Mercedes Service B Explained
Friday, October 5th, 2012
Sooner or later, your Mercedes will need what is usually called a “B” Service. Of course, you will want to take your fine German machine to a qualified and reputable service and repair workshop to perform scheduled maintenance.
Service B inspections will be required depending on your mileage. FSS (aka Flexible Service System) was used from 1998 through 2004. This is the on-dash reminder for those model years.
On some models in 2003-04, it was the Flexible Service System Plus. On the later model Mercedes, (making life easier and the air cleaner) Mercedes-Benz has designed the vehicles to alert owners when scheduled maintenance is needed using the MBMS, (Mercedes Benz Maintenance System). This was the advanced system that “reads” the oil condition. …
The Audi A Series: Practicality versus Performance
Monday, August 20th, 2012
While an Audi R8 might be on your list of exotic lust cars, chances are one of the models in the A Series is a better fit for your budget and demands of everyday life. Still, the A Series Audi is known for providing plenty of road-gripping thrilling moments.
When it comes to practicality versus performance, there are some shakeups between the 2012 and 2013 A Series models. Like other automakers, Audi is turning once more to smaller engines and forced induction to give customers a high performance experience. For example, the 2012 A8 comes with an impressive 4.2 liter V8 engine that produces a peak 372 horsepower and 328 pounds-feet torque.
Tips on Picking Used Audi A Series Cars
Saturday, August 11th, 2012
When it comes to buying a used Audi you expect that you’ll be getting a quality car, but what should you keep an eye on to make the most of your investment?
Here is something to consider.
Auto Body Repair Fail Stories
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
How would you like it if your local Doctor was cruising a parking lot and told you he could do “minor work” for you, cheaply and “right on the spot”? That’s right–a procedure in the parking lot! Okay–thankfully, it’s not your doctor doing this, but there are people offering quick and cheap auto body repair as they cruise business parking lots for slightly dinged cars and willing clients.
Fire Season Auto Care
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Fire season in the West is here.
If you find that you have been driving in an area where the air is full of smoke, you will want to be sure that you change your air filter more often. It does not take too much contamination to cause your gas mileage to drop. If you have been driving in that dirty air and your gas mileage seems to drop, it could be a sign that the air filter is clogged with debris.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – The Car Show
Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Some of the great summer events in the Bay Area are upon us with wonderful car shows, auctions, races and more. One of the most famous auto events in our area is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that takes place Sunday, August 19th.
The Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding and Company on August 18th and 19th, 2012, will have a very special Mercedes up for public auction for the first time –the elegant, all black, 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster–once owned by Baroness Gisela von Krieger of Prussia. The current owner (who is only the 3rd caretaker of the beautiful vehicle) commissioned a complete restoration and actually won the Best of Class honor in the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours ‘d …
Basic Function BMW VANOS System
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Ahh… the mysterious VANOS of your BMW engine.
VANOS for timing was used beginning in 1994 with a single VANOS. This particular picture is a duel VANOS unit that is used in models years 2000-2003 in M5’s and Z8’s.
The VANOS has the ability to adjust the valve timing which improves the engine power dynamics and reduces the tailpipe emissions. It optimizes the camshaft angle for all ranges of the engine operation, as both intake camshafts, and exhaust camshafts are continuously adjusted to the optimum.
What is a Fan Clutch?
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
A Fan Clutch is just another automotive part of that cooling system in your BMW. It is designed to allow your engine to warm up quickly, reduce horsepower drain on the engine, reduces drag, and therefore improves engine efficiency. Your fan clutch plays a very important auto part in keeping your BMW cool. Failure of this component would result in an overheat condition that could damage your engine.
Tips To Avoid Convertible Top Repair
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ahh the feeling of the summer air, breeze and sunshine as you drive in your convertible. Nothing beats it. Unless you have screwed up your convertible top! If you don’t have a convertible, but are thinking seriously about buying one, here are some things to consider.
Let’s face it, that coolness that comes with your Audi, BMW, MINI, or Mercedes convertible is high maintenance. Yes, I said it! Convertible tops are high maintenance. There is no question that in the later models, they look better than ever and operate smoother and better than ever. But, they do have to be “babied”.
What Does Check Engine Light Mean
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Help! “Check Engine Light” was on, but I drove for a while and now it’s off. What’s with that?
Your MIL light, (Check Engine Light, also called Service Engine Soon light in some BMW years/models), turns on when a fault, (Diagnostic Trouble Code aka DTC) is detected related to emissions and your OBDII(Onboard Diagnostics, second version). It is about clean air.