Exotic Sport Cars in Our Shop

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Finally spring is here, and exotic sport cars coming out of hibernation, if you ever wondered, yes we do service some of this automotive jewels.

We just recently had an Aventador which had an oil change prior at a quiet substantial price.  According to the client cost him $1300.00 after all said and done unfortunately almost lost his engine as the oil filter has been left loose.

Owner noticed some drips under the car, lucky him being so attentive coming in early, just saved he’s V12 engine. The URUS had it’s first maintenance she is 2019 and sounds just as looks, fantastic.

The Urus is naturally related to Porsche and Audi with an Italian twist and the engine is the new hot V design with reversed cylinder heads and massive turbos in the middle.

The handling and the performance of the Urus is at elevated levels so is the sound true to it’s heritage as every Lamborghini is.

When the “bull ” is on the run you will need serious and special skills to tame it. It’s worth to note on this ultra high performance cars you must increase their maintenance for instance brake fluid flush should be performed every year due to elevated brake temperature if the vehicle is driven as intended.

The same applies for the yearly oil changes and for instance with the Urus one must use 508.00 specific synthetic motor oil as specified by the manufacturer as there is a serious reason for it.

Modern motor oils are engineered specifically to their manufacturers engine. All the special European oil approvals (ACEA ) and the manufacturers approval should be followed closely.  This is no longer is just a simple oil change as it used to be.

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BMW performance upgrade with Noelle Software

As a BMW specialist and enthusiast (my first BMW was an E30 – 325, then a E36 M3 and an E90 M3 for 7 years each), we know BMW cars very well and have advanced knowledge of BMW’s in general.

Naturally we can help you to enhance, optimize your BMW performance in particular M vehicles, as there is a lot of room for improvement. For that reason, we recommend Noelle Performance Software .

We teamed up with a well known German tuner Noelle (Karl Otto Noelle whom used to be an Alpina engine builder). Currently we are the only Canadian Noelle authorized dealer north of the border.

Why did we choose Noelle? The experience and know how is the main reason, furthermore there are no data has been falsified, no add on or dubious parts added, no cutting, splicing, no messing with the factory installation required. It’s only meant to enhance and work together with all the other components, like transmission and active differential and stability control system unlike  most other piggy back add on systems.

When all said and done a late model F90 – M5 will make 850 horsepower and 740 pound feet of torque, literally a 151 horsepower shy of the Bugatti Veyron at a fraction of the cost of the Bugatti. Also you can sit five people in the M5 comfortably, which can’t be said by most other cars in the same league.

The best part, it’s a clean effortless upgrade, and it’s emission legal as well. Noelle is so confident in their software enhancement, they will overwrite the remaining warranty on your BMW as long as you have it maintained on a revised more rigorous maintenance schedule at Techmax Auto Repair Inc. with specific oils and fluids to ensure drive train performance and longevity, even at the revised elevated performance.

How does it work? The software updates the entire vehicle, in a intelligent way by allowing all the components working together to enhance your BMW performance to nearly hyper car level at a reasonable cost.

Any questions, how may we help? Give us a call. Telephone: 905.795.0419.

Best regards,

Attila Jaszai
Techmax Auto Repair Inc.
1011 Meyerside Dr. #9
Mississauga, ON, L5T-1K8

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No charge spring inspection with oil change

Long and hard Canadian winter takes toll on our vehicles. Spring is one of the best times for car maintenance, spring maintenance is crucial to vehicle safety and longevity. At first we change your tires  over to summer, or all season tires, but there are many more things that should be done on your car, before you start putting your spring road trip plans into action.

Perhaps an oil change? Which takes us to some parts of the car should be closely inspected for possible degradation or component failure.

Look at the photos down below, worn joints, broken springs,  which could have catastrophic consequences. We often see coil springs break suddenly, without warning puncturing or damaging tires at best, causing a collision at worst.

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Damaged Suspension Parts

We also seen driveshaft joint failures which could cause all sorts of problems, notwithstanding damaging engines or transmissions when they detach themselves and hitting components around them.

Coil springs always should be replaced in a matching pairs to keep the vehicle in level.

We provide a complimentary inspection at no charge with any oil change for your convenience.

What we check?  Suspension system, break system – rotors, cylinders,  brake lines. Your car fluids level, the wiper blades, electrical system (lighting, and charging system) and we lubricate your car’s chassis parts.

Any questions, how may we help? Give us a call. Telephone: 905.795.0419.

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COVID-19 & Your Car Climate Control System

We would like to announce a special climate control service, which may help remove most pathogens, including viruses to prevent an infection.

To do our part we will sanitize, clean your vehicle’s heating and air conditioning (climate control) system by applying a special cleaning agent and installing an extremely efficient cabin air filter, which contains a special anti viral poly-phenol and activated charcoal layers to trap any possible infections from air borne bacteria and volatile organic compounds as well.

High Performance Cabin Air Filter

Please note this particular high performance, specialty cabin filter, at left, is not available from their respective vehicle manufacturers as it is an improved version of the regular cabin filter assemblies.

The two application together will kill all the present contamination and meant to remove all the incoming pollutants bacteria, volatile organic compounds and the exhaust fumes by neutralizing most pathogens to help you breath cleaner air while travelling within your vehicle.

Please inquire within-only by appointment and subject to availability.

climet control service Special climate control service for Benz & BMW to remove most pathogens from the cabin and from the air conditioning system.

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Our mission is to provide you and your family( our clients ) with a unique health conscience service as your health is our main business and #1 priority, therefore we are still offering:

    • No contact vehicle drop off and pick up if you feel more comfortable to conduct your vehicle service that way.
    • We have a drop box by our front door to the left of the building where you can place your vehicle’s key into an envelope and describe the work you would like us to perform. You will need to put a dollar amount you authorize (with your signature please) to perform, which we can quote you over the phone.
    • We are offering you a convenient, over the phone payment, by credit card.
    • We also can lock your key in the vehicle for no contact pick up, if you have a spare key, if not we can coordinate it with you to make it convenient and touch or contact less if you are concerned.
    • We are disinfecting sanitizing the keys upon pick up and return and all our employees will be wearing disposable protective gloves to keep you and your family safe.
    • Naturally we do sanitize the doors the handles and the waiting area multiple times daily if you decide to come in in person.

Please read our full article about what we do as a car repair shop to flatten COVID – 19’s curve.

Thank you for your business and support. Appreciate your understanding, all the best and stay safe.

Attila Jaszai
President of Techmax Auto Repair Inc.

Telephone: 905.795.0419

 

Techmax Auto Repair Inc. is Open for Business

The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, and we at Techmax Auto Repair Inc. continue to watch it very closely.

As a car repair shop, the health and safety of our customers, our business  partners (part suppliers) and our team members remains our top priority.  My goal is to serve our costumers needs and prevent and minimize the risk of transmission of this virus and to flatten the curve.

However, to protect our costumers more, we had to make some changes, even though in the shop, and the waiting room  we’ve always had high sanitizer and cleanliness standards.  We have always kept both, the shop and the waiting area (including the bathroom) clean and spotless, but because of COVID-19 we’re implementing extra sanitation process multiple times daily.

Due to COVID-19,  for your safety and health, we are limiting the number of clients in the waiting area currently to 2 person at the time, as it’s is the law for social distance by the health authority.

As I said at above, our clients health is our main priority, therefore:

    • We are offering a no contact vehicle drop off and pick up if you feel more comfortable to conduct your vehicle service that way.
    • We have a drop box by our front door to the left of the building where you can place your vehicle’s key into an envelope and describe the work you would like us to perform. You will need to put a dollar amount you authorize (with your signature please) to perform, which we can quote you over the phone.
    • We are offering you a convenient, over the phone payment, by credit card.
    • We also can lock your key in the vehicle for no contact pick up, if you have a spare key, if not we can coordinate it with you to make it convenient and touch or contact less if you are concerned.
    • We are disinfecting sanitizing the keys upon pick up and return and all our employees will be wearing disposable protective gloves to keep you and your family safe.
    • Naturally we do sanitize the doors the handles and the waiting area multiple times daily if you decide to come in in person.

Please feel free to call to consult with us over the phone. We are here to help much as we possibly can to make this difficult times somewhat easier.

We promise to serve our clients the best we can, and to simply do the right things in a complicated time.

Thank you for your business and support. Appreciate your understanding, all the best and stay safe.

Telephone: 905.795.0419

Attila Jaszai
President of Techmax Auto Repair Inc.

2013 BMW X3 Timing Chain Issue

Here is a perfect example of how to fix a serious problem with a little cleverness.

A 2013 BMW – X3  came in the shop today, with the usual timing chain issue. The engine stopped due to the timing chain literally jumping over as the guides shared off from the chain rattling around loose already.

Unfortunately the center guide rail got jammed between the loose chain and a broken guide piece breaking the upper support of the chain guide which is part of the camshaft journal and not sold separately.  In fact it is part of the cylinder head so replacing it would require a another cylinder head to resolve.

We decided it would be just as good of a solution to weld the broken piece by a professional welder and I made an additional stainless piece to give it extra strength so this would never break ever again.

We could have said to this client sorry not much we can do in here, other than replace the cylinder head.

However we found  a solution, this is what we are good at trying to find an affordable and reliable solution to the problem at hand.

The red arrow on the top, bigger photo is pointing to the broken camshaft journal end. On the other pictures it has been weld and reinforced.

 

Any questions how may we help? Call us. Telephone: 905.795.0419

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Shop Closure Due to COVID-19

Dear Clients,

Due to Peel Region Health Department’s initiative, because of COVID-19 pandemic, we need to temporary close our shop, until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.

You can reach us by e mail at techmaxauto @ gmail.com or techmaxauto @ techmax.ca or techmaxauto @ hotmail.com. As an alternative, you can contact us via our Facebook.  We will try our best to answer your questions and concerns.

We will update you with the latest info, as soon as we know more.

Thank you for your support appreciate your business. We wish you and your family and friends all the best. Stay safe.  We are here to help as much as we possibly can to get thru the epidemic together.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,

Attila Jaszai
Techmax Auto Repair Inc.
1011 Meyerside Dr.#9

Self driving cars bandwagon

For starters let me say, I love technology and progress in general. I lived thru some drastic changes since I started working on cars, officially since 1976.

We are on the verge of a major shift and change of the electrification of the automobile. Just to clarify things, I have been driving hybrids for over 8 years now and the progress is or has been amazing. There are a lots of incredible achievement in most cars, except we are reaching a disturbing trend by stuffing modern cars full of electronics, and high tech sensors for the sake of minor improvements. We have this gigantic hype called self driving cars in general.

We already have ADAS (automated driver assistance system) except it’s like a run away train. The cost of servicing or repairing this fragile systems is completely out of hand or reality.

Did you know, if your car has ADAS system, then in the event you have to remove your bumper or your mirrors or anything within the system it must go thru a costly system calibration? In the event you nudge the front of your car on a snow bank or anything else, the system must be calibrated again or you will have the annoying warning on your dash.

I have seen an invoice for a Porsche Macan after an accident, alignment with ADAS calibration at 900 dollars. So how much are you willing to sacrifice for your assisted driving, is the real question.

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Let’s start with the evolution of headlights for comparison sake. The halogen light bulb used to be say 10 dollars H4, then we went to high pressure H7 bulbs 15 dollars. Next step was the HID system, which uses a special high voltage bulb with mercury salt, has been say 140 dollars. Additionally there is a module which may cost 500 to 1200 dollars, plus in all the German made cars, there is a mandatory self levelling light system on top.

Now we progressed to LED headlights, which theoretically should need no parts, except when thinks go wrong. We just had a relatively late model Mercedes, S550, 2015 with the headlight on one side dropping out at randomly. It needed 2 modules, approximately 1200 dollars, but to get to the headlights, you need to remove the front bumper, the front grill, the inner fender linings, and a lot of components. Check the photos out at next.

Head Lights Replacement on Mercedes Benz S550

Mercedes headlight repair

Let say you damage any of those high tech headlights, you can buy them for 3450 dollars each + the modules for 1200 dollars on top plus installation that is per side.

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Let me elaborate a little further, in order to install those modules you must have the proper diagnostic equipment, so you can scan the QR code on the headlight and then you can download the proper coding for that particular headlight into the diagnostic equipment and run system calibration. Then the lights will finally light up and work again.

Today’s modern cars run a hundred million lines of codes to be able to interact with the driver behind the scenes. We are just about add a tenfold increase of electronics to this already super complex vehicles at what cost, may I ask?

Did anyone ever asked, how and whom is going to pay when things go wrong? I just thinking, when we went from a 15 dollar light bulb to the LED lights, what was the percentage of the real improvement? Like 40 or 50 percent better or say 80 percent better, at what cost?

I’m afraid, we are jumping on the self driving car bandwagon, what will it cost to have this fully automated sensor and specialty camera loaded cars to fix if things go wrong?

We should perhaps slow down and ask some serious questions.

Any questions, how may we help? Telephone: 905.795.0419

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My car’s engine burns a lot of oil

We often get the question why is my car burning so much oil? The answer lies in the details, for instance we have here 3 different pistons from 3 different era. They are about a decade apart from each other. Take a close look at the oil rings on the pistons. The first one is the thickest at 3.98 mm, this one is the oldest piston. The next at the middle from a MINI, it is a little thinner.  The last one is the dirty looking one, which is covered in carbon at 1.98 mm and appears to be super thin.

BMW pistonsInternal Combustion Engine Pistons

That dirty looking piston with the super thin piston rings on it  from a 2013 BMW 328xi with the N20 engine. Why is it so thin you may ask?

The #1 reason  is to reduce friction and increase the fuel economy which has been legislated and called the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy in short CAFE). The manufacturers must comply with a mandated fuel economy which is for stage 1 we already passed in 2016 and the next stage is set for 2025. Today ICE (internal combustion engines in short) must leave up to strict fuel and emission standards, doing so the manufacturers are looking to maximize the ICE fuel economy by the means of minimizing the energy required to move the internal components.

This a phenomenon on all late model modern engines, so what can be done about it?

You as a consumer must stay on top of things for instance follow a schedule for your oil service based on your driving habits. Choose a knowledgeable service facility to help you reduce your engines oil consumption by using the best possible high tech motor oil for the application, this should be determined by experience not by convenience.

You also need to remember, to make your engine last, you must have it running at least half an hour to 45 minutes to be able to get the oil circulation heat up and perform a self clean internally. The low tension skinny piston rings will allow more water to condense into the motor oil, which will be accelerating the internal engine wear prematurely.

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How does it work? This is the chemistry, which makes your engine tick HC, (hydrocarbon) fuel when burns in the combustion chamber with O/2 (oxygen). It will create a by product H2O (water) that water or steam is visible in cold start say in -10C or bellow. That steam or water vapour is always present at all the time so some will pass by the skinny rings and will condense into the motor oil.

This has 2 effects, one it will dilute the motor oil, 2 it will sink to the bottom of the oil pan if the engine runs extremely short distances. This acidic water will sink to the bottom of the oil sump and at next cold start the engine will get water pumped to it’s internal components instead of motor oil, as we all know water is a terrible lubricant. The only solution, especially on the German vehicles, the operator, driver must heat up the oil extensively so the crankcase ventilation system can handle the excess water which gets vaporized and get send back into the engine combustion chamber and will be expelled in the process.

So in short as the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you will loose it. Perhaps should rephrase it, if you don’t use it long enough you may loose it a lot earlier stage than you should be, is the ultimate motto for this.

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The Famous N20 Engine Timing Chain Issue

The weakest link on the BMW N20 engine is a common timing chain failure, due to the guides breaking from the chain oscillations. The timing chain in most cases will rattle, oscillate wildly and in the process will break pieces off the chain guide, which will get picked up or sucked up by the oil pump which destroys the engine suddenly in the process.

The broken guide pieces may block the entire pick up screen for the engine oil pump which will seize or destroy the engine components, due to sudden lack of lubrication.

The real cause in my opinion is the ECO mode which is the default mode in the transmission after every single start of the vehicle. The chain oscillations are caused by the transmission selecting the highest possible gear with the lowest possible engine rpm to maximize the efficiency of the engine as it has been mandated by the CAFE (corporate average fuel economy in short). We had the first stage of the CAFE mandated for 2016 the next stage is proposed for 2025. The real issue at hand unfortunately is the 8 speed automatic transmission, which is programmed to provide the best possible gas mileage, which in this case is counterproductive as it will lag the engine at very low rpm to minimize fuel consumption and to maximize the efficiency of the engine.

BMW N20 engine repair because of timing chain failure.

BMW N20 engine repair

The N20 will fire at every half turn which is 180- degrees this will (two full turns equates to 720 degrees for all the 4 cylinders to be fired) which is problematic for the single row timing chain. I can tell you from the past, the last generation 4 cylinder sold in this part of the world was the M44 (before was the M42) which had a dual row chain to prevent this issue to happen.  So why did they switch to a single row timing chain system you may ask?

This is all done to maximize efficiency and to reduce the internal drag of the engine and it’s components.   Back then there was no CAFE standards, manufacturers were left to build whatever they deemed fit for the purpose.

This cars are equipped with a standard transmission in Germany, so they will get a work out when they are driven to the Autobahn. In North America every one of these cars are equipped with an 8 speed automatic transmission.

How can you prevent this problem? We recommend to flip your selector to sport mode after start and don’t be afraid to give your engine a work out, after all it was built for the Autobahn.  You can switch back to ECO mode to reduce the fuel consumption, when you drive on the highway at higher speed.

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This cars are meant to be driven spiritedly on the Autobahn. This doesn’t mean you have to drive it all the time as a maniac, it means keep the rpm at least medium or higher much as you can.  Naturally always use proper oil and filter, at more frequent intervals, than recommended by the manufacturer. You won’t believe how many inferior oil filters we find and replace on this cars where they got some cheap inferior filters installed elsewhere.

In case you are interested in a ECO car you may want to consider an i3 or other hybrids, perhaps a hybrid BMW and or a Prius.

You also should have your vehicle serviced by a specialist, a BMW technician, so we can give you an early warning which may prevent permanent engine damage. There are tell-tale signs of this issue for a trained seasoned BMW technician, this is what we are good at. We’re working on European cars since 1976.

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A perfect example of a BMW N20 engine failure because of timing chain issue.