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The Essential Snow Storm Checklist

The Essential Snow Storm Checklist

New York City has seen its fair share of snow this winter. Make sure to follow this check list and you'll be sure to weather any storm! Battery Make sure the battery has been functioning properly and is fully charged. The cold weather may affect its performance, reducing its cranking power. If the battery hasn't been changed in years and is showing signs of weakness, replace it immediately. Windows Maintain visibility at all times.  Fill wiper fluid in order to wipe away salt, dirt and mud. Wipers Replace your wipers every 6 months or so.  Transmission Avoid overworking your car. If your car is stuck in the snow and you're slamming on the gas to get it out, your transmission light might go on. Shoveling your car out instead of trying to slam through a mountain of snow may save you an unnecessary trip to the repair shop. Oil Engine oil can be affected during the cold weather. Make sure you ar ... read more

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Top 4 Tips You Can Do For Your BMW

Top 4 Tips You Can Do For Your BMW

written by Adam Liu   From the first time I sat behind the wheel of my first BMW 1995 M3 to my current 2016 M3 the feeling you get is immeasurable. If you are like me and the rest of the team at M-Spec Performance, we love our German cars! To keep this short and sweet, we have listed our top 4 tips you can do to take care of your BMW so you can continuously fall in love with your Ultimate Driving Machine.    1. Pre-Purchase Inspection (or Post Purchase Inspection) A PPI is a term we use for what is essentially a comprehensive vehicle inspection from a qualified shop or technician. This can and should be done whether you have yet to purchase a prospective BMW, after you purchased or if you haven't had trained professional eyes on your vehicle in a while. In general, a PPI would consist of a comprehensive check of items and areas such as your engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tires, drive train, electronics both interi ... read more

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Benefits of Replacing Spark Plugs

Benefits of Replacing Spark Plugs

Benefits of Replacing Spark Plugs on your European Vehicle   “What does a spark plug actually do?”   A spark plug is a device that delivers electrical current from an ignition system to the combustion chamber in order to ignite a mixture of fuel and air. Simply said, this is the process that starts your car. Depending on the engine design, replacing a spark plug can be a simple or more demanding task. Because manufacturers deem spark plugs fairly durable and generally don't need maintenance until 30,000 and up to a maximum of 100,000 miles, customers can easily forget to replace them. For simple tips on when to replace your spark plug please visit When to change spark plugs for more information. For many of our customers driving BMW and Mercedes, we replace their spark plugs with Bosch products. Bosch Delivers both high performance and longevity with their spark plugs. If your plugs are ... read more

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Does the type of Coolant really matter? Short answer is YES!!!

Does the type of Coolant really matter? Short answer is YES!!!

This is a topic that comes up almost everyday here at M-Spec Performance. Questions about auto repair happen everyday but we see so many vehicle that come through our shop with the incorrect coolant in their system. We wanted to write a short article explaining some of the finer details of using the proper coolant in your high performing German vehicle. What is coolant and what does it do? Lets start off with a simple definition of what coolant does for a vehicle. Coolant like the name states cools the engine by lowering the freezing temperature of the water and increasing its boiling point. The active chemical is ethylene glycol. The other key function of coolant or anti-freeze is lubrication. Coolant lubricates any moving component it comes into contact with like the water pump. Without coolant and just straight water, you could have a waterpump bearing failure prematurely due to inadequate cooling. So what about this incorrect coolant? In this e ... read more

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Hit the Brakes!

Hit the Brakes!

With all the stop and go traffic in New York City, it is important to have your vehicle’s braking system functioning at peak efficiency. I remember being eighteen, driving my 95′ BMW M3 and hearing that dreaded grinding noise when applying the brakes. I knew nothing of auto repair at the time, I just knew something was not right with that noise. Hopefully, this article can take some of the mystery out of the magic that makes your car stop when you hit the pedal so next time you need brake service you can make a more informed decision. Most all cars and trucks on the road today use a hydraulic/mechanical braking system. For simplicity’s sake this example will be of a disc brake system. Some older cars have drum brakes all around and many cars use a mix of disc brake on the front and drum brakes on the rear. The difference between drum and disc brakes is the way the hydraulic fluid is used to get the wheels to stop. The majority of your braking is done by the front wheels, which more th ... read more

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