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Spring has arrived. Here's what that means for your car

Your car is one of your most important assets, so make sure you take proper care of it during each season of the year. When it comes to spring, you have an incredible chance to have proper maintenance performed on your car.

Do you have regular oil changes? These are one of the most important things you can do to maintain your car's engine and interior. In addition to an oil change, your spring maintenance routine should also include tightening of hoses and belts, a tire rotation, and an air filter change. These services will work together to ensure…

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How to Safely Drive Your Car in the Rain


The following safety guide brought to you by BMW of Rochester Hills will help you to drive better in the rain.

Make sure to turn on the headlights as soon as you put on the windshield wipers. This is now a law in many states, designed to allow other drivers to see your vehicle as visibility drops.

Add two more seconds to the distance between cars by simply slowing down. This allows everyone more reaction time on the roads. Oil patches on the road are most slippery as the rain starts, so it is a good practice to slow down…
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Extend The Life Of Your Tires With Regular Rotations

Tires perform a very critical function on your vehicle. As a result of this, they are also going to see some of the most severe wear and tear. This is due to a combination of the heat that they experience over rough terrain as well as supporting the weight of the car, truck, or SUV. Tires are not cheap to replace, either. So naturally, everyone wants to get the most out of them that they can.

The good news is that if you just take care of them, they will last longer. One of the most important things that you…

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Powertrain or Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: What's Better?

Buying a car is an exciting experience. You get to test drive your favorites, pick out the color you like, and drive home in a new vehicle. However, when you sit down with the sales manager, you want to make sure that your car is protected by a warranty. There are a number of warranties out there, and they are not all created equal.

A powertrain warranty covers the engine and transmission, which are the core components to making your vehicle run. This is best for used vehicles. Typically, a powertrain warranty runs up to 60,000 miles or 10…

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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

Your brake pedal should give you a feeling of confidence that it’s going to be able to stop and hold your vehicle. If the opposite is true, perhaps the pedal feels soft, then it’s time to have it checked. There could be a number of reasons for the pedal to lose firmness.

You may have a small leak in the lines. The lines are constructed of steel and can corrode and rust over time. When there’s a block, or the lines are leaking, there isn’t enough pressure available to force the caliper to press the pads…

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Simple Steps for Testing Your Car Battery's Power Level

One way to be prevent being stranded roadside with a dead battery is to check the amount of charge your battery still has, either in a simple do-it-yourself procedure or stopping by BMW of Rochester Hills service department in Shelby Township for a complimentary battery test.

For testing your battery's charge, you need an analog or digital voltmeter that will provide an accurate reading. Be sure all lights and the ignition key are off and put on eye protection and gloves. The red test lead should be connected to the battery's positive terminal, then the black lead to…

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When Doing Your Auto Maintenance, Don't Forget About The Air Filtration


Your vehicle has many areas that require maintenance. One of these areas is the air filtration. Your car, truck, or SUV needs to "breathe". The combustion process in your engine requires fresh air be drawn in through the intake, and expelled through the exhaust. That intake air passes through a filter to help keep dust and debris from being drawn into your engine. That is why it is so important to keep your air intake filter clean and replace it every 3,000-5,000 miles. Many drivers find that it is convenient to just wrap it up with every other…
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Let's Get your Motor Oil Change Sorted


Different cars use different conventional oils for their motors. As such, all these oils also come with different viscosity grades, depending on the needs of the vehicle in question.

It is important for drivers to have a routine schedule on changing motor oil, which can be derived from their driving habits. To get a good grasp of how regular you should be changing your oil, consult your car manual. Alternatively, you can talk to our dealership and find out the best oil for your car.

If your car is installed with an oil-refill monitoring system, ensure you are...
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Why Use Windshield Wiper Fluid Rather than Water?


As the cooler weather approaches, chances are you have been making arrangements to get your car ready for the dropping temperatures. Here is some valuable information about using windshield wiper fluid.

The problem with water in the washer reservoir is that it will freeze solid once the temperature gets cold enough. As the ice expands, it could burst or crack the reservoir and wind up costing you more than had you simply replaced the water with windshield wiper fluid.

The windshield wiper fluid is specially formulated with detergents that will easily wash away things like...
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Prepare for winter with sand, salt, or kitty litter


With winter rapidly approaching, we here at BMW of Rochester Hills want to remind Shelby Township area residents that it is a good idea to have sand, salt, or kitty litter in your vehicle to aid you if you become stuck in the snow or ice. All three of these materials can help your tires to gain traction if you become stranded in snow or ice, and here is how.

Salt has been known for thousands of years to have the ability to melt snow. It is also abrasive enough to allow for added traction when it is placed under…
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