Engine Life of BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Porsche

What can I do to ensure the longevity of my vehicle’s engine in my BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Porsche?

Maintenance is a key factor in ensuring longevity of a vehicle and its engine. Let’s start with oil changes and what could possibly go wrong with going to a quick lube place.

By simply looking at the quality of oil filters used at some places, we can see a lot can go wrong. Oil filters have serious effects on the health and performance of most modern-day engines.

Most newer engines, take BMW for instance, use a variable oil pressure feed system. This essentially means the volume of oil pump output has been reduced to increase in efficiency which is dependent on the specific engine speed at all times.

Having the wrong oil filter will change the engineered output of the oil pump therefore shortening the lifespan of the engine because its mechanical components are exposed to friction and will degrade overtime.

Oil Filter ComparisonAfter market Mercedes oil filter next to an original Mercedes oil filter.

Furthermore, we have found the oil filter cap has been reinstalled incorrectly and this can have a detrimental effect on the internal engine components. In particular, we have noticed the cage retaining the filter has been disposed off likely because it is quite difficult to remove the filter from this cage and will easily detach if it is pulled hard enough. This will cause numerous lubrication issues and essentially destroys the internal mechanical components of the engine.

Needless to say the type and quality of the motor oil is just as important as the oil filter. The oil is an important component of modern engines and many manufacturers will involve specific oil from leading oil companies that they have tested and chosen to optimize the life, performance, and efficiency of the engine.

It is worth noting that most manufacturers have specific numbers and grades issued by their engineers for the motor oils that should be used in their vehicles. These numbers and grades were chosen by the engineers to optimize the intended efficiency targets.

Each manufacturer will have their own grades and numbers, BMW for example, these numbers and grades can look like LL01, LL04, LL14FE, in Mercedes-Benz they look like this 229.31, 229.5, 229.51 and 229.52, and in Porsche they can appear like A040. According to ACEA, each standard has its own designation and composition certified by their manufacturers.

Modern-day engines are fragile but a marvel of engineering, requiring specific lubricants and filters best suited to the ideal performance of each individual vehicle.

With proper care and maintenance vehicles and their engines can last for considerable distances.

We hope this helps in the long run.

Continuing to look at examples of improper oil changes and use of oil filters, we can see in the photo below the difference between a generic BMW oil filter (left) and an original German Mann & Hummel filter (right).

 

Collapsed BMW oil filter

The generic filter has collapsed, and the paper media has separated from the casing showing the subpar quality of this filter in comparison the original filters we use. The paper media in the generic filter is so thin that the light shines right through it.

This particular engine, 2014 N55 twin turbo, needed a replacement engine which only further substantiates the importance of using the correct oil filter.

Take a look at to the next oil filters. Click on the thumbnail to see bigger photo.

Clogged filter in the middle 1st picture.

On the 2nd picture, the filter with cage detached and cap with missing cage beside it to the left.

The 3rd is cheap aftermarket filter collection and a proper BMW oil filter cap intact beside to the left.

On the 4th photo is a BMW oil filter cap without its cage detached to the left and proper to the right.

Wish you safe motoring and all the best from Techmax Auto Repair  Inc.

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How often should I change the oil in my car?

Whilst car engine and oil technology has dramatically changed which resulted in increased service intervals from 5 thousand kilometers to 15 to 20 thousand kilometers.

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Many car owners are unknowingly imposing upon themselves a false sense of security by assuming that their oil needs to be replaced at 15 or perhaps at 20 thousand kilometers. In this part of the world due to frequent short distance and stop and go city driving you should be servicing your car under severe service section.

Today most car’s engines can last if looked after properly at least a quarter million kilometers, and most will last twice as long.

Oil dilution from un-burned fuel, frequent cold start and water from the combustion process while driven frequently at short distances will damage the engine.

Most drivers don’t realize that the internal combustion engine needs at least twenty kilometers of driving to remove the blow by water and fuel from the motor oil which is the blood of the engine as we all know it.

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Worth to note; Proper high quality oil filter is also equally important to keep all the precious internal mechanical components in great shape to decades or more. More info on oil filters…

Please also pay special attention to specific ACEA designation by each respective manufacturer of all the European automobiles.

We will be happy to assist you if you have any questions, give us a call to 905.795.0419

Thank you for reading.

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Preventative Maintenance and Your Car

We often get the question how can I make my car last longer?

Does not matter what type of car you drive, it can be a domestic or an import, either way the answer is maintenance above all. Proper timely maintenance, tune up and engine service, is absolutely essential for any car, regardless of make or model. It’s in the name of the procedure called preventative maintenance as simple is that.

A little common sense goes a long way,  we have some really long distance driven cars  to prove it.

We recommend oil changes at ten thousand kilometres, use high quality long-life synthetic motor oil.  Than  coolant flush and fill at least every five years, brake fluid service at every second year, transmission and differential, transfer case fluids at every hundred thousand kilometres, the rest should be a breeze.

Most manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche has their own spark plug and filter replacement schedule. They are the minimum standards to follow at least.

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If you have any questions please call as at your convenience.

Oil Change Related Frequently Asked Qestions

1, Why do European cars have such a long oil drain interval?
Because the oil’s quality that we use today. Continue Reading…

2, Why don’t American or Asian manufacturers recommend such long intervals?
North American and Asian Import manufacturers have been quietly increasing their oil change intervals as API standards have improved the quality of the standard oils on the market.  Continue Reading…

3, Why do most quick lubes recommend changing oil every 5,000 kms?
Because the oil quality that they use and because oil is cheaper than a motor: While there will be no damage caused by more oil changes, the environmental impact of unnecessary used oil is a high price for the sense of security it gives. Also more oil changes mean more money for quick lubes places.Continue Reading…

4, What do the numbers on the front of the bottle mean?
They are the viscosity numbers and…Continue Reading…

5, I heard some synthetics are just fancy mineral oils, is that true?
Yes and no… It’s true that some oils called ‘synthetic’ are comprised of severely refined mineral base stock, but there is more…  Continue Reading…

6, What kind of synthetics oil does Total use in their oils?
Total S.A. is a base oil producer. Depending on the application… Continue Reading…

7, What is Low SAPS?
Low SAPS stands for low content of Sulphated Ash, Phosphorus and Sulphur.Continue Reading…

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