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When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Rotating your tires is highly important. That is why our team here at BMW Fresno want to ensure that you know the basics.

Your tires need to be rotated frequently because they tend to wear in an uneven manner. This can be a result of either the way you drive or the type of vehicle you have. For instance, an AWD vehicle will have very different tire wear than a RWD vehicle. Experts agree that in order to get the most out of your tires you should have them rotated every five to six thousand miles. This ensures that either…

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Steps To Changing A Flat Tire


Having to change a flat tire can sure be a pain. This is especially true if you don't yet have any experience with doing it. But once you know the steps to take you will realize that it is not all that big of a deal. If you fall into this category then follow these steps to get your tire changed out:
  • Break the lug nuts loose with the lug wrench
  • Raise the vehicle up off of the ground with the jack
  • Remove the lug nuts completely
  • Slide the flat tire off of the vehicle
  • Put the spare tire…
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Fuel Pump in Need of Service? Know the Signs

Your car's fuel system is one of the many parts of your car that should not be ignored. Often a little problem ignored turns into a big costly problem. Stop at BMW Fresno if you have concerns or would like some preventative maintenance done.

Although some symptoms can be attributed to different problems, some are also more related to fuel pump issues. The fuel pump's job is to get the fuel from the gas tank to the engine. If your fuel pump is going bad, it may exhibit the following symptoms.

• Car overheating and stalling
• Engine sputtering at…

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DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 5: Which Brake Fluid is Right For My Vehicle?

Did you know that there are actually different types of brake fluid available for vehicles? If you are the average vehicle owner, the chances are that you didn't. This makes it probable that you may be forcing the wrong type of brake fluid through your system.

  • DOT 3 brake fluid is manufactured for the standard vehicles. This type of fluid has a lower boiling point, which is not an issue unless you drive your vehicle at higher rates of speed and often stop quickly.
  • DOT 4 brake fluid is classified as a semi-synthetic product and is made for vehicles…
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Understanding Your Muffler and Exhaust System


The exhaust and muffler system in your vehicle keeps noises down and allows your car to clean toxic fumes produced by the engine. If your car has recently failed an emissions inspection, this means that your exhaust system is unable to clean the air coming from your engine properly.

The catalytic converter is responsible for cleaning the toxic air coming from your engine. If the catalytic converter needs to be replaced, your car may produce more toxic fumes than allowed.

When there is a problem with the flow of air through your exhaust system, your car may...
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How To Read Tire Sizes

When you are shopping for a new vehicle, you are probably already aware that you will need to find a set of tires that are appropriate for the make and model of vehicle that you own.

The size of a new tire is expressed in millimeters and the number explains how thick the tire actually is. Depending on the type of terrain you drive on the most, you can choose a tire that will help with road handling and make for a smooth and safe ride.

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Keeping Your Gas Tank Full in Winter Months

For most people, going out on a Saturday or hitting a bar for a special event is normal routine, especially when it is with relatives or close friends during a road trip or night out. Before you get to the fun, however, it is important to make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas. Leaving home without a full tank is a risky practice and most would argue this a dangerous idea, though others disagree.

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It's Not Just Nice It's the Law so Move Over or Slow Down

If you see an emergency worker on the side of the road such as a police officer, an ambulance driver, or a tow truck driver and they have their emergency flashers on it would be very courteous of you to move over into the other lane or slow down when passing. Not only would this be very courteous of you, it is also the law in all 50 states.

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