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Audi VW Piston Ring Failure 2.0 TFSI

Audi VW Piston Ring Failure 2.0 TFSI

The piston rings, on the 2.0 and 1.8 TFSI engines pre-dating 2012 (majority of the reports being from the 2.0), let little oil seep through to the cylinders. Once there, they result in high oil consumption due to burning. As the driver, this issue will come to your attention by way of the ‘add one litre of oil’ notification. If and when this does happen, we recommend that you add a litre of the right grade oil as soon as possible, though you don’t need to stop the vehicle as soon as you see it. If left unattended, this problem will exacerbate. Thick smoke from acceleration, damage to the cylinders, etc. To get out ahead of the problem as an owner of a 2008–2012 2.0 or 1.8 TFSI engine, we suggest that you fill your oil to maximum capacity and then proceed to reset the odometer. The way you will know whether or not you’re affected by this problem will be the ‘add one litre of oil’ notification after having driven your Audi less than 1,200 m ... read more

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Bay Ridge Brooklyn Auto Repair

Bay Ridge Brooklyn Auto Repair

As a dealer-alternative European auto repair shop serving Bay Ridge Brooklyn, we have over a 25 year track record of exceeding customer expectations. We provide general repairs and maintenance on all domestic and import cars and offer specialization services for BMW, MINI, Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz and Porsche vehicles. The three things which set us apart: Unparalleled level of protection Dealer quality service, for less than the dealer price Customer service that goes above and beyond 1. Unparalleled level of protection - 3 Years – 36,000 Miles Nationwide warranty on our service. A job well done in conjunction with a piece of mind. We are one of very few shops in al ... read more

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BMW N63 Valve Stem Seals Repair

BMW N63 Valve Stem Seals Repair

THE PROBLEM This BMW equipped with the N63 engine had an oil consumption issue where 1qt had to be added every 4 days and was blowing smoke from the tailpipe with a blue tint when accelerating post-warmup. This is caused by the aged rubber on the valve stem seals that hardens and cracks which will lose its ability to seal the valve guide. Bad valve stem seals will cause excessive oil consumption and can be identified by recording the level of oil loss. This is unfortunately a common problem that has carried over from the N62 to the N63 BMW engine. The models affected are vehicles from 2003-2008 with N62 V8 engines such as the  E60 545i, E63 645i, E65 745i, E53 X5 and vehicles from 2009-2013 equipped with N63 engines such as F10 550i, F12 650i, F01 750i, and E70 X5. HOW WE FIXED IT We fixed it the only way you can fix this problem when it arises: by replacing the valve stems with new ones. First and f ... 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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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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