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How to Brighten Cloudy Headlights

If your vehicle is several years old, you may have noticed that its headlights have dimmed. That doesn't bode well for driving at night, so what should you do? Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies that can decloud the casing of your headlights and restore brilliance to your light beams.

For headlights with plastic casing, try restoring them with toothpaste. Simply get a rag, wet it, rub toothpaste into the headlights and rinse. 

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Be Sure to Correctly Handle Towing Work

Our team in Urbandale wants to make sure that you always stay safe on the road, no matter what you are doing. There are some things that you can do to tow correctly and stay safe.

When you are connecting a trailer to your vehicle, make sure that the lights on the trailer work as they are meant to. Have someone help you check to make sure that they are functioning properly before you take the trailer on the road. 

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Steps to Replacing a Flat Tire

You never know when you’re going to have a tire blowout. It’s a good idea to know how to replace a flat tire. The good news is that it can be done in a few easy steps.

Your vehicle likely has everything you need: A jack, a wrench, and a spare tire. Use the wrench on the lug nuts first, then jack up the car. From there, remove the lug nuts the rest of the way. 

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The Importance of Timely Replacement of Belts and Hoses

Belts and hose are important parts of your vehicle that are in almost constant use. They are also components that are subject to replacement from wear and tear, especially as your vehicle gets older and puts on more miles. Timely replacement of belts and hoses will ensure that your vehicle does not break down and leave you stranded in Urbandale.

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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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