probably 20 years or so, that the refrigerants cause environmental damage when a system is leaking…not sure why this one took so long.
Always take care of your air conditioning …