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Is it Time to Replace Your Cabin and Engine Air Filters?

Your car's air filters serve a vital purpose: they keep harmful debris out of circulation from your cabin and engine. If you don't keep up with the recommended car maintenance schedule for your make/model, you could start to notice changes in your car's performance and comfort. Let the Stevens Creek BMW team help you replace your cabin and engine air filters, as needed.

You deserve clean air to breathe, as does your vehicle. Your filters catch dust, debris, mold spores, pollen, and more so that you can breathe easier. 

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Pay Attention to Your Exhaust System

There are many maintenance issues that can arise and present a danger to health as well as vehicle operation. One such issue occurs when there is a breakdown in the exhaust system resulting in a leak. There are signs, however, that can clue you to the presence of an exhaust leak.

One sign to look for is the sound of hissing and popping when the car is in operation. 

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Reasons Why You May Notice Your Tire Pressure Icon Light

If you are having an issue with your tire pressure light becoming illuminated over and over and you know the issue isn't actually the pressure in the tire, there are some other things that might be the culprit.

Santa Clara is a place that can have a change of temperature quite suddenly during certain parts of the year. When that temperature changes quickly, it can read as though the tire is losing pressure. 

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Why Getting Your Wiper Blades Changed Regularly is Important

As the weather changes each season, the needs of your vehicle begin to change. Replacing your wiper blades will ensure you see safely in all sorts of bad weather conditions.

The rubber on the old wiper blades that were on your car will get hard and tear as the temperatures approach freezing. The new winter blades are comprised of a rubber that stays softer and works more effectively even in the bitter cold. 

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What is the Difference Between a Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicle?

You can make the choice between a front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicle less complicated by answering a few questions about your personal driving and vehicle expectations. Each type of vehicle offers something special and each has limitations. Consider the type of driving you will mostly be doing, what amount of mileage you expect to put on the vehicle, and what your basic expectations of the vehicle are.

A FWD vehicle offers economy. Because of its design with the engine and drivetrain assembly combined in one area at the front of the vehicle, it’s a simpler design. 

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How Do Brake Fluid Levels Affect Your Vehicle?

Driving enthusiasts love the exhilarating experience of zooming down the roadway. Auto manufacturers detail the speed capabilities of vehicles, but stopping power is an often overlooked feature. Drivers expect their cars to stop when needed, which is very important.

The driver applies pressure to the brake pedal when its time to stop. Hydraulic fluids are released to the brakes that allow your car to stop. If your car shows any sign of hesitation, then you should immediately have it inspected. 

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Synthetic Oil: What's it Used For?

Synthetic oil is essentially the opposite of conventional oil, both of which can be used when getting an oil change at Stevens Creek BMW. We take the time to review the manufacturer recommendations based on the type of engine you have. Synthetic oil is made in a lab, choosing ingredients carefully. It is refined with customized molecules. This is in contrast to conventional oil that is crude oil with additives.

We love using synthetic oil in oil changes in Santa Clara, CA for an array of reasons. It's great for vehicles that are high-mileage. 

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Don’t Forget About Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

Windshield wiper fluid is an important component in all vehicles. The fluid is held in a reservoir waiting to be needed. There is a fluid pump that forces the specific liquid onto the windows just when you need it the most.

Don't forget to refill the reservoir with the specially-made cleaner, rather than typical tap water. The specially manufactured windshield cleaning fluid not only is formulated to clean up the windows, but also lubricates the pump and reservoir. The internal pump needs to maintained just like the windows and wiper blades. 

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Try to Obey Your State’s Move Over Law

Many of us may not even realize it, but technically we are required by law to move over when passing an incident on the shoulder of the highway. All 50 states have implemented a law like this in one form or another, and they are referred to as "move over laws." These laws are designed with safety in mind and they cover all forms of response vehicles, including law enforcement, paramedics, tow truck drivers, and fire department.

Basically, if you see flashing lights up ahead, you will want to try to move over to the next lane. We have all…

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Keep Track of Your Tire Rotations

Tire rotation is an important part of your car's ongoing maintenance. Experts say that they should be rotated every other oil change. That means that if you change your oil every 3,000 miles, then the tires should be rotated once every 6,000 miles.

 

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