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The Significance of Engine Oil in MINI Cars

Many people know that they should get regular oil changes for their vehicle as part of a maintenance program for their vehicles. However, many people also do not have any idea what engine oil is, let alone how it affects the car and the way it works. In a luxurious car such as a MINI, it is important to maintain its integrity to enjoy the benefits of driving a nice car. When it comes to oil changes, repairs should be done every 3,000 miles or every 3 months. Why do Engines Need Oil? When someone mentions oil, greasy French fries or delectable pizza typically comes to mind. Engine oil, on the other hand, is not for eating but instead used in engines to keep the parts rubbing smoothly past each other. The same way that cooking oil helps the food to slide along a frying pan, engine oil coats the internal parts of a car's engine to help them slide side-by-side each ... read more

Common Cabin Noises Found in a BMW

When someone mentions riding in a BMW, the image of soaring down highway lanes at sunset comes to mind. But even the most luxurious vehicles may not be as peaceful as they seem. The culprit might be an excess of cabin noise, which is the combination of several noises that can be heard from within the vehicle. While cabin noise is inevitable to some degree, measures can be taken to make sure your next ride is perfectly quiet so that you can fully enjoy the beauty of a good car ride. Sources of Cabin Noise The main factors that contribute to cabin noise originate from: The car's engine The friction of the tires with the road The interaction of the car with wind In order to reduce cabin noise, the causes of cabin noise should be understood. When the car burns fuel, it produces a large amount of energy, which in turn causes the engine to rumble and shake, resulting in noise resounding through the car and into th ... read more

Signs of Cooling Fan Motor Malfunctions in Your Car

Today, virtually all late model vehicles have radiator cooling fans in conjunction with electric motors designed to keep the engine cool. These cooling fans are mounted to the radiator, and they serve a very important purpose: keeping the engine cool. How Radiator Cooling Fans Work Radiator cooling fans work by pulling air through the radiator and over the engine. The air from the outside is pulled through the fan, and as it rushes over the engine it cools the engine especially during low speeds. As your engine operates, the coolant temperature starts to increase and if no air moves through your radiator to cool it down, the engine will start to overheat. That is why the cooling fan is such a critical component; without it, the coolant can't do its job. The electric motors found on cooling fans don't operate much differently than regular electric motors, and as such can often be serviced or replaced regardless of which ... read more

Reasons Behind Automatic Transmission Failure in Minis

Reasons Behind Automatic Transmission Failure in Minis

In a Mini Cooper, you might have an automatic transmission rather than a manual transmission. In an automatic car there's no clutch pedal at your feet and there's no gear shift, but that doesn't mean that gears are not shifted in the background. It simply means that as a driver you don't have to give any input for those shifts to happen. Your transmission is a very complex machine that handles all of the power from your engine all the way through to the drive shaft. There are many moving parts that interact with one another, and with regular use they are prone to wear and tear. An automatic transmission is comprised of the planetary gear sets, the torque converter, the hydraulics, and the control system. Each of these serves a different role. The control system is the computer that directs electrical ... read more

Fixing the SRS Light in Your Volvo

Fixing the SRS Light in Your Volvo

Inside your Volvo, the airbags are one of the most important safety features. In the event of a head-on collision they can save your life and the lives of your passengers. If something goes wrong with this system it can quite literally be lethal, which is why there is a warning light designed to let you know when a problem arises with your airbag system. The airbags are part of what is called the supplemental restraint system or SRS. This system also includes your seatbelts and is designed to make sure you are protected in the event of a side-impact or frontal collision. The warning light for this particular system looks like the side view of someone sitting in a seat with their seatbelt on with the large circle in front of them. That circle is indicative of the airbag. This light will turn on every time you start your vehicle, and then go off as your system does a check each time yo ... read more