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Yearly Archives: 2022

How Often Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed

How Often Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed

When you notice overheating, spills, and engine issues with your vehicle, it might be time for you to get a radiator flushing. But before you do, what is it, and how often does your vehicle need it? Radiator flush: what is it? A radiator cleanse can assist maintain an effective radiator system and stop a car from overheating. This method involves emptying the radiator's initial coolant and refilling it with fresh coolant or antifreeze that has been diluted with water. The combination is then allowed to flow through the cooling system of the car so that any granular accumulation inside the radiator stream can be dissolved and removed. The coolant or antifreeze solution is then emptied and replenished with the regular mixture of coolant and water when the system has finished circulating. How to Determine When to Flush Your Radiator The car's manual should be your initial stop. This gives a timeline and a description of maintenance duties as advised by the producer. You might ... read more

What Is the Recommended Tire Pressure for My Car?

What Is the Recommended Tire Pressure for My Car?

  With temperatures cooling down in Richmond, VA, we’d like to remind our customers and community to check their vehicle’s tire pressure. This isn’t rocket science – cold weather can cause the air inside your tires to contract. To avoid driving with underinflated tires, please be sure to take some time to monitor and adjust your tire’s air pressure.   Oftentimes, our clients will ask us, “what is the recommended tire pressure for my car”. There is no right or wrong answer for all vehicles because it varies depending on your vehicle’s make and model. Before pulling out the gauge or taking your car to the nearest air pump, ensure you know your automaker’s specifications for tire PSI.    If you operate a light truck, car, or SUV, the recommended usually ranges from 32-36 psi. To be sure, check the following places for accurate details: Driver or passenger inner door jam Sticker or decal inside the fuel door ... read more

5 Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Vehicle’s Timing Belt

5 Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Vehicle’s Timing Belt

While most people are wary about their oil changes, they don’t care much for their vehicle’s timing belt or chain. But did you know just as important of a role for your engine? The timing belt is a part of the motor that rotates the camshaft and crankshaft so that they can move in sync.  This ensures every cylinder fires at the right time without incurring any damage.    The rubbery timing belt typically sits under a timing cover near the front of the engine. Since timing belts are made to last up anywhere between 60,000 to 100,000 miles or more, most drivers neglect to check on them early on. However, frequent inspections of your vehicle’s belts are essential to plan out the replacement service. When timing belts wear down, they are more inclined to break. A broken timing belt can cause extensive engine damage if you’re not careful.   In this blog, we will go over several common symptoms that may indicate your timing belt needs repair ... read more

What is an OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) Scanner?

What is an OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) Scanner?

An OBD scanner is a diagnostic tool used to troubleshoot issues with a vehicle's engine, transmission, and other electronic systems. It connects to the vehicle's onboard computer to retrieve data from the vehicle computer and diagnose problems. OBD scanners can be used to check for engine codes, transmission codes, and other system codes. On-board diagnostics (OBD) are vehicle emission control systems that monitor and report data related to a vehicle's emission control and engine systems. The data is used to diagnose and repair emission-related problems. OBD systems are required on all new cars and light trucks sold in the United States since 1996. OBD systems are designed to work with a vehicle's emission control system to help identify problems that may cause the vehicle to pollute. The system does this by monitoring and reporting data related to the vehicle's emission control and engine systems. The data is used to diagnose and repair emission-related problems ... read more

How to Give Your Headlights a Quick Clean

How to Give Your Headlights a Quick Clean

Have you struggled to see the road due to fuzzy or discolored headlights? It can be frustrating. Luckily, we’re coming to you with a quick fix that costs nearly nothing.    Before testing out a bunch of random tips you read on the internet, you need to look to see whether the inside or outside of the light is impacted. If the oxidation is present on the outside cover of the light, then follow the tips below. If the muck is on the inside, you should consider getting professional help.   To clean your headlight’s exterior, you'll need the following items: A cleaning paste that can be made with baking soda/vinegar or toothpaste A soft cloth Old toothbrush  Water  Non-abrasive sponge    Step 1 - First, add a quarter-size amount of cleaning solution onto your cloth or rag and apply an even layer to your headlight. Step 2 - Let it sit there for 10-15 minutes. Step 3 - Use the toothbrush or any other brush to scrub the headlight ... read more

Where Can I Go for Auto Glass Repair in Richmond, VA?

Where Can I Go for Auto Glass Repair in Richmond, VA?

There’s no doubt that European automakers use strong, premium glass on their vehicles. However, they are not impenetrable. If your car’s glass surfaces have recently been chipped, cracked, or shattered, look no further than the automotive experts at Bimmer Rescue for auto glass repairs or replacements. While it may seem easy to shrug off a minor crack, glass damage can spread quickly, put your safety at risk, and lower your vehicle’s overall resale value.   At Bimmer Rescue in Richmond, VA, we understand the important role of glass in your European vehicle more than any other auto glass shop. It not only acts as a barrier between the inside and outside, but glass is important for your visibility too. Our qualified team strives to provide our customers with easy and seamless auto glass repairs. We only use high-quality glass and up-to-date equipment to restore your vehicle to pristine condition.    Our shop performs the following auto glass repairs a ... read more

What is a Blown Gasket?

What is a Blown Gasket?

What is a Head Gasket Between the cylinder head and the engine block lies a head gasket, which is an important component. The engine of a vehicle is divided into two sections: the engine block, which houses the pistons and cylinders, and the cylinder head, which houses valves, spark plugs, and other components. The head gasket, which sits between these two engine elements, is responsible for sealing the internal combustion process and preventing any fluids from leaking or mixing. The head gasket seals the combustion chamber of the engine, allowing your car to produce the necessary compression to keep your engine running at peak performance. It also prevents coolant or oil from leaking into other areas of your engine, which might cause it to overheat and catch fire. Causes of a Blown Gasket Head gaskets can explode at any time and need to be fixed promptly. Damage to the engine might occur if the driver continues to drive a car with a blown gasket i ... read more

How to Prepare Your Car for the Spring Season

How to Prepare Your Car for the Spring Season

Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. While we're sure most of you are more likely to leave your homes and do exciting things this season, there are certain things you should do to take care of your car first. Your vehicle has fought through the unpleasant effects of winter, so it needs some freshening up before handling the warmer temperature. Here's a list of items to restore and improve your vehicle's condition and give it a fresh new start before the summertime. Check and Rotate Tires Tire maintenance is critical in every season. When springtime comes around, please remember to check your tire pressure to match the automaker's recommended psi. Plus, it would be good to rotate them to promote even wear. Lastly, make sure they have enough tread on them to grip the dry or wet roads this spring. Brake Check Similar to tires, brakes are another component that is needed to keep you and others safe. Check whether your braking time is sufficient and whether your br ... read more

​​How to Jump-Start Your Car Like A Pro

​​How to Jump-Start Your Car Like A Pro

At some point in your life, your battery will die, or you might accidentally leave the lights on. In these cases, you will need to rely on a set of jumper cables to start your car. If you don't know how or where to start, you've come to the right place. Here's our ultimate guide on how to jump-start a vehicle. You're going to need a working vehicle to assist you. Make sure both cars are parked with the engine off -- Pop open the hood and locate the batteries. Start with the RED POSITIVE JUMPER CABLES and place one of the clamps on the positive terminal on the working battery. Then place the other red clamp on the positive terminal on the dead one. Now, take the BLACK NEGATIVE JUMPER CABLES and attach one of them to the negative terminals on the good or donor battery. **Do NOT attach the other black clamp to the dead battery Fasten the other black clamp onto any piece of unpainted metal, preferably away from the battery as possible. Start the vehicle on the donor ca ... read more

What to Do If Smoke is Coming Out of Your Vehicle

What to Do If Smoke is Coming Out of Your Vehicle

The sign of smoke emanating from your car can be dangerous, scary, and stressful. While some vapors can signify a hazard, some are pretty harmless. For instance, if you see a steam-like, clear vapor coming out of the tailpipe, it is just condensation. Luckily, you can interpret the type of smoke by its color and smell. On the other hand, smoke coming out of your hood could mean that your engine is overheating.  Reasons Why a Car Smokes Fluid leaks are the leading cause of why a car might smoke up. As you may know, a car's engine gets really hot. A spill from fluids in its surroundings can result in a cloud of smoke from under the hood or out the exhaust pipe. Your vehicle's essential fluids can leak onto engine compartments. These include: Engine coolant Transmission fluid Window washer fluid Power steering Brake fluid Color Coding Your Exhaust Smoke Sometimes, you may see different colors of smoke coming out of your exhaust pipe. In most cases, you can distinguish ... read more

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