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Tips to Help You Detail Your Car Properly

Spending the afternoon detailing your vehicle? Here are some helpful tips from BMW of Visalia to make quick work of some of the messes that you have going on.

  • Rinse the exterior of your vehicle before soaping up. This will get off some of the initial debris that could cause scratches if you immediately hit it with a sponge.
  • After washing, you can use a clay bar to remove small particulates from your exterior finish. This can be done a couple of times per year.
  • If you have leather interior, use products specifically designed to clean and treat leather. 
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Why Car Covers Are Important

A car cover can protect your investment. Your car will be protected from things like dents, scratches, animal damage and kid damage. The cover will take the majority of the damage instead of your car. Exterior protection isn't the only reason you should buy a car cover. You can deter people from stealing your car by installing a car cover on it. A thief wants to get into your car so that they can drive it off as soon as they can. However, the car cover can make it harder for them to steal your car. Many thieves do…

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How to Clean Your Car's Engine

Before you clean the engine, you will need to take the time to prepare it. If there is any debris trapped inside of the engine compartment, then you should remove it before you attempt to clean it. Cover the distributor, wiring and sensors so that they do not get wet. Loosen up the loose grease by running the engine for five to 10 minutes.

Let your engine cool for five minutes and then apply the degreaser. You can use a regular garden hose to wash your engine. If you choose to use a power washer

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Do You Know the Difference Between a Compact Temporary and a Full-Size Spare Tire?

There are certain things Visalia drivers should know about their vehicles. Here at BMW of Visalia, we believe in the importance of basic auto safety education. That's why we're going to share some information about the difference between a compact temporary and full-size spare tire in this blog post.

Each type of spare has its own benefits. A compact temporary, or donut, spare tire is best for small cars. It's much lighter than a full-size spare. Its construction means it must be used differently. You should drive no faster than 55 miles per hour on a donut…

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BMW Service & Maintenance Overview

Regular maintenance is one of the keys to keeping your vehicle in good shape. However, it is important to remember that all maintenance is not created equal. If you have a BMW, then it is a good idea for you to take it to the original dealer. The BMW maintenance covers all of the factory-recommended services. This includes things such as brake pad replacement, brake disc replacement, oil changes and blade inserts.

There are a number of benefits that you can reap from getting BMW maintenance. You can improve the fuel economy of your vehicle by getting regular maintenance

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BMW Tire Replacement Coverage

Our BMW of Visalia customers are all abuzz with questions about BMW Hazard Tire Coverage. What is it exactly? How does it work? What tires are eligible and for what reasons? We've got the quick, complete rundown.

Totally Covered Tire Replacement

Coverage includes replacement of BMW tires ruined during normal driving on state- and Visalia-maintained roads. The "road hazard" that the coverage title indicates refers to potholes, nails and glass. You can take advantage of the service through a licensed dealership like us or through a BMW Road Hazard Tire Coverage program administrator.

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Important Signs That It's Time to Schedule a Brake Pedal Replacement

The parts of your automobile must work together to create the best possible driving experience. Unfortunately, almost every driver occasionally deals with a part of their vehicle acting up. Here are X common signs that it's time to have a professional replace your automobile's brake pedal.

One of the most common signs your car needs a new brake pedal occurs when air gets into your brake lines. If this happens, it can make it harder to properly stop your vehicle. It's also a good idea to judge the health of your brake pedal by seeing how it…

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Simple Steps for Changing a Flat Tire, Brought to You by BMW of Visalia

Are you stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, unable to get a tow truck or roadside assistance for a number of hours? BMW of Visalia has a quick list of steps that you can use to change your flat tire yourself. It's actually a very easy process when you know what to do.

  • Before you start, pull your vehicle off the road to a flat and safe area.
  • Remove the wheel cover on the flat tire and loosen (Don't remove) the lug nuts.
  • Use the jack stand to raise up that portion of…
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Tips on Waxing Your Car

When you want your vehicles body to shine for years, you should apply a fresh coat of paint about three times per year. There are numerous reasons why this is an important step in automotive detailing, and at BMW of Visalia, we want you to know about the best techniques for keeping your vehicle looking great for years. Here are a few more details that you should know about car wax.

Car wax is made from a combination of plant-based wax or synthetic wax and oils or solvents to make it malleable. 

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How to Handle a Roadside Emergency Situation

You don't know when your car will fail to start in the parking lot or when a tire will pop while driving home from work. However, there are actions that you can take to ensure that you're ready for an emergency situation when it occurs.

If a tires blows out suddenly, you can replace it with the spare in your trunk. It may also be possible to seal the puncture temporarily so that you can drive it to a nearby service station. If your engine won't turn over, a portable battery charger may be able to provide…

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