Tire Pressure Light Alerts. Why They Happen

A tire pressure monitoring system is a fantastic piece of technology. While most people have the best intentions when it comes to checking the air pressure inside of their tires, this is something that is often forgotten about. If one or more of your tires has an issue that needs to be addressed, your tire pressure light will turn on. This is a reminder that you need to check your air pressure as soon as possible.

If the weather has recently gotten colder in your area, cold air can condense the amount of air in your tires.

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Understanding Belt and Hose Maintenance

Your owner’s manual will give you a good indication of when it’s time to replace certain belts in your engine, like the timing or serpentine belts. As this is simply a ballpark figure and doesn’t address the myriad of other hoses and belts, regular inspections of your engine are necessary to catch fraying or cracked parts before they leave you stranded.

There’s an impressive network of hoses and belts in your engine that allows various fluids easy transit to systems where they’re needed or aids in synchronization of movement between parts. Both time and the…

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Should You Replace Your Car's Battery This Year?

We thoroughly understand automotive batteries at MINI of Portland. Use our advice to assess whether it's time to replace your battery.

If you've driven your car three years or more, your battery is likely in the second half of its life. To potentially lengthen its lifespan, we can expertly clean corrosion from your battery's posts. Also, we can test its charge-holding capability.

When your battery can no longer hold a charge, you can replace it with a conventional battery or a lithium model. We recommend using a lithium battery if you plan to own your car for…

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Money Can Be Saved By Getting A Used Car

Do you want to save as much money as humanly possible on your vehicle purchase? Of course you do! Everyone wants to save their money as much as possible. Thus, they focus on things like purchasing a used vehicle rather than a new one.

There is a lot of depreciation that goes into a new vehicle that becomes a used vehicle. As soon as it is driven off the lot, the new vehicle loses a sizable amount of its value. This only continues to increase as time goes on. 

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Preparing Your Vehicle for Spring Now Will Save You Time and Money in the Long Run

Routine maintenance is something that every vehicle requires. However, spring is the perfect time to address a number of car care tips. This will ensure that your vehicle is going to work properly for many more years to come.
  • Oil changes are important if you want to protect your engine. A good quality oil that is recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle is ideal.
  • Don't forget to have your oil filter changed out as well.
  • A tire rotation promotes a proper wear pattern on your tires that will allow your tires to remain on your vehicle longer.
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Winter Battery Life

The battery life of your vehicle can be tricky but easy to fix. It's always important to know where your battery life is. The battery is one of the most important components to your vehicle especially in the winter.

The life of your batter voltage may be low during the summer and it can run perfectly fine. But as soon as the winter comes around, your vehicle might die on you because it uses twice as much energy to function. This is why it is important to check your battery life before the winter. Otherwise you could be stuck…

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Follow These Tips to Protect Your Car From Salt Corrosion

If you keep your vehicle protected during the winter, it will help your vehicle retain its value. During the winter, salt on the streets increase safety, but it can cause a problem for your vehicle. With these tips from MINI of Portland, you can protect your vehicle from salt corrosion in Portland this winter.

Salt that's left on a vehicle can cause damage to the finish and promote rust. It's important to avoid driving through puddles where salt may have accumulated, and avoid driving through deep snow because this can also have a negative impact on your vehicle…

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What's the Big Deal About Belts and Hoses?

Here at MINI of Portland, we often notice that our customers don't really know that much about the vehicles they drive. Besides knowing when to put gas in, change the oil or bring the vehicle in for servicing, many people don't understand what goes on under the hood. The belts and hoses of a car are very important, and we feel that drivers should know a bit about what they do.

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What Brake Pads Do?

Brake pads are a crucial component of your car. Indeed, overall motoring safety depends upon properly functioning brake pads.

In basic terms, brake pads push onto the rotor. When than occurs, the pressure of the pad causes friction to develop. 

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