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 …

Did You Know? 12 Surprisingly Awesome Facts About BMW

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When researching an automobile to buy, it’s really easy to get caught up in the sticker price, extra fees, maintenance recommendations, and page after page of buyer reviews on the internet. All of this research is totally worthwhile, but we thought it might be kind of fun to deviate a little bit today.   That is why we decided to share with you some interesting facts about BMW that not many people know. In fact, there were a few here that surprised even us! We hope this will give you a nice little break from all of the “serious” car research you have to do and give you some insight into the background of the car company you’re interested in buying from. 12 Surprisingly Awesome Facts About BMW You Probably Didn’t Know While there are many interesting facts about BMW that we could go into, today we’re going to share …

Pro’s and Con’s of Luxury Cars

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Since Henry Ford started mass-producing automobiles in the early 1900s, people have been passionate about their vehicles. As automation and assembly lines became more popular, they led to mass production of more than just domestic automobile brands like Ford and GM, but also to luxury brands like BMW, Audi and VW. These luxury brands have created their own niche in the North American automotive market, and as a result, have drastically grown in popularity. There are many things about luxury brands that people love, but there are also some pitfalls that need to be understood about luxury automobiles. Here are some of the pros and cons of owning luxury cars, SUVs and trucks. What Makes a Car “Luxury” Car owners have their own personal reasons for loving a particular make or model of car, but there are numerous things that luxury cars have that set them apart from other brands. …

Auto Repair Trends 2015

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Auto Repair Trends in 2015 From the fin-shaped taillights or whitewall tires of yesteryear to the modern, turbocharged SUVs and infotainment systems of today, automotive trends have changed drastically over the years.   Trends continue to evolve in 2015. While there are several auto trends happening this year that are slowly but surely changing the way we drive, let’s take a look at three, key trends taking place in the auto industry today. 1. People are holding on to their cars longer. There are over 250 million cars, trucks, and SUV’s on American roads at any given time.  According to a recent report, U.S. drivers are keeping their cars longer than ever before. In fact, the average age of a vehicle in the U.S. has hit an all-time high of 11.5 years, a whopping two years older than the average car prior to the financial crisis in 2007. There are a variety of …

BBQue for the Cure!

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Pigs for the Kids Fundraiser: BB ‘Que for the Cure Desert Oasis European Auto Repair Shop is helping to spread word about an upcoming charity event here in Las Vegas, NV called Pigs for the Kids to raise funds for three children’s cancer foundations. Close family friends of Desert Oasis owners, Jacki and Gyorgy Kiss, have an 11-year old daughter who faced cancer.  We’re happy to report that our young friend, the family’s 11-year-old daughter, survived her cancer battle.  But more work needs to be done. That’s why Desert Oasis is helping to sponsor Pigs for the Kids! Pigs for the Kids Event Information Pigs for the Kids will be held on on September 19th as a 10-hour festival and barbecue competition to raise funds that support pediatric cancer foundations: CandleLighters, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.  Local and regional barbecue connoisseurs vie for the top prizes in four categories: pork shoulder, ribs, …

My Car’s Service History

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Desert Oasis is constantly exploring cutting edge of technology in all facets of its business, from the newest auto repair equipment to streamlining office process by eliminating paper forms altogether. Most recently, Desert Oasis adapted the Carfax Management System, enabling our technicians to use tablet devices for point inspections, car estimates and repair orders.   Our European auto repair shop is the only locally-owned and operated family auto business in Vegas that utilizes this advanced service.  You can download the app to your mobile phone from here. Improving Auto Repair Efficiency As a result of implementing the new Carfax platform, we’ve been able to eliminate paper forms and save time in the shop because we can now run a vehicle’s VIN and license plate number through our system to obtain a complete overview of the car’s history. Convenience for our Customers We are pleased to offer our customers access log into their Owner Auto Site dashboard and view …

My Car Brakes Are Making A Grinding Noise. What should I do?

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Most drivers cringe when they stomp on the brakes of their prized European automobile and hear an unexpected grinding noise. While this sound is clearly unwanted, it is not rare. Hearing grinding noises when using your brakes can, and normally will, occur at some time on most cars. This grinding noise usually means that something is wrong with either the brakes or the rotors. While the exact problem needs to be diagnosed by a European auto repair professional, there are a couple of different possibilities for the problem. In all likelihood, the problem of the grinding noise could stem from the pads on the disc brakes that are touching the brake rotor disc, the brake pads or brake shoes. When these parts make contact it creates unwanted metal on metal friction. The causes of this friction are brake pads that get worn down over years of driving. Sometimes, when a …

What Would Cause My Car To Vibrate Or Shake?

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If your European automobile starts vibrating at certain speeds, it may be difficult to pinpoint and identify the exact cause. Is it just the tires, do they need rebalancing? Working with an ASE certified European auto maintenance and repair professional, you can determine the specific problem and remedy the situation quickly and in a cost effective manner. Vibrations may indicate engine problems. If your engine does not run smoothly due to insufficient fuel or air, it will generate a shudder or shake. Does the vibrating usually happen  during acceleration? Does your vehicle start fine and drive without a problem at lower speeds? Sudden shaking or vibrating near a certain speed may indicate trouble in the engine. Possibly the car needs new spark plugs, or new plug wires. Were the plug wires connected in the right order? Another culprit is a dusty air filter. Perhaps the fuel filter is clogged and needs …

Smarter Driving Facts

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44% of people claim that they would more actively save fuel if they knew how. Older drivers take more fuel efficient actions then younger drivers. Americans are willing to change behavior to be fuel efficient, but less than Europe and Asia. Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. drivers don’t know how to drive more efficiently. 77% of Americans see sustainable way to use resources, and 99% see fuel efficiency as a way to save money. Yet the average American uses 3x as much energy for personal transport as the average European.