Category: Maintenance Tips
Summer will be here soon, and you’re probably already thinking about all the summer trips you have planned. Whether you’re going to see old friends, or to watch the kids graduate from college, one thing that you probably can’t get off of your mind is the gas bill that will come with taking these trips. Gas is already expensive enough, so here I’ll explain how to stretch those gallons a little further so you can increase your gas milage.
If you follow my blog then you have probably already read about the 8 Things to Check on Your Car, in that post I encouraged you to check your tire pressure regularly, and since we’re talking about how to increase your gas mileage, I’m mentioning … Read More »
A very wise man once said to me, “I can make my car go fast, but I want a professional to make it stop.” That’s the way we like to look at brakes at German Auto Tech. The power to apply slight pressure and bring a car going 75 mph down to a dead stop in just a few seconds isn’t something to be treated lightly. We wanted to treat a blog post on brakes to teach our readers what they can do to preserve their brakes, and for those of you local to Memphis, we are also offering a free brake inspection.
Brake pads are made out of many different types of material and I won’t go into detail on all of them, but the only type of brake pads that … Read More »
Lately i’ve noticed a trend in the vehicles that have been coming in for service – dirty fuel filters. Now, when I say “dirty” I don’t mean a “Hmm, that fuel is slightly discolored” kind of dirty. I mean an “I can’t believe this car made it to the shop without breaking down” kind of dirty.
Check out this short video clip that we made here at German Auto Tech. As you can see, the fuel is coming out almost completely black. Had this been left unchecked, the owner could have damaged the car’s engine or ended up stranded on the side of the road.
Whether you drive a Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, or a car of another make, you will eventually have to change the filter. So what are the risks that come with dirty … Read More »
At German Auto Tech, we like to give out free information. This post is all about 8 of the simplest things you can check on your car, no matter what make or model you have. By checking these things you can avoid major problems down the road, and keep your car in optimum condition. Unless otherwise noted, it’s a good idea to check each of these things once per month.
Oil. Always be sure to check oil before starting your car in the morning – a hot engine can give you a false reading. Running your car with too little oil can cause it to overheat and wear down prematurely, and too much oil will create too much pressure in the engine compartment, leading to worn down gaskets and … Read More »
One thing that VW owners frequently ask me about is their timing belt. Many conscientious car owners realize that it’s just as important to change your timing belt as it is to change your oil, with the only difference being that timing belts don’t need to be changed nearly as often.
So, how often should you change it, and what can you do to ensure that your VW timing belt doesn’t snap and leave you stranded? If you ask around, you’ll be told that you should change your VW timing belt anywhere from 50K to 100K miles, which is quite a variance to say the least.
Personally, I believe in early belt changes, (around 60K miles) and no, it’s not just because I’m a mechanic who can replace VW timing belts. I have two … Read More »
Some years ago, BMW introduced extended interval oil changes to their cars. The BMW oil change interval is now 15,000 miles, which, in case you missed it, is 5 times longer than the 3,000 mile interval that seems to have been ingrained in everyones memory. It’s such a difference that BMW owners often ask me if they can really wait that long.
In my experience, BMW seems to have done a pretty good job on this one, but like everything else, there are a few caveats.
First, when it’s time for your BMW oil change, you should only use BMW recommended synthetic oils with approved oil filters. A lot of the technology that allows for extended oil change intervals is based on using more efficient synthetic oil. If you try to go the cheap … Read More »
With many vehicles you can be left wondering if you should replace this or that, or if it’s been too long since X was checked. Sometimes you won’t even realize there is an issue until a you have been handed a major repair bill. Not so with Mercedes.
One of the small joys of owning a Mercedes vehicle is the intricate computer systems that are on board. These computers measure milage, hours on the engine, and other factors, to determine when professional servicing is necessary. As a Mercedes owner, one of the most common services you will need is a Mercedes Service B.
At this point I want to tell you something important: If your car is telling you that it’s time for a Service B, then get it done; if your car isn’t … Read More »