With rising temperatures on their way, the strategy for car care changes drastically! During the winter months, many people don’t pay as much attention to keeping their cars in shape, especially in Massachusetts. The large amounts of snow end up covering cars, and cleaning them off is usually the most pressing thing to worry about. After the snow is done and the sun is setting later, take the time to pay attention to your car to have it running its best all spring long.
As temperatures get colder during the winter, tire pressures decrease, which probably caused you to fill up your tires during the colder months. As temperatures increase into the spring, so does tire pressure. If it rises past the manufacturer’s standards, it can ruin your car’s ability to drive and the fuel economy. Make sure to get your tires checked once it gets warmer out. Check for dry rot, tread depth, or any low pressures due to minor leaks.
Alignment and Suspension
Snowy and frozen roads take a toll on your car. Driving on roads with potholes and rocks can ruin the alignment of your car and damage suspension components. Take your vehicle to get the alignment and suspension checked if you had a long winter of commuting around on frozen ground. Listen for any noises over bumps or when going over driveways as that is a tell-tale sign something is wrong.
Check your wipers for signs of damage. If you had a lot of snow piling on your car and freezing, the blades might have some cracks or don’t wipe your windshield correctly anymore. Many car owners tend to change out their wiper blades after the winter is over anyways.
Wax and Wash Your Car
Driving in winter weather can make your car the dirtiest it can get. Driving higher speeds on highways will throw road salt and dirt at your vehicle. Be sure to give your vehicle a thorough car wash, making it a point to clean the undercarriage. That’s where rust can form from snow and ice.
Clean Inside Your Car, Too
Spring is a great time to clean the inside of your car. No one wants to be outside in the winter cleaning out their car. While you are spring cleaning your home, add your car into the mix! Snow and salt will settle into your floormats, making the interior dirty. Vacuum and wipe down the steering wheel and dashboard to give your car a fresh look.
Check Under the Hood
Open up the hood of your car to check the engine and make sure everything looks right after a long, cold winter. Check hoses and belts to make sure the cold didn’t wear them down. This is something that should be professionally inspected, especially if you are not too experienced with cars.
Boston Motor Werks can take care of your BMW after a long winter. Contact us to come and get your vehicle inspected!
There is very little doubt that Audis are arguably among the best vehicles. This luxury car’s excellent reputation stems from its reliability, safety, excellent design, and the premium quality materials utilized for creating it. In fact, it would be fair to claim that mechanical problems are quite rare with Audis. However, similar to other car types no matter how luxurious they are, all of them go through wear and tear, which obviously depreciates their quality. If you happen to be an Audi owner, here are some common problems that you could encounter with it:
Issues with the Electrical Component
Despite being of top notch quality, Audi’s electrical components are susceptible to malfunctions and problems. Non-functioning tail lamps and fluctuating lights are among a couple of problems that quite a lot of Audi owners encounter. The silver lining in all of this is that you can easily replace these parts with original ones. Additionally, Audi provides warranties on these parts making sure that you do not have to drain your wallet to get a particular part.
Audi engines can sometimes leak oil. Every owner should be aware of this issue as oil leaks can lead to dangerous situations, such as damaging the electronics or causing a fire. Your car will lose oil at an alarming rate because of the oil leakage, especially if you do not notice it for a long period. The more the oil leaks, the higher the expenses and damage you will have to bear. So, always keep checking your Audi for such issues and get them fixed immediately.
Failing Spark Plug
This is perhaps the most common problem with Audis. Failed spark plugs cause ignition failure. You can avoid this problem by using OE spark plugs. Also, remember to tune your engine according to the factory specifications. Luckily, you will not need to break the bank to fix this issue.
If you keep maintaining your Audi regularly, most of its parts will operate smoothly. Wear and tear is usually the main reason behind the car’s timing belt problems. If you fail to address this problem, there could be a costly problem in your hands down the line. If the timing belt stops functioning or tears while you’re driving, your pistons might end up taking the brunt of the damage. Remember to check if the belt is correctly installed, as improper installation leads to quicker deterioration.
In case you notice an unusual noise with your Audi, there could be a problem in the axle CV boot. It means that the car’s axle joint does not have sufficient grease. Replacing the complete axle assembly isn’t cheap. So, if you are looking to reduce some costs, it would be wise to immediately replace the CV boot as it rips. It is significantly cheaper than rebuilding or replacing the entire axle assembly.
We at Boston Motor Werks are highly proficient with Audis. Our experienced mechanics have repaired thousands of Audis and bought them back to prime running condition. Bring your car to us and we’ll breathe a new life into it through our unparalleled motor repairing skills.
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!
Transmission replacements are one of car owner’s worse nightmares. Mainly because it costs an arm and a leg to replace. You can avoid a huge cost by noticing signs of transmission problems and repairing them right away. Here are five transmission problems that you should not ignore and try to fix as soon as possible.
Transmission slipping is when you feel like you are driving in a certain gear and then the car switches to a different gear on its own. This will happen randomly and unexpectedly, as well as the noise from your engine might begin to pitch differently. Another sign of transmission slipping is when your car feels like it is having a hard time. It also may feel like the car is not running at full power or potential and acceleration is not as it usually is.
If you are trying to shift gears and the transition from gear to gear is not smooth, then you may have an issue with your transition. Another obvious sign that something is up with our transmission is hear thuds. If you start to hear thuds after switching from gear to gear, then you should get your transmission checked out as soon as possible.
This is when you switch from park to drive and your car takes a minute before acting as if it is in drive. Another way to tell if your car may need to get its transmission fixed is after you switch gears, there is a long pause, revving the engine, before the car engages in the drive gear.
Since transmissions are sealed units within an engine, there should be no fluid leakage. If you notice any leaking, you should take your car to a specialist. You can test it yourself to see if the leak is constant or just a once and a while type leak. Once you notice the leak on the ground, place cardboard or any item to catch any future leaking to see if it is an active leak. If it is then you need to bring your car to a repair shop. If not, still bring it in but explain the issues and a mechanic can give you a proper assessment.
Check Engine Light
Normally when the check engine light turns on, it means the car is generating an error code. These should be checked as well but are not as severe as replacing a transmission, and doesn’t mean the transmission needs to be replaced. However, if you have the engine light on in addition to the symptoms mentioned above then you should make a repair shop appointment.
BMW has made it easier for its drivers to navigate through traffic with their new smartphone service. This service lets drivers know when it is the best time to leave for any trip. This service will give BMW owners access to real-time data on traffic to get to their destinations on time while avoiding as much traffic as possible.
These real-time departure alerts are part of the BMW Connected mobile application. In addition to departure alerts, the BMW Connected application will also inform drivers of vehicle location, fuel level information, locking & unlocking & another traffic data.
Once a driver is inside their BMW, they will have the opportunity to switch access of information from their smartphone. They can transfer the data to their BMW’s on-board display system for easier access. BMW is always striving to evolve the auto industry with digitization and tending to their customers needs of wanting easy connectivity to their vehicle.
As we head into the long days and sweltering heat of summer, certain steps are necessary to stay healthy, happy, and safe. In order to stay hydrated and avoid heat exhaustion, you have to drink more water. To protect yourself from sun burn and sun damage, you have to wear sunscreen or seek shade.
Much like the special precautions made to keep yourself and your family safe, there are many things you can do to protect your BWM’s engine and, especially, tires during the summer. Here are a few simple tips that can protect your tires from melting, blowouts, and other catastrophic failure that could put you in danger.
- Check Tire Pressure Frequently. Heat significantly increases air pressure in tires and, combined with friction while driving, can lead to tire blowouts. Once tires have had a chance to cool, use a tire gauge and make sure pressure is within the recommended range for your tires. We highly recommend checking pressure before going out for a drive.
- Measure Your Tread. Low or poor tread on tires drastically affects their ability to react to the road, especially in rain and slippery areas. Once tread is below 2/32”, the tires are considered a hazard. Visit Boston Motor Werks to have your tire tread checked frequently.
- Visual Inspection. One of the best ways to protect your tires from major damage is by taking notice of damage in its early stages. Any bulging, uneven wear patterns, cracks, cuts or other abnormalities can be a sign of imminent tire failure. If you notice any signs of damage visit Boston Motor Werks your thorough inspection and repair if necessary
Our experienced mechanics and BMW specialists are available 5 days a week to keep your vehicle operating safely for many summers to come. From inspection to repair to expert advice, you can get everything your BMW needs at Boston Motor Werks. Contact us today for a free estimate of our services.
Brought my M3 in for the Inspection 2, which was reasonably priced relative to other places I received quotes from. They completed the inspection as well as checked for other problems. Instead of forcing the extra repairs onto me, Rob explained each problem and recommended whether I should get it done or could wait until next servicing. I received an e-mail estimate and let them know which repairs to complete, and I am thankful for their help. Since the inspection can take some time, I needed a loaner and I received one no problem or cost once it was available. Friendly staff that knows what they are doing and that I will definitely use for further service.
Our shop is located in Belmont MA, and we have been making repairs of all kinds to BMWs of all makes and models! We have been in business since 2011, but all of our mechanics have years of experience in repairing in cars.
In fact, our owner Rob Hanna, has worked in BMW dealerships, and has been working on cars for over 30 years! Rob and his fellow mechanics have worked on every BMW model from the year 1980 to present models! With over 30 years of experience, Rob is one of the most BMW repairmen in the industry!
We only use the most trusted BMW tools and automotive machinery for each repair we perform; because of the technology we use, we are able to provide quick and efficient repairs for each BMW we encounter.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 617-489-0291.