German cars own a large chunk of the American auto market pie. This is proven true by the July 3, 2018 Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Fact Sheet which states that at $29 billion, vehicles are Germany’s biggest exports to the United States. Isn’t that proof that we love German cars?
If you own a German car such as a BMW, Porsche, Audi or BMW, you’re certain to be proud of it because German vehicles are known for their quality and style. But even if these cars are expected to provide a smooth and comfortable ride, you must maintain them on a regular basis to keep them running at peak performance.
Proper maintenance is essential not only for German automobiles but on all vehicles regardless of brand and origin. This will help to give you the peace of mind that your car will continue to provide a smooth, comfortable and hassle-free ride throughout its lifetime. It’s a guarantee that Specialized Preferred Auto Denver can confidently give when we perform maintenance on your vehicle.
Here are several factors that can help to maximize the life of your vehicle:
Absence of Unusual Sounds
Unusual sounds your car produces can indicate a problem. Drive your car at low speed and turn down the radio to be able to listen attentively to the sounds your car’s engine and its other body parts produce. Roll down your car’s windows to listen for problems like squeaking and squealing sounds. You also need to watch out for abnormal noise when shifting gears. These can mean that your car may have a slight defect or misalignment which needs inspection and correction. If you hear an unfamiliar noise from your German car, you should have it checked at Specialized Preferred Auto Repair before it grows into a larger problem.
Proper Tire Maintenance
Tires are the only parts of your car that create contact with the road. It can have an influence on the level of comfort and riding experience you get from your vehicle. Tires are designed to endure different degrees of wear and tear from different surfaces. As such, snow and heat can have different effects on your tires. Check them regularly to ensure that their pressure conforms to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This can help to give a safe, comfortable ride and optimize your car’s miles per gallon performance.
Have your tires rotated from time to time. This can help to prevent accelerated wear which can cause an unpleasant effect on your road experience as well as on your wallet.
Regular Oil Changes
Oil keeps the inside of your vehicle’s engine lubricated. This lubrication minimizes friction and damage to moving parts. But due to constant use, oil can lose its ability to lubricate. This can cause overheating and possible engine breakdown. This is the very reason why you need to replace your engine oil according to the manufacturer’s recommended type and frequency.
You may also bring your car to Specialized Preferred Auto Repair to have your oil and oil filter changed. We specialize in German automobiles and we know what’s best for your car.
Proper Battery Maintenance
Technology has done a lot to make the modern car battery more powerful and easier to maintain, but if you ignore them for long periods, they’re still bound to fail. One way to maintain your battery’s condition is to keep it clean to prevent the buildup of corrosion or acid on the battery’s contact points. You also need to make sure that it is charged properly to keep your car free from electrical system failure. Use a multimeter to measure its voltage. A fully charged battery should be at least 12.6 volts when the engine is not running.
Above-Minimum Coolant Levels
Your car’s engine needs a coolant to keep its temperature low when it is running. A car that is low on coolant can overheat and cause major damage to its engine. There are many types of coolants and you must make sure which type is right for your German car.
If you are driving a BMW or Mercedes-Benz, you should know that these cars are equipped with turbochargers that have special coolers in them. These systems run on fluids that are different from the fluids used on the other areas of the engine. You should not get these fluids mixed up or your car will be in serious trouble.
When checking the needs of your German vehicle, it’s always good to seek the assistance of competent German car specialists such as the Specialized Preferred Auto Denver mechanics. This is the best thing you can do to avoid costly mistakes.
You may contact us at 720-425-8383 for an expedited appointment.