Why do I get all that brake dust on my BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen?

Today’s complex German engineered vehicles all make use of advanced braking and have one thing in common—they all stop great when the brakes are operating properly. Whether you drive a Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen or Audi, the condition of your vehicle’s brakes is critical. Unlike most domestic and other brands, the performance brake system […]

Are All Batteries Made Equal?

Today’s complex German engineered vehicles have one thing in common—they all require clean, consistent power to operate properly. Whether you drive a Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volkswagen or Audi, your vehicle needs a very stable power source to operate and run properly. Unlike older model vehicles, these newer vehicles have upwards of seventy (70) computers […]

Beware of Austin’s Curbs

Whether you drive an Audi, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW or Volkswagen, all German automobile manufacturers incorporate aerodynamics to improve handling and road grip. Today’s vehicles have lowered body and trim panels to help reduce the amount of air traveling under the vehicle that creates lift, while increasing the amount of air traveling over the top […]

Does that Annoying Squeak Mean Anything?

Whether you drive a BMW, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, Audi or Volkswagen, your vehicle will typically give you early indicators of a problem. You as the driver are in the best position to notice any subtle changes. Let’s talk for a moment about “squeaks.” A squeak is an indicator of friction.  Friction can be defined as […]

How to Read Your Tires

Whether you drive a BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi or Volkswagen, your vehicle’s suspension is designed to work with your tires to provide maximum road grip in a variety of conditions. To achieve maximum grip, your tires must be in good condition, properly selected and properly aired. There are several things that you should know about […]

Timing Belt Vs. Timing Chain: is it Important?

So what is the difference between a timing belt and a timing chain? Fundamentally, a timing belt and timing chain serve the same purpose. Whether you drive a Porsche, Mercedes Benz or BMW with an internal timing chain or an Audi or Volkswagen with an external timing belt, these devices are designed to keep the […]

Why Use That A/C Recirculation Button?

The Air Conditioning systems on today’s German performance vehicles are all designed to allow the operator to select a mixture of air from outside the vehicle or recirculate the air within it.  Whether you drive a BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes Benz or Volkswagen, each manufacturer provides a driver selectable option on the console. Your German […]

Cool Mechanics: 4-Wheel Alignment for Your German Automobile

Whether you drive a BMW, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, Audi or Volkswagen, your German vehicle’s suspension is designed to provide maximum road grip in a variety of conditions. These performance vehicles are designed with independent suspension, allowing each wheel to react independently of the others. Basic suspension geometry and design combined with today’s active traction, braking […]

Is Your BMW Loosing That Sport Ride Feel?

Is your BMW feeling “mushy”, “sloppy” or just plain unstable in a turn?  These are common complaints of worn or blown-out control arm bushings. Thanks to Austin’s roads that are often pot-hole ridden and littered with “speed bumps” and “road humps” (larger version of the traditional speed bump), the rubber control arm bushings in your […]

Austin BMW Service: My BMW VANOS is Making a Terrible Noise, is That Bad?

Modern German make automobile engines including BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen all make use of variable valve timing. This allows a vehicle engine to be tuned and balanced between engine performance and engine economy (fuel mileage). Specific to your BMW is the VANOS (abbr. from German variable Nockenwellensteuerung) system for controlling both intake […]