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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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THREE BMW INNOVATIONS THAT INCREASE VISIBILITY

One of the key factors to driving safely is having adequate visibility. Knowing this, BMW engineers have developed sophisticated technologies that enable drivers like you to see better—not just in terms of what lies ahead but around you as well. We selected three features that will support you in this respect.

Adaptive LED Headlights — Having clear illumination makes it easier to travel through low visibility conditions. Select BMW models come with Adaptive LED Headlights…
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