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Avoiding A Tire Blowout

A tire blowout can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes these reasons are avoidable while other times they are not. You can decrease your chances of this occurring though by following some very simple practices when it comes to routine vehicle maintenance and how you drive. Let's take a look at some of them:

  • For starters, while you are driving you want to make sure that you are not running over anything large in the road that could harm your vehicle or your tires. You want to also avoid pot holes.
  • Make sure you inflate your tires when…
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How to Test Your Car’s Battery

When your car’s battery doesn’t appear to hold a charge, you can check it using a voltmeter. Whether you choose a digital or analog version, you should follow the same steps. The first is to make sure your car and lights are turned off. Begin by connecting the voltmeter’s red, or positive, cable to the positive battery terminal. Follow that with connecting the black, or negative, cable to the battery’s negative terminal.

When your battery registers above 12.4 volts, that indicates it’s able to hold a charge. If, on the other hand, it shows…

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Reasons Your Tire Pressure Monitoring System Lights Up

It can be challenging to tell by sight whether your tires are at the appropriate pressure. Radials, specifically, can appear low even when they’re not. Newer model vehicles are now equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that continually monitors each tire’s pressure and lets the driver know with an illuminated light on the dash if air pressure is too low.

Although most monitoring systems use a direct monitor that measures each tire’s pressure, there are some that operate as indirect monitoring systems. They alert the driver if one of the tires is out of alignment…

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How to know when it's time for pedal maintenance

Car maintenance could be daunting to those who are not well versed in the automobile world. Nonetheless, you need not be a car expert to know when you need to replace brake pedals. Below are the signs that will warn drivers about brake pedal quality.

The first warning sound are strange noises coming from the car when the brake is pressed. A high-pitched noise or grinding noise, a more serious sound, will indicate the need for brake pedal replacement. The second warning sign is pedal problems. The pedal should go down with ease. If it is hard to press down…

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Tire Rotations


Your vehicle is designed to get you where you need to be and safely. However, you need to properly maintain your vehicle over time in order to protect this safety integrity. When it comes to routine maintenance, we here at BMW of Chico recommend that you get certain things done routinely in order to protect your investment and keep you and your family safe. One such item of business is a tire rotation. It takes just a few minutes when your vehicle is here and it goes a long way towards protecting your tires and protecting your budget.


When your…

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Cleaning The Transmission Fluid

One of the important parts of any vehicle that you purchase is the transmission. In order to prolong the life of the transmission, you need to get it serviced as is recommended by BMW of Chico or by the handbook for the vehicle. The fluid in the transmission is responsible for lubricating the gears and the mechanical parts and for keeping the system cool.

Over time, the transmission fluid in the vehicle will deteriorate. Routine service will flush out the old fluid so that new fluid is added. The transmission flush will help to remove any debris that has built…

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Why do you need windshield wiper fluid?


You probably never even consider your windshield wiper fluid until it runs out. That's when you learn how important it is. Having a clean windshield is important, and windshield wiper fluid helps you achieve that.

The main use of windshield wiper fluid is to clean off your windshield to improve visibility. This often is vital in the winter months, when melting snow causes the roads to be covered in muddy water that constantly gets flung up onto your windshield. The fluid also can help in the winter to prevent ice buildup on your windshield.

 
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Keeping Your Car Healthy Is Much Easier than You Think


When you get a new car, or, even if you have an older model vehicle, you most likely want to take care of it. Getting your oil changed is typically simple. You can either take it to the dealership or, take it to a "quick lube" place. The only issue is, that many people are changing their oil far too often. While this may not sound right to you, it is. Most of us still hear our parents and, of course, mechanics tell us it needs to be done every 3,000 miles. They were right, however, times have changed…
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