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Does Your Car Need a Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment and rotation is important maintenance that must be performed on your vehicle every year. If you notice that your car is pulling to the right or left, it could be that your car is overcompensating for a wheel being out of alignment. This can lead to poor fuel efficiency and lack of vehicle safety.

You may also notice that your tires have strange wear and tear in different areas. If you notice that some of your tires are more worn than others, then you could have a wheel out of alignment as well. It's a simple fix…

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Know the Primary Reasons Why an Engine Overheats

Maintaining the proper temperature of your car's engine is crucial to its safe, efficient operation. There are a number of possible, primary reasons why your engine may be overheating.

One of the reasons why your car engine may be overheating is because of a leak in the cooling system. Another reason why your engine may be overheating is blockage of some sort within the cooling system. Your engine may overheat because the water pump has failed. In the alternative, your engine may overheat because of the concentration of the coolant itself is not at an appropriate ratio.

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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

It’s easy to take for granted that your brakes are going to respond appropriately when you depress the brake pedal. When the opposite is true, perhaps a soft pedal, it’s time to have the system inspected. Improper pressure on your brake pedal is typically an indication that fluid isn’t traveling through the lines as it should. There are several possibilities for this situation.

One of them is that the lines have gotten air in them. That air is causing a bubble of resistance which won’t allow the fluid to flow. Sometimes, bleeding and refilling the lines…

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Be Respectful of Cars Parked On the Shoulder

If you have ever been stuck in the shoulder lane of the highway, you know how frustrating it can be. First, your car breaks down, and you have to somehow move over to the shoulder before your car stops. Then, while you're waiting for help, cars are whizzing past you at 70 miles per hour, only a few feet away. But what can drivers do to make this situation not as bad?

Move over when you see a car parked in the shoulder lane. It is bad enough that their car isn't working, but when other cars are…

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Lay Your Maintenance Worries to Rest at BMW Seattle

Once you are done with cleaning the differential with our team of expert mechanics, how do you get it all sealed back again? Some cars come with premade gaskets. However, if your car does not have these gaskets, you can use liquid gaskets that are designed to withstand oil exposure and harsh conditions.

Just use a single layer bead on the mating cover then make a circular shape on each mounting hole before bolting the cover in place. Ensure you use just enough force to clamp the bead and flatten it. Allow the gasket to harden as described in the…

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What Exactly Does Horsepower Measure?

With today’s technologically advanced vehicles, a term like “horsepower” can come across as dated or be hard for someone to understand just where the word fits when it comes to an automobile.

Simply put, a word horsepower is a unit of measurement. The term dates back to the late 1700’s when a Scottish engineer, James Watt, needed a measurement to compare the power of a steam engine to that of the workhorses of his day. Simply put, a 200-horsepower vehicle would equate to the “available power” available from 200 horses! So even in today's high-tech world...

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Avoid Costly Repairs with a Full Fuel Tank This Winter

It is important to keep your vehicle topped up or better yet-always full of gas. By just keeping your gas tank full at all times or at least most of the time you will avoid some major and costly car repairs. This simple step is well worth it. By keeping a full tank, you'll prolong the life of your fuel pump substantially as well.

You will also avoid having your gas lines from freezing up. If your gas lines freeze up your car will refuse to start and that is not a good scenario-especially in the middle of winter…

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Get the Problems with Your Vehicle Fixed

There are many different messages that you can get in your vehicle. Most of them are minor, but some are more serious and require professional attention. If you need to get your vehicle serviced, be sure to bring it to us here at BMW Seattle so we can take care of the problem.

Some examples of the messages you may get include a lamp are out signal, or there is an ESP fault. That means that there is a problem with your vehicle's traction control and you should get it looked at. If you get a message that indicates…

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Why You Need Winter Wiper Blades

Driving in winter weather conditions in Seattle, WA brings with it many special considerations. Good visibility is especially important for your safety. When it comes to keeping your windshield clear in winter, your regular wipers may not be enough.

Regular windshield wipers often freeze up and stop working in winter weather. The cold conditions can also cause regular wipers to start to leave annoying streaks across your windshield, and the rubber on the blades can become weak and tear easily. Regular wiper blades are not strong enough to remove snow and ice from your windshield.

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IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Some of our pre-owned vehicles may be subject to unrepaired safety recalls. Check for a vehicle's unrepaired recalls at safercar.gov.
 
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