5 Porsche Winter Storage Tips

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Owning a Porsche is something to be proud of. A car that nice is an investment, to say the least, so making it last should be a priority. One of the best ways to extend the life of your Porsche is by storing it through the cold winter months. That winter storage process includes much more than just parking it in the garage though!

 

Porsche Winter Storage Tips

 

1. Prepare Engine and Fluids

 

Before parking your Porsche, get an oil change and top off all of the fluids under the hood. When the oil is being changed, it’s a good idea to change the oil filter too. If you feel confident enough to prepare the engine and fluids yourself you can but taking your Porsche to a Porsche maintenance specialist is the best way to ensure it’s done right.

 

2. Overinflate Tires

 

You may think overinflating your tires is a big no-no and normally, you’d be right! Cold temperatures can change the tire pressure in your vehicle even if it isn’t being driven. Avoid flattened tires this winter by filling your tires 8-10 psi higher than they need to be. This should be done when the tires are cold to get the most accurate psi reading.

 

3. Invest in a Car Cover

 

Car covers can be purchased for both indoor and outdoor storage. It’s important to buy a high-quality car cover rather than trying to find a cheap one that won’t do the job well. Car covers protect against dirt, dust, and other debris that could mess up the paint on your Porsche.

 

4. Fill the Tank

 

Airspace in your gas tank provides the perfect environment for harmful condensation. Prevent this by filling your tank right before putting the Porsche in storage. You should always use premium grade gas when filling up your tank.

 

5. Lower Windows

 

Lower your windows just enough to take the pressure off the seals along the top. This will help the seal to last longer and provide some airflow to the car too! Airflow is the best way to prevent unnecessary moisture and condensation from forming as temperatures fluctuate.

 

Follow these tips to keep your Porsche looking, and running, as good as it possibly can! With proper winter storage, getting your Porsche back on the road in the spring will be a breeze. For any questions or concerns regarding storing your Porsche this winter, contact a Porsche maintenance specialist like Boston Motor Werks!

5 Common BMW Issues You May Run Into

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Owning a BMW or any other type of luxury car is a wonderful experience. You get to cruise your favorite roads while basking the presence of amazing craftsmanship and luxury automakers. However, just like with any normal car, a BMW overtime will need repairs and maintenance done to make sure it is operating at optimal levels. With all types of repairs, it is better to have a vast knowledge of what issues your car may run into so you can handle them as quickly as possible. Repairs left undone could turn into bigger and more costly problems down the line. For BMW cars, there are a few brand-specific problems that have come up in the past that have become “common” to BMW owners. Below is a list of the most common issues you should expect to run into so you can plan accordingly.

5 Common BMW Problems You May Run Into

 

Steering Wheel Vibrates When Braking

BMW cars are great for moving quickly, being agile, and looking sporty but have had issues in the past when the brakes are applied. Although mostly seen with the 3 series, the steering wheel of the BMW will constantly vibrate when braking. This problem could get worse if not looked at and the vibrations could get worse down the road. This is when you should take it into a BMW specialist to possibly repair the wrap rotors of your BMW.

Oil Leaks

If you are a frequent driver that racks up a lot of miles over time, then you should be wary of oil leaks. BMW users have frequently complained of oil leaks when dealing with a BMW vehicle that hs over 55,000 miles on it. The most common issue that causes this leak to happen is valve cover gaskets and oil pan gasket malfunctions. If this happens make sure you bring your vehicle to a shop to check out the oil and other fuel systems.

Power Steering Leak

If you ever see leaked fluid and/or hear screeching noises while steering then your power steering fluid is most likely leaking. A leak in the power steering oil reservoir usually comes from a faulty hose. This is a serious issue that needs to be checked immediately as it affects the safety of your vehicle as well as the functioning of your car while driving.

Sputtering

Sputtering usually happens when you are accelerating or moving at a high speed in your BMW. This issue is caused by a high-pressure pump malfunction. When the pump is malfunctioning the stream of fuel being pumped into the engine is inconsistent and may lead to a failure to turn over if it is not looked at right away.

Electronic Problems

The most common issue with common European cars is that there tend to be electronic problems over time and this has happened over multiple series of BMW vehicles. With improper wiring systems, there could be a development of constant faults with some electronics of the car such as the AC not coming on, the wipers not working, etc. Regardless of what you are dealing with, the team at Boston Motor Werks has the skills and experienced necessary to tackle any electrical or programming issue your BMW may run into.

 

Are you a BMW owner and have an issue with your beloved vehicle? Give Boston Motor Werks a call or stop by our shop in Belmont, MA for more information and set up an appointment!

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.