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Why proximity should not be the #1 factor in choosing an auto repair shop in Brooklyn

Objective / Main message No need to scroll to the bottom to get the point of this article; let me provide it up front to get it out of the way right now, before we go into the "why." It is as follows: don't take your car to the nearest shop, take it to one which has experience & specialization in your particular make and model. This is actually the most convenient and prudent thing to do in the long run for the well-being of your investment in a powerfully engineered European car. Transition in/hook To understand why this is so important for you as an owner of a European car, let me provide one of the best stories that illustrate this point. Going to the nearest auto repair shop in Brooklyn is a trap too many car owners in the borough succumb to, because of the false sense sense that this is the most convenient route. Why drive an extra 15 minutes to a shop when there's o ... read more

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Important Articles We've Published For Audi Owners

Important Articles We've Published For Audi Owners

Your Audi is a big, powerfully engineered investment. Such an investment needs to be vigilantly protected, and below are a couple of helpful articles we've published that will arm you with valuable knowledge that should help prevent costly repairs, extend your Audi's lifespan, and keep it in peak condition. 1. Carbon build up on Audi Engines Affecting Your Audi Fuel Economy & Audi Engine Performance Carbon build up in your Audi is an inevitability because over time carbon deposits will build up on the intake valves. This then leads to reduced performance & fuel economy by your Audi engine, which you can read about in more depth in this article. And when you drive Audi, the last thing you want is reduced performance & increase in money you have ... read more

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5 Important Tips We've Published For BMW Owners

5 Important Tips We've Published For BMW Owners

For the past few years, as an auto repair shop in Brooklyn specializing in European cars, we’ve leveraged our 25 years of experience to publish a lot of helpful content for owners of European cars looking to keep their car in prime condition. In this article we will circle back to important advice we’ve published for BMW owners in particular. So below, we’ve rounded up 5 important nuggets of advice -- served in bite sized pieces -- we have shared along the way (in no particular order), with links to the original post. 1. Failing Water Pump Warning Signs Has your BMW passed 50,000 miles or has it been 50,000 miles since the last time you replaced your electric water pump? Is your BMW's yellow engine temperature light turning red? If your answer is yes to either/both, we highly recommend that you ... read more

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Why Your Car Is Overheating And What To Do About It

Why Your Car Is Overheating And What To Do About It

Do you have steam coming from the engine? Is your temperature gauge going to the red zone? Are your engine warning lights coming on? A likely cause is that your car is overheating and its possible reasons could be: Air entering the cooling system caused by a leak leading to antifreeze levels to drop; sucking in and disseminating air. Insufficient antifreeze circulation to the radiator due to some sort of blockage, such as a foreign object somehow lodged in the cooling system. Components in the water pump failing for various reasons like wear and tear. There are preventive measures you can take to avoid these symptoms and their underlying problem. They are as follows: Follow the manufacturer’s recommended interval for flushing the cooling system. Repair ... read more

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Audi VW 2.0 TSI Cam Bridge Screen Problem

Audi VW 2.0 TSI Cam Bridge Screen Problem

As we discussed in an earlier post, the Volkswagen Audi 2.0 TSI engines from 2008-2012 with engine code CCTA, CBFA, CAEB and CPMA originally came with an inferior chain tensioner. The aforementioned article discusses what the failure of this component entails and our recommended actions in order to avoid potential catastrophic engine failure that could cost you thousands of dollars. In this article, we'll narrow our focus onto one of the persistent problems often associated with these TSI engine issues and discuss a specific part: the cam bridge. What a cam bridge is The cam bridge's relationship to the camshafts is that it's accountable for dispensing oil lubrication to them. Inside the cam bridge lies a very small aperture with a component, the purpose of which is to regulate oil pressure to the c ... read more

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Important! Maintenance Notes To Know As a Mercedes Owner

Important! Maintenance Notes To Know As a Mercedes Owner

Do you want to keep your Mercedes Benz in peak driving condition for as long as possible? Unless you don’t like protecting your investments, the answer is an obvious and emphatic YES. Your Mercedes comes with an owners manual which suggests/recommends a specified maintenance interval you must adhere to in order to provide your investment with the proper care it needs to be the best possible driving machine it can for as long as possible. However, you must take several factors into consideration before you follow this recommendation from the manual to the tee. You may own the same Mercedes as the next driver, with the exact same amount mileage, but your circumstances are not necessarily as identical as these surface-level facts might imply. Therefore, the maintenance intervals between you and the other owner could very well be very different. The ... read more

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The Porsche Cayenne Break-In Period

The Porsche Cayenne Break-In Period

A great investment requires great care. By purchasing a Porsche Cayenne, you’ve made a substantial investment in acquiring an iconic, high-performance, head-turning machine, and you must be vigilant in your efforts to protect your investment. But as an owner of a Porsche, the concept of maintenance can feel intimidating, and you may think it’s something to be left for repair and maintenance shops specializing in Porsche, like us at MINHS Automotive. But that’s only partially true. While the expertise & services we as a shop provide are invaluable for maintaining and repairing your Porsche, that does not mean you as the owner do not have an active role in increasing your car’s lifespan and keeping any potential problems at bay. The first step towards keeping your Porsche Cayenne in peak driving condition is breaking it in properly. Below ar ... read more

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Audi 7 Speed Dual Clutch Gearbox Repair

Audi 7 Speed Dual Clutch Gearbox Repair

In the event of a malfunction, serious damage can be prevented and mobility preserved by means of “limp home” programs initiated by the transmission control module. In addition, there are also protective functions, which protect certain components against overload. The transmission is controlled by a newly developed Mechatronic system. It enables precision control of gear engagement speed and force when changing gears. This means that regardless of the driving situation, rapid gear shifts are also smooth. The Mechatronic system acts as the central transmission control module. It combines the electro-hydraulic control module (actuators), the electronic control module, and some of the sensors into a single unit. ATF oil is subject to a fixed replacement interval (refer to maintenance). PCB Circuit board malfunction. The gearbox is controlled by a ... read more

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Winter & All-Season Tires

Winter & All-Season Tires

Now that we are in the middle of another cold, bitter winter in New York City, prudent drivers are thinking about the safety of their vehicle and whether their tires are up to the challenges of driving in frigid conditions. A big question on many drivers’ minds is whether all season tires or winter tires will suit their needs. To protect yourself and your passengers, you’ll want to bring your vehicle to the best auto repair shop Brooklyn has to offer for tire evaluation. Before you make an appointment for service, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the advantages and disadvantages of winter tires vs. all season tires. All Season Tires As their name indicates, you can drive with all season tires throughout the year, which is very convenient for busy drivers. All season tires are typically less expensive than winter tires, so if you’r ... read more

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Porsche Repair Specialist NYC

Porsche Repair Specialist NYC

We are proud of not only our superior customer service and quality, but our ability offer the best competitive rates in comparison to the Manhattan Porsche Dealership. We perform all scheduled maintenance by time or mileage, following all Porsche repair procedures and is the dealer alternative for Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. We pride ourselves in being a Porsche specialist for the NYC area. Once you become a first-time customer, you'll become our long-term customer. We’re committed to providing you with the highest level of service, integrity and professionalism. Range of Services ❏ PDK & Manual transmission oil change ❏ Diagnostic and programming ❏ Immobilizer key programming ❏ IMS bearing replacement ❏ Porsche scheduled maintenance Porsche Model Coverage ❏ 930, 993, 996, 997, 991 Porshe 911 ❏ 9PA, 92A Cayenne ... read more

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