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Cost for parts replacement and oil change.
For this type of work the cost will vary tremendously depending on where you have it fixed. Parts prices and hourly rates will vary depending on the shop. The one thing that does not change is the time it takes...
Steering shimmying while braking.
The shimmy you are feeling is the brake rotors are warped. I would recommend you have your brakes completely inspected for problems and replace all defective brake parts. The most common fix would be to replace the rotors and brake...
Fuel mileage down
A tune up can help with gas mileage. A licensed mechanic can come out and change the spark plugs wires and air filter and see if that helps. They will also check the codes on the computer and see is...
Noise from front when braking
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2006 BMW X3. There are a number of items that could be loose: lug nuts, brake caliper bracket bolts, axle nut, strut mounts, control arm fasteners, or bushings. There are also wireless...
If I replace the ignition switch, can I use my existing BMW Keys with remote and valet key?
Yes, you can. The ignition switch is separate from the EWS system, so replacing the switch will still allow you to use the current keys you already have. Only if you have to replace a faulty key or EWS module...
How do I tell if my power steering is going bad in my 2005 BMW x3?
Hi, thanks for writing in. Unfortunately, it sounds like your steering rack is done for, and needs to be replaced. This appears to be a wide-spread problem with this vehicle, without a recall or customer satisfaction program from BMW. If...
Hissing sound
This is normal. What you are hearing is the rush of air entering past the throttle body. You normally don't hear this because there is much less air passing the throttle plate at lower throttle angles. The sound of the...
changing a gasket with a mechanic
It all depends on the gasket that is being replaced. There are head gaskets, manifold gaskets, oil pan gaskets, etc. - so you would need to be a bit more specific. The mechanic's experience changing the gasket also plays a...
My ac is blowing but not cooling
Hello. An AC that does blow cold air can be caused by many things. A few common causes are low refrigerant, a faulty pressure switch, or a bad compressor. The component responsible for blowing air is the blower motor, however,...
oil is leaking
Unfortunately, the oil leaks are only going to get worse over time. The major leak you would want to address would be the valve cover gasket. These are known to leak along the half moons at the rear of the...
Frequent dropping in coolant level
This can be caused by a number of things, such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know, the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
Upside down light and exclamation warning came on
I believe the light you are referring to is your TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) Light. The symbol is intended to look like a tire with an exclamation point where the air goes inside the tire. This light comes...
The engine revs up and lurches toward, while applying brakes
It is possible that your brake master cylinder is leaking brake fluid into your power brake booster. Your power brake booster is connected to engine vacuum so if a flammable liquid such as brake fluid were to enter the power...
The car hesitates and jerks during quick acceleration
It sounds like you may be experiencing an issue with your fuel system. The fuel pressure regulator is one of the parts responsible for maintaining your fuel pressure at all rates of engine speed. Most fuel pressure regulators are controlled...
Car cranks for a couple of seconds before finally starting
If your starter is cranking slowly, this could be a sign that the battery is getting weaker. I would recommend having your battery tested, to ensure that buying a battery will not be a waste of time and money. However,...
Oil Change
Your BMW X3 would be best served using the BMW recommended LL01 oil in the 5W30 weight. There are two possibilities in terms of the oil capacity in your car. The 2.0 Liter motor should hold 6 quarts of oil,...

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