FAQs

What Does It Mean If My Air Bag Light System Comes On?

The dashboard on your vehicle is full of many useful features that can provide you diagnostic information about the health of your vehicle. When you first start the vehicle, the computer chip in your vehicle should flash all the lights and make sure that things are working, as they should; however, if any of the lights don’t turn off, it might signify that something is wrong with the car. One of these useful little lights on the main panel is an airbag light that usually looks like a small person with a ball shaped airbag in its lap. If you’re driving around and see your airbag light up on the dashboard, you can probably narrow it down to a few reasons. Either your airbag has recently been deployed and you haven’t gotten around to resetting it; or, it could also mean that there is a problem with the deployment system preventing the bag from functioning in the event of a crash. What Should You Do? Airbags play a significant role in keeping you safe in the event of an emergency. Even if you are the best driver on the road, you can’t control every factor on the road to ensure your safety so you should never ignore this warning light. Take your vehicle in for inspection as soon as possible to get the problem fixed and ensure the safety of you and your family. Just like your check engine light, it can be very difficult to diagnose the problem on your own using just a visual inspection. We have experienced professionals on staff and state-of-the art computers to diagnose your car and help to determine the best way to fix the problem. We can perform the repair quickly to minimize inconvenience and get you back on the road in no...

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Why Is Your Car’s Electrical Having Trouble?

Electrical problems can arise in even the newest and most luxurious vehicle models. Thanks to modern technology and the vast amount of amenities packed together in today’s cars, it can be tough to root out the cause electrical problems without first determining what doesn’t work. A vehicle’s electrical setup is composed of a battery, an alternator, and starter that have to do with most electrical related trouble. From these components, power is then routed throughout the rest of the vehicle and supplied to some of the main components; things like the warning lights on your dashboard, the electronics in the car, and even some more important things like your steering and brakes can be powered by electricity. If you’re having difficult with something like starting the vehicle, it might just have something to do with a battery that requires replacement; in that case, we do offer a battery and charging station repair for all makes and models. If on the other hand you’re having trouble getting your car’s cigarette lighter or stereo to work, it might be faulty wire that needs replacement or a blown circuit. Either way, an exposed wire or electrical problems can be unsafe, not to mention inconvenient. We can trace, locate & repair all the electrical gremlins in your car… from an inoperative cigarette lighter to more complicated systems. This process starts by taking off the paneling or finding access to the problem’s source. We’ll test the wires inside the vehicle to determine whether or not they are producing an electrical current, and repair or replace as needed to restore the functionality of your vehicle. When the repair process is all said and done, we’ll test to see if the power works and restore the car to pre-repair condition. That way you can drive off with little to no inconvenience and a functional vehicle electrical system....

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How Do Cooling System, Heating System, Belts & Hoses Work?

When you turn on your car and drive down the road, your car’s engine the rotating parts underneath the hood will begin to generate heat. This heat is generated from a combination of combustion and friction that will continue to build up unless something is there to regulate the temperature. The Cooling System Is That Regulator Cars are installed with cooling system that is in charge of regulating temperatures and making sure that the vehicle doesn’t overheat. The cooling system ahs an important job because the engine can’t run when it’s too cold, it has to remain warm but not too hot. It manages the temperature by running coolant–or antifreeze–through a small pipe directly through the engine, taking the heat from the engine and transferring that heat into the air. All the hot air is then transferred into something known as the radiator and then onto the heater core. The heating system works in unison with the main cooling system; that cooling system removes the coolant and returns it through the system to be cooled down before the runs back into the engine once more. Once the heat is collected that hot air can be used to warm the inside of your car during a cold winter day. This transfer all happens through belts and hoses located underneath the hood of the car which help to seal in the temperature variations and prevent it from escaping into the atmosphere. If any of the belts or hoses are broken or compromised, your engine could either overheat or your car’s heater won’t work like it should. The antifreeze in your car is meant to handle the cold temperatures and prevent from freezing over even when the weather outside might be. We can test your antifreeze for cold resistance, acidity & reserve alkalinity to make sure your system is in optimal condition for year round...

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How Do I Replace Attached Parts: Interior, Exterior & Lights?

When you find that a light bulb has gone out on your vehicle, or any attached part for that matter, you should get it repair right away. Missing a headlight or a break light could create a danger to other motorists on the road and could get you a hefty ticket if you get pulled over. Fortunately, the repair cost for some of these interior and exterior accessories and lights are fairly minor and don’t need to be switched out too often. For instance, the average lifespan of most light bulbs used in cars is about 5-6 years. In comparison, studies show that people generally own their cars for about the same amount of time; therefore, if you’re lucky you won’t have to change the bulb out during the duration of your ownership. Some of the aftermarket parts, even the manufacturer-installed accessories, can also cause some trouble from time to time. Some might take this as a sign to get a new vehicle, but most of the time it is a quick and simple repair that can be performed on the spot. If you address these problems as soon as they arise, you might find that you’re able to better retain the value of your vehicle and save yourself some money rather than investing in a new car. Regardless of the problem, if your lights do go out for any reason or you are experiencing trouble with an exterior or interior accessory, don’t run off to a professional body shop. Hiring a body shop to perform minor repairs can cost you a lot of money in steep labor costs and overpriced parts. Although we aren’t a body shop, we can replace any and all lights or parts required by your vehicle. Our goal is to minimize inconvenience so that you can get back on the road as soon as possible and enjoy the benefits of quality repair at an affordable...

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Why Is Headlight Restoration Necessary?

Cars spend a lot of time outside underneath the hot sun and facing the elements. Over time, certain cosmetic features of your vehicle will start to fade, including the headlights. When the development of cars began to differentiate themselves more in terms of shape and style, auto manufacturers began switching out the original glass headlights for a hard polycarbonate plastic that was easier to mold. This transition also made cars safer as it reduce the amount of shattered glass in the event of an accident. The problems with these hard plastics–and with any plastic for that matter–is that it doesn’t do very well in the sun. When plastic is exposed to the intense UV rays of the sun for long periods of time like cars are, it will begin to cause miniscule cracks in the top layer. These cracks in combination of dirt and chemicals from the road cause the plastic to undergo a process called oxidation. Oxidation can be dangerous for a vehicle owner because it reduces the amount of light permitted to escape from the bulb; this causes the headlights on your car to get dimmer and dimmer until it becomes a challenge to drive at night.  Headlight restoration can reverse those negative effects quick and easy. The restoration is a process that entails removing the top layer of oxidized plastic to reveal the lower layers that haven’t been affected by the sun. This reduces the cost of replacing the headlight barriers and increases visibility on the road. Restoration can also help at reducing the orange or foggy glare often associated with oxidized headlights. If your headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be, or you are noticing a layer of fog over the lens, we can fix that. Avoid costly headlight replacement with our headlight restoration...

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What Is A BMW Inspection Service?

BMW comes standard in all of their cars with something known as a Condition Based Service (CBS) that monitors the oil levels and general wear and tear on a car. It does this using a combination of sensors and modules that are fitted around the car to give you real time information on every aspect of your vehicle. The sensors on all BMWs are programmed based on an algorithm to provide real time information and narrow down problems to individual parts or maintenance items. These warnings are subject to change or vary depending on your general driving style, the driving conditions the car is asked to perform, and total mileage being put on the car in any given year. The system also watches out for the fluid levels in the car to make sure that you aren’t getting too low on coolant, or don’t require additional oil added while you are driving. All of the data regarding your vehicle can be displayed on a panel in your dashboard known as the iDrive Control Display, which then will provide you with an estimate on when the next service is due. Better yet, the Condition Based Service (CBS) also provides you with a 4-week notice prior to your scheduled service so that it’s never a surprise when you require a trip to the shop. Our shop is fitted with state of the art tools and systems that can be plugged into your vehicle so that this data may be retrieved. We can provide any vehicle repair and maintenance necessary on only the services that are necessary and perform those maintenance recommendations based upon the schedule your car has provided. Once we’re done, we have the capabilities to reset the sensor for you and have you drive off on your way until the next service cycle. So stop by today to inspect your vehicle and take care of those warning...

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