Different Motor Oil Myths

Motor oil myths have always misled most car users, and it is time to educate them on these myths and how true they are. Some of these myths have worked as marketing strategies for most companies, but let's look at the list below.

Myth: That bulk oil is of lower quality than the bottled motor oil
False. The bulk oil is still the same type of oil in the smaller bottles and usually sold out at a retail price.

Myth: Oil only gets dirty, it never wears out
False. Most oil additives will weaken as the engine oil continues…

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Odd Signs That Indicate You Need a Brake Repair

Noticing odd things happening when you apply your brake? Don't ignore it! Instead, keep watch for the following signs of needing a brake repair. If you notice any of them, get your car to the shop, as soon as you can.

  1. Squealing and Screeching: Does stopping your car make you embarrassed? Those loud noises are a signal you have some serious issues on your hands. Get to the shop quickly!
  2. Less Than Firm Braking: When you apply your brake, the pedal should feel firm. Does it feel soft, instead? If so, have your mechanic check it out. It may…
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Use These Tips to Avoid Hydroplaning

Have you ever hydroplaned while driving? It's not a fun experience. For a few seconds, you don't have control over where your car goes, and those few seconds can lead to an accident. But you can take some precautions to lessen the likelihood that you'll hydroplane when you're out in a rain storm. At MINI of Portland, we're happy to give you a couple of the most important tips.

Keeping your tires inflated is one of the most important things that you can do to give yourself optimal control over your vehicle at any time…

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Differences in Spare Tire Types

A matching full-size spare is more aesthetically pleasing and prevents the need from automatically having to go to a tire repair shop. The vehicle must be equipped to store a full-size tire. The spare should also be included in the rotation cycle to provide even wear.

A full-size spare does not have to match the rest of the tires. It might also have a different wheel design. While the tire is handy should a flat occur, the spare should not be part of tire rotation cycles. Just make sure the vehicle capably stores a full-size spare.

Many vehicles come with…

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Safety In An Emergency

Although you might not want to experience an emergency while on the road, you should be prepared for one just in case it happens. Try to keep a small box in the back of your vehicle with various tools that could be used in an emergency, such as a screwdriver, wrench, and jumper cables.

If possible, get your vehicle to the side of the road or a parking lot until you're able to contact MINI of Portland to have someone offer assistance. This will help to keep you safe as you won't be in traffic. Road flares can…

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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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