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What do the Numbers Mean on Engine Oil?

Every engine needs oil to run properly. The oil you put in your engine has a number on it, like 10W-40. These numbers actually have to do with the viscosity of the oil, and each engine is designed to run with an oil with a specific viscosity.

Viscosity is a property that determines how easily a fluid flows. A high viscosity fluid, like molasses, resists flow much more than a low viscosity fluid, like water. The two numbers on a bottle of engine oil are viscosity values. The first number is the viscosity of the oil in cold temperatures. 

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Your Car’s Alternator is Paramount for an Efficient Electrical System

Once you start your engine, there is work required for the electrical system to operate efficiently. Although the battery supplies the electrical power to turn the engine over, the alternator is the part that actually keeps the electrical system operating. The alternator generates the electrical current to recharge the battery, while it also produces electrical current to components, such as headlights, the radio, and windshield wipers, just as a few examples.

Typically, when an alternator becomes deficient, the next thing to follow is a dead battery. 

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Notice Fluid Leaks? It Could be a Gasket

If you have noticed fluid leaking from your car, such as by the appearance of a stain in your driveway where your car is parked, then you need to consider having your gaskets checked. This is a problem that will not go away, and could to potentially cause serious damage to your car. Having the problem diagnosed will help to prevent expensive repairs later.

You may not think that the leak appears to be serious, but these problems only get worse over time. 

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Reasons Why Your Tire Pressure Warning is Illuminated

The tire pressure indicators on the dashboard of your car will alert you to potential tire issues. Consider a few reasons why it may be lit before hitting the road.

If something is stuck in the tire, air may be escaping. Never remove the item; an auto service technician can remove it correctly and repair the tire. Take a closer look at the tire for anything that looks out of the ordinary. The side walls should not have any bulges or cracks that could compromise the tires. 

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Tips for When to Replace Your Battery

There really never is a good time for your vehicle to not start up when you turn the key in the ignition, but when it does happen, it's never a fun experience. You might realize that something was left on in your vehicle that drained your battery and you can hook up your vehicle to charge for a bit before you have to leave. But in many instances, there is somewhere that you need to go in a hurry. Here at Galleria BMW, we can help you get back on the road in no time, whether your battery is…

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The Value of Correct Headlight Replacement Services

Long gone are the days when the at-home mechanic could pop off the headlight housing and plug in a new bulb. Not only is removing the headlight incredibly difficult in the first place, newer headlights have multiple bulbs, and often those bulbs are set at very precise levels in order to maximize visibility.

Setting the bulbs at a specific level and angle serves a couple of different purposes, and here at Galleria BMW in D'Iberville, MS, we are able to precisely set your headlights to the automaker's specifications. 

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A Full Gas Tank Helps You Avoid Winter Issues

Gummed up fuel filters and clogged injectors are two occurrences that can happen if you are driving around this winter with less than a full tank of gas in your vehicle. As the level in your tank drops, it is increasingly possible that debris such as rust, dirt and scale could be sucked up by the vehicle's fuel pump and be introduced into the rest of the fuel system.

The first line of defense for this is the fuel filter which can become clogged. 

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The 3,000-Mile Rule No Longer Applies

We here at Galleria BMW have all of the necessary information that you may need when it comes to finding out exactly how many miles you can safely put on your engine between oil changes. If you are in the greater D’Iberville, MS area, then please feel free to stop by our service center and one of our highly skilled technicians can better inform you on more cost-savvy oil change practices.

Have you ever heard of the 3,000-mile rule when it comes to oil changes? 

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Why is Windshield Wiper Fluid Important?

When you make a long drive, there's a good chance that you'll end up with some bugs or other organic matter on your windshield. To clean your windshield effectively, you will need to use windshield wiper fluid. If you have heard that water makes a good replacement, this is not true. Let the Galleria BMW service team in D’Iberville, MS explain.

Water does not contain any cleaning ingredients to help clean the windshield. 

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The Most Important Part of Your Car Needs Fixed

Some people say that the most important part of your car is your engine because without it, you're not going anywhere. Is that really true? Surely, you can just throw it in neutral and get somewhere. That's because you have wheels! An even more important necessity to your vehicle is the tires, and over time, they are going to wear down - some more than others.

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