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Oceanside Auto Repair

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Septemb’AIR Cabin Air Filter Special

Septemb’AIR Cabin Air Filter Special

  What Does A Cabin Air Filter Do? A cabin air filter is designed to keep the air that you breathe within your car nice and clean. It filters out allergens, mold, debris, pollutants, and bad odors. A cabin air filter is part of a car’s climate control system.  Therefore, whenever the windows are rolled up or if you are using the air conditioner, chances are that the majority of the air that you are breathing passes through the cabin air filter. Septemb’AIR Special: For the month of September, we are highlighting cabin air filters; every customer that has a Cabin Air Filter Service performed will have the option to choose between 3 of our latest OMS SWAG items for free! Why Is That Important? If your cabin air filter is old or dirty, you are at higher risk of breathing in contaminates in the air. Things like dust, p ... read more

Does Your Car Have a Faulty Gas Cap?

Does Your Car Have a Faulty Gas Cap?

Believe it or not, a faulty gas cap can sometimes be an overlooked, but it’s a crucial fix when it comes to your car and the way it is running. A gas cap is part of a car’s evaporative and emissions systems. If part of the system is failing (such as the gas cap) it can result in a number of things, such as poor fuel economy and rough running conditions. Read on if your car smells like fuel, your gas cap does not tighten properly, or the check engine light is on. Signs of a Faulty Gas Cap While it can sometimes be very tough to know if there are any issues with your gas cap, there are typically a few ways to identify potential problems. Physically Damaged Typically, a gas cap will click while being turned into position. However, if you are experiencing the issue of your gas cap not tightening properly, it may be physically damaged. Most gas caps are made out of plastic. When opening and closing the gas cap hundreds of times, this plastic can eventually break down and ... read more

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Auto Diagnosis

Why Do I Need to Replace My Rotors?

Why Do I Need to Replace My Rotors?

One thing that is more important than making sure your car can ‘go,’ is making sure that your car can stop; safely and effectively. This question arises while repairing bad brakes components. During a Brake Repair, it is often common to see brake pad wear, and to replace the brake pads once they become low. In a lot of cases, we will notice imperfections in the brake rotors as well and suggest replacement. Like many of your car’s components, your brake pads and rotors are disposal parts that wear down every time your car comes to a stop. By replacing warped rotors not only can we achieve optimal performance and safety while driving, but our brakes will also last longer. What Do Warped Rotors Look Like? Identifying Warped Brake Rotors can sometimes be challenging, and other times be obvious.  A warped rotor will have an uneven mating surface that can develop over time. The most common case of warped rotors that we see while repairing brakes ... read more

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Brake Service

What Are Turbo Coolant Lines?

What Are Turbo Coolant Lines?

  Turbo coolant lines are designed to do exactly what they sound like they would do. They help retain cooler temperatures for the turbo on your car by rerouting coolant through a constant feed and return cycle. Over time, these rubber connecting Turbo hoses can dry out. They will eventually crack and leak coolant since they are constantly being exposed to extremely hot temperatures both internally and externally. It can be commonplace for these Turbo Coolant Hoses to leak for a very long time without any noticeable signs.  This is because the hoses lie beneath a cover, and the coolant will usually dissipate when contacting the hot engine before it can become a visible issue. Applications The Turbo Coolant Lines that we typically come across are found on the S63 and N63 BMW engines. The ‘Hot V Configuration,’ can be found on a variety of BMW V8 cars such as some 5-series and 7-series cars, along with models such as the X5, X6, M5, and M ... read more

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Cooling

BMW Valve Cover: Why do I need to replace it?

BMW Valve Cover: Why do I need to replace it?

In most cases, valve covers look great from first glance. However, as we take a closer look at the condition of a valve cover, we can typically see imperfections in the cover itself. Unfortunately,  this can negatively affect how the valve cover seals on the top of our engine. In this video we took a look at a 1994 BMW E36 325is that was leaking oil from the valve cover gasket due to a failing valve cover   Valve Cover & Gasket Issues As time progresses, a valve cover and the valve cover gasket take on a ton of abuse, because they have to deal with extreme temperatures nearly every time your car is driven. A valve cover gasket can begin to break down and leak oil onto your engine. Additionally, a valve cover can become warped and result in an uneven mating surface, causing oil to leak out of the valve cover gasket and down the side of your engine. This can sometimes be easily fixed by just replacing the valve cover gasket. However, if the valve cover is not replaced ... read more

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BMW Service
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