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Keep Your Vehicle Healthy with Motor Oil Changes

The best way to keep your vehicle healthy and running a long time is by changing the oil regularly. With so many motor oil myths around, it’s hard to know what is fact and what is fiction. We at BMW of Anchorage are here to answer all your motor oil questions. Stop and visit us today.

You may have heard myths like oil must be changed every 3,000 miles and automatically before you go on a long trip.

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Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel Drive Systems Briefly Explained

You can only make a better car-buying decision if you have more automotive knowledge. Use this blog post about drive systems to expand your knowledge.

The two top drive systems are front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive cars are pulled by their front wheels. Meanwhile, rear-wheel drive systems push their vehicles.

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Avoiding Tire Blowouts

Tire blowouts that occur while driving down the road pose a real risk to vehicle occupants. An unexpected tire failure on the front end, in particular, has the potential for serious vehicle damage and injury if an accident should occur. However, the problem is easily prevented if vehicle owners take the time to check their tires routinely. Wheel misalignment or improperly inflated tires cause uneven wear, which makes them more susceptible to failure. 

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Hot or Cold: Temperatures Hinder Your Battery's Charge

Do you ever notice that your battery takes longer to charge up in colder months? It is not a coincidence. The chemicals inside of your battery are sensitive to temperature. During winter months, it may be more difficult for your battery to charge up electrons, especially if it is an older battery that has been depleted of energy. Your battery has to work extra hard to charge the alternator when the temperatures drop.

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How to Describe a Continuously Variable Transmission

In the past, a person could generally only choose between an automatic and manual transmission. Today, there is a third option called a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It is like an automatic transmission in that there is no need to operate a clutch. It can also provide better traction when going up a hill compared to the other two options.

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Fuel Pump Issues

The fuel pump transfers gas from the gas tank to the engine. There are many symptoms that might occur when the pump malfunctions. The engine may begin sputtering while driving down the road. The temperature gauge may indicate rising heat and the engine may stall. When going up a hill or pulling a load, the vehicle may not be able to maintain speed due to a lack of fuel. 

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Here's Why Tire Rotations are Important

As a car owner, you understand the value and importance of regularly maintaining your car. Chances are that you take your car in for oil changes at regular intervals, but are you having your car's tires rotated, too?

Tire rotation is an important part of car maintenance. If you don't rotate your car tires on a regular basis, the tires may begin to wear unevenly. 

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What Is Brake Fluid?

When you're barreling down the highway at sixty to eighty miles an hour, you need to know your car can stop on a dime. If your brake system is compromised on any level, your safety could be at risk.

When you press the brake pedal for a stop, the system engages the brake fluid to put pressure on the rotors. When that pressure isn't applied, or isn't applied at top performance, a slow brake could result. 

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The Importance of Car Headlights

Dark roads, fog and rain are all conditions which damper your visibility while driving in the Anchorage, AK region. Taking precautions before you set out on the road could help better your safety while driving.

A weekly check to see if your vehicle headlights are working properly could help you to see better on the road or to avoid a possible ticket for a light being out. Dealerships like BMW of Anchorage specialize primarily on the make of your vehicle. We issue and mail out recalls you can have checked which help to prevent possible system failures. 

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Why Keeping Fuel in Your Gas Tank is a Bright Idea

The last thing that you want is to be stranded in Anchorage, AK during the dead of winter, but that is what you are risking when you drive with a tank almost out of gas. These are things to consider about not getting a full tank of gas in the winter, and the BMW of Anchorage team is here to help.

An empty fuel tank means the back of your vehicle is lighter, and that makes it harder for the tires in the rear to hug the road. A full tank of gas can give the back that added weight…

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