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Monthly Archives: April 2018

My steering tilt isn't working!

My steering tilt isn't working!

Last week we had a customer bring in their 2006 BMW 750i because the tilt steering completely stopped working however the telescoping portion was working.  This is a very low mileage vehicle with only 25,000 miles on it.  We don’t really think a vehicle with such low mileage would have a steering column go bad.  After some diagnosing our technician decided he needed to diagnose further which meant looking at the actual steering column. On the 2006 BMW 750i to look at the steering column you need to remove all the vents and trim on the dashboard.  We found that on the 750i particularly;  you have to start from the right side of vehicle removing panels and vents to be able to get to the left side. Once Mike got the dash taken out he was able to investigate the problem.   At first, we thought the best course of action would be replacing the steering column. Upon further diagnosis, Mike discovered that the t ... read more

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Everyday driver habits to save on fuel costs

Fuel costs are rising.   Following are ways to save money at the pump.   Check tire pressure at least monthly.   Tire pressures are found on the driver’s doorjamb or in the owner’s manual.   Pressures written on the tires are a maximum pressure, not the recommended pressure.   Low tire pressure can reduce fuel mileage by 5 percent and create a safety hazard.   Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold or cool, not after freeway driving.   It is best to have your own tire pressure gauge.   They cost less than $5.    Drive smoothly, anticipate traffic lights, and refrain from quick starts.   Act as if there is an egg under your gas pedal, and accelerate slowly.    Watch the traffic lights ahead so you don’t have to use your brakes.   Plan your route, and get to know the traffic lights.   Every time you use your brakes, you waste en ... read more

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Smelling Something Sweet in your Car!

Smelling Something Sweet in your Car!

Today, we had a customer bring in her 2004 Porsche Boxster because she was smelling a new smell in the Porsche and thought it was a oil smell.  We had replaced her oil separator back in September and she was worried that something had gone wrong with the repair.  When our customers care deeply for their vehicle whether it's a Porsche or a Volkswagen, we want you to feel completely safe and secure especially after a repair.  The sweet smell made her more sensitive to how her Porsche was preforming, she was thinking there was more smoke coming out of the tail pipe than normal.   After diagnosing her concerns of the sweet smell and smoking; we found that the heater core on the Boxster was leaking.  A heater core is a radiator-like device used in heating the cabin of a vehicle. Hot coolant from the vehicle's engine is passed through a winding tube of the core, a heat exchanger b ... read more

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