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Headlight Maintenance

Headlight Maintenance

Headlight maintenance may not be the first thing that comes to mind of when you think of maintaining your car, but your car's lights are very important for your safety. Headlights and tail lights illuminate the road for the driver and make the vehicle visible to other drivers on the road. As well as being an important safety feature, keeping on top of your headlight maintenance can help you avoid getting pulled over and getting a ticket! Drivers should start to perform headlight maintenance by checking that all their lights are working, including low beams and high beams, and also by checking the lenses for fogginess or yellowing. Over time the plastic lenses can cloud over and become foggy, due to abrasive dirt and grime. Cloudy lenses should be replaced or a headlight restoration product can be used to clean, polish and restore the existing lenses. Headlights need to be checked regularly and aimed correctly by professional mechanics, to make sure the driver can safely see the ro ... read more

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European Auto Repair - Tech Training

European Auto Repair - Tech Training

European auto repair technical training is very important for our technicians.   Sending our technicians to training gives them a greater understanding of European vehicles and enables them to complete repairs more efficiently.  We send our experienced mechanics to technical training classes for BMW, MINI, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Jaguar & Volvo - we know your import!  Keeping on top of the constantly evolving service technology is essential for providing top-notch European auto repair and maintenance to our customers. Our technician recently attended classes such as: BMW CIP Coding and Programming, Mercedes-Benz Coding and Programming, Mercedes 272 Engine Repair - Live Demonstration, and MINI N14 Engine Repair - Live Demonstration.  Using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and software, you can trust the mechanics at DJ Foreign Auto Care have t ... read more

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Volvo

Replacing Your Engine - What To Expect

Replacing Your Engine - What To Expect

Tweet If you are replacing your engine, the process is not as simple as removing the old engine and dropping in a new one.  Replacing your engine can be a long and difficult process; since as well as being big and heavy, engines are made up of a lot of little parts.  Also an engine connects and works with several other systems including the electrical system, exhaust, transmission and cooling system. Since most people are not going to pay extremely high prices for a brand new or remanufactured-rebuilt engine, the general process for replacing your engine starts with your car repair shop finding a used engine that fits your car.  The "new" used engine should have a warranty on it, should be free from damage, should have good compression and relatively low mileage, if possible. Once the right engine is found, the old engine must be disconnected and removed from the vehicle and the ... read more

Car Suspension Problems - Warning Signs

Car Suspension Problems - Warning Signs

Tweet Driving with car suspension problems such as worn or leaking shocks/struts, loose or broken controls arms or other damaged suspension components can be just as risky as driving with bald tires or squealing brakes. But many drivers who have their tires and brakes inspected and replaced regularly don't think to have their suspension checked. If you experience any warning signs of car suspension problems such as: the car bouncing or swaying, the car does not handle well, the car does not sit level, or if the car is shaking or vibrating, you should have your vehicle inspected right away by a qualified professional. After a vehicle has 50,000 miles on the odometer, the suspension should be checked every time the brakes are inspected; at least once a year or every 12,000 miles. Some brands such as Land Rover/Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz include models that have air suspension. According to ... read more

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struts

BMW Crankcase Vent Valve Season

BMW Crankcase Vent Valve Season

  BMW crankcase vent valves fail more often this time of year and we see more of these types of problems as the weather gets colder. The BMW crankcase ventilation valve is also known as the oil separator, CCV, or PCV valve.  According to Wikipedia, "A crankcase ventilation system is a one way passage for gases to escape in a controlled manner from the crankcase of an internal combustion engine.  This is necessary because internal combustion inevitably involves a small but continual amount of blow-by, which occurs when some of the gases from the combustion leak past the piston rings (that is, blow by them) to end up inside the cr ... read more