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Emergency Kit Items You Should Stow in Your Vehicle

A breakdown is a stressful event. Being prepared can help keep you, your passengers, and your vehicle safe. In the event of a breakdown, having some emergency essentials in your vehicle can keep you prepared. Let the BMW service team at Century BMW help get you started.

You’ll want to carry a few emergency items in your vehicle with you always. A good emergency kit will have jumper cables, a flashlight with batteries, and signal flares to warn other drivers that your car is broken down. 

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How to Prevent Premature Gasket Failure

Gaskets may be small in size, but they have a large role under the hood of your car. They form a bond and keep certain components together while also preventing liquids and gases from escaping. It's important to make sure your gaskets are not on the verge or blowing. Stop by Century BMW in Greenville and ask about the gasket maintenance we provide.

Sometimes our gaskets break or blow, and there really wasn't anything we could have done to prevent it whereas other times a little caution would have been beneficial. Things that can help prevent damaging gaskets…

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Replace Your Flat Tire Safely

Despite how diligent we are about buying good tires and following good tire maintenance, sometimes we still find ourselves with a flat tire, whether it's from improper inflation or bumps on the road. At Century BMW, we offer various tire services including tire replacement.

Changing a flat tire, although an inconvenience, is not that difficult if you know the correct steps. Of utmost importance is to be as safe as possible while following these steps.

  • Pull car to side of the road away from traffic.
  • Put on emergency brake.
  • Remove tools, jack and spare tire from trunk
  • Loosen lug…
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Don't Put the Brakes on Critical Maintenance

Modern automobiles have sophisticated, long-lasting brake systems. Advancements in braking technology, such as vented rotors and anti-lock brake systems, have meant that cars have become ever safer with each passing decade. Today's cars have brake systems that are far safer and more reliable than anything that could have been imagined in the 60s or 70s, and this has led to an overall decrease in the number of serious accidents.

But your car's brakes are not something to take for granted, either. 

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What are Timing Belts?

There are many parts of your vehicle that are vital to making it work. Among the many components that function in tandem with your vehicle's engine is the timing belt. Because of the role that the timing belt plays, it is important to make sure that it is properly maintained and functioning as it should.

Your vehicle's timing belt connects the crankshaft with the camshaft. While the crankshaft controls the engine's pistons and the camshaft opens and closes valves, the timing belt provides the synchronicity that allows the engine to operate. 

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Be Prepared With a Full Tank of Gas

If you are like many motorists in the Greenville area, it is important for you to be prepared when it comes to winter driving. You may make sure that you have an ice scraper and snow brush for your windows, a blanket and other accessories in your emergency roadside bag, and a pair of battery cables on hand should you, or another motorist, be in need of them. We here at Century BMW would like to ask you if you make sure you have all of these items to prepare yourself for winter driving, then why don't you keep…

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Horsepower: The Same Here as Yesteryear

Coined in the 1800's by inventor James Watt, horsepower has functioned as a unit of automotive measurement for centuries. The term, which is the perceived measurement of the workload a single horse can muster per minute, was first used to build interest in steam locomotives. Since then, whenever the power of an engine has come into question, it has been assigned units of horsepower.

Cars with maximum horsepower are the strongest, fastest, hardest-working cars out there. Many are capable of going further and faster than all the others. 

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Why You Should Inspect and Replace Worn-Out Tire Tread

Do your tires exhibit worn-out tread, leaving you ready for new ones? If yes, then we here at Century BMW are here to sort you out. Your tires require adequate tread to block the tire from flexing and moving; the car, instead, grips the road. They also offer voids through which water can flow when the road surface is wet. The BMW service team at our Greenville, SC dealership will help you determine if your tires are bald.

Bald tires can easily cause road accidents. Measurement of tire treads comes in 32nds of an inch. 

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How to Use Sand and Salt to Keep Your Driveway Safe

When winter comes in to the Greenville, SC area, it sometimes brings unexpected friends with it. Cold temperatures and light snow flurries are two that usually come with the season, but some areas may receive icy rain which will ultimately make for some frozen and icy driving conditions. The Century BMW service team is ready to assist with your winter driving needs.

One of the unavoidable aspects of this time of year is the slick conditions that befall driveways. Every year, hundreds of people have serious falls that can be avoided with some simple and easy to acquire things applied…

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Benefits of Using OEM Parts from Ford of Uniontown

Our mechanics at Century BMW understand the reward of working on your vehicle, the feeling of satisfaction when you have successfully pointed out the problem and getting it solved. Being your own mechanic can be challenging as it will prove hard to get the right part to replace the worn out. This marks the reason our dealership is here to guarantee you of getting original parts you need to fix your car.

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