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Changing Cabin & Engine Air Filters Is Essential

Avoid Engine Problems By Replacing Your Air Filter Regularly

Want to avoid problems like engine misfiring and stuttering? Replace your engine's air filter every 15 thousand miles to keep your engine running at maximum potential. 

Engines need clean air just like humans do. Engine air filters are generally easy to locate and replace, and this is something you can do yourself rather than taking the vehicle to a shop.

Spray alcohol on any rubber parts when replacing to ensure a smooth installation.

 

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Car Wax Demystified

What exactly is car wax? According to the techs in our Flynn BMW service department, car wax is more than just a substance that makes your car shiny. It actually has some other major benefits. Here's what they are.

Protection From Pollution

Exposure to environmental pollutants is the main reason cars start looking old before their time. Road spray and rainwater contain pollutants that corrode and damage your car's exterior paint job and clearcoat. Car wax repels water, so road spray, rainwater and the pollutants they contain roll right off of your car. 

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What is a Gasket?

Gaskets are a term that is used quite often in the mechanical world, and if you own a vehicle you have probably heard the term at some point in your life. Gaskets are found in many places throughout your vehicle that help keep it running properly. It can be beneficial to know what a gasket is to understand their importance.

A gasket is a cushioning piece of material that is placed between two surfaces of a joint found in your vehicle. They provide a proper seal and help prevent leaks into the areas where they are located. 

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Quick Reminders for Changing a Flat Tire

Are you stuck on the side of the road and want to quickly change your tire? Follow Flynn BMW's quick reminders to get you through the process.

You shouldn't drive your vehicle with a flat tire, but try to make sure you pull over on a flat area where you can safely work on changing the tire.

Remove your hub cap. It might be a little different for each make and model of vehicle we sell here, but in general they pop right off.

Loosen the lug nuts, and raise the car up with the jack.

At this…

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Compact Temporary and Full-Size Spare Tires: What's the Difference?

You have a spare tire in the back of your vehicle, which is the most important part. But do you know what kind of spare tire you have? If you didn't even know that there was more than one kind of spare tire, you'll be even more surprised to know that there are several. At Flynn BMW in Pittsfield, MA, we would like to tell you about the compact temporary spare tire and the full-size spare tire.

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What to Put in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

With cell phones and roadside assistance services, few people think they'll ever find themselves in an emergency situation on the road. Truth is, it probably won't happen to most people, but it's always better to be prepared for something that may never happen. That's why it's a good idea to have a roadside emergency kit in your car.

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Moisture is the Enemy of Brake Fluid

Here at Flynn BMW, we want you to understand exactly why certain maintenance tasks are undertaken for your car. Most of us understand out cars use the oil regularly and the filters oil passes through can become clogged. What we think about less are the reasons why our brake fluid needs to be changed every one to two years.

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Keep Your Car Running By Testing Your Battery

The battery on your car has a lifespan of roughly 4 years. As your battery gets older, it isn't able to retain the charge like it used to. In order to see if your battery is still in good shape, you can test your battery using a voltmeter.

Make sure your car is completely turned off, including the lights. Start with the red battery terminal, or positive terminal, first. Connect the voltmeter to the red terminal, then connect the black, or negative terminal to the voltmeter. Look at the measurement. If your battery is lower than 12.4 volts…

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