Direct Injection and Carbon Build-Up – Why It Happens and What You Should Do To Prevent It

The check engine light covers many systems and components in your European vehicle. One reason for this combination of issues happening is due to the direct injection engine. These engines are the most efficient at low mileage. As the miles are put on the vehicle, fuel directly injected into the cylinder causes a carbon build-up. The direct injection does not allow for the fuel and its detergent additives to clean the valve and the port. The carbon build-up is the reason for the misfire (rough running engine). This signals the check or service engine light to come on, letting the driver know there is an issue with their engine’s performance. This is a typical problem which plagues these engines when the mileage hits 30-60,000. Continue reading

Should I Repair My Old European Car Or Just Replace It?

This is a question directed to me and my staff at least a half-dozen times over the past 3 months. I felt it may need a full blog post to address it. The last two times the question was asked of us, I had very different responses. This prompted me to write about it. Is My Vehicle Worth It? Continue reading

Volkswagen Engine Rattle Not Just a Noise But a Serious Problem

There is an issue plaguing Volkswagen 2.0 engines (with and without turbo) from years 2008-2013 which can happen at any mileage and at any time. The sound is a rattle that is heard just after the engine is started. The technical background on this issue is that the timing chain tension has lost its ability to keep the tension and the slack causes the rattle in the engine. Thus, the timing chain may jump, causing the engine not to start. Continue reading

Mechanic vs Technician

Today’s automobiles are ruled by on-board computers, electronic modules and at the very least sensors or relays. Each component of these vehicles are high-tech first and mechanical second, leaving the days of our “family mechanic” in the classic salvage yard. Continue reading

Tips for Buying a Used Mercedes-Benz from a Private Seller

When it comes to buying cars there are a lot of rules to follow, and that means there are a lot of mistakes that can be made. When it’s time to make a big purchase like buying a Mercedes-Benz, you definitely don’t want to make any slip ups. Here are some important rules to keep in mind when you go to buy your luxury car: Continue reading

What Gives BMW Series 7 Such a Bad Rap?

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the BMW Series 7 line of automobiles has been critically panned across the board. Luckily, BMW’s newest iterations of Series 7 models for 2016 are far and away surpassing their predecessors. BMW has continually tweaked some features and upgraded others to please customers and car aficionados. Continue reading