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7 Signs Your BMW Ignition Coil Is Failing in West Hills

7 Signs Your BMW Ignition Coil Is Failing in West Hills

BMWs are reliable vehicles that are fun to drive, but it may be difficult to enjoy those qualities if your BMW’s ignition coil is failing. Your vehicle’s ignition coil is central to its ability to function, and if this component fails, you may not be able to drive your BMW at all. To help you prevent this, below is some vital information about how ignition coils work as well as a list of signs that your BMW’s ignition coil might be malfunctioning. Understanding The Ignition Coil and Its Purpose Your BMW’s engine needs approximately 40,000 volts of electricity to run correctly, but its battery is only able to produce 12 volts. The ignition coil fixes this problem by amplifying the battery’s electricity current before sending it through your vehicle’s spark plugs and into the engine. This amplification process happe ... read more

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What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

What are the Signs of Worn Shocks and Struts?

When you buy a new car, the ride is smooth as velvet. You can't feel bumps in the road, but as your automobile gets older, it will show signs of needing repair. The suspension system is a significant part of the car's operation. Therefore, over time, you will need to replace your struts and/or shock absorbers. Typically, it's not expensive to replace struts or shocks, and often, they are easy to replace. Here's how to tell if shocks are bad. Signs of Driving with Bad Shocks and Struts You'll know if you need shocks because your vehicle will not perform as well as it did in the weeks before. Look for these bad shock/strut symptoms: Does your car bounce when coming to a complete stop or hit a bump in the road? If it bounces even a little, this could be a sign you need struts and shocks.   If your car feels like it's going down into a pool of water after hitting your breaks or if it takes longer to stop, you could need struts or shocks ... read more

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

It's no secret that driving a vehicle with worn out tires is extremely unsafe, no matter what the weather conditions are. If the road is wet or dry, the vehicle can still slip or if a tire is very thin it could burst at high speed. Tire thinness means it cannot grip the road in an emergency situation, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and have an accident. Thus, tire depth is vitally important for your vehicle to remain safely on the road and to keep occupants safe too. The depth of the tire is called the 'tread' and having enough of this 'tread' thickness means that if you brake suddenly in rainy conditions or snow, your vehicle will have traction on the road, and as you reduce speed the car will be able to maintain grip on the road surface. It is important to know what the standard is for tire tread depth in your country. For example, in the United States the measurement of tire treads should be between 9/32-inch and 11/32-inch when brand new. T ... read more

What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

What Is a Transmission Rebuild?

The transmission is a basic component of a car. It can be manual or automatic, but its function is basically to convert the combustion power of the engine to the kinetic energy or the momentum that drives the wheels. Just like the engine, the transmission is made up of interrelated mechanical parts that wear out with extended use. The good news is that when individual parts of the transmission become worn out, you do not have to replace the entire transmission. You can simply go for a transmission rebuild, which is basically a major transmission overhaul. In a transmission rebuild, a professional mechanic will replace the worn-out parts of the transmission instead of replacing the whole transmission unit. Below are the pros and cons of transmission a rebuild as opposed to a transmission replacement. Pros of Transmission Rebuild When it comes to fixing a car's transmission, a transmission rebuild is the most popular option that car owners have. This can be attributed to the cost ... read more

What are Common Suspension Problems?

What are Common Suspension Problems?

Your vehicle’s suspension system is important when it comes to making sure that your vehicle’s ride is smooth and controlled. A problem with the suspension system can make it difficult to steer and make your drive uncomfortable overall. So, what are some common suspension problems and their symptoms?  Being aware of how your vehicle feels when driving can help you better identify when there might be an issue with the suspension system. Symptoms such as heavy vibrating or bouncing excessively when driving over bumps can be an indication of a suspension problem.  Here are some of the most common suspension problems that can occur:  Worn shocks or struts - these components have the important job of dampening the shock from the road as you drive. They help keep your vehicle controlled and prevent it from bouncing excessively. If you notice a bumpy ride or uneven tire wear, you may have worn shocks or struts. They typically start to leak when t ... read more

How to Maintain Your Vehicle's Cooling System

How to Maintain Your Vehicle's Cooling System

Your vehicle's cooling system is critical to the overall operation of the engine. Its job is to keep your engine's temperature regulated on the road to prevent overheating. When an issue occurs with the cooling system, this can lead to severe engine damage and a broken down vehicle. Engine repairs can be costly if they are significant, so ensuring that your cooling system is properly maintained is vital.  A great way to properly take care of your vehicle's cooling system is with frequent vehicle inspections and staying on top of any recommended maintenance. A regular inspection of your cooling system at our shop can help prevent major issues from occurring and will keep your vehicle running at its best!  Another way that you can remain aware of your vehicle's cooling system is to understand how your vehicle runs and to be aware of any warning signs of cooling system or engine troubles. If you notice that the engine temperature warning light or check engine i ... read more

What Can Cause a Dead Battery?

What Can Cause a Dead Battery?

Getting into your vehicle only to realize that your car won't start can be stressful. We know it always tends to happen at the worst of times, and it becomes difficult since you can't drive your vehicle to shop for an inspection. The most telling sign of a dead car battery is a car that won't start - you may hear a clicking noise when turning the key in the ignition (or pressing the ignition button), or nothing happens at all. It could be an issue with the starting and charging system, but oftentimes the battery is to blame.  So, what actually causes a battery to die, and are there ways that you can prevent it from happening? The first and most obvious cause of a dead battery is its age. If you haven't replaced your vehicle's battery in over 3 or 4 years, chances are it just reached the end of its lifetime and died out on you. However, if you have a battery that isn't that old, there could be another cause for its sudden demise.  Another reason for a ... read more

Why is My Car A/C or Heater Not Working?

Why is My Car A/C or Heater Not Working?

If you’re experiencing issues with your vehicle’s air conditioning or heating systems, your recent driving experiences have most likely been uncomfortable for both you and your passengers. Driving without working air conditioning or heating can be unbearable at times during extreme weather conditions. As soon as your car’s air conditioning or heating has stopped working, bring your vehicle into the experts here at Bavarian Workshop. Our ASE certified mechanics can repair any issue you may be experiencing and get you back on the road promptly.  Air conditioning systems can often fail due to a leak within the system, a bad compressor, faulty pressure valves, low refrigerant, or a clogged orifice tube. The heating system will usually fail due to a bad heater core, which can also indicate issues for your vehicle's cooling system. For that reason, we always recommend getting any A/C or heating problem addressed and repaired at the first sign of trouble.  An ... read more

Is Replacing an Engine Worth It?

Is Replacing an Engine Worth It?

Dealing with engine trouble is never fun, especially if the issue happens to be something major like a blown head gasket or a broken timing belt. Unfortunately, engine problems do occur periodically and if you haven't been on top of your vehicle's maintenance, you may find yourself having to deal with engine repairs in your vehicle's lifetime. Especially if you have an older vehicle, major engine repairs bring up the question of is replacing an engine worth it, or should you just look into a new vehicle? If engine damage is super extensive, then you may find yourself having to decide between an engine replacement, rebuild, or a new car entirely if the damage isn't repairable. In this instance, you may have to weigh out your options and determine what is the best route for you and your budget.  When you think about an engine replacement as a whole, typically it will cost you less than a new car. However, you may consider the overall condition of your vehicle ... read more

Why Does My Car Shake When it's Idle?

Why Does My Car Shake When it's Idle?

A properly working vehicle is supposed to be smooth and quiet. For example, when you first start your car and are still in park wait to switch into drive, your car is idling. When it's idling, your vehicle should be still and only have a light purr. However, if you notice that your vehicle is super shaky while it is idling, this is an indication of an issue. Typically, the shaking seems to come from the engine and may be accompanied by rattling noises. If you're experiencing this, it's time to have your engine inspected.  Here are some of the potential causes of a vehicle that shakes when it is idling:  Worn out spark plugs Bad timing belt Lose hoses Wrong fuel/air intake Damaged motor mounts Oxygen sensor failure Bad vacuum hoses The causes listed above are just some of the common reasons why you might be experiencing a shaky car while idling. While some fixes may be small, others can be more extensive and can get worse over time if ignored. An engine pro ... read more

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