Luxury Automobile Work & Maintenance Tips from Austin Expert Len Gilmore

There’s a large responsibility that goes into owning a luxury automobile. Owners should be aware that a lot of time, care and money can go into mistreated vehicles. Luxury automobiles are often built above most common car manufacture standards, meaning luxury cars require special treatment, parts, fluids and services. If your luxury automobile needs work, it’s important to find experts who specialize in that particular make and even model. To help luxury automobile owners better understand how to keep their vehicle running for years to come, we’ve compiled a list of “The 10 Things You Should Know About Maintaining Your Luxury Automobile.

Below are The 10 Things You Should Know About Maintaining Your Luxury Automobile:

1. Since 1998, most all luxury automobiles including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen have exclusively used full synthetic engine oil. Prior to this time, mineral based oils were commonly used. It’s important to use the right type of oil and viscosity for your type of engine. It’s suggested to use only the manufacturers recommend oil specific to your year, make and model. Do not use synthetic blends or repurposed oils.

2. All filters are not the same. Many aftermarket oil, air and cabin (micro) filters are made of paper. Most factory filters are made from fleece and/or carbon (micro) and NOT paper. The couple of dollars you might save with a paper filter may cost you hundreds of dollars down the road due to costly repairs. See the German Auto Center blog on choosing the right oil filter.

3. Be careful of any fluid that you put into your Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen or luxury vehicle. Most of today’s luxury automobiles use synthetic based fluids and not mineral based. One common failure we see at German Auto Center on vehicles serviced by general automotive repair shops is the use of mineral based power steering fluid. Most of today’s luxury vehicles require synthetic power steering fluid. If your power steering reservoir has a green cap or states synthetic only (11S), be sure that you are using the right fluid for your vehicle. If in doubt check your owner’s manual as using the wrong fluid will damage the seals in your power steering pump leading to hundreds of dollars in repairs.

4. Many of today’s luxury vehicles do not have engine oil or transmission fluid dip sticks. These fluids must be check electronically, on a leveled surface and at pre-described temperatures. The right fluids and the correct amounts are critical as overfilling or under filing can lead to costly damages.

5. Brake fluid attracts moisture, dirt and debris from o-rings and seals. German Auto Center recommends replacing your brake fluid once every two years. Be sure the proper DOT rated fluid is being used (DOT 3, 4 or 5) based on your vehicle manufacturer.

6. Do not ignore your manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule. Your luxury vehicle, including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi or Volkswagen, all contain onboard sensors which relay conditional and mileage based services.

7. All fuel is not equal. Although all fuels start at the same refineries, how they are handled, transported and stored as well as additives can make a huge difference in your luxury vehicle. Follow the manufacturer’s specifications for octane rating (fuel grade regular, medium and high octane). Most luxury vehicles require the highest octane grade. In addition to fuel octane, where you buy fuel makes a difference. German Auto Center recommends Shell, Texaco or Chevron for your Mercedes Benz, Audi, BMW, Porsche or Volkswagen. These fuels have additives that will keep your fuel intake system clean and lubricated. We recommend staying away from discount fuels as you have less quality control related to how the fuel is stored and dispensed.

8. Today’s luxury vehicles make use of extensive electronics monitoring everything from engine and transmission management to the health of your battery. With many vehicles having more than a dozen onboard computers, ensuring they are all up to date with software and have no faults affecting their performance is critical. Resetting these computers requires specialized factory equipment and must be done with regular schedule maintenance. Be sure to visit German Auto Center or your authorized dealer at least once a year to ensure these modules are working together properly. If you experience a battery drain or replace your battery, it is critical to reset the power modules and clear all battery related faults to ensure your new battery operates properly and provides the starting power your vehicle needs.

9. Be sure your service specialist have the experience and training specific to your vehicle. As a Bosch Certified Center, German Auto Center is held to the highest standards by only using factory equipment, having highly trained staff who specialize in German make vehicles including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen.

10. Stop in at talk to the experts at German Auto Center should you have any questions or concerns about your Mercedes Benz, Audi, Porsche, BMW or Volkswagen.

Whichever kind of luxury automobile you own, choosing the right technician is extremely important. For Luxury German Automobiles, owners should consider German Auto Center for vehicle repairs, service and maintenance. German Auto Center has been serving Austin, TX since 1979. Owner Len Gilmore wants to invite you be part of the Luxury German Auto family where you are your vehicle are treated with the upmost care.

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