mechanic holding a car air filter over an engine

We spend a lot of our time in our car, more than 293 hours a year according to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, so it’s important that we make it as comfortable as possible, wouldn’t you agree? Clean air is essential for not only our comfort but also for our health- therefore it is crucial to consider getting your car’s air filter changed this spring.
The air filter in your car should be changed about every 20,000 miles or so, this can be translated to spring car maintenance must. Take a look at these 3 reasons you should have an air filter change this spring:

Your BMW Will Thank You

Well, not all of us have a Mercedes or Porsche but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t baby our vehicles. A clean car is a happy car-plus you might be happy with the dust-free environment as well.
Think of the inside of your car like a fish tank when you don’t change the filter the water gets grimy as dirt start to build up inside. It’s about the same concept as your vehicle, as you should be trying to keep the dust from settling on the dash, seats, and compartments.

Keep Out the Pollen!

If your vents are not working properly, you may end up with debris from outside coming through your vents, including pollen. If you are like many people in the spring, pollen can be a major issue-so deciding on air filter services is a very good idea.

Think of your car as a sanctuary spot from the pollen outside-you won’t be able to always avoid it, but you can certainly make it much easier on yourself by keeping up with a working air filter.

It’s Just Good Maintenance

Routine vehicle maintenance is crucial for the longevity and smooth operation of your car. Though air-filters have improved over time, they still need to be serviced to keep problems from arising in your engine. Changing your air filter will prevent spoiled spark plugs that can affect performance or have negative effects on the engine.
All things considered, this is a quick and cheap service that will be worth spending a little time and money on. If you have additional question or concerns, don’t hesitate to call Boston Motor Werks, we’ll be happy to get you taken care of!

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!

 

 

When Should I Have My BMW Serviced?

When determining time lines to have your BMW services and inspected, you should most often refer to your owner’s manual; this manual will usually indicate the mileage benchmarks where you should have your BMW inspected.

BMW are such high tech cars that the vehicle itself will tell you when you need to have your car serviced; older models have lights that will let you know when you need to bring your car into our shop. The lights are green, but when they turn red, it’s time to bring your vehicle into our garage. We recommend having an oil change when there are about two green lights left (there are usually five total lights).

Depending on which lights are red, we will perform an Inspection I or Inspection II service.

Newer vehicles have condition-based service, or CBS, which the vehicle software calculates service intervals using an algorithm based on various sensors, driving style, average traveled distance, ambient temperature, and other variables. This will actually tell you which parts need to be replaced. For X-drive cars, their transfer case fluids need to be replaced regularly

We recommend performing air and cabin filter replacements every 30,000 miles. Spark plugs on most non-M vehicles should be replaced every 60,000 miles. Automatic transmission service, as well as transfer case and differential service, should be performed every 60,000 miles as well, as part of the Inspection II service. Despite the improvements in synthetic fluid technology, our experience has taught us there is no replacement for old-school maintenance intervals.

For more information about when you should have your BMW services, or for an estimate, please feel free to give Boston Motor Werks a call at 617-489-0291.

Factory Scheduled Maintenance for BMWs in Boston MA

No matter how new your BMW is, we encourage you to have a regular factory maintenance scheduled for your vehicle; it will help target problem areas in their early stages before they progress to bigger problems, which would cost you more money to fix in the long run.

Following proper maintenance on your vehicle will help prevent issues that so many modern day cars are facing; ignoring this service is like investing in future repairs with huge bills tied to them. We have seen cars with a variety of problems that could have been very easily avoided if the owner had his or her car properly maintained.

There is absolutely no replacement for the “old school” maintenance program, despite the advances in part and fluid technology. Oil changes are huge if you want a smooth running car; we recommend getting a synthetic oil change after the 5,000 mile mark. Dealerships recommend oil changes after the 15,000 mark. That is waiting too long, in our very educated opinion, between New England weather and traffic, your car goes through a lot over the course of a year, waiting that long for an oil change can really cause some harm to your BMW.

We will help you maintain a well running, and well oiled machine; it is important to monitor your BMW, you don’t want to be left paying thousands of dollars for a problem that could have been sniffed out and repaired in its early stages!

For more information, or for a quote on our BMW services and repairs, please give Boston Motor Werks a call at 617-489-0291.