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BMW Maintenance Performed by Expert Technicians

Many people know about the routine maintenance and service that is needed for their BMW vehicle when they invest in something new. Most people don't realize how important it is that this work gets completed by an experienced BMW technician. It can be tempting to take your vehicle into a smaller shop in order to save money. The problem with this is that these shops use aftermarket parts to complete repairs. They also don't know BMW vehicles as well as our service technicians do here at BMW of Birmingham. 

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How to Care for Your Car Before Winter Arrives

At BMW of Birmingham, we want you to keep your car running well at all times of the year. Therefore, it is important that you perform routine maintenance regardless of the weather conditions. For instance, be sure that any old filters are replaced to ensure that the vehicle runs in an efficient manner.

It is also a good idea to have the heater and brakes looked at prior to the cold and snowy season. Having good brakes on your vehicle makes it easier to ensure that your car or truck can avoid a collision on slippery roads. 

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Keeping Your Vehicle Running Smoothly Starts Will Regular Oil Checks

Have you ever thought about how you can preserve and maintain your vehicle's performance? A key factor in how your car drives and something to monitor regularly that will strengthen its longevity is motor oil. Learning about motor oils purpose and viscosity will allow you to keep your vehicle running at its best throughout the year.

Motor oil has a singular purpose which is to lubricate vital parts of the motor. Viscosity measures how resistant oil is to flow. Understanding this will help you know which oil to use and when. Low viscosity oil flows more freely than high…

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Finding Your Tire Size Information

Car owners can answer many questions about their tires by reading the information printed on the sidewalls. They include the size of the diameter, the width of the tread, and the proper type of vehicle.

  • The letter P indicates passenger-rated tires.
  • The letter R indicates the tire type, here a radial tire.
  • The tire width number measured in millimeters. 
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Motor Oil Myths - Debunked!

Motor oil changes are vital to the well-being of your vehicle. With so many myths surrounding motor oil, it’s hard to know fact from fiction. But knowing the facts is as important as the actual oil change itself. Stop in at BMW of Birmingham and speak with our trained auto service technicians.

Two myths that have been around forever are that oil must be changed every 3,000 miles and if it’s black it needs to be changed. The oil is black because it’s been doing its job, which is cleaning your engine. 

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How to Replace a Flat Tire

If you have ever gotten a flat, then you know the initial panic of not being able to get where you are going on time. You don't have to worry about that if you know how to change your tire and replace with a spare. All you need is a spare tire, jack, lug wrench, and wheel wedges. Alternatively, you may want to have a can of Fix-A-Flat or a flat tire repair kit as well. This can help in emergency situations when you need to get to the shop fast.

Once you have placed the wheel wedges, you…

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Tips for Checking the Battery of Your Vehicle

The scorching temperatures in summer and the frigid cold temperatures in winter are draining to the battery of a vehicle. To check the voltage on your battery, you will need to have a voltmeter. The following steps will assist you in monitoring your vehicle's battery.

  • Turn off the ignition and all the lights on your vehicle.
  • Connect the voltmeters red lead to the positive battery terminal and the black lead to the negative terminal. 
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How to Tell if a Fuel Pump is Failing

If the fuel pump in your vehicle is about to fail, you can spot the trouble easily if you know what to look for. Let the BMW parts experts here at BMW of Birmingham help you notice the signs of a failing fuel pump.

  1. When traveling at higher speeds, if the fuel pump is about to fail, you'll feel the engine sputtering like you are just about to run out of fuel.
  2. If you are trying to tow something or haul something very heavy, signs of fuel pump trouble will reveal itself when the vehicle loses power and can…
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Time to Check Out Your Transmission

Here at BMW of Birmingham, we have a professional service department staff that is always happy to take care of all your car maintenance needs. We encourage you to learn more about how your vehicle works and how to recognize problems when they arise.

Your vehicle's transmission is an important part that uses special gears to allow your engine to power your wheels. Keeping your transmission in good repair with fresh fluid is essential for good vehicle performance. 

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Keep Your Cool With Regular Radiator Checks

If you are hesitant about checking your car, then one of the reasons that should motivate you is the cost of replacement parts. Even more importantly, checking the cooling system is sort of a step that should never be missed.

Overheating a car engine is never a small problem, because it could result in replacement of cylinder heads and head gasket repairs. Both of these parts, plus labor, easily runs into thousands of dollars. 

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