Change Up Oil or Swap Out Engine

Car manufacturers are now lengthening their oil change intervals anyway. If the recommendation is 8,000 kilometres, a few extra trips can’t do that much damage. Can it? 

It can. 

Ask the owner of this 2015 BMW X5 that recently required an engine replacement. An ounce of prevention – or six to eight quarts of new oil – is worth 400 pounds of cure. 

Work, kids, and Big White calling your name to hit the slopes whenever you have some downtime. Life gets busy. We get it! Then, one day, you notice that little reminder sticker in the top left of your windshield that your oil change was due about 4,000 kilometres ago. Whoops! 

After all, car manufacturers are now lengthening their oil change intervals anyway. If the recommendation is 8,000 kilometres, a few extra trips can’t do that much damage. Can it? 

It can. 

Ask the owner of this 2015 BMW X5 that recently required an engine replacement. An ounce of prevention – or six to eight quarts of new oil – is worth 400 pounds of cure. 

 

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It lubricates and protects meticulously engineered moving parts in your car’s engine. Sticking to Motor Werke’s oil change interval recommendations is the most economical way to maintain peak performance in the vehicle you rely on for work, family, and the drive up for a day of skiing.

As the above video explains, vehicle owners who fail to change their oil for extraordinarily long periods may experience premature engine failure and require a complete engine replacement

As a vehicle owner, you know the importance of routine oil changes. However, many vehicle owners don’t realize the repairs they may face due to attempts to extend their engine oil life. 

 

Listed are potential vehicle problems that could develop and cause eventual engine failure if the oil is left unchanged for too long:

 

Component Corrosion

Engine oil contains numerous additives designed to preserve your engine components. These additives may include cleansing detergents, anti-rust treatments, and friction-reducing chemicals. 

The higher the quality of engine oil, the more likely it contains better additives to maintain your engine’s health. As the oil is used, these additives break down, allowing your engine to be more vulnerable to corrosion. 

Many variables can affect the length of time these additives maintain intact. Because our technicians get to know the cars and drivers we work with so well, we customize our recommendations for the best oil and schedule.

 

Decreased Engine Power

Do you remember the first time you drove your European car? That power. It was different from any other car. That’s why you chose it. 

Motor Werke’s auto technicians want you to experience that new car feeling over your vehicle’s entire lifetime. Quality engine oil and regular oil changes maintain horsepower levels by allowing the engine components to move with as little friction as possible. 

As engine oil ages, it starts to congeal, gumming up the engine’s moving parts. The sludge in your engine can start to rob you of power, as you take off from the red light or climb an Okanagan hill. Keep your ponies under the hood happy with fresh oil, and on time. 

 

Engine Clogs

In addition to decreased oomph in your engine’s horses, the thickness of old engine oil can also lead to blockages, getting trapped in every crevice imaginable. 

For example, if the vehicle sits for a while. The oil slowly drains to the bottom of the engine, leaving little to no lubrication of components at the top of the engine. Once you start the vehicle the oil pump pushes the oil back to the top of the engine, fully lubricating all components. If the oil pump cannot push the oil to the top of the engine quick enough (due to blockages made of sludgy oil) then damage to the engine will occur. 

Not only does the oil become thicker as it ages, but the debris that it has collected may get left behind as dirt, rust, and other particles as it moves through the engine. These particles become lodged between moving parts, once again causing havoc on engine parts.  

 

Engine Overheating

As we’ve already covered, oil becomes thicker and dirtier as time goes on, preventing the engine parts from moving as freely as they’d like. As the friction increases in the engine, so does the vehicle’s average temperature while in operation. If the friction becomes too much, components will overheat and give up. 

 

A Voided Vehicle Warranty

We hope that the myth has already been debunked that your warranty is void if you get your oil change done by anyone else but the dealership where you purchased your car. If not, consider this another attempt to debunk it. 

You can have your vehicle serviced anywhere. We hope you choose us! Our auto technicians will ensure that your vehicle’s services are not only done according to factory specifications but before damage occurs to other parts that may not be under warranty. 

Keep your car running smoothly and its warranty intact with access to detailed records of your maintenance history, should you ever need to provide documentation at the dealership.

 

What do all of the problems mentioned above lead to? A complete meltdown and a possible engine replacement. The worst possible outcome for your car and your wallet. Go long enough without an oil change, and it could eventually cost you your car. 

Even if a manufacturer recommends an extended oil change interval, ask our European auto technicians what is best for your vehicle. Not all engines are the same, just like not all oils are the same. We have extensive knowledge in both and are here to help keep your vehicle safely on the road, in pristine condition. 

Because life gets busy, we offer shuttle service, courtesy cars, and vehicle pickup and drop off services to make your oil changes even more convenient. 

We service and repair all European models, including AudiBMWJaguarLand RoverMercedes-BenzPorscheVolkswagenVolvo, plus performance cars such as Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren and more.  Contact us today!

Oil Supplements To Fuel Your European Car

People take supplements to get enough essential nutrients to maintain or improve their health. Some of you may take more supplements than others based on the lifestyle you lead. Just like building muscle at the gym, your car could use some help in reaching its full power. 

People take supplements to get enough essential nutrients to maintain or improve their health. Some of you may take more supplements than others based on the lifestyle you lead. Just like building muscle at the gym, your car could use some help in reaching its full power. 

The technologically advanced cars we drive today, the amount we use them, and the way we drive all result in engines running hotter than ever. Most modern car engines run at about 93°C! With turbo charger temperatures reaching around 900°C. That’s hard work. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a vehicle would need supplements as well. 

Motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine and serves several purposes such as:

  • Holding small contaminants within itself to prevent harmful deposits from forming on metal surfaces.
  • Cooling engine parts by absorbing heat and carrying it to a place where it can be safely dissipated – like an oil cooler.
  • Minimizing combustion byproducts from contaminating the lubricating system by acting as a dynamic seal.
  • Neutralizing corrosive products and acting as a barrier between engine components and corrosive substances.
  • Transferring energy in the cases of hydraulic equipment or valve lifters.
  • Standing up to intense heat generated by turbo power.

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In addition to the typical day to day jobs, the oil must do them all with today’s suggested extended oil change intervals, which put a lot more strain on engine oil and engine components. After a while, thermal and oxidative breakdown may occur, causing the engine oil to thicken. 

Thick oil is not only less effective but promotes the buildup of deposits. 

Even high-quality synthetic oils will degrade eventually. However, extended oil change intervals offer a lengthy incubation period for these deposits, and they can go undetected for several months.  

If left unchecked, deposits can cause severe problems to engine internal components and seals. Causing poor performance, leaks and lowering fuel economy. Not ideal for your vehicle, your wallet, or the environment.  

Our European auto technicians in Kelowna often use BG Advanced Formula MOA®, a unique formula that mitigates or eliminates the problems we mentioned above.  

How? It provides a high level, powerful detergency and antioxidant system that prevents engine oil degradation and thickening under even the most severe stop-and-go, high temperature driving. 

BG Advanced Formula MOA® protects the components of your engine but when combined with overall good car maintenance, this engine oil additive can substantially enhance your car’s performance, fuel costs and longevity.  

We’re big proponents of additives but encourage customers to bring in their vehicles for this service. Tampering with the balance of sophisticated oils by adding other chemicals can adversely affect overall oil performance, sometimes dramatically. 

If you’re not familiar with your car and engine oil but you’re curious about adding supplements to your car’s diet, contact our European service experts today. We service and repair all European models including Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, Volvo, and more.

 

Oh, Rats! Damage Caused by Unwanted Winter Guests

Weakened batteries, metal corrosion, frozen fuel lines, and other winter hazards for your car can be frustrating. But did you know that mice and other rodents cause the most damage to vehicles over the winter? Their tooth enamel is hard enough to chew through almost anything, and your car may be the perfect spot for them to find nesting materials or hunker down for the winter. It’s more common than you think!

Weakened batteries, metal corrosion, frozen fuel lines, and other winter hazards for your car can be frustrating. But did you know that mice and other rodents cause the most damage to vehicles over the winter? Their tooth enamel is hard enough to chew through almost anything, and your car may be the perfect spot for them to find nesting materials or hunker down for the winter. It’s more common than you think!

Signs of Rodents in Your Car

Visual sightings of droppings and urine, along with bad smells.

Gnawed upholstery and insulation.

Chewed wires.

Strange sounds, especially the heater or fan making a rumbling or vibrating noise that indicates a nest in the heater blower motor.

Spotting food sources like nuts, dog food, and birdseed that rodents have brought into your car to eat.

Seeing old snacks like crackers in unlikely places.

On occasion, witnessing a mouse or rat jump out of or run around in your car. Eek…that wouldn’t be distracting at all! 

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Practicing proper rodent infestation prevention is always key by taking some simple steps:

Keep the Vehicle Clean – Paper, tissues, and fast-food bags are prime nesting material for mice.

Prevent Moisture Build Up – Rodents need water to survive, so a leak in the heater or wet materials left in the vehicle will draw them in and keep them around.

Eliminate Entry Points – Close all windows, including the sunroof, as rodents need only a small crack to gain entry to a car. 

Pay Attention to the Garage – Despite parking in a garage, vehicles can still be at risk for rodents. Check around your garage for any signs of rodents and cover trash cans, throw out debris as soon as you can, clear clutter, remove stored pet food, and check for any gaps or cracks into the garage.

Check Under the Hood – Rodents tend to build their nests near the engine due to the warmth it generates. Nests situated in this area provide rodents easy access to vital circuitry.

Contact Motor Werke – Our team of auto technicians in Kelowna has tested several mouse blockers. We can say with confidence that we have found the ultimate in mouse blockers that offers two active deterrents to scare away mice, rats, and squirrels. At a minimal cost, your car is protected all winter from unwanted guests.

Common nest locations are:

  • Heater blower motors
  • Under the center console
  • Behind plastic paneling
  • The engine compartment
  • The trunk
  • Air conditioner ducts

Vehicles parked in rural areas or near alleys and sewers, as well as those left unused for extended periods, are at higher risk for a rodent invasion. If you have had a problem in the past with rodents or you worry that your car may be at increased risk this winter, contact us and get set up with the best mouse blocker on the market. 

The European auto experts at Motor Werke in Kelowna are standing by to answer all of your questions regarding mouse blockers or other issues you may encounter this winter. 

Battery Load Testing Benefits for Winters in Kelowna

If you call BCAA this winter, the chances are good that the topic of discussion will be a dead battery. The company claims that the calls they receive most are due to cold conditions causing a weakened battery to completely fail.  Many of these calls to get a boost, or tow, could be avoided by load testing your car’s battery before winter.

If you call BCAA this winter, the chances are good that the topic of discussion will be a dead battery. The company claims that the calls they receive most are due to cold conditions causing a weakened battery to completely fail.  Many of these calls to get a boost, or tow, could be avoided by load testing your car’s battery before winter. Both the summer heat and Okanagan winters can take a toll on your vehicle battery. However, it is a much bigger inconvenience to deal with a dead battery while shivering than when sweating.

When Motor Werke’s European auto technicians hear complaints regarding cranking or drivability, we always begin at the heart of the vehicle, the battery. Batteries used to last between 5 and 7 years, but many drivers have recently experienced a dramatic decrease in their batteries’ lifespans. These drivers are not losing their minds. It is a fact. Modern cars put heavier demands on batteries with more fancy electronic features we have come to love such as heated seats and steering wheels, heated mirrors, touch screen monitors, navigation systems and even built in massage seats. There is also pressure on manufacturers to make batteries smaller and cheaper, sacrificing the life expectancy of the battery. 

Here at Motor Werke, we have tried numerous battery load testers over the years and choose only the most reliable, consistent diagnostic tools on the market. Our skilled auto technicians ensure you are driving safely with a healthy battery, especially heading into a cold winter. This year has been full of surprises including an early dump of snow in October for Kelowna, catching many of us off guard. Temperatures look like they are heading in the right direction to a seasonal normal for the Okanagan but because of the numerous twists and turns this year, we are helping our customers stay as prepared as possible. 

 

Before winter hits for good this season, let’s go through some battery care tips…

 

Test or Replace Your Battery in Milder Fall Weather

A vehicle’s engine requires more power to start when the temperatures are colder, and the colder temperatures make it harder for your battery to provide energy. If there is any sign of the battery struggling now in milder weather, the likelihood that it will let you down during the winter is high.  

 

Maintain the Voltage

Keep the battery fully charged throughout the winter using a trickle charger or maintainer, especially if you only make frequent short drives (less than 5 kilometres) or the car is parked for more than a week at a time. 

 

Check Car Battery Connections

Autumn weather in the Okanagan can be unpredictable with unexpected high heat, moisture, and early snowfall which can cause corrosion and other problems with battery connections.  Ensure cables, posts, and fasteners are in good shape, plus check the battery connections to confirm they are clean and tight.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTES

When a battery charges, it gives off hydrogen gas. Hydrogen is flammable and can explode if a spark occurs near the battery. 

DO NOT attempt to jump start or recharge a frozen battery. Remove the battery from the vehicle, bring it into a warm room and let it thaw before charging or testing.

Always wear safety glasses and gloves when handling a car battery.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing, jumping, installing, discharging, charging, equalizing and maintaining batteries.

Fall Season the Reason for Transmission Maintenance in Kelowna

Whether it’s the chill of winter thickening the fluids, or the heat of summer giving your coolant a run for its money, every season presents unique challenges for your vehicle.

Whether it’s the chill of winter thickening the fluids, or the heat of summer giving your coolant a run for its money, every season presents unique challenges for your vehicle.

Fall is no exception. With all the fun summer road trips you were (hopefully) able to take, it may be time for a little TLC for your vehicle and to find a specialist in European transmission maintenance in Kelowna.

Taking a Load Off the Transmission

Some say B.C. is the best place in Canada for outdoor adventures, and anyone who has loaded the boat onto a trailer to hit the water knows this to be true. The province has firm restrictions on the weight of trailers that can be towed by those who hold a Class 5 or Class 7 licence, but those limits may differ from the recommended maximum towing weight listed by the manufacturer.

Even if you follow the rules to the letter, the hills and valleys that make this area so beautiful also make towing thousands of kilograms of weight very hard on your vehicle. The transmission may be particularly taxed after a long summer of towing heavy loads.

Signs of Troubled Transmissions

While some automotive problems can come on without warning, a vehicle’s transmission usually gives some early warning signs. You will be alerted to some transmission problems by the following symptoms:

Sluggish Response

If the car seems to be taking a long time to switch gears, especially when you’re going up or downhill, there might be a problem. If these slow shifts are accompanied by a louder-than-usual hum or buzzing sound, transmission trouble is almost guaranteed.

Fluid Leak

Nobody likes to see a mystery fluid leaking on the garage floor, but transmission fluid is especially alarming because of its tell-tale red colour. If the fluid smells a little sweet, you have caught the problem early and may only need a simple fix. However, if it smells a little burnt, it’s time to get to the repair shop as soon as possible.

As a matter of fact, any burning smell coming from your car should be investigated right away. It could simply be a need for a fluid top-up, but it could also signal something much more serious, and it will only get worse with time.

Check Engine Light

The “Check Engine” light is the bane of every car owner’s existence. It always comes on at the most inopportune time, like when you’re far from home on a long road trip, and it’s just vague enough to be terrifying.

Rest assured; this light comes on for a whole host of reasons, many of which are relatively innocuous. However, it is one indicator that you should never ignore. A quick visit to a European auto expert in Kelowna who uses the latest in diagnostic tools to identify the specific problem can go a long way towards putting your mind, and your wallet, at ease.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

The transmission gives savvy car owners some warning signals, but the before we head into the long winter ahead, a trip to the shop this fall can help avoid a more costly repair down the road. After a long summer of fun, take the time to investigate and address any signs transmission trouble now, before you’re left out in the cold!

Motor Werke specializes in expert service for European car service and repair in Kelowna such as BMW, VW, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, Land Rover, Jaguar, Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley and Lamborghini. Contact us today and receive the very best in transmission maintenance in Kelowna for your European vehicle.