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How to Replace a Flat Tire

Have you noticed your tire looks a little flat or are you getting tire pressure warnings? You don't want to ignore a tire that continuously goes flat. You should have some tools in your trunk to help you remove the tire and place a spare, or you can purchase a can of Fix-A-Flat if you are in a pinch.

Replacing a flat tire requires a lug wrench, spare tire, and a jack. All three are very important. You also want to have wheel wedges that you can place on your wheels before removing the tire to keep your car…

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How to Identify Trouble with Hoses and Belts in Your Car

If you can identify a potential failure with the hoses and belts in your car, you'll be in a better position to avoid serious trouble.

There are a number of belts on the car that is responsible for powering things like the water pump or the radiator fan. If you can hear squeaking from these areas, you want to get a mechanic on the job because if the belt snaps, you lose the ability for those parts to work.

The hoses have to allow engine coolant to travel from the radiator to the engine block and back. 

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Signs Your Car Needs a Wheel Alignment

Has your car been driving funny? Is your wheel pulling to the left or right? Proper wheel alignment is one of the ways that your car controls fuel efficiency. If your car is off center, you could cause damage to the other wheels. These are some signs that you may need to get your wheels rotated and aligned.

If your steering is off center and your car veers to the left or right, then you probably have a wheel off-balance. An alignment can return to your wheels to their proper position, ensuring your vehicle's safety and efficiency. If you…

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Always Be Prepared for a Possible Roadside Emergency

Just like the Scout motto, you should always be prepared. When it comes to roadside emergencies, the unpredictable nature of these incidences means that it is essential for you to have necessary emergency items in your vehicle and know how to use them.

Firstly, make sure you have water, jumper cables, emergency lights and flares, kitty litter for traction, tire tools and a reliable, charged cell phone. Acquaint yourself with using jumper cables and the tire tools. Secondly, if an emergency occurs, stay well away from the traffic if possible. If someone stops to help, stay in the vehicle...

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Follow These Tips to Keep Your Engine from Overheating

When a vehicle's engine overheats, it signals an immediate need to have the car looked at and serviced. Typically, your vehicle will run just fine and then suddenly start to feel like it's breaking down. If you begin to see steam coming from your engine, it's overheated.

Many things can cause your car's engine to overheat. A leak, either in your vehicle's water pump or elsewhere in your cooling system, is a common cause of engine overheating. A blockage in your cooling system will prevent it from adequately circulating air, causing your vehicle's engine…

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It's Time for Spring Maintenance at BMW Portland!

Now that the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it's time to get your BMW caught up to the changing seasons with spring maintenance! We'd like to offer Portland drivers a few maintenance tips so they can enjoy a fresh drive.

Oil change: It's always good to give your engine a fresh start each season, and the best way to do that is by having a routine oil and filter change. Oil changes clean out the dirt and debris that can build up in your engine, helping it run more efficiently.

Brake service: Over the…

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All for One, and X1 for All

If you’re looking for a vehicle that goes way beyond utility, you need to check out the sporty and capable BMW X1, the handsome Sports Activity Vehicle from Bavaria. With thrills behind every rounded corner, let the X1 blaze a path through the commotion and track down adventure and excitement, wherever they hide.

 

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Get it Done Right the First Time with BMW Portland

There's a lot of choices out there for automotive service. What sets the service team at BMW Portland apart from our competitors? It starts with our legacy of quality and professionalism. For years, drivers from Portland, Vancouver, Tigard, Hillsboro and Gresham have trusted BMW Portland with an entire array of automobile service needs, from swapping out tires to installing new wiper blades. And while BMW might be our specialty, we serve proudly serve drivers from across Portland regardless of their vehicle's make and model.

From oil changes, tire rotations and brake testing to an array of complex service…

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BMW awakens us from the taillight nightmare


Taillights are a styling and efficiency nightmare. Bulky and energy-wasting, these crucial exterior pieces are often neglected when plenty possibilities exist to correct them. The question then is not how to fix the problem but where to start.  BMW has the right answer: Adjust it all.

In the latest BMW prototype, BMW has placed an innovative spin on taillights.  The BMW organic lighting technology poses a simple solution to a once highly-neglected issue. Its OLED…

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BMW Portland Supports Last Minute Travel Plans


Although the grocery stores may already be putting out cases of Halloween candy and commercials aired regarding back-to-school, summer is still here. The sun is still shinning, popsicles melting, leaves are green and the kids are very well still bumming around the house. And you still have a week's paid vacation to use up while the weather is still nice.

You're ready to hit the road, anxious to squeeze in that one last…

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