mechanic holding a car air filter over an engine

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

Your BMW Will Thank You

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

Keep Out the Pollen!

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

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

It’s Just Good Maintenance

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

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

car driving down a road in spring

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

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?

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.

Determining If Your Porsche Needs An IMS Bearing Replacement

large bearing of a car engine

If you own a Porsche, you’ve probably heard about IMS bearings. This particular part often requires replacement, especially in specific vehicle models. Knowing when to consult a Porsche repair shop about this particular job, though, can be difficult, especially if you don’t know exactly how to tell whether or not your IMS bearing is going bad. As you read this guide, you will find some common questions and answers regarding this topic.

What types of Porsches tend to need this repair?

As a general rule, Porsche 986 and 987 models and early (pre-Generation 2) 987 or 997 models are the main vehicles that require IMS bearing replacements. If you are the owner of a Cayman, you probably don’t need to worry about this issue whatsoever. The same goes for anyone who has a Generation 2 or later 987 or 997. However, if you have any questions or concerns, make sure you talk to a reputable Porsche repair shop in your area.

Why do IMS bearings have problems?

There are a few different theories for why IMS bearing replacements are relatively common on specific kinds of Porsches. One idea is that the IMS bearing actually begins to shrink and leak over time, resulting in an influx of engine oil that strips the grease from the ball bearings, causing them to stop working properly.

Another thought is that the less frequently you drive your Porsche, the more likely it is to need an IMS bearing replacement. The idea behind this is that, once a bearing dries out, it needs the lubrication from the engine oil in order to work at all. If the vehicle isn’t driven on a regular basis, the bearing will just stop functioning altogether.

How can I learn more about this issue?

If you are interested in learning more about IMS bearing problems in Porsche automobiles, there are a variety of online forums you can join. Some of these even feature tips from Porsche enthusiasts for how to prolong the lifespans of the aforementioned bearings. You can also, of course, inquire at a local Porsche repair shop, where our trained Porsche specialists are sure to be more than happy to help you.

If you discover you do need to have your vehicle’s IMS bearing replaced in the near future, make sure you work with a trustworthy mechanic who has experience with luxury foreign vehicles and specifically offers Porsche services. It is important to feel confident that your beloved automobile is in the hands of a Porsche specialist when you take it to get fixed. Contact Boston Motor Werks today for more information on our IMS and other Porsche offerings. 

7 Fall Driving Safety Tips

road in the woods during autumn

With the seasons changing not only will there be the weather changing, but also the driving conditions and hazards to look out for that will be changing as well. The fall is the start of the school season so that means an increase in traffic and children on the road, so you will want to be cautious when driving around school buses and residential areas. Use these seven great driving tips to help you stay safe on the road this fall season as you prepare for the cooler months.

  1. Don’t Brake On Leaves – Wet leaves are almost as slippery as ice, so the same effect of slamming on your brakes on wet leave is the same as on ice; you will slide. Be sure if you are driving slow through an area with a bunch of leaves on the ground that is wet. Leaves can also cover up lane lines and other road markets to be sure to pay attention to the edge of the road and lane lines while driving during the fall.
  2. Avoid Sun Glare – As beautiful as sunrises and sets are, they are difficult to drive in due to sun glare. Your best bet is to have a pair of sunglasses on hand and have a clean windshield to prevent any sun glare while driving.
  3. Use Caution During Rain – A driving 101 scenario, you will want to be cautious while driving during the rain and make sure that you are a good distance away from the car in front of you. You never know when they will decide to slam on the brakes and if you are not ready, and are close behind them, your brakes may not be able to catch you in time due to the wet road conditions. If you find yourself in an area with fog from the rain, be sure to use your fog lights or low beams to drive through the fog. Never use your high beams as the fog will reflect the light back into your face and make driving hazardous.
  4. Be Careful On Bridges – Just like with any part of the road, morning frost and temperature drops can cause icy patches on bridges, overpasses, and in shaded areas. If you are driving in the morning be sure to slow down and drive with caution so you do not find yourself sliding on the ice off the road.
  5. Adjust Your Eyes – The great thing about fall is that you gain an hour of sleep due to daylight savings. The bad part of this is that we will be waking up and heading home from work in the dark. For optimal driving, take 5 minutes to adjust your eyes to the dark so there are no surprises during transit.
  6. Watch Out For Deer – When the fall time comes around there tends to be me more deer on the road. This is because the fall is the beginning of deer breeding season and they are more active. Whether you are on the highway or on a road near the woods, you will want to be on the lookout for deer crossing the road. Running into one of these animals can cause serious damage to your car.
  7. Prepare Your Vehicle For The Weather – As mentioned in our last blog, you will want to make sure your car is ready for the fall. You can do this by checking the tire pressure, replacing windshield wipers, cleaning your windshield, checking fluid levels and so much more. Having your car ready for the fall is a great way to ensure your safety this fall.

For other driving tips and repair services, contact Boston Motor Werks for more information.

 

8 Ways To Prepare Your Car For Fall

As we enjoy the last weeks of August, we need to start thinking about the fall and winter months that are upon us. We usually use this time to switch out summer clothes and equipment and make the fall and winter clothes and equipment more easily accessbile. While doing this you should consider getting your vechile inspected so that there are not any problems once the colder weather arrives. It is common knowledge what the winter months can do to our cars no matter if they are BMWs, Porsches, or Mercedes so the right preparation can lead to a smooth fall and winter without any car issues. Below are ten areas you should check to in to prepare your vehicle for the fall!

Check The Belts & Hoses

With all of the driving that was probably done during the summer months, it can cause wear and tear on the different components of your car. The most popular fixes needed after all this driving are belts and hoses of your vechile. Look out to make sure there are no signs of splitting, fraying, or glazing for both of these items. As these could cause for these pieces to overheat, while it might not seem likely in cooler months, it still is something to be cautious about. Be sure to contact us if you are in need of either a belt or hose repair!

Check The Fluid Levels

A step that should be done reguarly or scheduled, checking and replacing the fluids in your car is an important task for your car’s longevity. This is especially important when the seasons change as levels could be low with the amount of usage during the summer. When checking the fluids of your car you will want to be sure to check the levels of your winshield washer fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluids, and power steering fluids. By checking all of these different fuel systems is vital to making sure you have a car that runs smoothly during the coler months of the year.

Check The Tires

The summer is the peak season for construction jobs and road work, and with this comes a lot of debris on the roads. This debris can easily end up sticking in your tires while you are on the road and could cause issues down the road if not immediate. Be sure to bring your vehicle to a trained technician for proper tire and suspension services that include checking the tread, inflation, and overall condition of your tires. These technicians can also rotate your tires so they wear evenly, make sure there is enough air pressure in the tires, and if need be change your tires to snow tires for the winter.

Check The Oil

Wondering if you need an oil change? The fact you have to think about it is a good indication that you should take your car in for an oil change and other scheduled maintenace for you vehicle. A rule of thumb to go by is to have your oil changed every 5,000 miles, but double check your manual to find the recommended interval.

Check Your Heat

Fall and winter are all about the colder weather and climate so having a car with functional heating is very crucial to survive New England winters. Another aspect of your car you should have checked is making sure the defrost works as a fogged-up window is dangerous especially with winter road conditions.

Check the Brakes

One of the most common car incidents during the fall and winter is that cars slide on the roads do to cold and icy weather conditions. Add this with rain or snow falling down and having bad brakes can lead to a dangerous situation. Listen for unusual noises that may point to having failing brake pads and have your brakes checked by a professional to ensure you are good to drive this fall or winter.

Check The Lights

Fall and winter are darker with the amount of percipiation, cold weather, and literal cloud cover of the sun. For the best and safest driving experience you will want to maek sure all of your lights are working to ensure that no accidents ensue. Lights are indicators to other drivers on the road of your intentions and if any are broken can lead to a crash. Walk around your car while checking each light to make sure they work and keeping mind of your check engine light and dashboard. This dashboard will give you a first response if one of your lights are not working.

Check The Battery

The battery is one of the most important parts of your vehicle as it is one of the compents that need to be working in order for your car to start. Overtime, batteries tend to have signs of corrosion and it is always a safe bet to check on the state of your battery after different seasons as there are different driving conditions. If you need a replacement then you can take your car to a technician to give you a new battery and check the electrical system of your car.

If you would like to have your car checked before the fall arrives, call Boston Motor Werks today!

 

Porsche Has A New Project & It’s Golden

car with a gold cover on top

Porsche has been in the works of a secret vehicle project that they have titled “Classic Project Gold.”
Since July 20th, Porsche has been teasing enthusiasts with new videos  every friday of behind the scenes footage of this exceptional car where they have given the following statment about:

“There are exceptions to the rules.
And there are exceptions to the exceptions.”

This project has been a mystery as Porsche has been doing an exceptional job of keeping details of the projects out of the publics hands until the world premiere on September 27th. Until then we have been keeping up with Porsche for all of the video updates. Below is all of the videos that have been released to date.

Project Gold – The vision. Found and risen.

Project Gold – The refinement. Lacquer and laser.

Project Gold – The craftsmanship. Seam and stitch.

Project Gold – The coating. Protect and preserve.

Project Gold – The marriage. Engine and electrics.

We are very excited to see the final outcome of this secret project and we hope you are too! If you have any questions about our repair services, please contact us today for more information!

Popular Summer Maintenance Tips Part 2

Starting where we last left off in our summer car care blog series, below are additional summer car maintenance tips you should keep in mind before taking your beloved vehicle out for a drive. Keep in mind that taking your beloved BMW vehicle to a trained technician is the most beneficial way to get the best maintenance performed on it.

Additional Summer Car Care Tips

Air Filter

One of the most overlooked parts of a car to check for repairs is the car’s air filter. These maybe are clogged by leaves that might have gotten under the hood of the vehicle during the fall and winter months. In addition, at the start of spring and summer, the amount of pollen in the air can block the pollen and cabin filter systems of your car as well. Be sure to take a look at these different filters to make sure proper air flow can go through them for optimal performance.

Tires

While tires normally should be checked regularly, residents of New England and the Greater Boston area may want to consider checking your tires more often than most. With the unpredictable weather creating potholes along with the endless construction being done on major highways, there are many variables that could cause issues to your tires. The weather changing from season to season can cause the tire pressure to fluctuate, but you should always have your tire pressure be at the PSI noted in the manual. You will also want to check for any stones or debris in the tread of your tires as well as any cracks in the rubber of the tire.

Dashboard Sunshade

If you are considerate about the interior of your car then you should consider purchasing a dashboard cover for both the front and rear side of your Porche or Mercedes vehicle. During the spring and summer when you are not using your car, the inside of the car gets extremely hot and the sun can fade the seats and dashboard without a cover.

Clean The Car

Cleaning your car inside and out does not only make your car look good but it also prevents potential hazards from happening. Over time grime, dirt, fumes from plastic in the sun, etc stick to the windshield and if piled up, can make it hard to see while operating against the sun. Making it hard to see, so be sure to give your car and its windows a good cleaning periodically. Taking your car through car washes to clean the exterior will help protect the paintwork from the sun’s rays as well as any damage from bird or insects.

Riders

When it comes to summer adventures and road trips, it’s important to not only make sure the vehicle is in ready to go for the trip but also the passengers and driver. Ensure you have a checklist of items you will need to make the trip as comfortable as possible while protecting yourselves from the summer conditions.

If you are looking to have your car prepped for the summer, call Boston Motor Werks today to get trained technician repair work done on your car today!