I need to vent on this one, yesterday while we were doing an alignment I have noticed the rear tires on a M3, down below looks super skinny.
I decided to take a measuring tape to the face of a bunch of tires surfaces area. I have taken measurements on the 5 brands pictured in here, Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone, Continental and Yokohama. You be the judge to see how much you, the client getting cheated by the big fancy (profitable?) tire companies.
The Michelin on the M3 barely passed the 210 millimeters, should be 265 mm. We were doing a very late X5 with the usual staggered fitment rear ones should be on that Pirelli 315 mm. Look at the tape measure barely shows 255 mm. I get upset at this, someone is cheating in here big rubber is doing some funny business.
This is like you order a pound of cold cuts at your grocery store, and they give you 300 grams, what a heck? How many of your tire people will know which tire will give you the widest patch, especially at the chain retail.
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We have compared several brand name tires, by size, with photos next to each other. Tire sizes diameters and widths are different, you need to be careful with your selection as you can see it above.
When, you have a performance car you must have performance brake. Like the first photo from down below. Bentley Continental GT, the front rotors and pads slightly over 3400.00 +installation +tax.
W12 twin turbo 6.2 liter with over 2.5 tonnes at speed needs some serious braking performance to bring to a stop. When you tell us to give you a break, we will literally. Ditto for the second picture, its 2016 BMW M///-X5 monster sized brakes.
We also had a classic Porsche 993 calipers re-manufactured and the entire system replaced with new rotors and pads to make it last for decades to come. We have waited 3 months to have this Porsche’s calipers professionally re-manufactured. I have to note it: We have been looking after this Porsche a decade and a half, thru 2 owners.
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Tires, as I always said, are one of the most important purchases a car owner can make.
Regular professional service is imperative, so we can keep an eye on your vehicles condition. We provide this at no additional charge to our customers as an appreciation for the business on all the cars we maintain and service.
For instance in this case, we have not seen this Mercedes-Benz for forty thousand kilometers. We performed a regular maintenance on the vehicle, and during the complementary check up found both front tires are completely broken, sort of falling apart. Virtually we just saved her life in this particular case.
Take a look at the next photo, I am sure you will agree with me.
Your vehicle is a very complex machine shrugging off regular check ups is dangerous and negligent at best. Regular timely maintenance is vital to your cars life and proper performance after it’s your investment in both ways.
New alloy wheel, performance tire package installed on this BMW.
We offer wide selection off brand name, original and or replica Alloy Wheels for your European import car.
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Ultra luxury cars are expensive and tedious to upkeep, new shoes (brakes) will cost $3480.00 just in parts + installation for this Bentley.
We had an S63 AMG which required new brakes all around each rotor was $1850.00 × 4 + brake pads + installation.
I’m sure you can do the math.
Ditto for some mechanical repairs. They can cost considerable money like this R8 – V8 with severe smoking, where we could not see behind the vehicle.
The repair required the removal of many parts, just to gain access to the faulty components. These cars are a marvel of engineering, except they come at a cost, which should be considered at the time or before the purchase.
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The season is approaching fast, summer is on the way finally. However cold mornings are still here to stay for now, which makes spirited driving tricky especially on worn tires.
Look at the pictures, they can attest to it. 2015 BMW M4 became the victim of the cold road, because of worn performance tires.
Worn Performance Tire
The entire left suspension, the alloy rim, the rest of the suspension links are all bent. Cost of the repair will be over six thousand dollars to bring it back to normal position.
All the parts on the next photo required to be replaced as illustrated.
The owner will be lucky, if the axle shaft the sub frame and the limited slip differential survived this ordeal. Young inexperienced driver, high horse power, worn performance tires on cold road is a dangerous mix, the results speak for themselves.
Underneath the damaged BMW M4
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Motor oil filter failure destroyed one of our customer’s 2015 Porsche Macan S engine. When people going to learn, they get what they pay for? In this case, high end car and a budget oil filter did not match.
This Porsche Macan came in with some knocking sound in the engine. The owner had an oil change done some time ago, at a well know, big Canadian chain’s car service. I wit-hold the chain name for legal reason.
They installed a Korean made oil filter, it get clogged. You can see the filter on the photos down below.
The clogged oil filter contributed to restricting the oil flow, in turn destroying the connecting rod bearings. Modern high performance Porsche engines must have the proper filters, seals gaskets installed or they will self destruct.
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Very busy, got no time in the hurry? Daily car rental is 40 bucks or so, Porsche engine replacement is at least 15 to 20 grand, used engine installed.
Today’s project has been how do extract a severely corroded injector, buried deep in the cylinder head, without damaging the cylinder head and the surrounding areas on a 2012, BMW X5 E70 with the BMW X5 E70?
We pay attention, as it is part of our service package to report, as we did in this case, the importance of the firewall partitions can’t be ignored.
The plastic partitions will break over time from heat degradation and will allow washer fluid, snow, and rain to flood the top of the engine. You can clearly see the pink washer fluid residue on the casting cavity around the injector .
A simple injector replacement became a major undertaking as the washer fluid, which is corrosive fused the injector into the cylinder head.
You can compare the broken partitions at front to the new ones in the box, it’s actually made out of 3 pieces.
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This silly looking but rather important components can cost plenty by damaging vital engine components inadvertently. Took me 4 hours to weld and extract the damaged injector tip.
You can compare them on the picture, the way it should look and the welded corroded tip after hours of struggle.
Proper timely maintenance cost less on the long term. Lucky owner the cylinder head didn’t need to be removed and replaced.
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We get randomly the inquiries to update or replace the E90 M3 S65 engine connecting rod bearings. What is the issue at hand, clients ask?
Please keep in mind this is one of the best high reving normally aspirated V8 engines ever built, one of my personal all time favorite. We recommend to disect the oil filter after every oil change just like every experienced Porsche technician used to or still does on the early flat six water cooled Porsche engines, looking for small metallic pieces is the key in here.
The S65 engine is a purpose built race prepped engine with a rather high rpm which will take its toll on the top half of the relatively skinny connecting rod bearings over time. This engine in various iterations were used by BMW for 12 years as their motor sport engine of choice for all of their race cars on their factory teams.
We recommend to use only the best 10/60 fully synthetic motor oils likeLiqui Moly and supplement it it with the Lm2009 Mos2 additive which is a super fine almost molecular fine graphite substance potentially can help the bottom end bearings to be more resilient over long term.
Here are some pictures to see how the removed bearings look alike if removed, replaced in time.
This particular S65 had a hundred fifty thousand kilometers of spirited driving until this point. Naturally timely oil changes will also help in the long run, it’s rather simply just standard common sense.
I also included a disected oil filter from the same engine. Naturally a pair of sharp eyes are an absolute must to catch this issue at hand and address it in a timely manner.
All light weight, high output four cylinder engines has some weaknesses which is inevitably showing a learning curve from their respective manufacturers.
The issue at hand is multiple fold, in one hand high output is a trend and a side effect of removing friction and removing mass from inside an internal combustion engine. Even tough many of the most well known manufacturers are building engines over a hundred years plus, worth to say no one is exempt from the occasional flop while they are working hard to try to squeeze the most out of this ever shrinking engines.
N20 4 cylinder BMW engine
Here is one example, the BMW N20 4 cylinder engine which has a timing chain issue at hand. Naturally the engine is in typical BMW fashion very innovative except it is prone to timing chain issues which is related to variable oil pressure.
The problem cause by the ECO mode on the automatic transmission, which consequently lowers the engine rpm allowing higher crankshaft oscillations at low engine rpm.
We have performed myriad of chain replacements, naturally with the newer genuine revised components. Timing chain replacement on a BMW N20 4 cylinder engine is a major repair due to the complexity of the proper procedure which must be followed.
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