Friday the 13th Car Scares

When it comes to your vehicle, are there any myths or superstitions you’ve continued to believe over time? We want to set the record straight on a few tall tales that pertain to the functionality of your vehicle. If you take care of your vehicle it will take care of you, so make sure you know the difference between fact and fiction when it comes to your vehicle!

Temporary Spare Tires

Contrary to popular belief, temporary spare tires, otherwise known as “donuts,” are not made for extended driving. They look and act like regular tires, but they are constructed much differently. Because they have much less tread, the body of the tire is not reinforced and there isn’t belting to protect it from punctures and road hazards. Most donuts offer a maximum distance of 70 miles so you don’t want to drive long distance on a donut.

Dashboard Warning Lights

The illuminated lights on your car’s dashboard notify you about a problem, something you need to be aware of, or if a specific system has been activated. They are generally color-coded, so not each light means you need to take immediate action, however, knowing the difference is the key to maintaining your vehicle and keeping it in good shape. Not every illuminated signal means your vehicle needs attention. A red light signifies a serious problem and you should more than likely stop driving the vehicle immediately. Yellow/orange indicates that something needs to be repaired soon and to operate with caution. Green/blue means that a system is in use and the light is giving you a visual cue. Dashboard lights vary by vehicle, but a few common warning light signals may include: brake system, check engine, battery, anti-lock brakes, airbag indicator, and low fuel.

Air Filters

There are many opinions on how often an air filter should be changed in order to be the most efficient and reduce the most contamination from your engine. For each gallon of fuel burned, up to 10,000 gallons of air is required for your engine to function properly. Your engine will lose performance, fuel economy, and develop drivability issues if its air, fuel, or spark supply is compromised. A general rule of thumb is that a good quality air filter should last between 15,000-30,000 miles depending on driving conditions, which can be determined by one of our automotive technicians. For this reason, it’s important to be mindful of your engine’s air filter and have it replaced regularly as needed.

If ever faced with an emergency, or any vehicle inconvenience, our expert technicians are here to get you back on the road safely! Come see us and let us take a look at your BMW and we’re happy to diagnose the issue in a professional and timely manner.

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