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!

Wheel Alignments: Laser Straight Results

At Motor Werke, we use Hunter alignment equipment, a state-of-the-art technology and innovative computer-based wheel alignment system. It allows our European auto experts to quickly locate wheel alignment issues in just 90 seconds.

There are millions of cars on the road, driving around with bad wheel alignment. Don’t be one of them! No alarm goes off. No light comes on as a warning. But when you deal with repair and service technicians in Kelowna, specially trained to work on your European vehicle, all becomes right (and straightforward) in the world of wheel alignments.

Ensuring that your car has the correct wheel alignment has a range of benefits to both the driver and the vehicle, such as improving fuel efficiency, road handling experience, and more importantly, driver and passenger safety. The most significant impact, however, is typically on your tires and their wear. Tires are much too big of an investment to treat them this way.

Even without experiencing problems, most vehicle manufacturers recommend checking your wheel alignment every 15,000 kilometres or 12 months, whichever comes first.

At Motor Werke, we use Hunter alignment equipment, a state-of-the-art technology and innovative computer-based car alignment system. It allows our European auto experts to quickly locate wheel alignment issues in just 90 seconds.

The procedure includes chocking wheels, mounting targets, setting air pressure, rolling wheels forward to compensate sensors and scanning VIN for specs and wheel steer specifications. To start the process, our Hunter equipment allows the sensors to grip only the tire, not the wheel, due to their spring-loaded arms. Meaning, no metal on metal contact, which avoids any potential damage to the wheels.

When the vehicle is lined up and ready for its big event, the Hunter system uses a fully integrated alignment system. It links its four high-resolution cameras and wheel sensors, creating unrivaled 3D modeling of wheel positions and the most accurate alignment measurements.

We’re not done. 

The award-winning CodeLink system goes into action, which recalibrates the steering angle sensor so the Electronic Stability Control system functions properly, ensuring the safety features of your car’s stability remain at their maximum.

Details of the wheel alignment are then printed out in a user-friendly and easy to read format, helping our technicians to not only identify areas of past concern but to pass on total peace of mind for another year. Your car is now back within alignment guidelines and ready for the road.

For a glimpse into our wheel alignment process, check out this video of Derek, Pit Crew Technician, working on a Land Rover.

 

With Hunter alignment equipment, Motor Werke guarantees precise, laser-straight wheel alignments done right, the first time. We believe you deserve the best wheel alignment service provided by the best alignment equipment, run by the best European auto experts in Kelowna.

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No Insurance? No Problem!

We have been hearing that many customers are having challenges getting insurance coverage for their vehicles since some offices have temporarily closed. To help alleviate stress during these challenging times, we can either pick up your vehicle from home or provide a repair plate so that you can bring your vehicle to us for no-contact auto repairs and service.

We have been hearing that many customers are having challenges getting insurance coverage for their vehicles since some offices have temporarily closed.

To help alleviate stress during these challenging times, we can either pick up your vehicle from home or provide a repair plate so that you can bring your vehicle to us for no-contact auto repairs and service.

Watch our quick video featuring solutions for customers with no insurance and other protocols we’ve put in place during the COVID-19 crisis. SUPPORT FOR MOTOR WERKE’S COMMUNITY

For those customers with booked appointments who may be more susceptible to the coronavirus, we are offering no-contact pick up service for not only your vehicle but other essentials.

Pick up for groceries, prescriptions, and other items is an option for anyone with health concerns or elderly customers who are particularly vulnerable. Contact us for details!

The Whys and Hows: Keep Your Car’s Interior Clean At Home

Like many drivers, your vehicle is sort of your home away from home. A significant amount of time is spent in this space; drinks are spilled, garbage ends up on the back seat floor…and kids? Well, kids are kids. Because of the isolating measures due to Covid-19, we receive numerous phone calls regarding cleaning your car’s interior at home. So, we asked our in-house expert Tod, founder of Johnny’s Wax Shop, to help us with your questions.

Like many drivers, your vehicle is sort of your home away from home. A significant amount of time is spent in this space; drinks are spilled, garbage ends up on the back seat floor…and kids? Well, kids are kids.

Because of the isolating measures due to Covid-19, we receive numerous phone calls regarding cleaning your car’s interior at home. So, we asked our in-house expert Tod, founder of Johnny’s Wax Shop, to help us with your questions.

 

First, why is it important to keep your car’s interior clean?

 

Excess Wear and Tear

Dirt, oils, and acidic drinks like juice leftover from last week’s disastrous spill can all contribute to excessive wear and tear on the upholstery, leather, and even hard surfaces. Cleaning these substances from your car’s interior dramatically reduces wear and tear, allowing your vehicle to look newer, longer – resulting in higher resale value later on.

 

Health Issues

As you’ll see in the video below, Tod cleans the interior air vents and picks up quite a bit of dirt with just a few swipes of a swab. Hidden dust, dirt, and other microscopic particles create poor air quality within the cabin.

By having a well-cleaned car, free of garbage, smells, and other “I don’t even know what food that could be” debris, you’ll be helping your overall mental health and stress levels too!

 

Driving Safety

As we just mentioned, the air quality inside your vehicle is important. The circulating particles in your car stick to surfaces like the inside of your windshield and windows. This film can cause a nasty glare during night driving, preventing optimal driving safety.

 

In the video below, Tod walks us through the essentials when cleaning your vehicle at home. Johnny’s Wax Shop’s new retail space is located right here inside the Motor Werke shop. With regular professional auto detailing, you maintain a “like-new” car interior in a condition not typically achieved with an at-home cleaning. However, by following Tod’s excellent tips from the video above, you’ll be able to restore pride in your ride until your next visit to our shop.

Johnny’s Wax Shop and Motor Werke are located in Kelowna at the corner of Springfield and Spall. Contact us with any questions or to book an appointment.

 

Working Hard to Keep Everyone Safe Amid Covid-19, Remains Open

We have recently implemented several extra steps to ensure the health of our customers, staff and community. We typically experience a surge in bookings for May/June. To avoid having to wait months for an appointment, we have put every recommended protocol in place and then some.

We have recently implemented several extra steps to ensure the health of our customers, staff and community. We typically experience a surge in bookings for May/June. To avoid having to wait months for an appointment, we have put every recommended protocol in place and then some.

From steering wheel covers, shuttle car service and extreme sanitizing measures, we want everyone to feel safe in bringing their vehicle into the shop.

By continuing our already high standards of cleanliness with additional measures in place, rest assured that you can bring your vehicle in for maintenance and repairs without hesitation, keeping it and you safe on the roads.