Sunday, August 31, 2014

End of Summer Car Maintenance

Is it getting dark outside earlier and earlier every day? Are you starting to feel a little chill in the early morning, especially when you realize the custard stand is closed until next year? Yes, yes, and yes? Then sadly, the summer must me coming to an end.

It's time to put away the shorts and tank tops and bring back the wool socks and puffy jackets. Many people make small changes around their homes as well to make sure they are prepared for the colder months. And now is the perfect time to do so since the weather is still nice!

Besides your home and health, your car is probably next in line as one of the most expensive and important assets. So be smart and take the time out of your day to make sure your car is prepared and ready just like you have prepared yourself and your house for the cold winter.
Here are the five areas you need to inspect to insure your car is ready:

1) Oil Changes and Quality

The high temperatures, increased amount of drivers on the road, and even the quality of summer gasoline can cause engine oil to expire at a much quicker rate. This is why the end of summer is a critical time for an oil change. This also gives you a chance to visually inspect your vehicle's oil quality.

To check out the oil, make sure your car has been idle for long enough to completely cool off. Take the oil dipstick and dab it on your finger and then rub the oil between two fingers. You will be able to tell immediately if your oil is smooth and clean or gritty. Oil always gets dirty, but checking how dirty is it with your own two hands can tell you a lot about your engine.

Most cars take a different type of oil in the winter as compared to the other months, and even though the end of the summer is a good time for an oil change, don't switch the type of oil just yet. The harsh cold that requires a different type of oil is still a couple months away.

2) Tires

You should constantly check your tires for uneven or worn down treads, but between seasons this inspection is especially important. The summer heat can corrode and wear down your tires which can be very dangerous on slick winter roads.

The sun even causes your tires to lose air pressure, creating even more driving hazards. In fact, for every ten degrees that the temperature rises, you lose an entire PSI! Proper tire pressure gives you the best fuel economy, keeps your car stable, and is crucial for keeping traction on the road.
So, keep an eye on your tires if you want to keep you, your passengers, and the passengers in other vehicles all safe.

3) Wiper Blades

Windshield wiper blades never last as long as we wish they would, usually from the wear of season and weather changes. So, this is an important time to take a look at the quality of your wipers. Look for cracks in the blades and check for a tacky feeling. And of course the best way to tell is if they just aren't cleaning your windshield as well as they used to.

Even if none of these signs are present, you should still consider the damage that the extreme cold might bring. Remember, wiper blades are not only for rainy seasons, but are also helpful in the icy rain and snowy conditions that will be upon us all soon. Replace your windshield wipers so you don't find yourself in a bad situation after an unexpected snowfall.

4) Coolant System

Your vehicle's engine coolant has been through a lot over the past summer. It has kept your engine at the correct temperature so that everything inside your car works the right way despite the heat and humidity outside.

Your radiator is responsible for keeping your vehicle's systems at a constant temperature. Cracks or leaks in your cooling system can cause you to lose coolant. If your engine or transmission overheats, it can result in significant damage to your vehicle, and costly repairs.

Excessive heat can evaporate coolant, causing you to lose the fluid much quicker than normal. And now that temperatures are about to drop again, there couldn't be a better time to have your coolant system inspected and possibly even flushed.

In the winter, coolant works to keep your vehicle warm by collecting heat and transferring it to the passenger cabin heating system. So if you don't want to be stuck with lukewarm air coming out of your vents in the freezing cold this winter, make sure your car has clean coolant.

5) Fuel System

Like the other parts of your car, the summer heat and increased driving have caused damage to your fuel system as well. Gas quality usually declines during the summer months since more people are driving and doing it more often, which increases demand for fuel. And using this poor quality gas for months on end definitely takes a toll on your fuel systems.

The best thing drivers can do is get a complete fuel system flush from a mechanic they trust. But if that isn't possible, you should at least add cleaning additives and detergents to your fuel tank. You can find many of these fuel cleansing products at your local auto parts store, and even some gas stations.

Remember not to go crazy with these products. Always follow your vehicle manufacturer suggestions, as well as the directions provided with the cleaning products and your car will take care of you through the harsh upcoming cold months.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

BMW 1600GT. A Rare Exotic Car of the 60's.

The BMW Coupé 1600 of 1967 is a rare exotic. The origin of the car is the former Glass Company in Dingolfing, which was taken over by BMW in 1966 and is now one of the most important locations for BMW. The 1600 GT was equipped with a new transmission, a faster engine and embodies Italian design. It stands for the foresight of expansion from BMW of the 60's.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Keep Your Car On The Road

Could you imagine your life without cars? Have you even been driving pass an accident and felt the chill going down your spine? You may have said, "Glad it wasn't us, buddy." For most of us, driving is a big part of our day. We get in the car to go to work. We get in the car to go shopping. We get in the car to have get a relaxing massage at the spa. Your car has become a big part of your life. I encourage you to keep it on the road.

Keep it on the road is campaign to urge drivers to be more diligent in driver safety, auto maintenance, and to inform drivers the benefits of having roadside assistance. Your car is an extension of you, it is like family. You have made a big investment in this vehicle. Why not keep it on the road?

Driving safely on the road is important. Knowing all the road laws in your state can help keep your car from being towed, getting tickets, and from getting into an accident. A safe driver always buckles their seat belts! They check their mirrors before pulling off. These drivers know the law and they avoid putting themselves and others in danger by following the laws of the road. They love their cars! These drivers want to keep their cars on the road. What can you do today to make yourself a safer driver today?

A safe driver always takes their cars to get the needed oil changes, repairs, and check ups that their cars may need. Auto maintenance is a way of keeping your car on the road! It's being responsible. Your car needs you to be responsible. It loves trips to the car wash. You car can't wait to see the oil change doctors for their liquid refills. You car will appreciate you when you are on top of keeping that car maintained. Brakes are very important as well. In August, drivers are recognizing "Brake Safety Awareness" month. What needs to be done on your auto maintenance check list? Get it done to keep your car on the road longer!

Finally, everyone knows that they need auto insurance for their cars just in case. If you think that having auto insurance is enough, then meet the 100 million people who disagree with you and have added Roadside coverage to supplement their auto insurance. Having this added coverage gives your car and you extra piece of mind. Roadside assistance companies want to keep you on the road just as much as your car wants to be on the road! The are plenty of roadside assistance companies to choose from. Most of them provide discounts on auto maintenance, helping you save money on minor repairs. There are also others that go further and beyond to protect you and your car. It will save your car if it ever breaks down, needs a battery recharge, or if it needs to be towed to a garage for further repair. It can also save you money in the long run. That extra money at the end of the month could be spent on new toys for your car!

Keep your car on the road! It was meant to be on the road. It was created for the road. Keep your car happy, healthy, and covered. Keep it on the road.

For more information about "Keep Your Car On The Road" and what you can do to join the campaign click HERE. Keep Your Car On The Road is a campaign to inform drivers about the benefits of road safety, auto maintenance, and having roadside assistance. Your car wants to be on the road. Keep it there!
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Marriage Proposal with a BMW M3.

Bachir wanted to propose marriage to his girlfriend Layal in a special way. So he went to the BMW Welt in Munich and did something that toally surprised her. Watch this true, emotional story of two big BMW fans.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Replacing Brake Fluid: Mechanics Or DIY?

Whether you consider yourself a vessel of car knowledge or not, you will no doubt all be aware of just how important well-maintained brake pads are. Designed to slow down your moving vehicle, the greater the conditions of your brake pads, the more improved and of course the safer the drive. However knowing how important your brake pads are and being armed with a basic awareness that "good brake pads equal good car" is not enough.

When getting to grips with brake pads, it is important to also have a good understanding of brake fluid, how it works and how it can help you determine whether or not your brake pads need replacing.

The main focus of your vehicles brake fluid is to provide corrosion protection and lubrication of your hydraulic brake systems, without which your vehicle would fail to operate. Like all fluids in your vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure that you monitor whether or not your vehicle has the sufficient amount of brake fluid.

As with many car issues, a lot of drivers are determined to ensure that they visit their mechanic as little as possible after-all who wants to constantly spend money if they can fix the problem themselves? However when it comes to something as important as your brake fluid it is important to know your limitations to avoid putting yourself at risk.

Find yourself in a situation with your brake fluid? Not sure what you can do yourself and what requires a mechanic? Below are the common brake fluid related issues and just what you need to do...

  • I have noticed after some time that my brake fluid is starting to fall, what should I do?

Falling brake fluid is expected over time as your pads will naturally wear. You can simply top up your reservoir but be sure to not go past the "full" line and check that you are using the right grade fluid (dot 3, dot 4 etc).

  • My brakes are starting to feel soft and almost 'mushy', what is wrong with them?

Occasionally air may reach your vehicles brake lines which can cause your brakes to feel soft. In order to ensure improve this condition you will need to bleed your brake lines. This is a tricky task and may not work with newer vehicles so it is often advised to ask your mechanic to resolve this in order to ensure it is done right.

  • I have only just topped up my brake fluid and it's almost all gone already, why is my car doing this?

Often quick drops in your brake fluid level suggest that there may be a leak or that your brake pads are too worn down. It is best to visit a mechanic to get the leak fixed or your brake pads replaced.

  • My brake light has come on; can I wait a while before I visit the mechanic?

If there was ever an indicator that there is an issue with your brake pads, this is it. By regularly keeping an eye on the condition of your brakes and fluid levels you shouldn't have to wait until your light comes on to visit your mechanic however if you find one day that it does pop up; then it is time to go straight to your local garage!

Your brakes are far too much of an important component of your car to neglect. Whether you're an experienced driver or a novice that is still learning it all; by knowing as much as possible about your brake pads and fluid you can not only keep your car in the best condition possible but keep yourself safe too!

Are you checking your brake fluid regularly?

Thomas Robson is the development Manager at Central Audi VW; Birmingham's leading Audi, VW, SEAT and Skoda specialists. From MOT to car servicing, the specialist mechanics can provide everything you need.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Jaguar Reveals All-New Lightweight E-type, the 'Missing Six'

In 1963, Jaguar embarked on the 'Special GT E-type project'. A lightweight E-type purely for competition. Just 12 of an intended 18 lightweights were built. Until now. #MissingSix

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Auto Repair Shops Keep You Going!

Auto repair shops vary widely in the services they provide. While some people prefer to stick with the dealership where they purchased their car for ongoing needs, many will use an independent business for regular maintenance and repairs. You should have someone you can trust for the life of your automobile, and who won't recommend unnecessary work or overcharge. You also want to have someone that can address most of your car needs.

Oil changes

This is probably one of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your car and keep it running smoothly. While there are lots of "quick-change" type businesses specifically for this service, there are advantages of using the same, regular team to change your oil and other fluids in your car. They will begin to build a history with you and your automobile to make them more qualified to see other potential problems before they happen.

Regular maintenance

Most manufacturers recommend vehicle check-ups at certain mileage levels. During these visits, the technician will check your fluids, belts, and overall engine health. Check with the business to see what is covered in the cost of the check-up versus separate costs depending on what they find. A reputable shop should also go over any problems with you before they address them, so that you have a chance to say no or at least be aware of the added charges.


Not all auto repair shops sell tires, but most will rotate or repair tires. It is important to get your tires rotated on a regular basis so there is not uneven wear that can do more damage to the overall alignment of your car. You might also need a tire fixed at some point, such as if you run over a nail or otherwise damage the tire. If they do not sell tires, they can probably recommend someone who does.

Significant repairs

Whether it's in the case of an accident or because of normal aging of the car, you may find yourself needing significant repairs to your vehicle. This can range from replacing a radiator to replacing an engine. When you have this kind of need, make sure the shop you're working with has experienced technicians that will do quality work in the most efficient way possible. They should be familiar with the make and model of your auto. In the case of an accident, the shop should help you navigate the insurance requirements and let you know if there are any significant differences between what they believe needs to be done and what the insurance company thinks. Since some problems can take a while to fix, you will want to get an estimated delivery date and cost.

When researching auto repair shops in your area, take time to find out as much as possible about their services, experience and reputation. You can find one that provides quality service at reasonable prices!

If you're looking for auto repair shops in Auburn, NY, Harry's Tire is the place to go. Learn more about our quality services and team at
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Epic Driftmob feat. BMW M235i

Is it possible to make a drift-choreography in a rotary traffic? We took some hollywood stunt driver and added the same amount of BMW M235i cars. The result: About 90 seconds of driving pleasure and smoking tyres.

Please note that all these driving-scenes are real. To avoid accidents, we had to block the road.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brake Repair, Oil Changes, And Tire Pressure Are Part Of An Effective Auto Maintenance Routine

Buying a car is one of the most significant purchases people make, right after buying a home. While most cars manufactured in the last few years are built to run for 100,000 miles or more, they still require regular maintenance. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is especially true when it comes to your vehicle. Some routine maintenance can even be done yourself. Checking your tires, changing the oil, and occasional brake repair will help you avoid costly fixes. This will keep your car in safe working condition and on the road for as long as possible.

One of the simplest ways to ensure that your vehicle is in good working condition is to give it a quick once-over each month. Make sure that all the lights work, your tire pressure is adequate, and your windshield wipers are still doing a good job of clearing the windshield. You can also check to make sure that your tires have enough tread by using a penny. Turn the penny on its head and insert it into the tread's groove. If you can see all of the head, it is time to replace that tire. Paying attention to these small details will help make sure that your car is running efficiently and safely, and that minor maintenance issues can be handled relatively cheaply.

Taking care of your car's brakes is another important, but often overlooked, part of auto maintenance. Brakes are designed to last for a long time, but they do wear down slowly. As a result, many drivers do not realize that they are in need of repair until damage is sustained. Unfortunately, there is no rule of thumb governing when they should be replaced; it all depends on how much you drive each year, and the conditions in which you drive. You can avoid brake repair by having them looked at when you have your tires rotated. The mechanic can check the condition of your brake pads and other signs of wear. Otherwise, pay careful attention to screeching or grinding noises, or pulsating in the wheel or brake pedal when braking. These could be indications that your brakes are in need of attention.

Finally, regular oil changes are a must for any vehicle. However, there is some debate about how frequently your oil should be changed in cars manufactured over the past decade. The general rule is that you should bring your car in for an oil change every 3,000 miles, but you may be able to go 5,000 or 7,500 miles between oil changes depending on the conditions in which you drive. Regardless, changing the oil when needed helps your car run cleaner, and in conjunction with a regular maintenance routine, will help keep your car out of the shop.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Waterfest 2014 | VW Enthusiast Car Show

Enthusiasts celebrated Volkswagen at the 20th annual Waterfest Car Show held at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. Waterfest is one of the largest VW car shows in North America and these two GTI enthusiasts shared with us what Waterfest means to them.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Jaguar XE: Ride and Handling Explained

The world premiere of the all-new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8th. In the mean time, take a look at the first in our series of films going beneath the skin of the XE.