Welcome to your Independent
BMW & Mini Cooper Service Center!
If you are the proud owner of any model, year, or condition BMW or Mini Cooper automobile, then Bimmers is your local solution for your auto service needs.
Bimmers is regularly rated as the leading independent BMW and Mini Cooper service and repair shop in the San Carlos area. Bimmers has been owned and operated since 1990 by Franjo Dugandzic and Milenko Kovacevic, who have decades of combined experience in the automotive industry.
Our reputation is built on personal service to our customers, who are like family and friends. Honesty and top quality service are our top priorities. Feel confident that your vehicle is in great hands!
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Tire Alignment, Balance & Rotation
Cooling System Repair
Timing Belts & Chains
800 El Camino Real
San Carlos, CA 94070
Essential Tips for the Everyday Driver
Never drive your vehicle when you suspect your engine is overheating. This can be a very expensive decision. If your temperature gauge is 3/4 or more, pull over and turn off the engine. Do not try to fix it yourself because raising your hood at the wrong time can cause serious injury. If you do not see any steam or coolant boiling out onto the ground, you should be able to allow your engine to cool down for 15-20 minutes, then restart and quickly drive to your local auto mechanic, constantly watching the temperature gauge. Just a small amount of overheating can ruin your engine and cost you a bundle on replacement. Observing all the gauges on your car while driving should be as regular as looking into your mirrors.
We recommend changing the oil every 3,750 miles or 90 days, whichever comes first. Never drive with an oil light on or flashing, quickly pull over and turn off the engine. Checking the oil level will quickly tell you whether you have a low oil situation or an internal oil pressure problem. If the level is low, that may be why you have a light on. Each time that light is on, you have no oil pressure, which means that your high revving engine is running with no lubrication going to all the moving parts. End result - serious engine damage.
Never ignore strange noises. If you hear a noise that was not there the last time you drove the car, and it does not sound like it is going away, you should have a mechanic check it out for you. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
When at all possible you must avoid driving through deep water, which is when the water is as high as the curb, 4 inches or above. It is best to take another route to avoid deep water. Driving through deep water can cause wheel bearing grease to be washed out; brake components at each wheel to rust and seize; carpet and/or the padding underneath can become saturated; and/or computers, relays, modules, and wiring harness mounted on the floor of your car can become shorted or corroded. Be aware of the weather, listen to traffic reports, learn the high water areas during storms when you're out, and avoid them in the future.
For years many people have argued about the maintenance schedule auto manufactures put into the owner's manuals. They claim that these services are expensive and unnecessary. We believe in following the maintenance schedule because they are important and they do pay off. Do not underestimate the importance of scheduled maintenance. Reading your manual, and understanding everything in it, is one of the most important things you can do for your car.
We are happy to help you with more car tips!
Stop by Bimmers Independent Service & Repair today!