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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

Tips on Keeping Your BMW in Great Condition

Tips on Keeping Your BMW in Great Condition

  If you are a BMW owner, then you know how important it is to routinely maintain your car. This luxury car has a special makeup of which only should be serviced by factory-trained technicians. At MotorHaus, we have factory-trained technicians that are trained to take good care of BMWs. As a specialty shop that focuses on BMW automobile repairs, we would like to spread these helpful maintenance practices that will keep your vehicle running at optimal levels for the long run.   If you are an owner of a BMW, you must understand how important it is to maintain your car routinely. This luxury car has a unique composition of which only should be serviced by factory-trained technicians. At MotorHaus, we have expert technicians that are trained to take excellent care of BMWs. As a specialty shop that focuses on BMW automobile repairs, we would like to share these helpful and healthy practices that will keep your vehicle running at optimal levels for years to come.   ... read more

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Vibration is normally brought about by an out of equilibrium or damaged tire, a bowed wheel, or a well-used driveline U-joint. You may track down that the vehicle shakes the vehicle in a here and there movement. You may feel the vibration through the seat, the directing wheel, or even in the brake pedal. On the off chance that you feel the vibration in your controlling haggle your brake pedal, this might be a sign that you have a brake rotor issue. If the rotors have inordinate run-out or thickness variety, the brake calipers may vibrate while you step on your brake. You may even feel your guiding haggle pedal shake Take your vehicle to our vehicle specialist and have them investigate your brake rotors just as your whole slowing mechanism to guarantee the wellbeing and appropriate activity of your vehicle. One potential reason for shaking when you apply the brakes, particularly at high velocities on the thruway or while going downhill, is your tires. This is the primary thing you oug ... read more

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

30/60/90K maintenance is the tried and true method implemented by manufacturers to get the most life out of your vehicle. This scheduled maintenance every 30k miles is what's been found to alleviate deterioration in your car's parts and systems. Preventative maintenance is better than reactive. Waiting for something to completely break on your vehicle can have catastrophic results, sometimes resulting in a broken-down car or truck. On top of that, many warranties require regularly scheduled maintenance in order to not void the agreement. If you ever plan on selling your vehicle in the future, whether as a trade-in or private sale, going through the strides of 30/60/90k vehicle maintenance helps preserve your car's value by keeping it as close to new as possible. You may even find that your mechanic notices signs of potential issues that they can take care of before it gets out of hand. It's not a sales tactic, it's expert advice. Some drivers believe that since ... read more

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long?

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long?

What Can Happen If You Let Your Car Sit Too Long? You may be faced with a situation that causes you to drive less or stop the use of your automobile altogether. Sickness, injury, the move to a healthier lifestyle, or change of work to online freelancing may lead you to keep the vehicle parked for long. Unfortunately, the car is made for the road, and different parts will deteriorate if they do not start for a period. It is essential that you give your car a short drive after sitting for some time to prevent the issues discussed below. Here is a look at some problems. The Battery May Die When you drive your car, the battery gets charged via the alternator. If it is left to sit for long without a recharge, it discharges slowly and eventually dies. The battery can indeed hold the charge for some time. However, the alternator is vital for keeping it at optimum capacity. A battery that stays dead for long may eventually get permanently damaged, making it ... read more

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