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10 MOST COMMON BMW RELIABILITY ISSUES

10 MOST COMMON BMW RELIABILITY ISSUES

Are you looking to maintain your BMW to keep it in tip-top shape? Maybe you’re noticing that your vehicle is acting up or just isn’t performing at its best. To help you keep an eye on your car, here’s a quick list of the 10 most common BMW reliability issues so that you’ll recognize them if they occur! 1. The Coolant System BMWs are sometimes known to have issues with the entire coolant system. The coolant system keeps the engine from overheating as well as allows the air conditioning in the car to function. A broken coolant system will lead to the engine overheating, which will spell disaster for the car, especially in the summer. 2. The Windows Won’t Shut If you have windows that won’t shut or move slowly, you may have to replace faulty window regulator clips to solve these reliability issues. 3. Electronics Issues Many cars suffer from electronics issues over time and BMWs are no exception. Electrical issues can affect your interior ... read more

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PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR SUMMER

PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR SUMMER

No matter what type of car you drive — a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche or other brand — there is one thing they all have in common: they all need a little TLC to prepare them for the coming summer months. Here in Florida, especially, the heat can be brutal, getting above 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a near daily basis. To ensure both you and your vehicle make it through the season feeling cool and collected, here are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind. 1. Inspect your air conditioner. Even if it seems to be working just fine, it is worth bringing it to your favorite local automotive repair shop — like Auto Works of Brandon — to give it the once-over. You’ll want to have all the systems checked to make sure they are in good condition, change any filters that are looking a bit dingy, and ensure all of the fluids are topped off and ready to go. You don’t want to discover a problem with your air conditioner when it’s 110 degrees and you need to drive. 2. Check your ... read more

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WHAT IS THE CAR CARE CLUB?

WHAT IS THE CAR CARE CLUB?

Maybe you’ve seen the signage in our shop, or come across the page on our website. Maybe you’ve even chatted with us about the Car Care Club, but you still aren’t sure exactly what it is. We wanted to take a moment to explain the Auto Works of Brandon Car Care Club, so you have all the information you need to make the best possible decisions for your family. Owning a car can at times be an expensive proposition. Things break unexpectedly, or don’t work the way they should, or the car starts making an odd noise. The factory warranty will cover some of the most catastrophic problems, but it doesn’t cover everything bumper-to-bumper, and things like regular maintenance aren’t covered at all, which means you have to pay out of pocket for every oil change, tire replacement or air conditioning service required. We know those costs can add up, even if you maintain your vehicle in perfect condition. So we decided to put together the Car Care Club in an effort to reward our ... read more

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AIRBAG RECALL

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE AIRBAG RECALL

No one likes to think about it, much less talk about it, but the fact remains that if you own a BMW, Mercedes, or nearly any vehicle built between 2002-2015, this applies to you. In all, 19 different automakers have had to recall their vehicles using the Takata company’s front airbags for both the passenger and driver sides. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called this “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” At the heart of the problem is that the airbag’s inflation mechanism, which is a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, in some cases has ignited with explosive force, causing injury and even killing car occupants in some cases. So what should you do? First and foremost, don’t panic. While this is absolutely something that nee ... read more

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What are These Products, Anyway?

What are These Products, Anyway?

It doesn’t matter what manufacturer you purchase your car from, or if you buy it new or used — when you get to the point of signing the paperwork, you will be brought back into the Finance and Insurance (F and I) office, and offered a range of protection products you can add on to your loan. But what are they, and should you purchase them? There are a wide range of products to choose from, but in particular we’re going to talk about two of the most popular today: service contracts and extended warranties. Service Contracts On the surface, a service contract might seem like a great idea — you pay one up-front fee, and all your maintenance is taken care of for the set period the contract is in effect. But there are a few caveats you should be aware of. 1. You can only use that dealership. You can’t go to the oil change place down the street, or use a trusted me ... read more

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HOW TO CHECK FOR RECALLS

HOW TO CHECK FOR RECALLS

When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, no matter what make or model you drive — BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, or something else — at some point, there will likely be a recall. No vehicle, no matter what class or price tag it has on the window, is immune, since this is how manufacturers fix the problems that crop up after they have already shipped a vehicle to the public. They can happen not long after a car first comes to market, or they could be issued years later, as parts start to wear out and flaws are discovered. At Auto Works of Brandon, we’ll check your vehicle for any open recalls when you bring it to us for regular maintenance or repairs. But if you want to stay on top of any open recalls yourself, so you can be proactive about making arrangements to have them fixed, here are a few resources you can use. https://www.safercar.gov/ This site, like m ... read more

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THE TOP BMW REPAIRS and PROBLEMS

THE TOP BMW REPAIRS and PROBLEMS

At Auto Works of Brandon, we see a wide range of issues come through our doors. And while BMW is a very reliable brand of car to own, like with any machine, problems do crop up. We wanted to take a look at some of the top service issues that BWM vehicles tend to have: Electronic Problems. By far, this is one of the most common issues we see with BMWs coming through our doors. As cars have gotten more complex, with more electronic components, there are more opportunities for them to break down. And as anyone who has fiddled with a computer can tell you — even when you do everything right, sometimes things still go wrong. Most of the time, these types of problems are relatively easy to service and repair. Many times, an upgrade to the onboard systems will resolve issues, or swapping out a single part will fix the problem. Window Problems. While it doesn’t hold true ... read more

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THE TOP MERCEDES REPAIRS and PROBLEMS

THE TOP MERCEDES REPAIRS and PROBLEMS

Mercedes has a reputation for making some of the most reliable cars on the market today. But that doesn’t mean that nothing will ever go wrong. We wanted to take a look at some of the top problems that Mercedes owners might face with their vehicles — all problems that Auto Works of Brandon can help with! Engine wiring. For those living in hot climates — like Florida — the engine wiring harness can be at risk. Heat can cause the insulation to crack, putting the entire engine at risk. This is one of those issues that you’ll want to have someone check on an annual maintenance basis, just to ensure it is all working as intended. Oil leaks. Any Mercedes built after 1995 has an electronic transmission, and that, in turn, may be prone to graphite buildup from the clutches due to an oil leak. This is another problem that, if caught early, is fairly easy to fix, so you ... read more

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USING YOUR SMARTPHONE WITH AUDI VEHICLES

USING YOUR SMARTPHONE WITH AUDI VEHICLES

As one of the premier Audi repair shops in the greater Tampa area, we can service and fix almost any problem you might be having. But sometimes, the problem isn’t so much a mechanical failure as it is the frustration of not being able to figure out the often complex infotainment systems that luxury vehicles today come with. There are many different approaches, but with the latest vehicles, Audi has made it simple to use either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, systems that take advantage of the smartphones consumers are already used to using, with familiar apps, menus and functionality. Setting up your phone to work with this system is fairly quick and easy: Prepare your car. To pair your phone and activate either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, your car will need to be, and parked. Neither you nor a passenger will not be able to a ... read more

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PREPPING FOR EXTREME WEATHER

PREPPING FOR EXTREME WEATHER

Just because we aren’t likely to see snow in Tampa, Fl doesn’t mean your Audi won’t encounter any harsh environmental conditions. Maybe you plan to drive north to visit relatives or take advantage of snowy climates and activities. Or maybe you just know that when summer hits and the temperatures start kissing the triple-digits, you’ll need to take steps to keep your car running at peak performance. Here are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with extreme weather conditions — hot or cold — to ensure your Audi is always performing at its highest levels. 1. Keep the battery charged. Cold weather can put a strain on your Audi’s battery, with heaters blasting, lights going, windshield wipers running, to name a few, all operating at the same time. And in the summer, it’s the same systems, just with the air conditioning instead of the heat. Running all these systems can put a strain on your battery, and could leave you stranded when you need it most. It is a good idea to ... read more

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