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Mechanic vs Technician

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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.

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What Gives BMW Series 7 Such a Bad Rap?

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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.

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My Mercedes SUV is Making a Grinding Noise and it Doesn’t Sound Good!

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It can be common to hear a noise coming from the undercarriage of many GL, ML and R Class Mercedes-Benz (with the years of these models varying from 2006-2012). It is a pretty horrendous noise that no one can ignore! Mechanics who are not specialized in the repair of Mercedes-Benz are replacing wheel bearings or wheel hubs. This grinding or whining sound mirrors that of these parts wearing out. (This is not to say those parts do not wear out as well.) When these parts are replaced, it does not remedy the sound. An experienced Mercedes specialist will recognize this grinding or winding sound, which increases with speed, as coming from the front differential. What Is The Cause and the Solution? Mechanics who do their research will find the only way to repair this sound is to replace the front differential. This is the method the dealership uses and how …

What Does a Blinking Check Engine Light Mean on a BMW?

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After spending a small fortune on a BMW, the last thing you want is to encounter malfunctions and issues. Unfortunately, no matter how well you care for your beloved vehicle, there is always the possibility that you will run into problems. Fortunately, most BMW dashboards come with a set of indicators that light up when an issue or malfunction is detected. One example of such an indicator is the check engine light. If the check engine light of your BMW is blinking, here is some information about what this may indicate. What Does a Blinking Check Engine Light Mean? Obviously, if the check engine light is on, there is likely an issue with the engine of your BMW. What’s less obvious and more tricky is figuring out the problem that caused the indicator to illuminate in the first place. This is especially true considering that many different issues with different …

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Steps to Take to Diagnose a Land Rover’s Check Engine Light

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You’re driving your Land Rover and everything seems fine until all of a sudden the “check engine” light comes on. The first thing to remember when dealing with check engine light problems is to stay calm and to avoid panicking. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on what to do in case you ever need to deal with check engine light problems. The most common problems to look for will be discussed to ensure that you can resolve the issue as quickly and efficiently as possible before being forced to take your Land Rover into an auto repair shop. Check Engine Light Problems One best practice is to check for the most simple “check engine” problems that could be easily fixed without much effort. For instance, one very common and simple issue is a loose gas cap. Sometimes, when drivers are in a hurry to pump gas, they may …

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Protect Yourself and Your Mercedes from Brake Failure

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Brake failure accounts for approximately 22% of all accidents in the United States. The best way to prevent these accidents is to make sure you are in tune with your vehicle, watching for warning signs, knowing the common types of brake failures, and being aware of any recalls that your Mercedes may have. Below are a few types of common brake failures, warning signs to look for, and potential recalls you may be able to take advantage of. Warning Signs of Common Brake Failures Have you noticed any of these in your Mercedes? If you have, make sure to get your vehicle into Desert Oasis Auto Service & Repair for a thorough inspection. Hot Brakes While this can be caused by a multitude of things, it is commonly associated with the master cylinder or plugged rubber brake hose. Car Pulling During Braking Also commonly caused by a plugged hose, this …

Keep Your Car Out of the Shop and on the Road

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Owning a car comes with a lot of responsibilities, especially if you own the best of the best. When it comes to the upkeep on your vehicle, a BMW or Mercedes may take a little extra effort to really ensure it stays in tip-top condition. You already know it’s the quality of the ride that makes all the difference, but are you sure you’re treating your car the way it needs to be treated? Instead of spending this summer in the shop with one problem after another, we’ll tell you how you can spend your time on the road where it can actually be of some use. One Stop, One Shop Most people don’t necessarily look forward to seeing their mechanic, but there’s definitely a smarter way to do it if you have to go see yours. Instead of repairing things as needed with single parts, you’re almost always better …

6 Parts to Inspect to Avoid Expensive Car Engine Repairs

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Although Benjamin Franklin concluded that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure before the automobile was invented, the old saying certainly applies to regular car care and maintenance. Surprising Car Habits In a survey by the Car Care Council, it was found that 89% of vehicles needed at least one repair or service. A full 25% of vehicles had insufficient oil levels or dirty oil that required an oil change. Frighteningly, 18% needed new belts and 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid. Others needed new air filters or more coolant. A Host of Issues Oxidation, thermal degradation, and compressive heating are all processes that occur in a car’s engine over time. However, oil slows down those processes, while insufficient oil speeds them up considerably. The consequences of increased heating and friction of engine parts due to insufficient oil can be severe. Some of the first parts …

5 Tips To Detect A Leak In Your Land Rover Air Suspension

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An air suspension refers to a form of vehicle suspension that is powered by an engine or electric-driven compressor or air pump. Sometimes referred to as an “air ride” suspension, this feature is fairly common in luxury cars. The main advantage of air suspension in comparison to traditional steel spring suspension is improved ride quality. Not only does air suspension allow for a smoother ride, but it is also typically adjustable. While there are many benefits of air suspension for luxury cars like a Land Rover, you won’t be able to enjoy these benefits if there is a leak. Here are five tips that will help you detect a leak in your land rover air suspension. 1. How High Above the Ground is the Car? The height of the car above the ground is one way you can determine whether there is a leak in the air suspension of your Land …