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How To Replace A Valve Cover Gasket On Mercedes

Valve Cover Gasket

When your Mercedes comes back with the diagnosis code of valve cover gasket issues, it’s may not be immediately clear what action you need to take. Things like plugs and brake pads are second nature to car owners, but a valve cover gasket is a bit less well known. If it comes to it, knowing how to replace a valve cover gasket on a Mercedes is important to the longevity of your vehicle.

What is a Valve Cover Gasket?

The valve cover is on top of the cylinder head of the engine, and the valve cover gasket sits conveniently right between them to keep circulating oil inside. The majority of valve cover gaskets are made of a rubber mold, varying in size and thickness based on the vehicle and its engine. In some cases, the spark plug tube gaskets are part of the valve cover gasket, and in that case, it is common to replace both at the same time.

What Does it Do?

The valve cover gasket helps keep oil in the engine so things are running smoothly. A bad valve cover gasket results in an oil leak that can exit the engine and start to leak onto other essential parts of the car. If this starts happening, users start to notice oil under the car or on other parts under the hood. A burning smell usually comes with a damaged valve cover gasket.

Is it Dire that I Replace the Valve Cover Gasket?

Sure, you can drive with a broken valve cover gasket, but problems of a much larger magnitude follow. Leaked oil can damage everything from plugs and hoses. Avoid the problem now and get the replacement taken care of immediately.

Replacing a Valve Cover Gasket

There’s no exact science to when the valve cover gasket will break in a Mercedes, but once it does, replacement is crucial. Getting a valve cover gasket replaced at German Imports Car Care is the ideal way to go, seeing as every step is done by an expert. The team member working on your car removes the valve cover, removes the old gasket, and cleans the surface before installing the new part. After applied to the car, a test will make sure leaking has stopped.

Can I Replace the Valve Cover Gasket in my Mercedes Myself?

Like many car repairs, the parts that are being replaced in a valve cover gasket repair are not complex. In fact, the tools needed are simple as well. The trick here is the assurance that leaking is stopped and that the new gasket is placed correctly. The team at German Imports Car Care is trained to know whether or not the valve cover gasket is in the right position or not, as well as how to clean the area if leaking occurred before the repair. Call German Imports Car Care today for all Mercedes repairs and maintenance.

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What’s Included In The 100K Service For My BMW?

What’s Included In The 100K Service For My BMW?

As we all know, an engine is full of moving parts and sometimes those parts break or are starting to wear to the point of nearly breaking. That is why it is good that our engines have sensors to tell us when there might be something going wrong inside of your engine that can be fixed before there is a major issue that would come of lack of a warning. These sensors tells us on our dashboard with indicator lights, these lights tell you things like if you haven’t buckled your seat belt, your gas tank is low, the parking break is set, your engine is over-heating, or a number of other warning lights to help inform you that there is a malfunction with the safe operation of your vehicle.

Now-a-days people are being able to keep their vehicles for longer. And BMW vehicles are high performance vehicles which, if they are well maintained, can last for many, many years. Following the manufacturer guidelines that BMW suggests all owners take their vehicles in for scheduled maintenance at the mileage milestones like 15,000-mile service when you have your oil changed, fluids checked, tires rotated and balanced and check air filter

When your vehicle starts to get to the 90,000 and 100,000 miles on your odometer you need to have a little more TLC for your BMW’s engine.

If you have followed the service and maintenance schedule for your BMW you know that there is a 90,000-mileage service but not a 100,000k scheduled service. With your 90,000-mile service your BMW should undergo the same complete inspection that it would when your car reaches 30,000 miles.

  • Many of the Same Services from 60,000 Mile Interval
  • Top to Bottom Inspection
  • Check Spark Plugs – Replace as Needed
  • Inspect Vehicle Safety Technology Features

After a certain point, with any model of vehicle, after 100,000 miles your car is living on borrowed time. It is important to give your engine the proper love that it will need to help keep it on the road as long as possible. BMW engines are built to last so if you have reached the golden mile on your odometer – celebrate!

If you need to have your 90,000 or 100,000 mile service scheduled give us a call at German Imports Car Care and we will ensure that your engine will get the love and care it needs to stay on the road for many years to come.

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Why Is My Audi’s Check Engine Light On?

Why is my Audi's check engine light on?

As we all know, an engine is full of moving parts and sometimes those parts break or are starting to wear to the point of nearly breaking. That is why it is good that our engines have sensors to tell us when there might be something going wrong inside of your engine that can be fixed before there is a major issue that would come of lack of a warning. These sensors tells us on our dashboard with indicator lights, these lights tell you things like if you haven’t buckled your seat belt, your gas tank is low, the parking break is set, your engine is over-heating, or a number of other warning lights to help inform you that there is a malfunction with the safe operation of your vehicle.

Audi Warning Lights

An Audi is no different, some models can have upwards of 35 different simples and lights on your dashboard. When your check engine light is on in your Audi there could be a few reasons as to why this could be illuminated.

It could be as simple as your gas cap is loose or it could be much more complicated. If you wanted to check your engine yourself, you can pick up from an auto part store a level 1 OBD-II scanner. This scanner you can plug into your dash (check your owner’s manual to see where the plug is located) and the scanner will send you the fault code, also called Diagnostic trouble code. Then you can look up what that code means in your owner’s manual and understand how serious the situation is that has caused your check engine light to be turned on.

Flashing Check Engine Light

Now if your check engine light is flashing don’t bother with the scanner, call a tow truck and bring your Audi down to German Imports Car Care. This indicates there is a misfire, which means that the engine is going receiving the fuel and the burn off isn’t reaching the cylinders. Since this is a misfire, we DO NOT recommend you drive your care to the care center, it becomes a hazard to drive and you are no longer safe while driving this beautiful piece of automotive.

The scanners can be a little confusing to figure out on your own so be sure to consult with your owner’s manual or call us and we can help decode the codes for you. We are always here to answer your questions that you may have and ensure that you are confident with your Audi. 

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How Do Know If My Mercedes Brakes Need To Be Serviced?

Have you ever been driving down the road and come to a stoplight or sign and heard the car next to you squealing at a high pitch sound that makes your jaw hurt? That is the number one indicator that their brakes desperately need to be changed out.

Mercedes recommends that the break rotors get replaced between 15,000 and 70,000 miles. That’s a lot of miles between those two numbers so what are some signs that you should get your brakes and rotors replaced sooner rather than later.

The main indicator, outside of the squeaky brakes, is when you push on the brake pedal and your stomach drops to your toes because your entire car is shaking. This is a great time to schedule a maintenance visit for your vehicle. You feel the shaking because your rotors are starting to get warped or your brake pads are worn down.

Sometimes you need to just look – that’s right! Change out of those good slacks and kneel down, this is the best way to get a visual idea of what the status of your pads and rotors is. Because the brake pads press against the rotors to slow down your car, it isn’t surprising that the rotors are going to wear out over time. Sadly, that is just how it is with vehicles. When you inspect your rotors, it is good to know what to look for, you are looking for grooves and scoring the brake pads have caused over time. A good rotor will look very smooth and unmarked. If you see grooves or scoring, or both, on the rotors, the fact of the matter is they will likely need to be replaced. If not now, then soon.

Back to the squeaky wheel – though sounds don’t always mean that you have bad rotors. But a squealing or squeaking sound could be a sign of a bad rotor and brake pads. If you feel like your brakes are in a questionable state it is always best to have them checked out. German Imports Car Care is able to give you peace of mind while checking on your brakes.