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Test Your Car's Battery Safely on Your Own

In order to test the battery in your car safely, you are going to need safety glasses, gloves, wire brush, and the voltmeter. The car engine and lights have to be off to work safely around the battery.

Once the hood is opened, put on the safety glasses and gloves, use the wire brush to remove any corrosion that may be present on the terminals of the battery. 

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Learning the Basics of Your Transmission

You've probably heard of a friend or family member who had the transmission in their car go bad. But what exactly does it do? Luckily, we here at BMW of Des Moines in Des Moines, IA are here to give you the basics.

A transmission works with the engine to take the power that it generates and convert it into more useful power that eventually turns the wheels with the help of many other parts in your car. 

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Is Your Fuel Pump Working Properly?

The fuel pump is one of your engine's most important parts. When it isn't working properly, your car won't run. Here are some signs that it may need attention.

One of the most telltale signs happens at high speeds on the freeway. If your engine seems to be sputtering, the pump is not delivering fuel properly. Rising engine temperature is another indicator that the fuel pump is malfunctioning. 

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Tire Rotations--Extend the Life of Your Tires

A new set of tires always makes your car run smoothly, but drivers can't afford new tires yearly so maintenance is vital. Properly maintained tires can be invaluable to your cars ride, gas mileage and functioning. Drivers would be wise to familiarize themselves with automakers tire recommendations. 

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Differences in Brake Fluids

While the idea behind how your braking system works, and why brake fluids must be changed, the types of brake fluids available can be confusing. Fortunately, our service department at BMW of Des Moines knows what is best for your car. But general information is helpful for any driver.

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Defining Horsepower for Your Daily Commute

Back in the eighteenth century, it was customary for farmers, miners and other industries to use horses to perform acts of manual labor. Horses were powerful workers that could be trained to do various tasks. They did have their limitations though. Like all living things, horses got old and weak, sick and tired. They needed breaks to eat and drink and sleep.

James Watt had created a superior steam engine to those on the market. He attempted to sell his new invention but didn't see a lot of success. Mine owners and farmers didn't feel motivated to switch…

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Headlight Maintenance is Important

The most intelligent vehicle owners are thorough and exhaustive individuals. They give their attention to vehicle brakes, batteries, hoses, and tires. They give their attention to vehicle headlights as well. The headlights contribute to vehicle visibility that can provide drivers with ample peace of mind on the roads of Urbandale, IA and beyond.

Strong visibility is essential for any and all drivers, period. Frequent professional headlight maintenance sessions are important. They can give you the promise of visibility that's consistent and dependable. 

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Planning Your Road Trip Properly with These Travel Tips

If you take the time today to plan for something that could go wrong on your long road trip, you lessen the chances of being disabled and at risk of harm coming to you or your family. Consider packing the following items in the car before your road trip.

Visit BMW of Des Moines and the team will make certain that your car is road-ready for this long journey ahead.

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