5 Common Mercedes Problem

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Mercedes-Benz is a brand know worldwide for its combination of luxury and performance. Driving a Mercedes-Benz is a pure pleasure, but, the car can develop some hitches even with or without regular upkeep and repairs. However, here is what to expect as the common Mercedes problems:

 

Rust

Over time, all models of Mercedes-Benz cars are rust. The newer and older Mercedes-Benz models still have rust issues, as well. Inspect your car under the wheels near the bumpers, fenders, rear quarter panels, and the wells to catch rust before it gets worse. This is because frequently repairing rust is very expensive. 

 

Catalytic Converts

 

After 60,000 miles, many different Mercedes Benz models needing new catalytic converters. The catalytic converter over time becomes clogged or less effective; the oxygen sensors will trigger the check engine or service engine light. As the catalytic converter’s condition worsens, performance issues start. Replacing the catalytic converter can be very expensive, depending on the Mercedes-Benz model. Ask your trusted Mercedes technician for a quote.

 

Check Engine Light

 

The check engine light comes on due to the gas cap not being tight enough. When you fill-up your car with gas, it is important to make the gas cap is tight. If the check engine light comes on for other reasons, you can use an OBD II scanner to read and erase the engine fault codes. If the light continues to reappear, we advise you to visit a repair shop.

 

Window Regulators

 

Window regulators allow you to press the button to lower and close the windows. They frequently fail on Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and C-Class. Window regulators are very easy to replace. This is a repair you could do yourself, but visiting a Mercedes technician is always recommended. 

 

Airmatic Components

 

The airmatic bags replace the struts and shocks on your Mercedes-Benz. The airmatic bags are prone to failure. This type of repair is one of the most straightforward Mercedes repairs because aftermarket parts are now readily available and at reasonable prices. Not every Mercedes-Benz model will be equipped with air suspension, so this doesn’t apply to all Mercedes models. 

 

To avoid no end of frustration and spending lots of money, routine maintenance on your Mercedes is what we recommend. Contact Boston Motor Werks today to have your Mercedes looked at.

4 Most Common Porsche Problems

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Do you own a Porsche or might potentially be thinking of purchasing a Porsche? It is essential to understand the problems you might face in the future. Having a Porsche repair shop that you trust will make any repair easier. Our Porsche mechanics have compiled the most common Porsche repairs. 

Four Common Porsche Issues

Steering and Suspension 

The ABS warning lights have a frequent reoccurrence of turning on. The light turns on because the ABS electronics module is failing. The module either needs to be rebuilt or be replaced. CV joints in Porsches require more strength than most vehicles, which causes frequent repairs. If you use the proper Porsche repair, you can avoid running into problems as steering and suspension repairs go a long way in providing longevity to your Porsche vehicle. 

 

Cooling

Porsche’s are widely known for their cooling issues. The coolant distribution pipe often needs to be resealed. For some Porsche models, the car doesn’t drip directly on to the ground. The seal in those models can is located above the center of the engine inside the valley. The leak causes the coolant to create a puddle on top of the engine in between the cylinders. It is important to have a Porsche technician to check the cooling system during routine maintenance frequently. Any sort of musty smell coming from your engine, it is important to rush to the nearest repair shop. 

 

Engine

Any sign of smoke coming out of the engine is a sign to take precautions. There are a few reasons smoke could be coming from the engine. The smoke can be caused by an overfilled oil tank or faulty oil separator. Porsche has a higher oil capacity; it easy for untrained mechanics to overfill. When changing the oil, it must be done when the vehicle as at the correct operating temperature and on completely level ground, or you will experience problems. 

 

Transmission

If your car struggles to get into gear or hear grinding sounds, there is a chance you might have worn the car synchros. Maintaining the transmission is important for prolonging the lifespan of a Porsche’s transmission. To ensure smooth performance, any Porsche requires regular service.

 

If you take the time to monitor your Porsche regularly, it will only ensure the life of the Porsche and ease your mind while driving. Need a Porsche issue repaired? Be sure to give Boston Motor Werks a call today for more information! 

Complete Fall Car Care Checklist

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Car maintenance and proper car care ensure that a vehicle will last for many years to come with a minimum amount of problems. Investing time, energy and finances into caring for a vehicle before problems arise can often prevent them from happening in the first place.

Fall Car Care Checklist

Tire and Treads

Ensuring that a BMW has the proper tires installed for upcoming winter months enhances safety and can decrease the likelihood of accidents related to road conditions. For the Mercedes that is in an area with heavy snowfall, snow tires might necessary, otherwise, all-season tires will be adequate. Car care should include periodically checking the pressure on tires since the drop in temperature will cause the pressure to drop in the tire as well.
Battery, Cables, and Lights

The battery connections are an important part of car maintenance and should be tight, battery terminals, as well as the ends of the cables, should be free of any type of corrosion. Check all lighting, from headlights to flashers and dome lights to ensure that they work is a necessary step in any car care checklist for a Porsche. Whichever ones need to be replaced should be done promptly.
Washer Fluid and Blades

Run the wiper blades on a Mercedes to make sure that they don’t leave any streaks and are functioning properly, replace as needed. In climates where heavy snow and ice are common, it might be necessary to install specialized wiper blades that work in these harsh weather conditions on a BMW. Installing washer fluid that contains a specialized antifreeze component designed to work during the winter will prevent freezing on the windows on a Porsche.
Brakes

Take the Mercedes for a drive and use the brakes in a variety of methods to ensure that they are working properly. If there is any possibility that they don’t function correctly than an appointment will need to be made to have them evaluated and repaired.
Emergency Kit

Placing an emergency kit in a Porsche which contains the following items will help keep those in the vehicle safe until help arrives. If a kit is already in the vehicle, then the items should be checked seasonally.

  • Snow shovel
  • Blankets
  • Winter Clothing
  • Water
  • Food
  • Traction Mat
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Jumper Cables
  • Towels and Wipes
  • Ice Scraper
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares
  • Tool Kit
  • Mobile Phone and Charger

 

In Conclusion

Car maintenance should be done seasonally to prevent vehicle problems that can shorten the life of a BMW, Porsche, or Mercedes as well as increase the safety and well-being of those who will be traveling in the vehicle. If you need any type of repairs or maintenance on your luxury car, be sure to contact Boston Motor Werks today!

End of Summer Car Care Tips

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If you’re like most auto owners, summer puts you in the car more than any other season because of vacations and traveling. After putting additional significant mileage on your car throughout the summer, it is important to take some proactive steps to keep your car in optimal condition to avoid car repairs.

5 Summer Car Care Tips

Inspect Your Tires

You should be checking your tire pressure on a monthly basis. But if you forget, like most people, the end of summer is a great time for one check. Tire pressure is key to helping your car maintain traction on the road. It also has a major impact on fuel economy. After putting extra mileage on those tires during the summer, it is even more crucial to check the tire pressure.
Examine the Battery
Summer is one of the most common times for car owners to experience battery issues. The summer heat can cause your battery’s fluid to evaporate faster. Without fluid, your battery may be unable to hold a charge. Check your battery (or have it checked by a car service team) for fluid levels, leaks, or cracks as well as any problems from corrosion or rust.
Check the Cooling System
In addition to the toll the heat can take on your battery fluid, the summer sun can also drastically reduce the amount of coolant in your system. Coolant is necessary for keeping your radiator functioning properly.
Clean Your Car
Getting the car cleaned can feel like a luxury instead of a must-do. And while that may be true for the interior, there are some important benefits to cleaning the outside. One of the main spots to clean is the undercarriage. If dirt, grime or sand has built up under your car, these caked-on substances can cause your transmission or engine to overheat. Clean your car often to protect it from these types of issues (and keep it looking great!)
Inspect Your Paint
Once your exterior is clean, inspect your car paint. In addition to looking nice, your car paint protects your car from corrosion. The summer heat can cause cracks or other damage to the paint – and the cooler months can make that slight damage worse. Especially if you have a luxury car such as a BMW, Mercedes or Porsche where the aesthetic of your car is key, make inspecting your paint a priority at the end of the summer.

 

Just like a spring-cleaning list, consider making a car maintenance list for each season. Doing these, and other seasonal car care tasks can extend the life of your vehicle.

What is the Porsche IMS Bearing?

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Having a Porsche isn’t just about an image or having a well-known brand as your car of choice. As a Porsche driver and owner, you are open to the world of advanced auto engineering. What makes Porsche engines so different and unique is that, like other high-end brands, they have specific parts that are only found in their type of engine. One of those parts being the IMS bearing.

What is the IMS Bearing?

In a Porsche vehicle, the IMS bearing is the intermediate shaft bearing. This is a geared shaft that runs through and extends out from the front and rear of the engine. The function of this bearing is that it drives the camshafts indirectly to either side of the engine. In short, it is an important component that makes the engine run at optimal levels and if it is not working properly, it could lead to engine failure. At Boston Motor Werks we have years of experience repairing Porsche vehicles that have encountered a problem with their IMS bearing.

The Old Issue With IMS Bearings

The biggest issue with this Porsche item is that 996 generations of the Porsche 911s  were infected with a vulnerability in the IMS bearing causing engine failure. Why an IMS failure is so serious is that when it fails, the car’s engine’s internals is infected by debris which requires the whole engine to be rebuilt or replace which is a very expensive repair.

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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!

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

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As Spring approaches there is a lot to look forward to driving your car. With the roads cleared of salt and snow, and the days getting longer, spring is a great time to drive around. However, winter can add a lot of strain to your car, and it may need repairs or at least a checkup. Make sure to follow these spring car maintenance tips to keep your car healthy and ready for the summer months.

 

Engine Checks

Early spring is the best time to bring your car in to see a licensed technician. The winter months can do the most damage to your engine and seeing a professional is the best way to ensure your car is ready for the next twenty thousand miles. Every car owner should consider getting an oil change, rotating their tires, and having an inspection with a mechanic licensed for their car model this spring. Spring is also a good time to check your fluid levels, air conditioning, and air filters.

 

Tires

Tire pressure should always be checked at the beginning of spring. Cold weather can change your tire pressure so every driver should make sure that your tires are properly filled this spring. You should also do a visual inspection of your tires and rims to check for any debris that could puncture your tires, snow often pulls debris into the roads in later winter. Another good habit is to have your suspension checked professionally at a good repair shop before driving this spring.

 

Body

When it comes to your car’s body, there are a few things you should do after every winter. Make sure to have your car washed and waxed. Washing your car, especially your wheel wells, is necessary to remove the dirt, salt, and silt from driving in the winter. Having your car waxed will protect your car from the sun this spring and summer. Consider replacing your windshield wipers if they were damaged during the winter and apply an anti-rain product to your windows to keep your windshield clean during the rainier months coming up.

 

If you are looking to have your BMWMercedes, or your Porsche serviced this spring consider coming down to Boston Motor Werks. At Boston Motor Werks we are experts at getting your car spring and summer ready this year. From rotating your tires to performing your A or B service your car will be ready to handle the seasonal transition from winter to spring.

6 Winter Driving Tips

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It is really important to keep yourself safe in the winter, and you also want to keep your new Mercedes from getting damaged too!  Follow these winter driving tips to keep you and your car safe!

  1. Accelerate slowly

When starting from a stop, your tires will grip better and you’ll avoid slipping if you accelerate slowly by slowly depressing the gas pedal.  This will save the tires from slipping, which will result in you losing control of the vehicle.

  1. Brake and decelerate slowly

When coming to a stop, it is important to apply the brakes softly and decelerate slowly.  Give yourself a lot of extra room to slow down and stop so that you have time to decelerate nice and slowly.  Braking too quickly can cause your vehicle to slide and could be fatal.

  1. Avoid unnecessary stops

When driving in the winter, it is important to know that it easy easier to keep momentum moving than to start moving a vehicle from a dead stop.  If you see a red light up ahead, instead of coming in quickly and stopping at the light, slow down ahead of time and keep the vehicle moving so that when the light turns green, you can more easily accelerate and move through the green light.

  1. Drive slowly

This seems like a no-brainer, but take caution and drive slowly in the winter.  Allow yourself more time to get to where you are going so that you don’t need to rush.  Just because that Porsche can get you there quickly doesn’t mean it has to.  Plus, nobody will get there quickly when you end up in the ditch.

  1. Keep your tires properly inflated

Many people don’t understand the importance of keeping their tires properly inflated.  Properly inflated tires allow the tires to grip appropriately as they were designed to do!  Head over to your local repair shop and have them check your tires and properly inflate them!

  1. Don’t go out if you don’t need to

If the weather is poor and the roads are bad, simply stay home if you don’t need to go out.  Wait for the roads to clear up from the comfort of your couch and keep your BMW warm and safe in the garage.

Contact Boston Motor Werks for more information on safe driving tips in the winter as well as repair services for BMWs, Porsches, and Mercedes around Boston, MA.

Do I Need A Radiator Flush?

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Performing routine maintenance on your vehicle is key to keeping your BMW, Porsche, or Mercedes on the road for many years.  Most people know about oil changes and tire rotation, but did you know that you also need to perform a radiator flush service regularly as well?  Your radiator helps pass coolant throughout your engine system and keeps your engine and other components from overheating.

What is a radiator flush?

A radiator flush is a procedure that removes dirt, rust, and various harmful particles that build up inside the cooling system over time.  A radiator flush service wipes out the old coolant, cleans the system, and replaces with new coolant.

Failure to perform this procedure regularly, based on your manufacturers recommendation, could result in damage to the components of the cooling system and can even damage the engine!

How do I flush the radiator?

First, buy some flushing agent and some coolant.  Next, make sure your engine has been off for a while and has completely cooled down, then raise the front of the vehicle up on jack stands.

Put a drain pan under the radiator, remove the radiator cap, and remove the radiator drain plug.  You can bring the old coolant in to your local repair shop to have it recycled. Now, replace the drain plug and fill the radiator with distilled water and the flushing agent.

Replace the radiator cap and start the engine.  Keep an eye on the temperature of the vehicle and follow the flushing agent’s instructions on how long to let the vehicle run. Then follow the same steps above to drain the flushing agent from the radiator. Replace the drain plug and fill with coolant.  Replace the radiator cap. Start the engine one more time and let the vehicle get up to temperature to remove any air from the system.

How often should I flush my radiator?

Always follow your users manual and manufacturer recommendations as to how often you should flush your radiator, but as an example, a Mercedes typically requires a flush every 30,000 miles, or every five years.  Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations as all vehicles require different routine maintenance.

If you are interested in getting your car’s radiator looked at or know you need a radiator flush, contact the specialists at Boston Motor Werks today!

Top Reasons to Get Regular Wheel Alignments

car on a stand for a wheel alignment

Far too many drivers put “getting a wheel alignment” at the bottom of their car care priority lists. This can, unfortunately, lead to problems. Regular wheel alignments are an extremely important part of keeping your Mercedes, Porsche, or BMW vehicle in good working order. You are certainly not alone, however, if you don’t know the benefits that come with getting this sort of maintenance. As you read this guide, you will discover why you should take your car to a repair shop for an alignment soon.

  1. Your fuel economy will improve – If your wheels are out of alignment, which happens naturally as you drive, your vehicle’s fuel economy can decrease by as much as 7%. To put in perspective, for a driver whose car gets 25 MPG, this would be a savings of about $150 over 15,000 miles.
  2. It will save your vehicle from unnecessary wear – Failing to take your car for regular wheel alignments can lead to a lot of unnecessary wear and tear. If a wheel is even a single inch out of proper alignment, it is the same as dragging your tire sideways at 100 MPH. This will absolutely cause tires to wear out more quickly than they should, ultimately costing you the extra money you don’t actually to spend.
  3. It will keep you and your loved ones safe – Perhaps the scariest part of not getting your wheels aligned is that you are putting yourself and any passengers you may have at serious risk. On wet or uneven roads, misaligned tires can skid, leading to accidents and, potentially, severe injuries. Wrecks due to poorly aligned wheels are especially common on highways where the speed limit is over 60 MPH.

By now, you’re probably wondering how to know when you actually need an alignment. Generally, automobile manufacturers, including luxury giants BMW, Mercedes, and Porsche, and qualified mechanics recommend having this service done every 2-3 years. That said, if you notice any problems, such as your steering wheel pulling to one side while you’re driving or traction control issues, you should get repair services sooner.

The most important thing in all of this is to be aware of your car. Only you know your vehicle’s quirks and how frequently you drive. If you are on the road often or you realize your automobile is behaving in a way it never has before, it’s definitely time to visit a trustworthy repair shop to inquire about having a wheel alignment as soon as possible.