How to keep your BMW running like new

According to Berkley news, an average American spends 101 minutes per day driving, or 37,935 hours over their lifetime, which is incredible as this clearly shows how much we depend on our vehicle from running errands to getting to work. For most people, having a car is convenient to have in their daily lives. However, for BMW owners, this is a prize possession, something to be proud of. Car maintenance is extremely important in keeping your car running like new. Here are some useful car care tips for BMW owners.

Most Important Services.

Bringing your car for maintenance can be time-consuming, but having your BMW for a regular repair by a professional will keep your vehicle running faster, better and longer and most importantly help avoid costly emergency services later.
1. Engine. The engine is considered the heart of the car; therefore, it needs a lot of attention! We highly recommend having your car checked a few times a year. The last thing you need is your car breaking down on you in the middle of the highway.
2. Brakes. You should be checking your brakes as part of your regular necessary car maintenance. Our experts at German AutoSports recommends flushing the brake system every two years or so as strong brakes are key to your safety.
3. Tires. One of the most important safety system of your care. Being able to slow down the car or stopping from any sudden incident or accident. Improper working brakes will prevent you from doing so and cause more danger than your car but others on the road.
4. Cooling system. With BMW cars, the cooling system is a critical part of your car as it needs to be kept cooled and ideal operating temperature. To prevent your car from overheating, consider flushing your system with engine coolant as this will help protect the water pump, thermostat, and other internal components from frying up.
6. Oil. The BMW owner manual recommends changing oil every 12,000 to 15,000 miles as your car’s health is vital when it comes to keeping your vehicle stay in tip-top shape.

If you are unsure about your car’s condition, schedule an appointment and allow us to provide you the best solutions to your car needs.

 

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Driving Tips In The Rain

Spring in Massachusetts can be unpredictable. We tend to see a lot of rainy days which can be hard to drive on the road at times because we’re not used to the amount of the rain. That being said, as drivers, we should do our best for ourselves and others on the road, and stay cautious at all times. Here are five things you should avoid while driving in the rain.

  1. Stay Away From Sides Of Roads: Roads are constructed so that the highest point is in the middle. While it may not be a significant difference, this does cause for water to drain towards the edges of the road. Standing water can be dangerous while driving in the rain which means staying towards the center of the road will keep you safest.
  2. Keep Your Headlights On But Not Too Bright: Headlights believe it or not are not only used for our benefit. They are extremely beneficial to other drivers as it helps them see us. In harder conditions of a rainstorm, headlights help everyone stay aware of there surroundings.
  3. Stop Driving If You Can’t See: If you’ve ever driven in a rainstorm to the point where it is coming down so hard, you can see then you should not be driving. It may be a no-brainer, but people continue to drive in these situations. As soon as possible, pull off the road when safe.
  4. Stay Away From Flooded Areas: If you notice water flowing across the street from one side to the other, don’t try and cross. People continue to get swept away by stronger and deeper water then they have anticipated.
  5. Slow Down: While possibly the most obvious of them all is to slow down when driving. Drive well under speed limits,  as one of the worst dangers of driving fast in rainy conditions is hydroplaning.

We can only do our best and take proper cautions when driving on the road. If you’ve recently been in a car accident, please get in touch and allow us to evaluate your car so we can get it back on the road again!

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Car Cleaning Tips and Mistakes You Might Be Making

Spring cleaning to do list can mean many things to people; home, room, closet, or even cars! We’ve experienced many occasions where car owners did not think carefully when cleaning their car. Here are the common mistakes we find out when we ask our clients.

1. Washing when it is hot.

We understand, it just seems like the perfect way to get started, nice weather, music to the side to get in the mood, but a sunny day could dry your car too quickly, which in result turns into water spots. We recommend cleaning your car in the morning or evening when the sun is not directly on your car.

2. Using Dish Soap.

Yep, you heard right. Whatever you do, do not use dish detergent as this can be harsh on your car’s paint. Use the appropriate care products as the it specializes in specific car exterior paint.

3. Separate soapy water and rising with buckets.

It may seem like a lot of work, but it makes sense. Keeping your buckets apart will prevent any used soapy water from scratching the paint with dirt.

4. Forgetting the tires.

It’s quite common to see clean cars with dirty tires, but it is essential to get everything done right. Tires collect mud and dirt on the road and fail to clean them properly may get onto other parts of the vehicle too.

5. Neglecting your antenna.

Modern cars will have their antennas retracting into the car once the car is switched off. It may come unnoticed, but when retracted, antennas can drag gunk into your interior. Use wax paper for best results as it gives it a protective coat to repel dirt.

6. Cup Holders.

Extremely handy for your morning coffees, but when was the last time you cleaned out your cup holders? After all, drinks tend to spill when driving through rough roads and such. Bacteria’s accumulate which creates an unhealthy environment to your car interior.

7. Floor Mats.

This should be one of the top priorities when cleaning the inside of the car because it’s where your shoes rub any dirt or debris on. We recommend removing floor mats and vacuum thoroughly and dirt left underneath to give it a good clean.

Car cleaning may sound simple to do, but careless mistakes can lead to further damages to your car without you knowing it. For more information about our services, please feel free to get in touch with our experts at German AutoSports at (978) 388-1288

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Spring 2018 Vehicle Maintenance Tips

It’s amazing how a couple of weeks of sunshine can change the mood here in New England, with that said, Spring is just around the corner. With Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions taken a toll on your car, it is likely to show some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify any minor problems, before they become major ones.

Here are some tips to keep your car running safely this spring and summer:

  1. Change your oil and oil filter. Changing your oil and oil filter at the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual is one of the best ways to keep the engine running trouble free. Neglecting to replace engine oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption and even severe engine damage.
  2. Check your fluids. When you change your oil and oil filter, you should also check your fluids. Check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids; your windshield washer fluid; and your coolant. If the levels are low, top them up, and flush/replace them as recommended in your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that your power steering, brake and coolant systems are closed, so low fluid levels may indicate a leak.
  3. Replace your wiper blades. If they’re torn or cracked your wiper blades won’t do you much good in the middle of unrelenting spring showers when visibility is reduced.
  4. Check your charging system. Cold temperatures can do a number on your battery, so now is a good time to have it tested. You should also check to make sure that your battery is securely mounted and that the connections are clean, tight, and corrosion free. If your battery is more than five years old, you should consider having it replaced.
  5. Fix your windshield. In cities where sand and rocks are used on icy roads, motorists often end up with chips and cracks in their windshields. Although these may not seem like a big deal, any damage to your windshield can decrease the overall effectiveness of airbags, seatbelts, roof stability, and your personal safety in the event of an accident. If your windshield has a crack, it’s important to have it repaired or replaced immediately.
  6. Check your lighting. Check all exterior and interior lighting to identify any problems. When your vehicle’s lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.
  7. Lubricate your chassis parts. Many newer cars are “lubed-for-life,” but some still require regular chassis lubrication so check your owner’s manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may also require periodic lubrication.
  8. Check your belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage, and check your belts for looseness, cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new belt from slipping.
  9. Check your filters. Your car has a number of filters that are important to its longevity and should be replaced regularly. Check your engine air filter, your cabin air filter, and your fuel filter for damage or clogging and replace them if necessary.
  10. Check your tires. Your tires are the only point of contact between you and road, so it’s important to take care of them. Check the pressure of all your tires (including the spare) monthly, and maintain the optimal pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and for cuts or bruises on the sidewalls. Rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers, and replace them if they are worn or damaged.

Make vehicle maintenance a priority this spring to protect yourself and prolong the life of your vehicle!

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Prepare Your Car For Spring

Even if it is a glimpse of warm weather, it still gives us hope that Spring is just around the corner. We should be thankful that this Winter was mild and our vehicle was not tested. However, to ensure your car is still functioned and safe on the road, here are some helpful tips to get your car prepped for Spring.

Check your brakes.
The winter can be rough on the road especially if you live in Massachusetts. With ice and salt on the roads, brakes can lose its functionality, so pay attention to the sound of your brakes for any unusual noises as this can indicate a sign.

Replace your wiper blades.
Make sure your wipers are in excellent condition in preparation for the Spring. They are easily neglected and if they were not treated right, can cause your windows problems.

Take care of your tires.
If you swapped out your tires for the winter season, it’s time to start planning to swap it back as snow tires are not meant to handle spring conditions, and will wear down faster if you don’t change them.

Check your coolant level.
As the weather gets warmer, it’s important to keep your car engines at the right temperature, so don’t forget to check your manual book or speak to a local car maintenance guy to help check your fluids.

Re-evaluate your insurance policy.
Spring is the best time to have your insurance checked. Since you’re having your car checked you might as well, right?

For more information about our car maintenance services, please get in touch and call us today for a free consultation!

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Increasing Your Car’s Battery Life

On average, most car batteries have a lifespan of about five years until they ultimately die. One of the most important factors that affect the battery is how you use it and the weather condition. Taking proper care of your car battery by having your car checked up is one start. Here are other ways you can do to maximize the life of your car battery.

  1. Limit your long trips. If you plan on being away from your car for a very long time, you should disconnect the battery. If you don’t, there is a good chance that you will come home to a dead car.
  2. Have the battery cleaned. Over time, battery terminal clutters, it’s important to keep them cleaned to prevent any buildup. A good tip is to scrub the terminals with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda and water.
  3. Older car model maintenance. As well as the steps before this, look for the level of distilled water. Check your cars manual to be sure because more recent cars don’t need this maintenance.
  4. Avoid leaving your car on. We get it; you want to make the inside nice and toasty to keep you warm as you step in. However, many car owners forget that leaving the car on for a while drains the battery power.
  5. Test The Battery Often. To keep your battery in check, keep a car battery tester with you to track how well you’re maintaining the battery life. This will give you a better idea of when you’re due for a new one.

Cold weather seems to cause a lot of automotive issues. To stay on top of many problems that people encounter during the winter, read tips for driving in the snow, and the affect of road salt on cars.

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Three common winter car problems

If you live in New England, then you know how troublesome the winter weather can be. As the temperature continues to drop, sleet, snow, and ice on the road can be dangerous to your car. Learning some of the fundamental issues can help reduce problems and get you through the winter.

1. Freezing Fluids.
When the temperature begins to drop below 35 degrees, Fahrenheit liquids start to freeze, which means other fluids in your vehicle will also freeze and can cause your car at high risk when driving on the road. Keep in mind, not all vehicle fluids are affected by the drop in the temperature but rather still thickens which causes the vehicle work extra harder than it usually does.

2. Dying Batteries.
Unfortunately, car batteries are most vulnerable during the winter. More energy is required to start a vehicle, and if the battery is nearer to the end of its lifespan, you are at a higher risk of it dying entirely in the winter.

3. Decreasing Tire Pressure.
If you have not had your tires checked recently, now is the time, it is already mid-winter, but do you want to continue risking your car and yourself on the road? Underinflated tires significantly increase braking distances and can dramatically affect steering and handling.

Don’t risk your car if it has not been checked up in a long while. Your vehicle is most vulnerable during the winter, don’t put yourself or other people on the road in danger and get your car checked!

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BMW Repairs You Should Not Do Yourself

Your car is broken, and you have a difficult decision to make. Do you go and attempt to fix the car yourself to save a bit of money or do you bring your vehicle to a local car shop and have an experienced and knowledgeable mechanic to take care of it? Modern cars today are a lot more complicated than ever, here are some of the reasons why should leave it to the professionals.

1. Bodywork. There is a reason why BMW is known for their high levels of performance and refinement, and if you feel you can repair your car in the garage, better think again, as you can potentially cause more damage to the car than you first anticipated.
2. Windshield Replacement. A large piece of glass that protects the car frontal from elements and keeps you and passengers safe. Even a slightest of misjudgment can cause leaks into your car, which you do not want to experience!
3. Transmission Maintenance. Unless you have strong mechanical experiences under your belt, we highly recommend you take your car to a professional.
4. Suspension Component Replacement. Although it looks fairly simple to fix, however, BMW suspension is very complex, there are made up with complicated setups, and if it’s not adjusted correctly, it can be very dangerous for your car and other people on the road.
We understand repair or replacement of car body parts can be costly, but if you’re not at all experienced in this field, it’s best to leave it to your local repair shop to prevent further damages and to your wallet. Call German AutoSport today for a free consultation.

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Bad habits that can ruin your car

For those who live in Massachusetts, will know how frightful the Winter weather can be, especially in the mornings driving on the road. It’s important to keep your car in good condition but did you know certain habits that you are doing can potentially cost you and the automobile more money to fix without knowing? Here are some habits you should avoid.

1. Forgetting to change your windshield wipers. One of the easiest changes to make that is often neglected by car owners. If you start to see the wipers not doing their job, it’s a sign to change them right away as it is vital to keep a clear sight when on the road.

2. Warming the car for too long. We get it, you want to climb into your car feeling nice and warm before driving, however, leaving your car running for more than a few minutes can cause buildup on the spark plugs and also waste gas as engines are not designed to idle for long periods of time.

3. Continuing to use Summer tires during Winter. Summer tires are not designed to drive through the winter and when the temperature falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the ice on the road will weaken your summer tires which leads to poor handling and braking.

4. Forgetting to check the tire pressure. We constantly remind our clients to check their tires every season as winter will work your tires the most. Carry an emergency kit in the car is the best way to be prepared all year round.

5. Pouring hot water on the windshield. One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to deice their windshield, especially if you have a small crack in the glass as hot water will make the crack expand.

6. Slamming your brakes too hard. Accidents during the cold weather happen when someone loses control of their car from pressing the brake too hard. To avoid a costly accident, stay calm, and remember to gently turn the steering wheel in the direction you are sliding and tap the brake lightly.

7. Speeding. No matter how experienced you may think you are, speeding during the winter is asking for trouble. Overconfidence can potentially cause you a serious crash. Don’t be that person.

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Tips for Driving in the Snow

It’s the middle of fall, and the temperature is slowly dropping, which can only mean one thing, winter is right around the corner. Snow will start falling from the sky before we know it and the roads will begin to get slippery and dangerous. Here are some helpful tips for driving in the snow:

Don’t drive while being fatigued. Be well rested if you’re planning a long drive. Driving through heavy snow requires a lot of attention and awareness.

Warming your car up in an enclosed area could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Always be sure if you are heating your vehicle in a garage, that the door is open.

Be sure that your car tires are fully inflated. Dull or flat tires will reduce the amount of traction and gas usage.

Try keeping your car tank at least half full. If it gets too low, there is an increased chance at gas line freeze-up.
Don’t use your cruise control in any snowy or slippery conditions. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. If you try to accelerate too fast in the snow, you’re at a high chance of skidding. Take your time and drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads so why the rush?

Drive safe and follow these steps to avoid accidents as snow is one of the leading causes of crashes.

 

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