The term Repairophobia - what does it mean? This term is defined by a fear of auto repair, and this is still a relevant mindset in todays time. But why does it exist, and how do people develop this fear? Part of this is phony reporting about auto repair shops ripping off customers. It is also due to bad experiences as shops who may not be the most honest in the industry. It's true that there are some bad shops out there, just like there a bad people in all industries in the world. However, this doesn't mean that all shops are bad and that all shops want to sell you stuff that you don't need - it's just not true! The best way to protect yourself or get over the fear of auto repair is by finding a shop that you can really trust. Some key attributes to look for are good online reviews, friendly staff members, estimates before completing work, mechanic certifications, a clean shop, and much more. The worst part about repairophobia is that it i ... read more
Getting into your car and discovering that it won't start up can be extremely stressful. Your mind may wander to the battery, and you may start to think back to the night before and remember if you possibly left a light on. There are many different causes that can prevent your vehicle from starting up. Does your vehicle crank before not starting, or does it not crack at all? Here are some possible causes for both: No Crank, No Start Low or dead battery Loose or corroded battery cables Bad starter Starting and charging system Bad ignition switch Engine problems Crank, but No Start No fuel Bad fuel pump Bad ignition coil Worn spark plugs Broken timing belt If you're experiencing a no start situation with your vehicle, don't hesitate to give Exclusviely Bimmers a call today. Once your vehicle is towed into our shop, we can get to the bottom of the no start issue and determine the repairs necessary to get your vehicle back up and running again.
Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided: Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin. Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put you at r ... read more
A leak underneath your vehicle can have many different reasons, some more serious than others. If you do happen to notice a leak underneath your vehicle, the best thing is to make note of the color, consistency, and location of the leak. This will help your auto mechanic pinpoint the issue, since a leak can come from many different components. Here are common car leak colors and what they can indicate: Clear - Clear liquid is just condensation from the air conditioning system, and is nothing to worry about. Red - Red fluid can indicate a leak of transmission or power steering fluid, caused by a broken transmission seal or a hole in a line between systems. Pink - Pink fluid usually is power steering fluid or transmission fluid, similar to red. Orange - Orange can indicate leaking antifreeze or just regular condensation that is rusty from the radiator. Transmission fluid can also look orange if it is old and dirty. Yellow - Yellow fluid can indicate a radiat ... read more
A tire blowout is no doubt a scary and stressful situation, especially if it happens on the highway or in traffic. It can be caused by something as small as a nail in the road or low tire pressure. The top five causes of tire blowouts are under-inflation, overload, uneven tread wear, damage and defects. You’ll know you’ve had a tire blowout if you hear a loud pop and an unevenness with your vehicle. You’ll also most likely smell burnt rubber and will hear what is left of the tire flapping around. If it happens, don’t panic. Here are some tips on what to do next if you find yourself in this situation: Don’t slam on your brakes. Try to maintain control of your vehicle and pull of safely to the side of the road or exit promptly. Get away from traffic and find somewhere safe. Turn on your hazard lights. Do not get out of your vehicle unless it is completely safe and away from any traffic. Call for roadside assistance. You can also c ... read more
Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more
How often your vehicle needs a wheel alignment will depend on a number of different things, including your vehicle, your tires, and your driving habits. The typical interval for alignments is around every 2 years. However, there are other occurrences that can happen which can cause your wheels to be forced out of alignment, causing you to need an alignment sooner. Wheels can be forced out of alignment by a number of things, including driving fast over speed bumps, driving over potholes, hitting curbs, car collisions, and more. If you suspect that there is an issue with your wheel alignment, have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Driving with your wheels out of alignment can actually cause damage to your vehicle’s internal parts. Signs that your wheels are out of alignment include: Squealing tires Uneven or rapid tire wear Vehicle pulls to one side Vibrating while driving If you notice any of the symptoms above, or it’s been awhile since your last ... read more
Many vehicle owners are uncertain about tune-ups - what are they exactly and how often are they needed? A tune-up is basically a couple of preventative and general maintenance items that will make sure that your vehicle is running well and that necessary parts are replaced or cleaned. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will indicate the proper interval for your vehicle in regards to how often you should have a tune-up performed. We usually recommend a tune-up every 20-30k miles or whenever your vehicle has dropped noticeably in performance and fuel efficiency. A tune-up helps to boost the overall performance of your vehicle and restore your vehicle back to top working condition. Depending on the make, model, and age of your vehicle, the specific services that your vehicle may need for a tune up will vary. A typical tune up service may include one or more of the following services: Check belts & hoses Computer diagnostics Engine filter replacement Engi ... read more