Car Maintenance Tips for Fall

As you may know, Fall is here and the temperature is slowly starting to drop. Although not many car owners start thinking about car maintenance, you should plan ahead before it gets too late. Here are a few helpful tips that could save you a lot of time.
1. Check belts and hoses for signs of wear before braving the cold. That’s why it makes sense to pay close attention to the details while scanning under the hood. Rubber serpentine belts, for example, can grow a bit rigid when exposed to the winter chill. According to Boston.com, the appearance of cracks and fraying ends is indicative of a belt on its last legs. Forgetting to replace these belts as they wear down or approach 60,0000 miles makes it far more likely they will tear or snap while you’re on the road.
Your cooling system must also be carefully maintained, even if the outside temperature is below freezing. Be sure to check hoses running under the hood for any signs of deterioration or leakage. Like rubber belts, cold weather may cause brittleness to become a problem. If this is the case, you might consider replacing hoses and belts regularly. If you are not comfortable performing these precautions, seek advice from your dealer or local auto repair shop.
2. Proper tire maintenance minimizes accident scenarios. We constantly fix tires that have not been maintained properly. You should be checking your tire pressure at least once a month, a regular check will not only improve your fuel economy, but it also ensures that your car will handle optimally in any emergency maneuvers. A neat trick is doing a “penny test”. If you can see all of Abraham Lincoln’s head, take the car to a tire service center to have your tires checked up.
3. Clear windows and windshields to maintain visibility
Not being able to see out your windows is a major issue during winter, since safe driving through rain and snow depends heavily on your ability to see what’s directly in front your vehicle. A new set of rubber-clad wiper blades, designed for winter usage, and a restocked supply of winter windshield washer fluid will help keep the road ahead in clear view. When it comes to clearing obstructions from your side and rear windows, be sure to keep an ice scraper somewhere in your vehicle.
4. Keep up with battery maintenance to avoid getting stranded
Another component that sometimes goes overlooked during the wintertime is your car’s battery. A dead cell in the middle of the New England winter is not only frustrating but could also turn dangerous if you and your family are stranded far from civilization.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recommended that drivers perform a bit of maintenance to keep their battery alive and healthy as long as possible. Removing corrosion, tightening wire connections and keeping battery fluid at appropriate levels is key to keeping your car moving during the New England winter.
5. Don’t forget to flush your fluids
Too little coolant will cause serious problems after temperatures take a massive drop. Make sure to flush and refill your engine’s coolant tank as often as recommended. Allow the entire vehicle to cool down after the operation before you start messing around under the hood. Otherwise, you’ll risk injuring yourself or those around you when you twist off the radiator cap.
By following these suggestions and taking care of your vehicle during the winter, you help avoid potential risk or damage that could occur. Again, if you are not comfortable doing so on your own, please make an appointment with your closest dealership or at your local auto repair shop. Stay safe this winter!

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4 Transmission problems you can’t ignore.

If you drive a car with an automatic transmission, you may want to find out what happens when the transmission starts to fail and how to prepared when it does. Here are 4 signs you should not ignore.

1.       Transmission slipping. If you’re experiencing your car changing gears for no apparent reason or your engine is making sudden whining noise, your car could be struggling and will need a professional to inspect and find out where the issue lies.

2.       Rough shifts. Your car feels like it is refusing to change gears as it normally does, or shifting gears do not feel smooth. You may also notice your car having difficulty picking up the speed.

3.       Delayed engagement. You may see your car reacting a lot longer than normal. If you see a long pause when shifting out of “P” to “D”, and the car revs the engine as you give it gas, this is not a good sign for your car and will need to book an appointment with your local car repair shop.

4.       Fluid leak. If you see any leaks coming out of your engine or leak spots on your drive or garage floor, you will notice a bright red light on your dashboard. Do not ignore this as this is a hazard to your car and should be checked right away.

One of the most common mistakes a car owner make is ignoring the warning lights on the dashboard until the car starts to fail on them, which ends up costing them more than it should. Repairing transmission can be as little as $150 but replacing a defective transmission or the entire transmission can add up to $2,500 or more. If you see some of the signs that are listed above, get your car checked as soon as you can. For more information about German AutoSport services, get in touch and contact us at (978) 388-1288

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How to prep your car for summer driving

Getting your car ready for the summer is a lot easier and less expensive than it used to be. There are a few basic steps that can help you enjoy the rest of the summer driving season.

Check tires regularly. You should be checking your tire pressure at least once a month, a regular check will not only improve your fuel economy, but it also ensures that your car will handle optimally in any emergency maneuvers. A neat trick is doing a “penny test”. If you can see all of Abraham Lincoln’s head, take the car to a tire service center to have your tires checked up.

Check cooling and air conditioning systems. One of the most common breakdowns we typically find are any related coolant problems and engines overheating. The cooling system tends to break down due to poor air flow around the radiator. So, before the summer driving season starts, clean out any leaves, pine needles or other debris that may have been collected in the radiator and the air conditioning condenser.

Replacing a radiator cap that is more than five years old can really save your time and money. When a radiator cap is exposed to heat, its internal rubber gasket can end up cracked, deformed, damaged or simply hardened, and the cap’s metal spring also weakens over time.
Changing oil. Be sure to check to check your oil level and add fresh oil whenever necessary. Failure to do so can lead to certain areas of your engine to overheat and break down.

Lighting and visibility. Check your headlights to make sure that everything is in function and there are no wiring problems. Most electrical issues are either worn down or not properly maintained. Lastly, clean the windows and replace old wipers. They are inexpensive but easily neglected.

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, it is better to leave it the pros, especially if you are planning to take your car to a long drive. The last thing you need to ruin your trip is car breaking down on you because of lack of preparation. For more information about our services, please feel free to reach out to us at 978 388-1288

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Common Car Maintenance Mistakes

All vehicles require maintenance in order to last long, however we’ve seen a lot of car owners not taking good care of their cars due to “not having time” or “couldn’t get around to it” which in the long run creates more problems and damages to the car, which evidently cost them more than they had anticipated. Here are the common car maintenance mistakes we always encounter:

1. Ignoring the Check Engine Light. It’s easy to ignore the check engine light. As soon as the light comes on we look around to see if the car is still operating fine and come to a conclusion of “I’ll take care of it soon”. You should find time to see your local mechanic as the earlier you take care of it which could save you’re a lot of money.

2. Not Checking your Tire Pressure. Not many people pay much attention to the tires as we always assume that everything is ok. Looks can be deceiving. Even when tires appear to be properly inflated, they could be low on air. It’s best to check your tire pressure regularly because you never know when it might be low, after all, the last thing you want is a flat tire and/or poor gas mileage.

3. Skipping Oil Changes. In most situations, we often change the car oil every 3,000 miles, with car engine technology, an average oil change can be replaced around 7.800 miles. If motor oil is left in an engine for too long, the oil will start to break down which leads to horrible deposits of sludge in your engine. The most common issue is that the parts in your engine will become too hot, which will slowly certain engine components to warp and wear out.

4. Not Inspecting the Brakes. This is one of the most important maintenance that will need attention right away. If they are worn down or not working properly, your vehicle becomes unsafe for you, your passengers, and cars on the road.

5. Using the Wrong Products on your Car. Most home glass cleaners use ammonia which over time will break down the heating element in your rear car windshield. The thin lines you typically see at the back of the car are designed to produce heat and assist with defrosting. It is much safer to use appropriate window cleaning products. You may not see it now, but you could be surprised to see the effect it has when Winter arrives.

We understand that life can get in the way of things that prevent us getting our cars checked but if you manage to find time to handle the issue right away. It will help save you time and money and avoid troubles being stuck on the side road. If you have any issues with your cars or questions, please feel free to get in contact with us at (978) 388-1288 today.

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How To Check Your Car Before a Road Trip?

Are you planning to go on a road trip for the Memorial Day long weekend? Before you do, you should check on your car to make sure you don’t encounter any mechanical issues. It is one of the last problems you need after planning your short vacation you’ve been looking forward to all week! We have come up with some quick DIY step for you to follow.

1.       Check the fluids in your car. Make sure you to check the oil, coolant, brake fluid, and windscreen wash levels. This will help prevent any small accident that can affect your car in the long run. For extra help where these are located, check your user manual book in your car.

2.       Check your air tire pressure. You should find the “recommended level” printed in the owner’s manual, sticker on the body where the driver’s door shuts or inside the car flap where you put gas into the car. The recommended level should be the max, do not exceed. Also, in preparation for the worst-case scenario, add air into your spare tire.

3.       Get your oil changed. Even when it’s getting closer to the time to change your oil, get it changed. Driving to a long destination can additional stress to the motor. Adding oil yourself does seem ideal and easy to do but in fact, it is not. Consistently adding new oil will not get rid of the sludge from old oil used. Let the professionals do it, you want to keep the car maintained and longer lasting. Don’t risk it.

4.       Check your tire wear. Often drivers do not pay much attention to their tires, especially when planning on a long trip tires can heat up and can cause blowouts on worn out tires. Use the tread depth gauge to measure the tread depth. It should be 1/16th” or 1.6mm.

5.       Check all lights and signals are functioning. This is very important to check if you are planning to drive at night. Ask a friend or family member to help assist you on this one. Go through each light and signal to make sure the other person can confirm is working accordingly. You may want to carry extra car replacement bulbs, just to be safe. Unless you are a “handy with tools” kind of person, it is best to allow the professional this.

6.       Emergency equipment kit. Any emergency kit can come in handy, this could include an up to date map, cell phone, spare tire or emergency tools like flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, an adjustable spanner or medical kit can prepare you for the worst-case scenario, it may sound excessive but it is always better to be overprepared than underprepared.

Following these quick steps will help keep you prepared for any road trips you plan ahead. At German AutoSport, we advise you to take safety seriously. Don’t put your loved ones at risk for something you should check before your trip. Contact us at (978) 388-1288, and we will be more than happy to assist your car maintenance needs at Amesbury, Boxford, Haverhill, Lawrence, and Newburyport MA.

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Summer Car Maintenance Tips

While driving in the summer might not seem like the most grueling experience for your car, it certainly can cause its issues. German Auto Sport has come up with a few tips that will help keep your car running smoothly during the continued summer months.

  1. Tire Checks: Tire pressure directly changes due to the temperature outside. The PSI of your tires often increase between 1-2 psi for every 10 degree increase. Be sure your tire pressure is at the recommended value. You can check this by reading your cars owners manual. An under inflated tire puts pressure on the sidewalls of the tire while an over inflated tire will make less contact with the road which can potentially lead to hydroplaning during rainy weather.
  2. Air Conditioning Malfunction: Air Conditioning gets worked alot during the summer months and it isn’t uncommon to have your unit stop working. While there could be many causes for this, with the most common being a low level of refrigerant, it may be best to have an expert check it out.
  3. Windshield Wipers:Windshield wipers are crucial to work during the winter but are also important during the summer. Be sure to check them once in a while to make sure they work. Violent and sudden thunderstorms will bring unexpected rain and you need to be sure your wipers work 100%.

If you are to run into any problems with the problems listed about, German Auto Sport is happy to help.

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Spring 2017 Vehicle Maintenance Tips

After another tough New England winter, it is time once again to gear up for road trips, adventure, and sunshine. Whatever your style, chances are you are getting ready to hit the road, but are you confident that your car is in good enough shape to get you there safely and efficiently?

Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions have been hard on your car, so it is likely showing some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify any minor problems, before they become major ones.

Here are some tips to keep your car running safely this spring and summer:

  1. Change your oil and oil filter. Changing your oil and oil filter at the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual is one of the best ways to keep the engine running trouble free. Neglecting to replace engine oil can result in poor engine performance, higher fuel consumption and even severe engine damage.
  2. Check your fluids. When you change your oil and oil filter, you should also check your fluids. Check your power steering, brake, and transmission fluids; your windshield washer fluid; and your coolant. If the levels are low, top them up, and flush/replace them as recommended in your owner’s manual. Keep in mind that your power steering, brake and coolant systems are closed, so low fluid levels may indicate a leak.
  3. Replace your wiper blades. If they’re torn or cracked your wiper blades won’t do you much good in the middle of unrelenting spring showers when visibility is reduced.
  4. Check your charging system. Cold temperatures can do a number on your battery, so now is a good time to have it tested. You should also check to make sure that your battery is securely mounted and that the connections are clean, tight, and corrosion free. If your battery is more than five years old, you should consider having it replaced.
  5. Fix your windshield. In cities where sand and rocks are used on icy roads, motorists often end up with chips and cracks in their windshields. Although these may not seem like a big deal, any damage to your windshield can decrease the overall effectiveness of airbags, seatbelts, roof stability, and your personal safety in the event of an accident. If your windshield has a crack, it’s important to have it repaired or replaced immediately.
  6. Check your lighting. Check all exterior and interior lighting to identify any problems. When your vehicle’s lighting is defective, other motorists may not get the message that you intend to stop or turn. The end result could be disastrous.
  7. Lubricate your chassis parts. Many newer cars are “lubed-for-life,” but some still require regular chassis lubrication so check your owner’s manual. Replacement steering and suspension components may also require periodic lubrication.
  8. Check your belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can harden and/or damage rubber, so it’s important to check your belts and hoses for damage. Check your hoses for hardening, softening, leaking, cracks, blistering, or other visual damage, and check your belts for looseness, cracks, frays, or glazing. If you have to replace one of your belts, you may also have to replace the tensioner and pulleys to keep the new belt from slipping.
  9. Check your filters. Your car has a number of filters that are important to its longevity and should be replaced regularly. Check your engine air filter, your cabin air filter, and your fuel filter for damage or clogging and replace them if necessary.
  10. Check your tires. Your tires are the only point of contact between you and road, so it’s important to take care of them. Check the pressure of all your tires (including the spare) monthly, and maintain the optimal pressure recommended in your owner’s manual. Check the tread for uneven or irregular wear and for cuts or bruises on the sidewalls. Rotate your tires every 10,000 kilometers, and replace them if they are worn or damaged.

Make vehicle maintenance a priority this spring to protect yourself and prolong the life of your vehicle!

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Volkswagen Introduces the Newest Addition to the VW Family – The 2018 Atlas

Volkswagen has announced their newest SUV model, the Atlas, and it’s due to hit showroom floors in May 2017. Volkswagen has a lot to prove to consumers but with crossovers becoming increasingly sought after by families, the Atlas has the chance to change the game for VW.

The Volkswagen Atlas comes with an abundance of new features, including a new third row seat, which hasn’t been seen in any Volkswagen models since the VW EuroVan. With the new third row feature, Volkswagen has re-imagined the simplicity of gaining access to the third row, as well as kept every man, women, and child in mind when creating the space. The second row seating features a lever that slides and moves the seating forward, no longer requiring patrons to remove empty car seats before gaining access to the third row.

The new and improved dashboard of the Atlas features a 12.3” information display that shows estimated fuel consumption, driver assistance technology, and your speed. Along with the new dashboard features, there is also a new 8” touchscreen display, selectable driving modes, pedestrian monitoring, front assistant, and blind spot assist.

The 8-speed automatic comes in a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder and a 3.6L V6, with an output between 235 hp and 276 hp, respectively. The crossover will definitely be a family friendly option and is in line with the Toyota Highlander and the Ford Explorer, price and size wise.

If you are a faithful Volkswagen owner or have decided to give this new model a try, be sure to contact us with any service or repair needs!

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Porsche’s Latest is a Station Wagon!? The 2017 Panamera Sport Turismo

Due to be revealed at the Geneva Auto Show next month, Porsche’s latest big reveal is the 2017 Panamera Sport Turismo – a luxury, sporty station wagon that aims to be the highest in its class. Porsche joins other German automakers in releasing high end station wagons like the Audi A4 Allsport, Mercedes E-Class Wagon, and the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon as automakers continue to target the luxury crossover market, which is the segment of the market experiencing some of the highest levels of growth in the industry.

Though it may be hard to imagine feeling luxurious when first considering the idea of riding around town in a station wagon, there is no denying that the five-door 2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo looks no less impressive than similarly-priced sleek coupes and sports cars. In the five years since the concept was originally premiered at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Panamera Sport Turismo has remained relatively true to the original concept. Experts expect that the model premiering at Geneva will only have four seats, but they predict that if the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo can capture a segment of the US crossover market, Porsche will expand the overall seating to five. In addition to the fact that station wagons are quite popular across the EU markets, German Auto manufacturers are hoping that American markets will understand the benefits of station wagons: the fuel efficiency, rollover safety, and sleek design of coupes and sedans mixed with the cargo space, expanded wheelbase and functionality of of small SUVs and crossover SUVs.

German AutoSport continues to be on the watch for new and interesting German automobiles. German AutoSport is one of the top service centers for German Automobiles serving the Boston North Shore and New Hampshire, including Amesbury, Newburyport, Kingston, and more. If you own a high-end luxury German Automobile in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, come in to German AutoSport for the best price on oil changes and the highest quality service and maintenance available.

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2018 Audi Q8 Concept Car Revealed At 2017 Detroit Auto Show

German AutoSport is excited to share the details on new Audi Q8 reveal at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the latest upscale concept car from Audi. The Audi Q8 flagship hybrid SUV/Coupe is the latest update from the previous Audi Q7 and looks to put Audi on a level playing field with other high end SUV models by BMW and Mercedes, like the X6 or the GLE Coupe.

The Audi Q8 shares a lot of similarities to the Audi Q7, with similar wheelbases and overall footprints, but the Q8 brings a much sportier body, with a lower base, sloping roofline, and tapered rear, expecting to hold five seats and a 630-liter boot in production models. The Q8 concept is a plug-in hybrid e-tron model, containing a 3.0-liter TFSI engine paired with an electric motor running with a 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery, with 438 horsepower and 700Nm of torque, which delivers 37 miles per a single charge in electric power and taking an estimated two and a half hours to charge the battery. The Audi Q8 has reportedly clocked 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, emitting 53g/km of carbon emissions. An eight-speed automatic gearbox and Quattro four-wheel drive delivers power to the drivetrain.

Audi remains one of the companies on the cutting edge of high-end automobiles, and we are excited to see what the future has in store for new luxury Audi automobiles. Contact German AutoSport for specialized maintenance and custom high-performance fine tuning and services for your Audi or other German automobile.

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