Friday, January 19, 2018

Does Your Car Need First Aid?

Nothing makes the blood of a car owner run cold quite like seeing a “check engine” light or something feeling “off” about their beloved Porsche.  If you’re worried that you need Porsche repair Laguna Niguel has several service options available.  However, with a high-performance vehicle like a Porsche it’s worthwhile to choose a repair shop that can boast professionals with specialized education and experience.  Here are some of the most common issues that might require Porsche repair:
  1. Oil Leaks

If you suspect a problem with your oil pressure, you need to get it checked out right away.  Leaks are often detected when you begin to notice a smell of burning oil when you run your vehicle or notice a puddle of fluid under your car, and they can be quite dangerous for your engine.  While many leaks are found around valve cover gaskets and spark plug seals, you can also have a potentially serious leak in the rear main seal.  To protect your clutch and the integrity of your engine, seek service immediately if you suspect an oil leak.

  1. Battery Issues

Did you know that even a parked car continues to use some battery power?  As a high-performance vehicle, a Porsche can use more battery while parked than many other vehicles.  If you don’t drive your Porsche regularly, you may find that you’re dealing with dead batteries much of the time.  The solution to this is often simple–if you intend to go more than two weeks without driving your Porsche, use a battery maintainer.  If, however, this still doesn’t resolve your problem, your battery may need to be replaced, or you may have other electrical issues.  It’s best to bring the car in to the service center for evaluation.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Is Your Service Shop Right For You?

You know that a quality vehicle like your BMW needs regular care, but you may not have realized how much can go into shopping for the right service professional.  If you’re in need of BMW repair Laguna Niguel has several places that will offer to do the work for you, but you should be wary of trusting your car to just anyone.  We, of course, think our service department is the best in town, but we want you to know what you should be looking for.  Here’s a few ways that you can be sure you’ve come to the right shop.

  1. Proper Education/Certification

Did you know that service professionals can specialize, much like a doctor?  High-quality vehicles like a BMW often have unique requirements, and working on them as though they were a different line of cars can cause neglect and even engine damage.  Our service center is proud to be a Certified Bosch Service Center, which enables us to access important OE training and specialized information that will enable us to service the sophisticated systems of your BMW with care and precision.

  1. Great Customer Service

While everyone enjoys a nice waiting room or a friendly staff, these aren’t the only aspects of customer service you should be checking into.  It matters, for example, how comfortable you are with your service professional.  Do you feel at ease asking them questions?  Does your service professional take the time to explain the service they’re going to be performing on your car in as much detail as you’d like?  Finally, does the shop you’re considering have enough people working in their service department that you’re able to get an appointment when you need one?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Is Your Car Getting The Proper Care?

As the owner of a fine automobile like a Mercedes-Benz, odds are that you already know that maintaining proper service intervals are important. Whether you’re interested in service B or service A Laguna Niguel offers several garages that will try to meet your needs. But, you may be wondering, how can you be sure that you’re getting the real deal? It’s important to be able to compare the services offered to those recommended by the manufacturer. Interested to know what should be done during a service A session? Here’s our checklist.

Keeping Your Mercedez-Benz Running Like New

Keep in mind that, for a high-quality car like yours, a service is much more than a quick oil change and glancing at the filters. Most Mercedes owners require more of their vehicles than the average joe, and the care that the vehicle is given should reflect that. Mercedes-Benz service A should consist of:
Synthetic motor oil replacement – it’s important to use the correct oil, if you expect to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation and change the oil every 10,000 miles. At this level of performance, using incorrect oil is a recipe for a damaged engine. The correct oil is Mobil 0W40.
Oil filter replacement – Similarly, the oil filter should be replaced with an appropriate filter, called a “fleece” filter.
Check and correct fluid levels, according to manufacturer recommendations – this can vary based on your vehicle model.
Check and correct tire inflation levels – this is important not only to ensure even wear eon the tires, but to improve your mileage and keep you safer while driving.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Avoid Brake Repair: Top Brake Maintenance Tips

Everyone has heard horror stories about vehicles needing brake repair. Nobody wants to have an unnecessary repair bill, but many people don’t know that there’s anything they can do to prevent brakes from needing repair in the first place. Do you know how to brake smart? Read on to find out!!
  1. Easy Does It
Do you ever “ride” your brakes? This habit is hard on more than just your tires and your passengers’ nerves. Brakes produce quite a lot of heat in the process of stopping your car, and continually applying braking pressure without ever easing off and allowing the brakes to cool down can cause premature wearing of every part of the braking system. Instead of keeping your brakes on all the time, try slowing down with a steady pressure, then releasing the brakes to give them time to lose heat.
  1. Keep It Clean
When you wash your car, don’t forget to clean the wheels and brakes. Take the time to rinse, wash, and rinse again. Clean wheels and brakes are more effective, and the absence of grit and dirt on the brakes keeps them from generating unnecessary friction and heat.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Mercedes Service A: Why Your Vehicle Needs It

Like everything about a Mercedes-Benz, the maintenance recommendations have been carefully designed for both practicality and precision.  Mercedes Service A is recommended for all Mercedes vehicles at 10,000 miles and then every 20,000 miles or 2 years after that.  In between, it’s recommended that the vehicle receives Mercedes Service B.

Odds are that you’re already convinced you should opt for the specific list of recommendations in Mercedes Service A & B, but you still have to decide who you want to do the work.

Should I Go To An Independent Garage Or An Alternative Dealership Service Department?

Many people wonder whether it’s better to take their vehicle for service at the dealership or to an independent mechanic.  The independents are often right around the corner, near their neighborhood, and may often be less expensive.  Here are a few things to look for in your service department:
  • They know your vehicle.  Many service departments are specialists.  They’ve worked on many of the same make and model as your car, and they’re very familiar with it.  Make sure your mechanic knows Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
  • They have technician training programs.  You want your mechanic to be extremely knowledgeable about any issues or recalls that have come up with your vehicle.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Detailing Your Porsche: More Than Just Vanity

Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a beautiful, high-performance car.  Yet, you may already be dreading the day that you have to schedule Porsche repair.  Is there a way to keep your Porsche in top condition, while keeping a close eye out for anything that may go wrong?  Detailing your Porsche is not only an ideal time to check for any irregularities, but it’s also fun.  Read on to find out our recommendations.
  1. Score Some Shade

When you’re detailing your car, even where you choose to park is important.  If possible, park in the shade, ideally under a carport or other shelter.  This prevents the sun from fading your paint, and also keeps your car from drying too rapidly, which can lead to everything from unsightly streaks and smudges to difficult-to-remove mineral deposits and water drop shadows.

  1. Get The Right Suds

Following the directions on the bottle, mix up a bucket of car soap and apply it carefully.  If you have specific dirt spots on the vehicle, apply shampoo directly to them and then allow it to sink in while you soap up the rest of the vehicle.  Do you have flecks of tar on your vehicle?  Don’t waste time trying to scrub it off with regular car shampoo.  Instead, look for products specifically formulated to remove tar, and use them according to manufacturer’s directions.  Rinse the car before you soap it, starting with the tires and working your way up to avoid splashing dirt upwards.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Avoid Unneeded Mercedes Benz Service With Proper Maintenance

Anyone who owns a Mercedes is familiar with luxury, power, and matchless German engineering, but do you know how to do the simple maintenance tasks that will keep your car purring for years to come?  With just a few regular tasks, you can avoid unnecessary Mercedes Benz service bills, and enjoy your vehicle without interruption.

Are you on Schedule? 

re You On Just as you want to make sure that your heart and lungs are in good shape before you start worrying about your haircut, it pays to pay attention to your car’s engine and functionality as regularly as you do other aspects of it.  Make sure that you’re keeping up with the maintenance schedules associated with your car (maintenance schedule A and B).  Once you know that the inside of your car is running perfectly, here are a few more things to consider:
  1. Are Your Tires In Good Shape?

Just as good shoes can make all the difference to how you feel after a day of being on your feet, quality tires can make all the difference in your ride.  Make sure that you’re using tires that are recommended for use on Mercedes vehicles, and make sure to watch that the tread isn’t getting worn down, or wearing unevenly.  To prevent problems with your tires, it’s best to have them checked and rotated whenever you take the car in for service A  or B.

  1.  Is Your Interior Up To Snuff?

If you have a luxurious leather interior, you’ll want to keep it just as soft, supple, and inviting as it was the day you brought your car home.  As a natural material, leather can benefit from gentle cleaning, and careful use of conditioners.  Ensure that any product you purchased is labeled “for leather”, avoiding vinyl cleaners.  Follow the instructions on the product packaging to clean and condition your leather upholstery.  Keep in mind that if you use your car in extreme weather (heat, cold), you’ll need to apply the conditioner more frequently.  Otherwise, clean and condition your leather every three to six months.