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A Pre-Road Trip Checklist to Ensure Everything Goes as Planned

We here at BMW of Southampton in Southampton, NY have heard horror stories about the many things that can go wrong on a road trip. That’s why we want to provide you with some tips to make sure everything goes as smooth as possible.

We know that traffic is terrible. Suddenly, a five-hour drive to a neighboring state has turned into a nine-hour nightmare and you’re only half way there. 

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Understanding Viscosity Ratings

If you have endured a scenario of purchasing motor oil, you may have been exposed to something called viscosity ratings. In case that you were clueless about the meaning of the term, know that you are a part of a large group of people with this issue.

Viscosity is the measurement of how much resistance a particular motor oil has to its flow. 

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When to Take a Car in for a Fuel System Service

Car maintenance is key in keeping the car running smoothly and efficiently. One way to do this is taking the car in for a regular fuel system service. When a car undergoes this service, the fuel injectors are checked to give the car the best mile per gallon and keep fuel from spilling to other areas of the vehicle or building up too much fuel deposits.

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Types of Brake Fluid - Know What You Need

A common mistake of car owners is that when their car needs brake fluid, all they need to do is run to the automotive store and grab a container of brake fluid. Every vehicle requires a certain type of brake fluid, but it goes beyond just knowing the make and model of vehicle you drive. At BMW of Southampton, you’ll get all the help you need in choosing what type and when your car needs brake fluid.

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Prevent Tire Problems

Many have experienced being on the side of the road secondary to having a flat tire. The problem is often prevented by ensuring that your tires wear properly. Improper inflation and not being balanced all contribute to uneven tire wear. Front or rear-wheel drive vehicles also put more stress on front and rear tires. 

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Taking the Proper Steps Towards the Move Over Law

The move over law has been put in place to protect the lives of our roadside assistance, police officers, firemen and ambulance. When you see those flashing lights on the shoulder, you better slow down and change lanes or you can be at the end of a hefty punishment because you are breaking the law.

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Insight into GAP Insurance

How well are you secured for a rainy day? Just like an umbrella shields you from the raindrops, car insurance policies serve to indemnify your losses that you are likely to incur unexpectedly. Insurance premiums are calculated from a percentage of the total value of your car, paid at a specified interval. 

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Why You Should Not Use Water In Your Windshield Washer Tank

Water inside the windshield washer tank may be causing more issues than you realize. Consider replacing the water in your reservoir for these reasons and more.

The water in the washer tank will not work effectively once the temperatures get below freezing. Not only will you not be able to clear away obstructions from your field of vision, that block of ice in the washer tank could damage the pump, the lines, and even crack the tank.

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Three Dashboard Warning Lights That You Should Pay Attention To

Dashboard warning lights can save you from unexpected repair bills and possibly an unexpected breakdown. All cars and trucks are manufactured to show the same warning lights. These dashboard warning lights alert vigilant drivers about different issues, and you can come by BMW of Southampton to find solutions for your car or truck.

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Why Your Fluids Are Important

Most of us know that we need to get our oil changed regularly. It is part of the regular and necessary maintenance of owning a vehicle. But there are also many other fluids that need our attention as well. They need to be topped up and checked from time to time to ensure that your vehicle has all the fluids it needs to function properly.

 

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