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Do I Really Need More Expensive Gas?

This is a good one, and your wallet will thank you in the end! Did you know that most cars take regular and only a few others require premium? The difference between these two grades of gasoline isn’t completely obvious, which has led to some misguided spending at the pump. If you’re not sure what you should be filling up with, let us help clarify for you  

What’s the difference between premium and regular gas?

Regular gas is rated at 87 octane in most states, while premium gas is often rated higher at 91 or 93. Fuel with a higher octane rating can stand up to higher compression before it detonates. In Essence, the higher the octane rating, the lower the likelihood that detonation happens at the wrong time. On occasion, this occurrence will likely not harm your vehicle. However, if it happens frequently it may quicken the decline of your engine’s performance. 

Engines with high compression ratios or turbochargers often require high octane fuel found in premium gas for optimal performance and fuel efficiency. However, most cars on the road today are adjusted to run on regular gas.

If your car doesn’t require premium, fill up with regular.

Why pay good money for something you don’t need? Premium gasoline costs on average about fifty cents more a gallon than regular and has no positive or negative effect on vehicles that can’t take advantage of it. In a consumer notice, the Federal Trade Commission, notes: “In most cases, using a higher-octane gasoline than your owner’s manual recommends offers absolutely no benefit. It won’t make your car perform better, go faster, get better mileage or run cleaner.”

The detergent additives in your gasoline are far more important than the octane level, as they help clean your engine and optimize performance. Each retailer offers a different blend of additives, used across all grades. For example, you can find Chevron’s Techron in both their regular and premium gas.

If your car requires premium, fill up with premium.

Engines with a high compression ratio typically require higher octane fuel to achieve its intended level of performance, fuel efficiency and emissions. If your car requires premium gas, don’t skimp out. While you might save money on gas, your car will be less powerful and fuel-efficient. This can make a huge difference in vehicles with available turbocharged engines.

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What Happens If Your Cabin Air Filter Is Dirty?

What happens if your cabin air filter is dirty?

Much like the air quality filter in your house, one should not disregard the air filter in your vehicle either. Dangers arise if you don’t replace your cabin air filter on a regular basis. Look at some of the dangers that come with having a dirty air filter:

HVAC system will run poorly: A cabin air filter that hasn’t been replaced in a while will actually start taking a drain on your vehicle’s HVAC system, making it work harder which will cause the motor to fail sooner than expected. Dirty or clogged cabin air filters will block the amount of air flowing through the vents. This also affects cabin air temperature, which depends on a steady flow of air passing through the heater core.

Foul odors: Wondering where that terrible smell is coming from and looking sidelong at your passengers? No, that terrible smell coming from your passengers, it’s coming from not changing your cabin air filter. A dirty cabin air filters will produce a dusty, old mold stench, especially when the HVAC system is turned on. When you change your cabin air filter regularly will help ensure that your passengers don’t have to wind down their windows in the dead of winter to get some fresh air.

Poor window fog clearing: One might think that this is lesser of the problem that arises when airflow is compromised but in the dead of winter and you need to see to drive, this issue become a serious one very quickly. Once the cabin air filter is replaced, there will be less fog buildup on the windshield, and you’ll be able to see easier and faster.

Health troubles: Finally, a well-functioning cabin air filter is vital in keeping the inside of a vehicle free of pollutants. A cabin air filter that’s dirty or clogged won’t filter those contaminants, causing problems for those who suffer from allergies or have breathing difficulties. A good rule of thumb that our technicians use is to replace your cabin air filter every February, this way you have a fresh one before spring allergy season arrives. A new cabin air filter will prevent pollen from making its way into a vehicle and causing its occupants to start sneezing, or even worse.

If you’d like to schedule a visit with us to have your cabin air filter replaced because you don’t know when it was last done or maybe are curious if it needs to be replaced – give us a call at German Imports Car Care today to get a date on the books!

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What’s Included In The 100K Service For My BMW?

What’s Included In The 100K Service For My BMW?

As we all know, an engine is full of moving parts and sometimes those parts break or are starting to wear to the point of nearly breaking. That is why it is good that our engines have sensors to tell us when there might be something going wrong inside of your engine that can be fixed before there is a major issue that would come of lack of a warning. These sensors tells us on our dashboard with indicator lights, these lights tell you things like if you haven’t buckled your seat belt, your gas tank is low, the parking break is set, your engine is over-heating, or a number of other warning lights to help inform you that there is a malfunction with the safe operation of your vehicle.

Now-a-days people are being able to keep their vehicles for longer. And BMW vehicles are high performance vehicles which, if they are well maintained, can last for many, many years. Following the manufacturer guidelines that BMW suggests all owners take their vehicles in for scheduled maintenance at the mileage milestones like 15,000-mile service when you have your oil changed, fluids checked, tires rotated and balanced and check air filter

When your vehicle starts to get to the 90,000 and 100,000 miles on your odometer you need to have a little more TLC for your BMW’s engine.

If you have followed the service and maintenance schedule for your BMW you know that there is a 90,000-mileage service but not a 100,000k scheduled service. With your 90,000-mile service your BMW should undergo the same complete inspection that it would when your car reaches 30,000 miles.

  • Many of the Same Services from 60,000 Mile Interval
  • Top to Bottom Inspection
  • Check Spark Plugs – Replace as Needed
  • Inspect Vehicle Safety Technology Features

After a certain point, with any model of vehicle, after 100,000 miles your car is living on borrowed time. It is important to give your engine the proper love that it will need to help keep it on the road as long as possible. BMW engines are built to last so if you have reached the golden mile on your odometer – celebrate!

If you need to have your 90,000 or 100,000 mile service scheduled give us a call at German Imports Car Care and we will ensure that your engine will get the love and care it needs to stay on the road for many years to come.