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Is the Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

Is the Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

If you step on the brake pedal, hydraulic fluid rushes to your brakes, acting as the main component of your automobile's braking system. The rotors attached to the wheel hubs are later pressed into service and slow down your vehicle. Brake fluid can deteriorate or become contaminated over time, affecting brake performance. What is Brake Fluid? Experts say that brake fluid amplifies the stopping power of braking systems by converting force into pressure. Hydraulic brake systems use brake fluid. If hydraulic brakes get utilized on a vehicle, it's essential that the braking fluid is sufficient. Brakes may not function without enough brake fluid. Having defective brakes can have disastrous results. If the alarm on your car sounds or if you feel your brakes spongy or loose when driving, you should have your vehicle serviced. What does it mean that brake fluid is hygroscopic? Even when the brakes aren't on, moisture can penetrate through brake lines and brake fluid reservoirs ... read more

Does Your BMW's A/C Need to Be Recharged?

Does Your BMW's A/C Need to Be Recharged?

No matter which model of BMW you drive, they come equipped with a climate control system. When it comes to the comfortability of your drive in West Palm Beach, working car A/C is a must. Once the cool air is lost, the enjoyment of your ride declines. You'll be quick to rush to your trusted auto repair shop.  Why Is My BMW's A/C Not Cool Enough? When your A/C temperature doesn't match the settings or meet your standards, just know that you're not the only one who's dealt with this same problem. A/C problems can be due to several issues. It can be a part malfunctioning like the dryer, compressor, or condenser. Or the issue can simply be because you've run out or leaked the refrigerant. What is Refrigerant? Refrigerant or freon is a substance that is used to transfer or remove the heart from one place to another. Without this chemical, your A/C will most likely blow warm air. When the time comes, drivers will need to add more of it to their cars. Without r ... read more

3 Reasons Why Your BMW or MINI Is Making a Whining Sound

3 Reasons Why Your BMW or MINI Is Making a Whining Sound

Do you get squeamish when your car makes a loud whining sound? The truth is that many unusual car noises can sneak up on you over your vehicle's lifetime. While some are more concerning than others, you shouldn't ignore them. Noise can be trouble for your car, especially if it can be described as a whining sound and occurs during acceleration.   There are three explanations for a car that makes a whining sound, including transmission problems, power steering issues, and engine problems. Whining from Transmission Problems The first suspect is usually the transmission whenever you catch this annoying sound. It can come from your transmission gears whenever the system runs low on fluid. Besides checking the fluid, it can be hard to distinguish your transmission problem without skills and expertise. We invite you to MotorHaus so our technicians can fully inspect your BMW's or MINI's transmission system.  Whining from Power Steering Issues If you especially n ... read more

Top 5 Common Exhaust System Issues

Top 5 Common Exhaust System Issues

The exhaust system is a complex part of your car. To put it in simple terms, the exhaust system is made up of a series of components that work together to remove engine byproducts out of your vehicle in a safe manner. Below are some of the most popular exhaust system problems: Damaged Oxygen (O2) Sensor Most cars nowadays have multiple oxygen sensors, and they are designed to manage the fuel-air ratio. If any of your vehicle's oxygen sensors are impaired, the computerized system in your car will not be able to attain an efficient and balanced mixture. This could result in excess gas burning and even lead to a clogged catalytic converter. Rust Rust can wreak havoc on your exhaust system. Driving for a little at a time too often can cause rust buildup as water vapor collects in the exhaust system. The condensation won't get burned up as you're not driving long enough. Leaks Sometimes, while driving, you may have to drive over holes or bumps that can end up hurting the e ... read more

Why Does My Car Feel Sluggish?

Why Does My Car Feel Sluggish?

Most of us have experienced that unusual feeling at one point or another without cars. We press down on the gas pedal with the expectation that our vehicle will race forward only to be disappointed with slow, sluggish movements. If this sounds like something that has happened to you and your older vehicle, you should know that you're not alone. And there are various reasons why this decrease in power occurs. Most of the time, it's due to a lack of proper care earlier in the vehicle's life.    Aside from typical engine problems, which can quickly destroy a vehicle's push for power, some of the more common contributors to subpar performance include the following: Dirty fuel filter: Your car needs clean fuel to enter the engine in perfect amounts. Fuel filters play the role of keeping dirt and debris out of your fuel system. However, they need to be changed periodically to allow efficient fuel flow and engine performance. Blocked catalytic converter: Similar ... read more

What is An Engine Misfire?

What is An Engine Misfire?

If you've ever seen a vehicle with black smoke pouring out of its exhaust pipe, you know how concerning and frightening this can be. Or maybe you've been in an older vehicle when it sounds like the engine is suddenly 'coughing', causing the car to slow down and jerk. Either way, it is highly likely that both of these instances have been caused by an engine misfire.   What is an engine misfire? An engine misfire occurs when a vehicle's combustion reaction doesn't work as it should, leaving your cylinder unfired. This could be down to a number of reasons, but can mainly be attributed to one of the three core elements to power an engine (fuel, oxygen, spark) not being present when they should, thus not allowing the cylinder to combust.   How can you tell if your engine is misfiring? For someone not familiar with the inner workings of vehicles, it can be difficult to understand whether or not your engine has misfired ... read more

Give Your BMW or MINI Proper Care This Fall!

Give Your BMW or MINI Proper Care This Fall!

October is Fall Car Care Month. This month, the National Car Care Council reminds drivers to check their vehicles as we transition to a new season.  Let's face it, the last thing you'd want is to be stranded and meeting the unexpected expenses of emergency repairs. Whether you perform the inspection on your own or go to the repair shop, a small expenditure of time ensures peace of mind and saves you money in the long run. Please follow the checklist below: Heating, Wipers & Lights Your heaters, defrosters, and wipers all need to work as the temperatures start to decrease. Not only are they for your comfortability, but they are also for your safety. As a general rule of thumb, wiper blades should be swapped out every six months. As for your lights, please test to see that all exterior and interior lights operate and headlights are properly aimed. Tires & Brakes Before we head into fall, make sure your tire tread depth and tire pressure are up to standards. Thou ... read more

Why Is My BMW Idling Rough?

Why Is My BMW Idling Rough?

Whenever you sit with your car on, your engine should be smooth and calm for the most part. But a rough idle can be pretty startling with its unusual sounds. There are various factors that can come into play to explain why you may experience rough idling. Regardless of the cause, you'll want to address the problem and repair it ASAP to avoid further engine damage.   Common Causes of Rough Idling Old Spark Plugs Spark plugs are small metal pieces in charge of igniting the air and fuel mixture within your combustion chamber. Oil and carbon deposits can build upon and around your spark plugs over time. The debris can ultimately lower the power to start your car. To fix this problem, simply replace your spark plugs! Vacuum Leak There are numerous hoses placed around the engine, and they are there to form a vacuum seal controlled by the throttle to manage airflow and engine speed. However, the hot engine temperatures can sometimes wear out the hoses resulting in air leaks. If ... read more

Does My BMW Need An Oil Filter Replacement?

Does My BMW Need An Oil Filter Replacement?

We are all familiar with getting the typical oil change for our bimmers, but did you know that your car also requires an oil filter change? As your engine runs day in and day out, dirt and debris trickle into your motor oil. Consequently, oil sludge gets built up in your system. Luckily, motor oil contains surfactants that transfer most of the contaminants through the oil filter. Over time, this oil filter gets clogged up — so much so that oil can no longer flow smoothly through the filter anymore. We doubt you'd want filthy oil circulating through your BMW, as it will mess up your BMW's performance.   Modern vehicles typically have an extended oil change interval. Newer cars can sometimes go up to 5,000, 10,000, or even 15,000 miles before requiring an oil change due to the advancements of synthetic and synthetic blend oils. However, it would be best if you always matched the manufacturer's recommendations on what type and grade of oil to put in your BMW. With ... read more

Signs That Spark Plugs May Need to be Replaced

Signs That Spark Plugs May Need to be Replaced

Your spark plugs may be small, but they have a mighty task. They play an essential role in igniting the vehicle's fuel and air mixture through an electric spark, thus enabling the gasoline to combust. Without the spark plugs, your car's engine cannot convert the fuel into usable mechanical energy. Not only is its function important, but did you know that they are always in use when you are driving? In fact, spark plugs fire at a rate of about 25x in one second during driving. If any sparks are missed, you'll often experience it as a glitch or stumble in the engine's output. With such a vital role, you should replace worn-out spark plugs immediately upon notice. Besides a sputtering engine, what are the other signs that indicate you need new spark plugs?   Signs That Spark Plugs May Need to be Replaced Engine having troubles starting Pinging or knocking noises Engine misfiring or sputtering Rough idling Poor fuel economy Difficulty accelerating   It ... read more

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