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Let's Learn about Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

You know that your car needs appropriate oil and periodic oil changes, but motor oil viscosity ratings can be confusing. We can clarify this matter right now at the Brian Harris BMW service center!

First, let's discuss viscosity. This property classifies a liquid's resistance to flow. Thin liquids like tea barely resist flow, so they feature low viscosity. On the other hand, thick liquids tend to flow sluggishly, so they feature high viscosity. 

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Are Your Gaskets in Good Shape?

Recognizing the signals your car is giving you can help you prevent a small problem from becoming a bigger--and more expensive--problem to fix. Gaskets are critical components of your car's engine; they form impenetrable seals that keep fluids and gasses from leaking into places they shouldn't be, potentially causing significant damage if they fail. That's why knowing the signs of gasket issues and getting your car in to be serviced promptly is important.

You can help ensure the health of your engine's gaskets by getting your oil and coolant replaced at regular intervals. 

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Signs Your Exhaust Might be Leaking

The exhaust plays an important part in the overall operation and performance of your vehicle. Any type of unusual odor or noise is a sign that something’s not functioning like it should. There are a few telltale symptoms, in addition to the fumes, that will point to an exhaust leak.

One of them is hearing a popping noise in the engine. If you also notice discoloration around the tailpipe or engine cylinders, you should get your system checked as soon as possible. It could lead to burned spark plugs, wires, or worse. 

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How Much Does Timing Belt Replacement Cost?

Vehicle owners generally understand how timely maintenance can keep repair costs down. This concept is true when it comes to repairing or replacing a timing belt. On average, it will cost about $500 to have a belt repaired and about $2,000 on average to have the belt replaced altogether.

While nobody looks forward to spending hundreds of dollars on car repair, it can be even more expensive to not maintain a timing belt. 

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Suspension, Shocks and Struts Affect Ride Quality

If your drive down the street or highway feels more like a boat bouncing over waves rather than a smooth glide, your suspension and steering system may have worn out parts. At our BMW service department in Baton Rouge, we can evaluate your vehicle's suspension system and recommend what parts needs replacement in order to restore smooth and safe handling of your car.

Shocks and struts replacement services result in improved safety, better vehicle handling, more control and stability, shorter braking distances and an overall smoother ride.

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Move Over Laws Protect Motorists Like You

The interstate highway’s network of bridges, roads, and underpasses handle a wide variety of vehicles, including those carrying hazardous materials. Trucks carrying high-risk chemicals have lots of security features and may even be armored. However, this should not lull ordinary drivers into a false since of security. Dangerous goods transported by commercial drivers can include the following:

  • Radioactive materials
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Ditch the Water and Stick With Windshield Wiper Fluid

In modern times, there are still people who are under the assumption that it is perfectly fine to fill your windshield wiper fluid system with common tap water. We here at Brian Harris BMW in Baton Rouge, LA see that they seem to go by the reasoning that water cleans things so it must be good for windshields. It is this type of logic that keeps cars and trucks in service centers getting their windshield wiper fluid systems repaired or replaced.

You are supposed to only use the proper fluid in these systems because that is how the system was…

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Check Your Tire Treads Before Your Next Adventure

Tire treads are prone to wearing out after covering a couple of miles. It is important to replace them when they wear out. Our expert team has prepared for you some of the benefits of having tire treads that are in good condition:

 
  • Braking - Tire treads that are in good condition have a better grip when braking than worn out tire treads. They also take sharp corners better than the worn out ones.
  • Off-road performance - Good tire treads perform better off-road. They have a strong grip on rocky, muddy and wet roads. 
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Are Your Headlights Fit for Your Road Trip?

Are your headlights fit for your next road trip? While many road trips are taken during the day, the return journey often occurs when the sun goes down. As a result, it is critical to ensure that your headlights are in good shape and ready for night time driving. Below are headlight maintenance tips from Brian Harris BMW that can help drivers better prepare for the road ahead.

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What is the Real Cost of Owning Your Dream Car?

When you think of the cost of owning a new car, do you just think about the cost of the loan or lease or do you think of all the other costs as well? It is important to realize a car costs more than just the monthly payment you make on it. There are additional expenses to consider, such as filling it up with gas, having car insurance, maintenance, tire changes and registration.

It is easy to overlook all of the additional expenses that come along with owning a new car.

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