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Tick, Tick and My Car Won’t Start. Temperature Gauge is in the Red. What is Going On?

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It never fails… the heat brings out the worst in the European car in Las Vegas. We see it every year. The top two things we run into during the rising temperatures are dead batteries and overheating cars. Tell me the temperatures are going up to 100 degrees and I am going to double up on our batteries and coolant supplies. The makes we service: Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen, all have one thing in common when it comes to their batteries… heat kills! Before a battery goes dead in one of these vehicles, you may experience a low-voltage light or the vehicle may take a bit longer to start up in the morning. You may consult your auto care center to see where the voltage is on your battery and if it is holding a charge. Services to replace the batteries are becoming more complicated. …

Repair Costs

Scrimping on Car Maintenance Today May Cost You More Tomorrow

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Whether you seek an independent repair shop or a dealership, you will be spending money on your vehicle services or repairs. The amounts are completely up to you.

Just to help car owners, I will define these two terms. Service is the maintenance of (by mileage or time) a vehicle to keep it running at manufacture’s specs. Repair is required when parts fail, break, or wear-out. Parts do wear-out often. It will happen eventually. But service is required to help minimize the repairs and their costs.

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Transmission Issues: Hard Shifting, Gear Ratio Faults, and NO Reverse

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My Audi is revving up before it slams into second gear. My BMW is hard shifting into third gear. Wow! My Range Rover says, “restricted performance visit workshop”. My Jaguar will not drive over 35 mph. Someone said this is “Limp Mode”? My Volkswagen is stuck in park? My Land Rover won’t go in reverse. What should I do?

These are all good indicators that these vehicles may need a transmission repair. All is not lost if this is the case. In many instances, it may be the valve body that malfunctions before the transmission goes bad. The valve body controls the shifting point in the transmission. In these scenarios, you should seek a professional technician in your make and model to get a correct diagnostic report with pricing. In some cases, it can simply be a computer update. This which would be the best scenario.

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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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Is 1 of These 4 Problems Why Your Car Stalled While Driving?

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One day, you’re on your way to work or out doing errands, and your car has died while driving and refuses to restart. Find out why this might have happened and what you may be able to do to get it back on the road again. The Top Reasons Why Your Car May Have Died While Driving 1. No Fuel. Seems obvious, but it happens. Either you’ve forgotten to fill up the tank and now you’ve run out, or there could be a problem with the fuel injector. Try putting a gallon or two of fuel in the car. If that doesn’t work, it’s probably a clogged fuel injector or faulty fuel pump, and that’s going to need replacing. 2. Bad Alternator. Alternators charge the battery and power the electrical system when the car is running. Therefore, a faulty alternator equals no power. Although it is a simple component with only …

4 Steps: What to Do When Your Car Dies While You’re Driving

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There’s nothing quite as heart pounding as when your car starts giving you trouble while you’re driving in traffic. Why does such a thing happen? And what steps can you take if your car dies while you’re driving it? 5 Reasons Why Your Car Dies While Driving Being out of fuel. It happens to the best of us. If this keeps happening to you, though, you may want to have someone take a look at your fuel gauge as it could be giving you a false reading. Alternator issues. When there is something wrong with the alternator, the car runs off of the battery. The battery can only run for so long before it’s completely drained. Malfunctioning ignition switch. When the ignition switch is worn down, there can be a loss of power to the engine because of vibration like hitting a rough patch of road. This loss of power …

5 Key Essential Steps to Effectively Choose an Auto Repair Shop

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One of the worst problems for a vehicle owner is dealing with repairs. They can come at the worst time, put people in a bad situation, and also be expensive and time-consuming. However, there are some ways a vehicle owner can minimize the stress involved with vehicle repairs.   Someone who is in need of car repairs can make their life so much easier by simply asking the right questions. A smart vehicle owner will want to be prepared for the worst case scenario just so they know what to do when the time comes. Here are some important things to keep in mind when dealing with auto repairs. Ask friends and family members where to go. There’s a good chance a close friend or relative has dealt with similar vehicle issues in the past, and someone has probably found a quality auto repair shop that offers fair prices and …

The Top 5 Most Common BMW Problems and Repairs

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As consumers, it is imperative that we are careful about our purchases. This is especially true when we’re looking at products with larger ticket prices like luxury cars. Unfortunately, even as careful as we are, problems arise.   Are you in the market for a new car? Have you been looking into luxury vehicles, like BMWs? If so, you should know about the cost of owning this brand of automobile as well as some of the common BMW problems and repairs that vehicle owners face. The Cost of Owning a BMW When considering the cost of a vehicle, many car buyers simply look at the sticker price. The fact of the matter is, though, that owning a car means you’ll pay a lot more than the sticker price. Some expenses to take into consideration: License fees Taxes Insurance Registration fees Fuel costs Interest on financing Maintenance fees Repairs Taking these …

Save it or Scrap it? When to Get Rid of Your Car

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Owning a vehicle is second only to owning a house in terms of initial investment and continuous maintenance. You probably consider it a privilege to own your car and care for it through regular maintenance for as long as is feasible. There may come a time in the life of a vehicle that it is costing more to maintain than it is worth to the owner. Several things can compromise the value of any vehicle and cause the owner to question if it is worth trying to bring it back to life or accept the fact that it is gone. Major mechanical or body issues can occur that require making a decision to get rid of the vehicle inevitable. Some problems cannot just be ignored or overlooked. Financial considerations usually play a major role in replacing a compromised vehicle with a new one. When everything is taken into account, certain …

5 Surprising Things Your Car Wants You To Know

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A Letter From Your Car To You Dear Human, There are a few things that car owners do that just irritate the tires right off of us cars! We want to tell you once and for all…. Speaking of tires, let’s start there. How often do you check your tires and the tread? Do you have any idea what happens when you don’t have enough tread? I thought not! Tires need that tread to keep you on the road!  Add a little water, and you might as well be driving on an ice rink.  Believe me, Vegas drivers, it shows.  You guys and gals CANNOT drive in the rain.  It’s like you’ve never seen the stuff before. But back to tires without tread: they have no protection from road hazards and any little thing can put a hole in the tire!  Even a little screw. So put tires on the calendar for a regular pedicure. Next …