Those that live in New England know that the winters here can be harsh and brutal. While we protect our home and selves from the cold and snow we need to also thing about our cars as well. Without proper maintenance before the winter season, your car can encounter problems as the winter months progress. This is especially so for BMW owners as BMW are more than just a car, they are a way of life. A lot of the tips mentioned below will seem like common sense but in reality, many people tend to overlook. Here is what you should check up on before the winter season is in full effect.
When the temperature drops, the fluids in your car can be severely effected which could prevent your BMW from running properly. Ensure that your antifreeze and the viscosity of your BMW oil are at proper levels for optimal performance. Hoses and belts can also be effected by the sub zero temperatures so be sure to make sure nothing is wrong with these components. With all of the snow, water could seep its way under your hood and damage your engine and other components such as your car’s battery. Check for any corrosion on the battery during the fall so you will not have battery problems in the winter. As with every scheduled maintenance, the winter season is a great chance to get an oil change as well!
When you think of winter time and cars, you think of all the salt that will be on your car eating away at the paint. Be sure to wash your car to remove any salt that could corrode your paint as well as keeping your tail lamps, headlamps, and windows clean as well. Other things to keep in mind is the traction of your car as well as the windshield wipers as these are two very importance things to have working properly in the winter. If you feel your tires are not well equipped for the slippery snow then trade them in for snow tires during the winter. Make sure your windshield wipers are not tearing apart so they can handle the heavy snow to come.
Preparation is Key
When it comes to maintenance in general and not just for the winter you will need to be prepared with the right equipment handy. Keep pressure gauges at the ready to check tire pressure as the winter gets worse and worse. You will also want to have spare fluids, jumper cables, a flashlight and batteries ready as well for any emergency case. With the winter, you will need to stock up on winter-specific supplies such as ice scrapers, blankets, and snow brushes.
When it comes to owning a car, having regular maintenance and repairs is necessary and vital to extending the life of your car. For the most part, repairs and scheduled maintenance comes pretty standard across most brands of cars. However, German automakers such as BMW, Porsche and Mercedes often have specialty repairs that need to be treated by trained technicians or specialists. With Mercedes, the company has made it so the maintenance needs are usually separated into two selections; A service and B service. Here at Boston Motor Werks, we have technicians for each BMW, Porsche & now Mercedes vehicles to ensure the proper maintenance is applied. Each technician are highly trained in their field to offer optimal services to our clients. Our Mercedes specialists are knowledgeable for both types of services whether it be A or B.
Whenever your Mercedes machine is ready for either of these services, you will receive an alert from the car’s computer system letting you know its time for an inspection. Once you bring your vehicle to our shop, our technicians will know exactly the type of service to perform based on our diagnostics software in combination with your car’s computer. The big thing that confuses people with Mercedes services is knowing what comes with each service. Below is the differences between each service and what to expect when taking your Mercedes vehicle in for a repair.
Like with moth services, the frequency of getting repairs is based upon how often you drive your car, how long, how you handle your cars as well as other factors. For Mercedes, if your car was made after 2009 you will need to service after its first year or at 10,000 miles on the road. Then again after every two years or 20,000 miles. Maintenance that often comes with Service A includes:
- Replacing oil filters and synthetic motor oil.
- Checking levels for all fluids and adjusting them to factory standards.
- Checking and adjusting tire pressure.
- Inspecting brakes for any issues.
- Resetting your car’s internal counter for the next Service A visit.
With any car service, our specialists take into account of your cars year, make and model to gather the right sheet of information needed for the service. That way we ensure the most proper maintenance for your exact year and model of car. We are proud of our machines and want you to feel comfortable that your car will come out performing at its best.
Just like with service A, service B varies on your vehicles specifics as well as when it was made. After 2009, you should have your vehicle brought in after every 20,000 miles or every two years. The specifics of Service B maintenance for Mercedes is as follows:
- Replacing oil filter, synthetic oil, cabin dust filter and combination.
- Exchanging brake fluids and inspecting brakes for any issues.
- Checking tire pressure.
- Checking fluid levels and adjusting to factory settings
- Resetting the counter for the next Service B inspection.
If you have any questions on our Mercedes services and would like to schedule your Mercedes for maintenance repairs call us today!
Suspension, or shocks, are a great thing on a car as it makes your drive comfortable and bump free as much as possible. After many miles and supporting the weight of your car, eventually you are going to need a suspension repair on your vehicle. With suspension being associated with smooth rides, they tend to not be treated as important as other car repairs. However, having a faulty suspension can greatly affect your ability to control your vehicle, especially during turns, so it is best to not skimp on getting your suspension looked at by a professional.
Below are six signs to look out for that are good indicators that your vehicle is due for a suspension service.
- Car Rides Roughly – This is one of the most common indicators that your suspension may need to be replaced or repaired. When drivers start to feel their ride to become bumpy or even if the body of the car bounces at every bump, then it is clear that they need to see a mechanic.
- Drifting – If you have a suspension that is not properly working you may tend to feel the car “drift” or “pull” when turning. This basically means that the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body centered against the centrifugal force of the turn. When this happens, you increase your risk of rolling the car over. The minute you feel the drift or pull when turning you should go to a repair shop.
- Dips When Stopping – With worn out shocks, you may experience the vehicle body lurch forward and downward, nose-first, when you apply your brakes firmly. When this happens, the ability of stopping the car quickly can be affected which may cause to collisions.
- Uneven Tire Treads – You may not think they are related but a bad suspension can affect your tires. Check your tires and their treads to see if there is any uneven wearing or balding spots. These are actually symptoms of a suspension that is not holding a car evenly.
- Damaged, “Oily” Shocks – Take a look under your vehicle and inspect your shocks. If you start to notice that they are becoming greasy or oily, there’s a good chance that they are leaking fluid. A leak is a good indication that they are not working properly and they need to be replaced.
- Bounce Testing – If you just have “that feeling” that your suspension is about to go, try testing it with the “bounce test.” With the car in park, press down the front end of the vehicle with all your weight and bounce it a few times then release. After that, do it to the rear of the car and if you notice that it bounces two to three times after releasing then you were right and the suspension is wearing out.
When it comes to cars and repairs there is one vector of space that seems to be a mystery when it comes to repairing or inspecting. This space we speak of is the AC system of a car that provides cool air during the summer days and nights. Some AC systems may never need to be recharged or replaced while others may not be so lucky. This all depends on the type of car you have. Over the years you may notice that your system may start to perform less and less. Once you start noticing this then you will need to consult your repair shop or specialist.
The thing that makes gauging when an AC system needs a repair is that the answer to the questions is that it depends. There is not scheduled service that you are told about your car’s AC unit such as recharging your system annually or every two years. As mentioned before, the best indicator that your need to check on your system is when you notice the system cools less that it used to.
When you do notice a decrease in output from your car’s AC then it is time to have it inspected by a mechanic. They will look for and refrigerant leaks and if they find any leaks then those parts will need to be fixed to prevent further leakage. If there are no leaks found during inspection, mechanics will perform an “evac and recharge” service. This service consists of connected your car’s AC to a machine. This machine will take out the old refrigerant and oil from the system and then refill it to the proper level. Just like with any service, after completion the new repair will be tested to make sure everything works properly.
Porsche engineers are testing out the next generation 911 Porsche vehicle. This model is not expected to be on sale until next year as a 2019 model, but there are already a couple of exciting improvements that are expected to come. One of the big additions of the next generation of 911 vehicles is the new digital dashboard that will be implemented. The tachometer that sits in the middle of the dashboard will still be analog but there will be digital screens to the left and right of the tachometer. The left screen will be showing the speedometer of the vehicle while the right screen will show specs of the car and lights such as check engine, fuel, etc.
The importance of the new digital dashboard is that drivers will now have instant access to the specs of their vehicles. Digital dashboards are also a great way to gain even more access to what is going on with your car over analog dashboards. You will have different options to choose from of what will appear as well as getting a more in depth description of what needs to be inspected, how many miles until you will empty your tank and much more. If you need any inspection on your Porsche be sure to call us today for a free estimate!
Just like with regular cars, BMW’s, Porsche’s and Mercedes’s need to have regular inspections for optimal performance. This goes especially well with fuel systems as internal combustion engines will not run without them. There are parts in a fuel system that are meant to stand up to years of use, but some parts tend to out last longer than other parts of the system. The system as a whole should be inspected regularly to see what parts of the system need to be check on. As some parts of a fuel system need to be inspected more often than a others as well as different parts needing different levels of maintenance.
Fuel System Parts To Be Inspected
- Fuel Filter – The fuel filter needs to be inspected or replaced the most often out of the other parts of the fuel system. Regular inspection is good to keep track of its usage so you know when to get it replace. Filters of a fuel system should be replaced every 10,000-15,000 miles.
- Hoses – The hoses in which the fuel running to components of the engine bay should be checked regularly. Whenever you have your car serviced, ask your mechanic to check these tubes for breaks, blockage or anything else that would cause concern.
- Fuel Injectors – Injectors should be inspected annually for performance issues. However, they should be replaced if there are issues with fuel delivery within your engine.
- Fuel Lines – As with any line in your car, if you see that fuel is leaking under your car then you should have your hard fuel lines inspected. Any leakage should result in replacing those faulty lines for new ones that will not leak.
- Fuel Pump – Pumps usually last around 100,000 miles but there could be signs that inspection is needed. This happens when the pumps begin surging fuel towards the engine or not delivering enough fuel. You will want to get an inspection regardless of the mileage if any surging begins.
- Fuel Tanks – Fuel tanks necessarily don’t need to be inspected as they tend to last around 10 years. However, to extend the life of your fuel tank, avoid water and excess moisture at all cost to extend the life of your tank past 10 years.
Performing regular inspections and maintenance will increase the life span of your fuel system as well as providing your vehicle with consistent performance. To schedule a fuel system inspection for your BMW, Porsche or Mercedes call our office today!
We have been busy at work the past couple of months renovating our shop with extensions. That is right, we are going to be opening our specialist services to both Mercedes and Audi! We are still getting the shop ready but once it is finished we will be offering the same auto repair specialist services for these brands of cars! From transmission repair to scheduled maintenance, we can do any repair with the highest of quality. Stay tune for more updates on our new services!
Millennials’ do not have the desire to own an actual car. In most cases, this generation utilizes the option of ride-sharing services. By using more of these services, it can hurt the traditional process of buying and owning a car. In order to stay relevant and to keep up with evolving technologies, The BMW Group created a car rental service ReachNow. Since launching in Seattle, Washington in April 2016, they have now included ride-sharing to their options of travel.
ReachNow’s new service is similar to the big name ride-sharing services of Uber and Lyft. However, ReachNow gets you from your initial starting point to your destination with the option to ride or drive. Car-sharing allows you to rent various models of BMWs and MINI models throughout the designated city whether it is a long or short trip. It has expanded to Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York over the past year and is rapidly growing. This company is giving their customers the option if they choose to drive, or if they want to be driven.
Offering multiple services allows for more freedom to the customer. This also will help ReachNow with figuring out where to improve, but also learn how people navigate in and around the city. Some may want to be driven for five minutes. Others may want to drive themselves for several hours.
ReachNow is still very new, with launching their ride-sharing services and only having it offered in Seattle as of right now. Their app for ride-sharing is not in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store at this time. However, they do have their car-sharing service in the two app stores.
The BMW Group has plans to roll out over 40 new or updated models across its luxury brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. This roll out is to happen by the end of next year (2018) with the focus leaning more towards the SUV portfolio to take aim at the crown that Mercedes currently holds in the luxury SUV market. BMW made this decision after the successful launch of the 5 Series as well as one in three global sales of BMW were SUVs. by the years end, BMW will launch a new X2 SUV by the end of the year with a the newer, X3, version on the way as well.
Rolls-Royce will also be entering he SUV market with their vehicle; the Cullinan as well as a new generation of Phantom cars will roll out between 2017 and 2018.
With the announcement of new models and rejuvenated models coming in the next couple of years, BMW has also stated that electrification strategy with their vehicles will come as well. This is considered the second wave of electrification for the BMW Group. They will roll this out with all electric versions of the MINI hatch and BMW X3 SUV models, that will introduce autonomous tech that has never been seen in production cars before.
The time of manual and dual clutch transmissions may soon cease to exist, says an executive from BMW. There was a time where enthusiasts that were serious about performance driving took a dual clutch or manual option when buying a car. However, with advances in technology and high torqued engines these once sought after transmission options may soon be a thing in the past. Vice President for Sales and Marketing at BMW M, said he expects manual and dual-clutch transmissions to be phased out in the next couple of years. He also stated that a manual transmission may not be offered on the next-generation M3 and M4 due later this decade.
One of the main reasons why manual is getting phased out is that they tend to lack durability when used with high torque engines. In addition to that, manual transmissions have a low take up rate and an “awful” shift quality if high torque engines are being used. For dual clutch transmissions, there once was a market for them as they caused easier shifting speed and had a lighter weight. With advances in the auto industry, that advantage is no longer apparent as well as dual clutch not being reliable with high torque engines. Even Audi has been switching to automatic for their high performance cars.
The popularity of self-driving cars and electric powered cars makes choosing automatic transmissions over the alternatives a smarter choice when designing these new cars.