Sunday, March 30, 2008
Tip of the week from Metric Wrench, BMW Repair Billings, MT, aiming procedures for fog and driving lights:
Park your BMW on a level surface with the fog lights 25 feet away from the wall. Measure the distance from the ground to the center of the lamp. Mark the same height on the wall. Turn your fog lights on. The lamps should be aimed straightforward. For fog lights, the top of the beams should be 4" below the mark on the wall. For driving lights the center of the beam's hot spot should be 1-1/2" below the mark.
BMW Engine Maintenance Program:
A little prevention care can save both time and money in costly BMW repairs in Billings, MT and extend the life of your BMW. Here are a couple of suggestions:
Whenever available, use original equipment components that have been designed specifically for your model BMW.
Today, advance additives and lubricants are available that enhance the performance and longevity of your engine. Ask for these lubricants when tuning up your BMW. And, of course change your oil every 3,000 miles.
Bring your BMW in for service at Metric Wrench, the BMW Repair Shop in Billings, MT on a regular basis and your bimmer will be running for years to come.
BMW Fun Facts
Bimmer vs Beemer
Like the debates between Hillary and Obama so too is the debate between Bimmer and Beemer, you say tomAto and I say tomato.
Bimmer - proper accepted slang for BMW cars. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know this, most people don’t.
Beamer/Beemer - proper accepted slang for BMW motorcycles. People around the globe misuse this term, but we can’t really fault them, they just don’t know any better, but now you do.
Bummer - When you get a speeding ticket.
Bitter - Another German car. Very rare; hand built.
So just why is a BMW car called a 'bimmer' not a 'beemer' or 'beamer'?
The answer in part lies in knowing some BMW history and what came first. All real BMW enthusiasts know that BMW got a big start on two wheels, what many call the real BMWs.
In those days, BMW motorcycles were quite active in racing, and one of their competitors at the track was often the BSA bikes.
Well as things would have it, track slang developed, and the BMWs were usually referred to as 'beemers' and the BSAs were referred to as 'beesers'.
So, of course for any true enthusiast, there is no way that a BMW car could be called a 'beemer', so they were called 'bimmers'.
Unfortunately, in the US and Canada, and perhaps other countries, there was a time (kind of still is) where for various reasons, a BMW owner was considered an upwardly mobile person, and of course due to the fun in driving their BMWs most all of them had big grins on their faces.
Hence it is little surprise that the non-enthusiast types out there incorrectly labeled BMW cars and their owners as 'beamers' or 'beemers.’
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