Winter Storage Tips

It’s that time of year again, when car enthusiasts prepare to take their last drive of the season and get their vehicle ready for winter storage. A sad day, indeed, but absolutely necessary in order to ensure that your sports or classic car is ready to roll again in the spring!

It’s that time of year again when car enthusiasts prepare to take their last drive of the season and get their vehicle ready for winter storage.  A sad day, indeed, but absolutely necessary in order to ensure that your sports or classic car is ready to roll again in the spring!

SIMPLE KELOWNA WINTER STORAGE TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE

There are a number of simple steps that should be taken to protect your vehicle from damage over the winter months:

  • Store your vehicle in a dry garage with a concrete floor
  • Top off fluids such as engine oil and coolant
  • Ensure the fuel tank is full and add a fuel stabilizer to the system
  • Set tires to maximum pressures
  • Have the car washed and detailed before it is stored
  • Use a well fitted cover to protect the vehicle’s finish

These are easy, common sense solutions that help to extend the life of your automobile and keep it performing at its best.

Pest Prevention – A must for Winter Storage in Kelowna

One step that many vehicle owners fail to take is pest control – and it can lead to costly damages.

We are seeing more and more vehicles with damage due to mice, rats and even marmots.  Stored cars offer the perfect winter home for critters that are looking to escape the cold and find a warm, dry place to nest.  The results can be disastrous.  Destruction from chewed wires and insulation can cost thousands to repair and can impede the safe operation of the vehicle if the infestation goes undetected.  Health concerns of a rodent infestation are an important consideration too, as hantavirus – a virus that is carried by rodents and can be passed on to humans – can lead to some serious symptoms for unsuspecting drivers.

The good news is that there are ways to discourage animals from taking up residence in your automobile.

  • Place mothballs underneath and around the vehicle to help deter rodents
  • Dryer sheets around  the car are effective as well as mice and rats tend to dislike their scent
  • Set traps in your garage and check them periodically

Try these easy tips to keep your ride from turning into a rodent hotel this winter.  You’ll be glad you did!

Book an appointment with Kelowna’s European car experts today. You and your car deserve the best.

Choose Porsche Repair Specialists

Porsche has a long and storied history of excellence. Since its beginnings on Stuttgart, Germany in 1931, the Porsche brand has been associated with power and performance all over the world. However, there is more to Porsche than powerful racing machines. With models like Panamera, Macan and Cayenne, Porsche provides a viable everyday vehicle option for the discerning driver.

Porsche has a long and storied history of excellence. Since its beginnings on Stuttgart, Germany in 1931, the Porsche brand has been associated with power and performance all over the world.

However, there is more to Porsche than powerful racing machines. With models like Panamera, Macan and Cayenne, Porsche provides a viable everyday vehicle option for the discerning driver.

Whether the Porsche you own is a vehicle used to transport your whole family in comfort and style every day; or it’s a two-seater meant for weekend escapes, choosing reliable, skilled Porsche repair specialists in Kelowna is a must.

Porsche Service Intervals

The Porsche service needs of a vehicle driven every day will naturally differ from those of a performance vehicle that is taken out for a spin only when the weather is fair. No matter how often your Porsche is driven, a major maintenance appointment should be completed every four years at a minimum. This service will include an examination of the diagnostics systems and the fault memory to ensure your vehicle is operating at peak performance.

Other services performed as part of a major Porsche maintenance appointment include changing the engine oil and oil filter, along with a careful inspection of coolant hoses, air intakes and radiators. While it may seem like this is an exercise in looking for trouble, a thorough inspection from a skilled Porsche mechanic can help to avoid serious mechanical issues by clearing debris that could otherwise cause damage to the vehicle.

The key to avoiding unnecessary repairs is finding Kelowna Porsche repair specialists who know what to look for; therefore saving you the time and money that otherwise would be lost to guesswork. Be sure to select an expert in European automobile brands to provide regular maintenance and necessary repairs.

At Motor Werke, we perform a complimentary Porsche inspection at every visit. As part of this review, we will inspect filters and advise if changing is required. Other minor services, like engine oil service, should be performed at least annually, and brake fluid change is highly recommended by Porsche every two years at a minimum.

Porsche Performance Upgrades

Though Porsche is already known for smooth, powerful performance, some drivers prefer something a little extra. Motor Werke is thrilled to help Porsche owners get more out of the experience with custom performance upgrades. Some examples of ways we can help you get the most out of your Porsche include adjustments to fuel delivery and ignition timing, software tuning and calibrations, and modifications to the suspension. These small but significant changes can make a big difference to the performance of your Porsche.

Road Course Circuit and Track Day drivers should look for a shop that focuses on driver safety first and foremost. This includes properly fitted racing seats, harnesses, and a harness bar. Track inspections are the key to verifying the overall condition of your car, including a nut and bolt torque on the chassis which will ensure safety, reliability and performance for your Porsche GT2, GT3 or GT4.

You don’t need a purpose-built track car to enjoy the driver education of a track experience. A Cayman, Boxster and base Carrera will provide plenty of fun! Look out for a future blog post on track day preparation for both driver and vehicle performance.

When choosing a shop for Porsche service and maintenance, you should get the sense that everyone involved in the care of your vehicle loves it almost as much as you do.

At Motor Werke, our Automotive Service Technicians are not just expert Kelowna Porsche repair specialists; they are a team of professionals who love all things automotive. We pride ourselves in taking the time to get to know our clients and their vehicles to make sure your repair and maintenance concerns are addressed the first time correctly. Schedule your appointment or call us at (778) 760-2905 to discuss your Porsche repair and service needs.

Ready For New Rubbers? Winter Tire Tips

You already know that proper tire pressure will extend the life of your tires, and provide you with a safer, more comfortable, fuel efficient ride. Here are a few tips that you may not know:

Snow Wonder People Use Winter Tires!

You already know that proper tire pressure will extend the life of your tires, and provide you with a safer, more comfortable, fuel-efficient ride. Here are a few winter tire tips that you may not know:

 

  • Tires marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall offer the best traction on snow and ice and in cold weather
  • Tires marked with M+S offer better traction than summer tires but are less effective than mountain/snowflake tires in severe winter conditions
  • Tires must have at least 3.5 mm tread depth to qualify as legal winter tires
  • Even if your vehicle has an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive you should still install 4 winter tires. The key is the grip snow tires provides on snow and ice.
  • Install all four winter tires to maintain control and stability (same type, size, speed rating and load index).

Check out this video showcasing the benefits of using four winter tires of the same type. http://www.rubberassociation.ca/wintertirevideos/wintertirevideos.html

  • Change your winter tires when the average temperature reaches  +7 degrees Celsius
  • If you need to put your tires on rims, be sure you use a qualified installer which uses state-of-the-art equipment to avoid damage; Motor Werke has a new, quality mounting machine
  • Looking at your tires for inflation or damage is not enough, place your vehicle on a hoist for an in-depth tire inspection for  irregular wear, cracks, deep cuts or blisters
  • Do not use the tire pressure written on the side of the tire, refer to your owner’s manual or the sticker on the inside of the driver’s door
  • About 50% of cars have at least one tire that is underinflated
  • Check your tire pressure when they are cool, about 3 hours after you have finished driving
  • Many automated tire pressure monitors only report a warning when 25% or more of the tire pressure is lost
  • Don’t forget to check the tire pressure in the spare;  it may be awkward but it is necessary
  • Noisy tires are typically caused by irregularly or uneven wear pattern on your tires

Sources:

Motor Werke
Drive BC
Transport Canada
Tire & Rubber Association of Canada

Mercedes Benz Maintenance & Care

With models like the AMG, GT, S-Class, SL and SLK to choose from, Mercedes-Benz is a name that is synonymous with German elegance, precision engineering, and a long history of excellence.

With models like the AMG, GT, S-Class, SL and SLK to choose from, Mercedes Benz is a name that is synonymous with German elegance, precision engineering, and a long history of excellence.

When choosing a Mercedes Benz maintenance and repair facility, it is wise to select one that places value on the very same qualities that separate your Benz from other vehicles.

Questions you should ask before you hand over the keys include whether or not they use factory diagnostic equipment and OEM parts to care for your vehicle, and whether or not their technicians have the experience to conduct the rigorous quality standard of Mercedes Benz maintenance.

Mercedes Benz Maintenance Needs Vary by Age, Make & Model

There is no such thing as a bad Mercedes, but a vintage Benz may have some maintenance and repair quirks that are not present in newer models. Issues like “spongy” gas pedals and loose steering have been redesigned in newer models, but an experienced Mercedes mechanic should be able to help you address these issues if yours is an older model Mercedes.

In some cases, things that may seem like a maintenance problem are deliberate design elements. For example, in some Mercedes models, it may feel as though there is only cold air coming into through the vents in the back seat of the vehicle. This is actually a fresh air vent meant to keep rear passengers more comfortable, whereas heat comes from under the seats. If the temperature is too cold, simply closing that air vent will save a trip to the repair shop!

Recommended Mercedes Benz Maintenance Schedule

The needs of every vehicle, no matter the brand, will vary based on how many kilometres it is driven, and the driving habits of the vehicle’s owner. That’s why it’s so important to choose a Mercedes mechanic who will take the time to get to know you and your vehicle. As a general guideline, here are the varying levels of service your Mercedes Benz may require:

INTERVAL ONE (SERVICE 1 OR A-SERVICE/C-SERVICE/E-SERVICE)

This service includes oil and oil filter change, a fluid top-up, and adjustment of the tire pressure to the original factory specifications. At Motor Werke, we will also inspect belts, lights, filters, hoses, tires and brakes. We’ll be on the lookout for signs of fluid leaks, issues with the suspension, and general safety concerns.

INTERVAL TWO (SERVICE 2 OR B-SERVICE/D-SERVICE/F-SERVICE)

In addition to the oil, filter and fluid changes and air top-ups of an Interval One service appointment, this service includes tire rotation and replacement of the engine and cabin air filters. We also inspect belts, lights, brakes, engine bay and suspension – again; we’re on the lookout for potential safety problems or imminent repair concerns.

After either service at Motor Werke, our factory diagnostic tool will reset the service light; thus ensuring it will activate when necessary to alert you to the service needs of your Mercedes Benz.

Expert Mercedes Benz Maintenance and Care in Kelowna

Motor Werke delivers expert Mercedes Benz maintenance and care for all models. We are located in Kelowna, BC, and serve the automotive service requirements of discerning vehicle owners from all over the Okanagan. We take pride in a job well done: every car, every time.

Schedule a service appointment today to see the Motor Werke difference in action.

Proper Care Helps Land Rover Stand the Test of Time

The Land Rover family of vehicles is synonymous with adventure and exploration. With so many models to choose from, there is a Land Rover for just about every taste. Once you have acquired the vehicle that provides a perfect combination of luxury and durability, it’s time to find a repair shop that is capable of providing expert Land Rover service.

The Land Rover family of vehicles is synonymous with adventure and exploration. With so many models to choose from, there is a Land Rover for just about every taste. Once you have acquired the vehicle that provides a perfect combination of luxury and durability, it’s time to find a repair shop that is capable of providing expert Land Rover service.

As luck would have it, we happen to know where you can find one…

Land Rover Service Schedule

Land Rover offers many models to choose from, including the Defender, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover LR4, Discovery Sport, Land Rover LR2, and the Land Rover LR3. Frankly, the hardest part about the decision to become a Land Rover owner may be picking the one you find most appealing.

With so many models, you may be surprised to learn just how much similarity there is in the recommended maintenance schedule for Land Rover. At a minimum, it is recommended that your Land Rover is brought in for inspection and maintenance every 20,000 kilometres and at least once a year. During these routine inspections, your Land Rover service technician should inspect the windshield wipers, wheels and tires, underbody, fluid levels, brakes and drive belts and many other critical systems that will help keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Land Rover Service in Kelowna

At Motor Werke, we know there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” plan for vehicle maintenance. Our number one concern, over and above the recommended Land Rover service schedule is the development of a strategy that is custom designed to match the service needs of your Land Rover based on your unique driving style and habits. For some customers, this will mean a general overview for a vehicle that doesn’t face any obstacles bigger than a pothole, while for others it will require a keen eye for problems more commonly associated with heavy-duty use on the road less travelled.

The most important thing to bear in mind when considering a shop to provide Land Rover service is to select one that is interested in building a lasting relationship with both the vehicle and the owner. Regardless of the shop you choose for your Land Rover, be sure to ask about the typical service process to find out if you’ll get a detailed listing of the services to be performed – BEFORE the work is completed!

When you use Motor Werke for your Land Rover service, you will quickly see what makes us different. At Motor Werke, we’re not here to just cover the basics – we want to get to know your vehicle inside and out. That’s why we offer a courtesy inspection and an interior and exterior wash with every visit to our shop. This level of attention to detail is just one of the many things that set us apart.

Located in Kelowna, BC, Motor Werke specializes in the expert maintenance and repair of European automobile brands, including the entire Land Rover line. Our skilled automotive service technicians are ready, willing and able to provide exceptional Land Rover service. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.