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Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

When it comes to driving your vehicle into the winter months, it is important to ensure that your vehicle is well maintained and prepared for any weather condition. Whether you are planning a road trip to visit friends or family, or will continue to drive to and from work every day, your vehicle needs to be in top shape in order to keep you safe on the winter roads. The following are some winter vehicle maintenance tips that will help guide you on how to take care of your vehicle and ensure your safety this winter season.   Regular inspections are a must! When it comes to your BMW or MINI, frequent inspections are the best way to catch an issue early on that could become troublesome to deal with during the winter.   Change your windshield wipers. In our beautiful state of Washington, this is a must for drivers, especially during the rainy months. Windshield wipers only last about a year, so if you start noticing any skipping, smudging, or smearing of water when your win ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is the start of Fall Car Care Month, a time of year dedicated to reminding car drivers to get their vehicles ready for the winter months and to practice good vehicle maintenance. As we approach the winter months, it is important to inspect vital components of our cars that are important for keeping safe and comfortable in the colder weather.    Regular car care is key to keeping your vehicle running healthy and to avoid costly repairs down the road. A properly maintained vehicle will also ensure your safety on the road.    The Car Care Council recommends 10 Fall maintenance items that will help make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter: Check fluids - This includes engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper solvent, and coolant. Clean and topped off fluids will help make sure that all systems are running smoothly.    Check hoses and belts - All hoses should be check ... read more

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My Check Engine Light is On - What Do I Do?

We understand that dreadful feeling of seeing your vehicle's check engine light turn on out of the blue. You start to wonder what could possibly be wrong, and how much it is going to cost you to fix it. You may also think, does it even need to be checked out, or will it just go away on its own? We’ve all been there, hoping that maybe it will magically turn off the next day. However, when your vehicle’s check engine light turns on, it’s your vehicle’s way of telling you that something is wrong.  The check engine light will turn on if your vehicle’s computer system senses that there is a problem with a part in your vehicle. There are many different issues that can trigger the light to turn on, and usually diagnostics will have to be run to determine the issue. It is nearly impossible for you to determine the issue by thinking of what could be wrong or by looking under the hood, so don’t stress yourself with thinking the worst. As soon as you ... read more

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