Proper Maintenance of European Cars

Maintenance is #1 to any machine.  Proper maintenance to modern cars is absolutely essential.

Essential Maintenance

Performing the essential maintenance with the right fluids designed for the vehicle is an absolute must.

Naturally we do have a plethora of pictures of vehicles where the wrong fluids were used or maintenance was performed late.   The damage is caused by it, could get really expensive to correct.

Here is a partially encrusted AMG engine with too late oil changes and wrong oil has been used to top up the oil level. It will have dire consequences in the long term.

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Engine Oils & Manufacturer’s Recommendations

Let me explain please: If you use an oil in your car other than that specifically recommended by the manufacturer you will cause major damage to very expensive components in your car’s engine.

Today’s engines are designed and engineered with a specific way hence their manufacturer engine  specific approvals, which may or may not similar to the oils being sold at retail stores.

The old viscosity and API approvals are long gone.  Most manufacturers are very strict in their own special (concoction) a special chemical composition which is by itself is literally a science.

All this effort is being put into the goal to reduce friction, pumping losses and minimize engine wear on today’s super efficient but fragile engines.

On a high performance, AMG engine, one improper oil change can result in thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The other picture is a Mini Cooper S with a major and massive cooling system failure.  Wrong fluid used to top the cooling system up, which caused a complete cooling system failure.  The entire cooling system needed to be repaired.  It took considerable effort to minimize the damage.  The water pipe and  water pump essentially removed.  All the hoses to be cleaned  and flushed multiple times.

Modern high tech European cars are designed with very vehicle specific lubricants. Fluids with an exact chemical composition are essential to have your fine car last and perform as intended.

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BMW Mercedes Diagnostics Test

Our clients ask us often: Do we charge for diagnostics?

Issues with BMW that no Diagnostics Test Would Find Out

In short yes we do, but let me explain.  There are  3 perfect examples of modern BMW,  Mercedes  issues which no scanner would ever find out, no matter where it was made or designed .

Case number one is a well maintained BMW X3 with  random misfire, at idle only and only intermittently. At first we checked all the usual culprits like fuel and spark management. Just to be sure we checked again.  We found everything in working order. The only thing left out is air management.

N52 BMW engine is Operated by Valvetronic System

The air gets in when the valve opens. There has been no misfire at cold start only. But as the engine started to slow down after cold start, the misfire would return.

This N52 BMW engine is operated by valvetronic system. It starts with a maximum lift of 8.5 mm of all the valves to aid in starting,  then will reduce the valve lift to a single valve only to 0.3 mm .

Knowing how the system works is job#1.  After shutting down the engine it goes into maximum lift,  therfore when we disconnected the hall sensor for the valvetronic, she reverts back to regular engine operation by using the throttle body.

There was a smooth idle in that case which confirmed there is an air management issue at hand. Before going to check the eccentric shaft or rocker we removed the intake manifold to inspect the inlet port. Than we found a broken flap embedded in the intake port, blocking the air path into #6 cylinder hence the misfire issue at idle only.

 A Seized Turbo Charger

The second case was a seized turbo charger pin to the wastegate where the owner got quoted 3 thousand to replace.  It took a little effort and some time to unseize the pin.  We lubed it, tested it. Passed the test and 3 thousand dollars is saved by checking the wastegate operation.

Case #3; The Lamborghini  Aventador at above, wouldn’t start.  Started with a low voltage issue which prompted a battery replacement.  After all it was caused by the hydraulic pump which issue is promptly fixed and car is back on the road. Check our Facebook out for more Lamborghini’s photos.

This 3 examples I brought up, just to show you;  We don’t charge for diagnostics, we charge for knowledge.

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