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Spring Automotive Maintenance for a More Comfortable Drive

Spring is here, and with it you feel a renewed sense of pride in taking care of your proper ty. Not only does your home need some spring maintenance, but your vehicle will benefit from it too. At BMW of Spokane in Spokane, WA, we want you to be informed about the best ways to take care of your vehicle, including spring maintenance.

Some maintenance will keep you more comfortable as the weather heats up, and other maintenance will guard against weather-induced problems.

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Choosing Between Summer or All-Season Tires

Whether summer tires or all-season tires is better than the other is a common question with a slightly complicated answer. The differences between the two types get readily confused. Both tires have their advantages and disadvantages. We at BMW of Spokane want to help you decide which tire might be the right choice for you.

All-season tires work for all seasons, can be used when the weather is just shy above freezing, and have good traction when it's wet. 

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How to Restore Your Car’s Headlights

Nothing ruins the look or function of the headlights more than clouding. If you drive at night, then you know the importance of clear headlights. You may not even notice how difficult it is to see until you are driving at night with cloudy headlights.

There are a few ways that you can clear up cloudy headlights. If you want to get rid them for good, you may need to have them replaced. 

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Ensuring Fuel Pump Compatibility is key for Good Performance

Your vehicle fuel delivery system is responsible for supplying gas or diesel to your cylinders. The fuel in the system lines needs to be forced into the injector heads, and the part that makes this possible is called the fuel pump.

Fuel pumps come in several different varieties that include mechanical and electric. Mechanical pumps mainly see use on cars with carbureted engines, making them relative rarities.

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Viscosity Helps Find the Perfect Oil

If you ever read 10W-30 on a bottle of motor oil and had no clue what the hidden meaning was, you are not the only one. This rating, however, is fairly easy to understand. It represents oil's viscosity or how fast it flows at various temperatures.

The first number, for example, indicates a viscosity at low temperatures. 

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The Importance of Servicing Your Car's Exhaust System

If you recently failed your car's emission test, then you might be long overdue for having your exhaust system serviced and repaired. You might also want to have it looked at if you hear excessive noise or see lots of smoke after the car has been running. 

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Brake Fluid Is Vital to Vehicle Performance

Brake fluid is essential to the performance and reliability of your car's braking system, as it's crucial to safety on the road.

Brake fluid is used in both hydraulic braking systems and clutch systems inside your vehicle. It's a type of hydraulic fuel that has a very high boiling point because it is often subjected to hot temperatures. 

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Why is Horsepower an Excellent Measurement?

Each engine is rated according to a measurement called horsepower. One horsepower is equivalent to 33,000 pounds of work per foot. This is the amount of weight that each of the mine ponies James Watt worked with could pull. This became primarily a marketing tool to sell steam engines in a way that resonated with customers.

People in the 18th century couldn't think of anything but horses being used for transportation or work. The horsepower measurement was an idea which was very relatable to people during the 18th century looking for new innovations.

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Don’t be a Statistic: Check Your Tire Tread

There are tens of thousands of accidents that occur each year in the United States and abroad that could have been prevented if drivers would have checked the amount of tire tread that was left on their vehicle’s tires. Proper tire tread helps you to have enough time to be able to maneuver, navigate, and stop effectively.

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IMPORTANT RECALL INFORMATION: Some of our pre-owned vehicles may be subject to unrepaired safety recalls. Check for a vehicle's unrepaired recalls at safercar.gov.
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