Preventative Maintenance Tips for Preserving Your Engine

The most important part of your vehicle is the engine. Although every part plays a vital role in the function of your car, your engine plays the most prominent role and can be very expensive to repair or replace if it isn’t properly maintained. Proper maintenance of your engine is essential to your luxury car. Here are some tips to help you ensure the longevity of your engine. 

Schedule regular oil changes. 

Oil changes are usually dreaded but being consistent will prevent major engine issues down the line. It is essential to keep your oil clean and at the proper levels. This helps your engine run smoother and longer. When your oil starts to get murky, cloudy, or sticky, your engine is not getting the proper amount of lubrication. You should get an oil change every three to six thousand miles or whenever your manufacturer recommends. Our team at Boston Motor Werks recommends a synthetic oil change after five thousand miles and a mineral oil change after three thousand miles. 

Keep it clean. 

Cleaning your engine is very important for its performance. Make sure you take your time to remove any dust, debris, or grime. If you neglect cleaning your engine, the build-up will cause significant problems over time. Grease, dirt, and leaves can cover your engine and trap heat, making it hard for it to cool down properly. It is best to get consistent professional cleanings. Take your vehicle to your mechanic to thoroughly maintain your engine. 

Don’t forget about the spark plugs. 

Along with your engine, spark plugs are crucial to your car’s ignition that requires cleanliness to ensure they function correctly. Your plugs should be cleaned every season–remove the plugs from the sockets and gently brush off dirt and dust. Of course, have your mechanic take care of the task if your plugs need extra TLC. After cleaning and reattaching, you should notice your engine and car run much more smoothly. 

Contact Boston Motor Werks for engine maintenance. 

At Boston Motor Werks, we take pride in repairing and maintaining luxury cars. If you are looking for dealer-level BMW services at competitive prices, look no further. We specialize in BMW services and repairs and have worked with various models over the years. Contact Boston Motor Werks today to schedule an appointment! We look forward to working with you.

How to Winterize Your Car

The winter season is upon us, which means you must prepare your car for the harsh winter months. Car maintenance in the colder weather is essential for the longevity of your vehicle; you can prevent a vast amount of common car issues. The winter can bring on stressful situations you do not want to be in, from frozen engines to worn tires. Read below tips and advice to implement when taking care of your car during the winter. 

Check Your Car Tires

Are your tires in the best condition? You should check your tires to make sure they can withstand potential snowfall. Lower temperatures can affect your tire pressures and leave them flat. Make sure your tires are properly inflated to avoid dangerous accidents. Dull or worn tires can be hazardous to you in icy areas. Invest in snow tires to safely navigate through snow and icy roads. 

Lubricate Your Car

Many parts of your car require proper lubrication for the best function. Door locks, windows, hinges, and more must be lubricated, especially during winter. The cold air can dry out your car parts, which will wear them down over time. To protect your car’s longevity, implement this tip into your regular car maintenance routine. 

Service Your Battery

Your car battery power may diminish as the temperature drops. This will make it harder for you to start your car and leave you in a stressful situation. Service your battery regularly during the winter or hire a professional. Battery maintenance is significant to the proper functioning of your car. 

Keep a Winter Car Kit Handy

In case of emergencies, it is recommended to store a winter car kit. Here is a list of items you should have: 

  1. Antifreeze
  2. Jumper cables
  3. Ice scraper
  4. Spare tire
  5. Flashlight
  6. Toolbox

Contact Boston Motor Werks for Winter Car Maintenance

Looking for a professional to help you with car maintenance to survive the winter? Contact us! Our team at Boston Motor Werks specializes in BMW service and repair and is passionate about protecting your car’s longevity. Contact us today! 617-489-0291

How to Clean Foggy Headlights

bmw foggy headlight

Over the course of time, it’s easy for headlights to get foggy, which reduces how bright they are on the road. Foggy headlights refract the light making it harder for them to cut through and assist the driver. There are a lot of urban legends out there when it comes to cleaning your headlights, especially with what materials and sprays you should use. While there are plenty of specially made headlight cleaners out there, we think you can do the job just as well with items around the house. Skeptical? Just wait and see, you might be surprised by the results!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

For this procedure you’re going to need masking tape, a few rags, a sponge, some dish soap, and toothpaste. Once you have all these gathered, move onto step 2.

Step 2: Pre-Wash

Before you get started with the actual headlight, wash the headlights and the surrounding area with normal soap and water. This will ensure that dirt and other things stay off the headlight while you clear out the fog. Don’t forget to dry it off before you get started on the next step.

Step 3: Section Off The Headlight

While none of the materials we are using will be harmful to the paint of your car, it’s always better to play it safe, and it makes cleanup a little easier at the end. Here we are going to use masking tape to outline the headlight and protect the paint on all the corners. It doesn’t need to be perfect, and it shouldn’t take too long. Feel free to use as many or as little pieces of tape as you need. Once you’re done, feel free to move onto step 4!

Step 4: Apply The Toothpaste

Apply a medium sized dab of toothpaste to a wet rag and begin rubbing it into the headlight. The mild abrasive properties of the toothpaste will help clear the outer fog from the headlight. Work in circular motions for a few minutes on each headlight until you get the level of clarity you want. Continue to add water and toothpaste as needed.

Step 4: Rinse & Remove Tape

Once your headlights are clear, you can rinse off the toothpaste with a hose, or a fresh rag. As an extra step, you can add some headlight wax to fill in any cracks and smoothe out the surface, but it isn’t a necessity. Once you’re done you can remove the tape and you’ll be ready to go!

What’s The Best Layout for A Sports Car?

We’ve heard it all before, the best recipe for a classic sports car is front engine rear wheel drive. That’s the way BMW does it, and it allows for a great driving experience. But in the last 10 years, other drivetrain setups have come (and gone) into popularity. This has caused us to revisit this concept and see if the classic go to layout for sports cars really is the best choice overall.

Front Engine Rear Wheel Drive

If you’re wondering why this layout is the go-to, it’s all because of the weight distribution. In this setup, all the power is delivered to the back wheels, which leaves the front wheels completely free to steer. However, the front engine puts weight on the front axles and wheels which gives the front wheels more traction. Because of this weight distribution, when all else is equal this layout accelerates faster than its front wheel drive equivalent. What they might lack in traction or interior space they make up for in performance.

Front Engine Front Wheel Drive

Most consumer cars, especially sedans and subcompact care feature this kind of layout. This setup not only allows for more traction than RWD vehicles, but also more cabin space. Most vehicles with mid or back engine setups aren’t really made to be spacious, but vehicles with this layout are. This is a very practical layout but definitely isn’t made for sport. Only a fe

Front Engine All Wheel Drive

Also called F4, this is the most popular layout for four wheel drive vehicles, and can be found in almost every modern Audi and Subaru. Outside of sports cars, it’s quite popular in SUVs such as Jeeps and Toyotas, and is becoming a more popular offering every year. It was originally developed for better control and traction and that is exactly what it delivers. While originally designed for off roading capabilities, it became popular in rally car races in the early 80s. However, four wheel drive systems do weigh more than two wheel drive counterparts, so the amount of power they put down is offset by the weight of the car.

Mid Engine All Wheel Drive

This has become the go-to layout for some supercars, including the Audi R8, Lamborghini Diablo, and Honda NSX. Having the engine more towards the back puts more weight on the rear wheels and allows for more traction. With this weight there’s less wheel spin on the back wheels. This is a great setup no doubt, but just like any other all wheel drive system, there’s a trade off with extra weight that the engine needs to push.

So What’s The Best Option?

We will always love the classic appeal of the front engine rear wheel drive layout, and it’s ability to deliver power so well. However, depending on the conditions, some of the four wheel drive options, such as front engine 4WD and mid engine 4WD have some compelling advantages, despite the extra weight. Even BMW offers X-Drive on most of their vehicles these days. It all comes down to preference, and once you log some time behind the wheel to see what suits your driving the best.

Are Summer Tires Worth It?

summer tire installation

Summer tires are definitely a popular choice for those looking to get the most out of their vehicles. While it might seem easiest to just go with all season tires and not have to worry about changing them, you’re definitely leaving performance and even safety on the table when you choose a year round tire.

What’s The Difference Between Summer Tires and All-Season?

Summer tires are also called performance tires, and this is no accident. They deliver more grip, traction and handling to your vehicle. The formula of rubber they use is specifically engineered for warmer weather, whereas all-season tires can provide pretty average performance in warm and cold temperatures, you get much better results when you use both summer and winter tires respectively.

Should I Purchase Summer Tires?

While you might be thrown off by the term, performance tires, these models of tires aren’t just reserved for performance cars, although that is always a great pairing. In fact, any car can benefit from added grip, the increased confidence that goes with more traction is really something to appreciate. Many luxury vehicles come standard with performance tires.

All Season Tires VS. Winter Tires

Of course, if you’re going to invest in summer tires, it only makes sense to make a winter tire your alternate when the colder months come around. Dedicated rubber for snow and ice, especially in New England is a highly recommended addition because you aren’t compromising when it comes to grip in low temperatures.

If you already have a set of winter tires for snow and ice season, then performance tires are truly the best choice to keep your vehicle at its best for the rest of the year. Both summer and winter tires are specially designed to perform with optimal grip in each of their respective seasons.

However, you do have to be proactive when it comes to switching between your summer tires and your winter tires. Switching out your summer rubber too early can wear out your snow tires prematurely. On the other hand, getting caught in the snow with performance tires should be avoided at all costs.

Contact Boston Motor Werks

If you have any questions about performance tires, or If you are considering getting a new set for your vehicle, give us a call at 617-489-0291 or contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Can I use Regular Oil in My Audi or BMW?

audi engine

If you’ve never owned a German car before, you might not be familiar with this strange rule regarding regular and synthetic oil in your engine. There are quite a few reasons that you cannot use regular oil in an Audi or BMW, one of the most important being that you will void the warranty of the vehicle if you do so.

Synthetic Oil Flows Better Through Your Engine

This rule was set in place in order to enforce the use of synthetic oil, and there’s good reason too. Conventional oil and synthetic oil have different weights and densities to them, which changes how the oil flows through the engine. The thicker viscosity of natural oil doesn’t flow properly, which causes the engine to wear out faster.

Synthetic Oil is Cleaner Than Regular Oil

While commonly used natural motor oil is refined from crude oil, it can still contain unwanted elements that make it through this process. These small minerals can gradually cause unwanted buildup in an engine which can hurt the performance and the lifespan of the engine. Alternatively, synthetic oil doesn’t have this issue because it’s synthesized with chemical compounds in a controlled process, which eliminates the possibility of contamination. 

Synthetic Oil Performs Better in Extreme Temperatures

In addition to being cleaner and lower viscosity, synthetic oil is also designed to better regulate the temperature of your engine. Not only does it perform better in extreme heat and extreme cold, but it keeps your engine from overheating and prevents unnecessary wear and tear. This not only improves performance but increases the lifespan of your engine.

Synthetic Oil Provides More Mileage Per Change

Although Synthetic oil is more expensive than natural options, it is designed to be changed less often, therefore giving you more miles in between each oil change. While this factor probably won’t save you money it will gradually even out to be about the same cost as regular oil. In other words, don’t sweat spending a little more for an oil change, it will save you trouble in the long run.

Have Your Vehicle Serviced by An Expert

BMW and Audi each have very similar lists of oil brands and types that are safe to use in their vehicles. Depending on what year your vehicle was made, and even what climates you’re driving in, the type of oil that is most efficient could be different. For best results, have your vehicle serviced with a shop that specializes in BMW and Audi care. Feel free to give us a call at 617-489-0291 or contact us here.

What Should I Do if My Transmission is Slipping?

vintage shifter on a manual transmission

What Should I Do if My Transmission is Slipping?

Your car’s transmission is one of its most complex systems. There’s a lot that needs to happen in order for it to function and shift gears properly. While regular maintenance is always a good idea, it could also be the beginning of a more serious problem, especially if it isn’t given attention immediately. You should definitely know the early warning signs that your transmission needs to be serviced. 

The Signs That Your Transmission is Slipping

There are many possible indicators that your transmission might be having trouble, the most notable is a slow or delayed shift when accelerating. You can usually tell that your car is shifting gears by the change in pitch and a drop in your RPM. If your car is changing gears suddenly without acceleration or deceleration from you, get your car serviced immediately as it could be dangerous to drive. Other warning signs include grinding noises, revving or “chugging” sounds, issues with driving in reverse, or If you smell burning or other unexpected smells. Don’t wait until you see all of these signs, the sooner you get help, the better chances you have. 

The Causes Behind Your Transmission Issues

Because automatic transmissions especially are such complex machines, there’s a quite a few possible reasons for your troubles that range from more common to more serious.

Lack of Fresh Transmission Fluid Can Cause Slipping

The majority of transmission issues stem from low or burnt out transmission fluid. Luckily this is the easiest and least expensive way to regularly maintain your transmission. Depending on the manufacturer, you will want to change the fluid every so often. A well taken care of transmission is bound to last you many more years than one that hasn’t been given enough attention. Take your car to your mechanic to get a fluid flush if the transmission fluid is low, burned out, or old.

Worn Out Transmission Gears Can Begin to Slip

Failure to regularly maintain your transmission fluid can begin to wear on your gears. The excess heat that is usually dispersed by fresh fluid builds up and causes the gears on your transmission to slip. If they cannot engage properly they will slip out of synch. There could also be a malfunctioning set of gears, which could be caused by an error in the car’s production.

Your Transmission Has A Defective Solenoid

The solenoid is the part of your transmission that controls the flow of transmission fluid using electromagnetic fields. When you shift gears, the solenoid pushes transmission fluid into the valve body to engage the next gear. A defective solenoid could be causing a lack of transmission fluid to enter the transmission, which could cause overheating and slipping. If you’ve been regularly servicing your transmission fluid, replacing the solenoid could be the next step to solving your issues.

Worn Out Transmission Bands Can Cause Slipping

Bands are the elements of the transmission that link the gears of an automatic transmission together. In order for the transmission to reach optimal performance, bands and clutches must engage and release the different gears with precision. Broken or worn out transmission bands can cause slipping and need to be either adjusted or completely replaced. Clutch plates in both the transmission and torque converter might also be worn out and require a replacement. These issues most commonly stem from a lack of clean transmission fluid.

Your Clutch Needs to Be Replaced

Rather than a main clutch in a standard or manual transmission, automatic transmissions employ the use of a torque converter. These converters connect to the engine through the bell housing. Both torque converters and manual clutches rely heavily on clean transmission delivery from the solenoid. Over time, clutches are worn out from normal use and commonly need to be replaced at some point after the midpoint of the car’s life.

Contact Us

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, or if your transmission needs a thorough diagnosis, we are happy to provide you with top quality transmission services, give us a call at 617-489-0291 or contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What Causes Engine Oil Leaks?

When you are a car owner, you’ll run into issues with your vehicle from time to time. Have you been noticing oil spots in your driveway? Oil leaks can be annoying since they don’t always come from one area of your car. All cars develop oil leaks, and they can be minor. Here are some causes of engine oil leaks in your vehicle:

Oil Filter

Your oil filter can end up becoming loose or improperly aligning when it wears out. Some cars also have some extra parts at the filter that can also leak. Your car’s filter should be changed every time you get an oil change to prevent this from happening.

 Oil Drain Plug

There is a drain plug at the base of the oil pan, and you can access it from the bottom of your car. The cause of a standard oil leak can be misaligned threads, worn-out threads, or a loose drain plug. It’s simple to spot as there would be new oil around the plug, and it drips down on the side of it.

Oil Filler Cap

Your car has a filler cap that covers where you put oil into the engine. If it is loose, broken, or missing, then the engine’s pressure could make the oil spill out when the vehicle is running. Make sure you get yours replaced or fixed if there is an issue. If you are unsure if it’s your oil filler cap, the experts at Boston Motor Werks are happy to check for you.

Valve Gasket

The valve gasket is known to be one of the most common causes of oil leaks, especially when you have an older car that is used frequently. The valve gasket is a seal that connects the oil pan and engine block, as well as the block and head. When time passes, and sludge accumulates, the pressure increases. Sludge is the oil that breaks down due to temperature exposure. This can cause leaks and seal issues with the gaskets. 

How to Prevent Leaks?

Having regular maintenance and routine oil changes for your car can reduce the problems with oil leaks and help you avoid additional damage to basic engine components, essentially preventing damage and leaks before they happen.

Contact Boston Motor Werks

Do you need help with an oil leak? The luxury car experts at Boston Motor Werks are here to ensure your vehicle is in the best shape possible! We want to make sure your luxury vehicle is safe on the road. Contact us to learn more about our car services and repairs for BWM, Mercedes, Porsche, and Audi vehicles. Give us a call today!

Why Oil Changes Are Important For Your Vehicle

Porsche vehicles in a repair shop

Oil changes on your car should be done every 3,000-5,000 miles. It can also depend on the make and model of your vehicle and what your dealer recommends. Many car owners become lazy when it comes to bringing in their vehicle for an oil change, but it’s important to be proactive when you have a luxury car! Keep your engine and car healthy. Here are some reasons why oil changes are important:

Better Gas Mileage

Gas mileage is significant to be aware of, especially if you drive long distances regularly. Gas mileage and the quality of your car’s oil are dependent on each other, so you should be getting oil changes when needed to help you get better mileage. Taking the time to get to the shop will be worth it! Having consistent oil changes done will help you maintain the best gas mileage your car can get. It will save you money in the end. 

Reduce Engine Buil-Up and Wear

When you bring your luxury car to Boston Motor Werks for an oil change, you will help prolong its life. Oil changes can help remove dirt and build-up in the engine that can cause damage. There can also be sludge that needs to be removed as well. Your engine will run a lot more smoothly! A clean engine works a lot better. Keep your car in the best shape possible so that you’ll be able to drive it for many years. 

Prolong The Life of Your Engine

When you get regular oil changes, your engine will stay alive and running longer. When you go to trade in your car, you will get more money because the engine will still be working efficiently! Other issues within a vehicle are sometimes hard to avoid, but if you can work to make your engine last long, you will be golden!

Engine Lubrication

Engines produce a lot of heat when your car is running. It’s very typical, but you don’t want it to overheat. When you avoid regular oil changes, the chance of your engine overheating is very high. Having your engine properly lubricated will stop overheating from happening. If your engine dries out, you can end up having a lot of problems with your car. Make sure to get your oil changed!

Contact Boston Motor Werks

Are you looking for an oil change anytime soon? At Boston Motor Werks, we make sure your luxury vehicle is properly taken care of! We can provide you with oil change maintenance in Belmont, MA. Contact us to learn more about our BMW, Audi, Mercedes, and Porsche maintenance services. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with our team!

How Do I Know I Need New Brake Pads?

Making sure your brakes are safe and reliable is an essential part of being a car owner. Many people forget about brakes until something goes wrong or you hear a weird sound when you brake. Car owners should be getting brake pads replaced after every 50,000 miles driven. Here are some ways to tell if you need your brake pads replaced sooner:

Maintenance Light Comes On

This is the most straightforward way of telling you something is wrong with your brakes. Especially if you have a newer car, they will usually inform you if something is wrong. If a warning light comes on when you are braking, that means something is going on with your brake system. Bring your car into Boston Motor Werks so our team can address the issue.

Noisy Brakes

When you brake and hear a screeching noise or squeaking noise, that usually means your brake pads have an issue. If you hear a grinding noise, that is metal rubbing against metal. This means that the brake pads are completely worn down, and you should have them checked out immediately. When you hear prolonged noises coming from your brakes, it is best to have them looked at by a professional. Leaving them for too long will cause further damage and cost you more money to get fixed!

Shaky Brake Pedal

Sometimes when the brake pads are wearing down, the brake pedal in your car will not be stable. When you are driving, is your brake pedal shaky? A vibrating pedal can indicate bad brake pads or brakes in general. Try not to drive your luxury car around with a shaky brake pedal for prolonged periods of time. Get it checked out as soon as you can.

Thin Brake Pads

If you suspect your brake pads are wearing down, you can always take a look for yourself. Check between the spokes of the wheels to see the brake pads. If you can tell that they are less than a 1/4 of an inch thick, it is time for a replacement. Driving around with thin brake pads will only make them get thinner. You want to keep you and your luxury car safe on the roads!

Contact Boston Motor Werks

Do you need your brakes looked at? The Boston Motor Werks team is here to help you with brake pad replacement and other brake services. Contact us to learn more about our Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Porsche maintenance, or schedule an appointment. We want to help keep your luxury car in the best possible shape!