Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Brakes Sale in Littleton

Right now Autoworks Colorado is having a sale on their Brakes & Services. Right now on all import vehicles, take 10% OFF of brake parts and services and Autoworks throughout December.

Take advantage of this Littleton auto repair holiday sale at Autoworks Colorado. Autoworks Colorado is one of the Denvers best Import auto repair shops. They have been in business for over 20 years and only work on German imports.

For more information you can check out their website at www.autorepairindenver.com or give them a call (303) 932-9990.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Speculation on the Mercedes Benz E Class

The crew from CAR laid out what the future holds for Mercedes’ two-door offerings and now its tapped Larson to render what the forthcoming E-class coupe will look like ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year.




Taking cues from the Fascination concept unveiled in Paris, the sporty E-class features a pair of drawn and halved headlamps that nix the oval units fitted to Mercs in the last decade, along with a pair of highly stylized rear fenders sporting a two-tiered blister that flows into the reworked rear end.

Engine choices will range from 184 hp four-cylinders (E200k) to an E63 AMG variant putting down 481 hp, while a 525 hp Black Series version will be offered further down the line. Seven-speed automatics will proliferate throughout the range, along with direct injection on all gasoline-powered models.

Having learned from past mistakes, Mercedes-Benz will throttle back some of its high-tech features, nixing the brake-by-wire system, along with the air suspension and active body control. But all won’t be lost. When the convertible version arrives six months after the coupe, Mercedes will offer it with a heated fabric roof to keep occupants warm in the winter, while infra-red night vision, hard-drive navigation and front seats that tilt and slide to ease ingress and egress will keep Mercedes’ owners in their element.

The 2009 E-class coupe (code-named C206) should arrive in June, while the drop-top variant (A206) will follow later next year.

Source: Mercedes Back to Auto Repair

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Parker Auto Repair

If you are looking for a Parker auto repair shop, you need to drive west a few miles to Autoworks Colorado. They are better than any other Parker auto repair shop and have been in business over 25 years. They specialize in Audi repair, BMW repair, Mercedes repair, Porsche repair, and Volkswagen repairs for all models.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Why and How does Oil Break Down

The biggest reason oil breaks down is because of HEAT. Although there are many other factors which lead to the breakdown of oil, heat is the most important. Each type of oil that you put in your car has a certain amount of heat tolerance. The temperature to which this oil first gives off vapors is known as the “Flash Point”. This flash point differs between different types and brands of oils. A lower flash point means that that certain type of oil will suffer vaporization loss sooner when exposed to high temperatures and this will lead to oil burn off by hot pistons and cylinders; therefore, reducing the amount of oil in your engine.

Today’s engines are smaller in size and fed less oil than the engines of the past, while they are still expected to put out the same amount of power. This makes the engines run a lot hotter and it puts an increased burden on the oil, causing it to burn up and break down quicker.

Heat breaks down the smaller, lighter molecules of oil first. This can lead to deposits and sludge being left behind and coating your engine that can cause damage. This also only leaves the larger, heavier oil molecules behind to protect your engine. These particles do not flow as well and they tend to blanket your engine’s components, which only increases the heat problem and leads to further oil burn off.

As oil breaks down chemically over time it loses its lubrication properties. Oil thins out over time as it’s certain elements are lost to HEAT and other chemical changes. Oil, therefore, lasts longer in a more moderate climate zone than a hot one.

Summer and Winter Oil Types…
By consulting your car’s owners manual you will see that there are different types of oil that are better in certain conditions. There should even be a climate zone map that would point you in the correct direction as to which oil to use.

There are two basic types of oil:
1) 5W30 (for winter conditions)
2) 10W30 (for summer conditions)

10W30 is intended for very hot conditions, as this is when oil burns up the fastest. 10W30 does not thin out as easily as the 5W30 and it provides ones engine with more lubrication in hot conditions.

For most of Canada it is ok to just use 5W30 all year round if you like. The reason behind this is the fact that you car would never really be exposed to extremely hot conditions that often, except for maybe the odd day in the summer.

It is also a good idea to use 10W30 on older vehicles as it will give them a little more lubrication, especially in the winter. But don’t be surprised if you feel a few more knocks in your engine if you do so in the winter months.

How Often Should I Change my Oil??


(Questions taken from msnbc.com)
I own a 1997 Camry with 54,000 miles on it. I have been changing the oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Now I drive less, about 3,000 miles in 5 or 6 months. Should I still change the oil at three months or wait till I reach 3,000 miles? Also, since I bought the car I have been using Valvoline oil. Is it OK to change to another brand?


I remember getting my first car (a hand-me-down) and how my father kept telling me how important it was to change the oil every 3,000 miles. A lot has changed since then. Today’s oil is much better and it can last a lot longer.

Here’s what to do: Check your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation. If it says change the oil every three months or 3,000 miles and you haven’t traveled 3,000 miles in that time, change it anyway. But, I think you’ll find that the recommendations are much longer than that. For instance, Acura suggests that I change the oil in my car every 7,500 miles or one year.

Tom and Ray, the hosts of Car Talk on National Public Radio, recommend an oil change every 5,000 miles, although they admit knowing when to change the oil is not an exact science. “It may be too soon for many people and too late for a few,” they say, “but for the vast majority, 5,000-mile oil changes will help your engine last to a ripe, old age.”

Here are a few reminders:
You should always change the filter when you change the oil. You don’t want to contaminate the new oil with the gunk that’s in the old filter.

Check the oil level every few hundred miles. “If you add oil, don’t overfill,” cautions Phil Reed, Consumer Advice Editor for Edmunds, “because that can cause serious engine problems.”
And it’s not a problem If you want to switch from one brand of oil to another, says John Ibbotson, an automotive expert at Consumer Reports. “Just make sure to stick with the manufacturer’s recommendations for engine oil weight,” Ibbotson says. You should also use a product with the API Certification Seal for gasoline engines, which means the oil meets the American Petroleum Institute’s latest requirements and that it is energy conserving.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

How to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Part 1 - Save fuel in the Quick Lane

Proper vehicle maintenance doesn't just help extend the life of your vehicle - it can help relieve some of the financial pressure brought on by high gas prices. The following are a few key services our factory-trained auto service technicians can perform to help boost your mpg and fuel economy.
  • Check your oxygen sensor. An oxygen sensor is part of your vehicle's emission control system. Replacing a faulty one can improve gas mileage by as much as 40%
  • Replace a clogged air filter. All of the dirt, dust and grime have a negative impact on your engine's performance. This simple and often overlooked maintenance can increase fuel efficiency by about 10%
  • Get an engine tune-up. Making sure all your systems are operating at their best can save you 4% in fuel efficiency
  • Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Making sure your tire pressure isn't too low - or too high - can improve your gas mileage by around 3%
  • Get the recommended grade of motor oil. Our experts offer a full line of high-quality oil and filter products from Motorcraft®. Using the one that's right for your vehicle can help improve fuel efficiency by up to 2%

Part 2 - Save fuel on the road

Saving fuel after a visit to your local Quick Lane is just the start. Here are a few things you can be conscious of when you're behind the wheel to help you squeeze a little more out of your gas dollars.

  • Avoid aggressive driving - Not only can it be dangerous, but constant speed changes and quick, uneven stops and starts waste a lot of fuel. Taking it easier behind the wheel can improve your gas mileage by as much as 33%
  • Remove excess weight - You can save about 2% in fuel efficiency for every 100 lbs. of extra clutter you can remove from your car or truck
  • Use your cruise control - It's almost always more fuel efficient to travel at a constant speed whenever possible
  • Avoid idling - It's more fuel efficient to turn off your engine when you're waiting in the car Combine trips. Your engine works most efficiently when warmed up
Source: fueleconomy.com

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The History of Mercedes Benz

Written by: Tony Gee

Two men who never met are responsible for the early developments that led to the formation of the Mercedes Benz company. Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz.

It was in 1886 that Carl Benz built a motorized tricycle, the world's first automobile. But it wasn't until 1893 that he built his first four-wheeler named the Victoria.

The first real production car, which took part in the first ever recorded car race, between Paris and Rouen, was produced in 1894. This car, which inspired many copies, was called the Benz Velo. 134 Identical models were built in 1895. To own one of these state-of-the-art automobiles in the UK would have cost you £125.

It was in 1886 that Gottlieb Daimler built a horseless carriage. He and his lifelong business partner, Wilhelm Maybach, had a dream to create small, high speed engines that could be used in any form of carriage. It was their engine attached to a regular horse-drawn carriage that formed this original horseless carriage.

In 1890 they formed the Daimler Motoren Gesellshaft (DMG) company and sold their first automobile in 1892. In 1900 Gottlieb Daimler died but in that same year DMG produced a car for Emil Jellinek who named the car after his ten year old daughter Mercedes.
The car manufactured for Emil Jellinek was lighter and smaller than other automobiles of the time. It used a 35 horse power engine which gave the car a top speed of 55mph, which was unheard of at the time.

In 1903 Carl Benz responded to the Mercedes with his new model, the Parsifil. This used a vertical, two cylinder engine to propel the vehicle at a top speed of 37mph.
Both companies, Daimler and Benz, were aware of the promotional advantages of motor racing but, until 1908, Daimler had consistently beaten Benz in various challenges. It was in the 1908 French Grand Prix at Dieppe that Benz took second and third place behind a Mercedes in a race that was attended by tens of thousands of spectators.

This land-mark race was held on a public road course that covered nearly 50 miles. Drivers were required to cover 10 laps with a total race distance of 478 miles. The winner, Christian Lautenschlager in the Mercedes, averaged a speed of 69.05mph, finishing nearly nine minutes ahead of the Benz driven by Victor Hemery. It was in this race that the first fatal crash took place when Henri Cissac crashed on the 8th lap. Both he and his mechanic were killed and this event led to people calling for motor racing to be stopped.

At the beginning of WWI both the Daimler and Benz factories were converted into war production plants. It was after the war, in 1919, that Karl Jahn, from the Benz board of directors, approached Daimler regarding a possible merger. This looked promising but was abandoned that same year.

The post war years were tough times in Germany with fuel scarcity and high taxes. It was in 1924 that Benz and Daimler signed an "Agreement of Mutual Interest". This enabled both companies to retain their respective identities and remained valid until 2000 although the two companies merged on June 28th 1926.

The emblem chosen for the new merged company was a three pointed star surrounded by a laurel wreath with the words 'Mercedes' at the top and 'Benz' at the bottom.
This merger was good for both companies. Automobile production increased to 7900 vehicles in 1927 and a new line of Mercedes Benz trucks went into production in 1927.

The Mercedes Benz Company has gone on to develop a host of prestigious, high performance automobiles. There are numerous notable models including the 770 Grosser launched in 1930 with its massive 8 cylinder, 7.6 litre engine and the fantastic W25 racer with a top speed of 200 mph.

Since their inception Mercedes-Benz have held a reputation for quality, performance and durability. They have been and continue to be forerunners in the development of innovative design features such as the safety cage, rear crumple zones and anti-lock brakes. The future of the Mercedes brand looks secure as they continue their active research and development into fuel-economy and alternative energy sources for automobiles.

Future of Mercedes Back to Autor Repair

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Maintenance Tips for a Turbo Car

Everything Oil, healthy turbo engines should be well cooled and lubricated. Use synthetic oil only for your turbo engine because these oils can tackle extreme temperatures. Change oil every 2,500 to 3,000 miles because oil breaks down and gets dirty in time. Always check the oil level and remember to let the oil cool down first before you turn off the engine of your car. Just leave the car idle for a few minutes. It will help you prevent any damage on your engine bearings and oil lines. Check that all turbo bearings are well lubricated before using the car, especially after you have undergone oil change. Check for oil leaks. Contaminants in the engine oil like dirt or carbon, if not collected by the oil filter, can enter the turbo charger.

Supplementary tips for turbo maintenance. Check the wastegate signal hose for any cracks or signs of hardening. Make sure that the throttle position sensor or TPS is working well. Clean the throttle body every 30,000 miles. Do not allow your tires to go bald since it will affect suspension. In a fully powered turbo car, you wouldn’t want to fall onto potholes real hard. Air filter must be replaced every 10,000 miles. Replace the timing belt every 40,000 miles. During long drives and heavy traffic situations, it would be helpful if you have a switch in line with the air-conditioning fan for the turbo system to cool down. Foreign objects into the engine can damage the turbine. Frequent basic checkups of the turbo engine are important to prevent any possible damages. Immediately address any problems so they won’t get bigger and nastier. If the turbocharger needs to be replaced, replace it with a turbo of a different type. Make sure you that you are getting the correct type of turbocharger for your engine so avoid faulty turbo performance, high fuel and oil consumptions, and engine damage. When you have modified your engine, you need to modify your turbocharger as well. Plan your trips well and know when your next stop is to adjust your throttle. In the last few miles of driving, avoid using full throttle and let the engine start to relax to prevent excessive heat build-up in the turbo when you need to turn the engine off. Go to a professional who is an expert in turbochargers for any concerns on your turbo car.

Following the tips above for turbo maintenance can help you get the most out of your turbo petrol car and you can take advantage of:
- More horsepower which you require
- More torque
- Better throttle response
- Smoother operation
- Safer overtaking

The turbo kit you installed has already cost you some amount. If it breaks down on you due to factory defect, you can always claim for warranty immediately. If the turbo car breaks down to due to neglect on turbo maintenance then you will have more costly things to come your way.

Mainting the Life of your Vehicle

Regular maintenance of your vehicle will extend its life perhaps well beyond what you or others may think is its normal lifespan. Today’s cars can easily top the 100,000 mile mark with many cars on the road exceeding 150,000, 200,000, even 250,000 miles. Ask owners of high mileage cars how they got to that point and most will point to their own rigorous and disciplined maintenance schedules as being the chief factor. By carefully and diligently following a maintenance schedule, you can extend your vehicle’s life too. Let’s take a look at several important maintenance steps you must take in order to avoid costly repairs and to help you hold onto your vehicle longer.

Regular oil changes – The 30 minute oil change specialists recommend that you change your oil every 3,000 miles or three months, while some manufacturers state you only need to change your oil once every 7,500 miles or six months. Opt for more frequent changes than lengthy manufacturer recommended intervals, but change your oil [and oil filter] every 3,000 miles if your car is subject to hard driving.

Change your air filter – Your engine will run better and cleaner if you change your air filter at least once per year; more so if you do a lot of “stop and go” driving or put on many more miles per year than average.

Rotate your tires – Evenly wearing tires will help ensure that your car stops properly and stays on the road. Have your brakes and shocks inspected too to avoid potential handling and control issues.

Transmission fluid – Your transmission isn’t guaranteed to run forever. Change your fluid at manufacturer recommended intervals, generally once every 30 or 60 thousand miles. Neglect it and face costly repairs and potentially fatal [to the car] consequences.

Drain the radiator – Periodically draining the radiator and replacing the antifreeze will help flush out rust and dirt particles that can clog up your cooling system. When the coolant’s rust inhibitors get used up then corrosion will show up within the radiator as well as in the engine block.

Change the spark plugs – Some manufacturers have installed long life spark plugs meaning that changing spark plugs once every 60 or even 90 thousand miles or more is a possibility. Keep in mind that the longer your spark plugs sit in place, the more difficult it may be to remove them later. Optimally, replacing your spark plugs once every 30 thousand miles is ideal.

Examine your exhaust system – Your muffler, catalytic converter, and remaining exhaust system parts can wear out. A poorly functioning exhaust system saps your engine of needed power.

Wash and wax – Yes, your car may mechanically run well, but if the body falls apart, then what do you have left? Regular washings and a once a year wax job should do the trick.

Other stuff – Replace your battery, fuel filter, PCV valve, belts, and hoses as needed and every other part that wears out. Sensors come and sensors go; usually you will only have to replace your knock or oxygen sensors if and when a problem arises.

Ultimately, refer to your manufacturer’s repair book for guidelines as to when to perform maintenance. The key to extending your vehicle’s life is in doing the maintenance when needed to head off costly repair bills. Otherwise you will be neglecting your car to the point where it “dies” prematurely.

You can extend the life of your vehicle. If you aren’t up to the task, hire a qualified mechanic to service your vehicle regularly.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tips to Improving your BMW Audio System

By: Wayne Hemrick

Okay...you own the "Ultimate Driving Machine," and even though you may not speak German, you have a pretty good idea of what freude im fahren is. The right BMW car audio can only add to that "Joy In Driving" of course - and the right BMW car audio deserves only the best BMW speakers.

The BMW car audio system is already pretty impressive, but a good thing can always be made better - particularly if your BMW is an older, yet still serviceable model built before the advent of such wonders as the iPod or satellite radio.

In fact, just having the right BMW speakers can be the difference between BMW car audio that is merely "great" and that which is - as the Germans would say - ausgescheisnet!! (the word ausgescheisnet has no direct English translation, but is several degrees beyond wunderbar.)
If you are thinking a upgrading your BMW speakers, you will probably want to go with coaxial speakers, as these are easier to install and include their own drivers and crossovers. These BMW speakers are suitable for most audiophiles, but if your tastes run less toward Muddy Waters or Bruce Springsteen and more toward the the New York Philharmonic or St. Martin-In-The-Fields Academy Orchestra, separates will provide the best sound quality when it comes to those ultra-high violins and piccolos and deep, rumbling contrabasses and tubas.

If you really want to take your BMW car audio to the next level however, consider installing horns. These type of BMW speakers are expensive, and you may need to install an equalizer - but they are second-to-none when it comes to picking up mid-to-high range frequencies.
For those who want to separate the vocals or solo lines from the ensemble, center channel speakers are a good choice. These are specialized BMW speakers that can be installed virtually anywhere in the vehicle; their main function is to bring solo, vocal and melody lines to the forward part of the cabin.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Audi Introduces R8 as Safety Car in Nuremberg

Audi had announced earlier this summer that their one of a kind R8 sports car would debut as the safety car for the DTM touring car championship. Audi's performance team prepared two of their R8s for the German racing series. The second car acted as a "racing taxi" but because the R8 possesses the "genes of a perfect sports car," little was modified on the Audi R8.

The pair of R8 supporting vehicles made their debut at the Norisring Speed Weekend where the Mercedes-Benz beat out the Audi's new A4 DTM with an outstanding 1 & 2 finish! Audi did have a podium appearance taking 3rd.

The Norisring race track in Nuremberg has eight turns, four of them being major direction changing turns and is the only street race in the DTM.

[Source: Audi Motorsport]

PRESS RELEASE
  • Audi R8 is new safety car at the DTM debut
  • Mid-engine sports car serves as safety car
    Début for Audi R8 racing taxi
Ingolstadt/Nürnberg – Double début at the Norisring in Nuremberg: This weekend, the Audi R8 will be used as the official DTM safety car for the first time – and as a racing taxi as well.

quattro GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of AUDI AG handed over two of the 420-hp mid-engine sports cars to the German Motorsport Association (DMSB) on the occasion of the "Norisring Speed Weekend". The two Audi R8 cars were prepared specifically for use as safety cars by quattro GmbH at the Neckarsulm plant. "There were not many modifications required, though, because the R8 possesses the genes of a perfect sports car," says Werner Frowein, managing director of quattro GmbH.

Another Audi R8 was carefully prepared by quattro GmbH for use as a racing taxi.


(For more information on the Audi R8, see the review by: Motor Trend )

Friday, October 10, 2008

Porsche 911 - The Automotive Legend


When people think of the Porsche sports car, they usually envision the 911. It is the most well-known sports car in the world. When someone asks their kids what kind of car they would like if they could have any car they want, the answer is many times a Porsche. And if you ask them to draw it for you, chances are it will have a whale tail and the round headlights so many 911's are adorned with. Hopefully Porsche will never delete these styling cues that make the 911 recognizable to all.

While the Lamborghini may be bigger and more prestigious, it just doesn't have the same style and recognizable visage of the 911. While affordability isn't a word that comes to mind when considering a Porsche 911, it is way cheaper than any Italian made supercar. About half the price or less of the Lamborghini Gallardo.

Even the newly redesigned Porsche 911 has many of the classic lines of the preceding body styles. Of course over the years the 911 has come in many flavors, including the Targa top, convertible and the almighty Turbo. Remember the Whale Tail style of the past? Those were the days when Porsche 911 symbolized the excess of the 80's and beyond.

In conclusion, you just have to admit the Porsche 911 is a true automotive icon of both superb performance and styling. While they have come out with many more models such as the Cayenne, Carrera, Cayman and the Boxster, 911 is and will always be the flagship product of Porsche.

Porsche Gift Ideas

Porsche is one of the top names in automobiles and a gift of a Porsche itself can be costly and difficult to wrap up. Alternately you might want to try some of the incredible Porsche logo merchandise that is out there for sale. There are multiple sites and companies out there that offer Porsche gifts without having to wrap up the car and present it.

Porsche gifts can take many different forms, including apparel such as tee shirts, jackets, hoodies, and even down to the boxers or thongs, all of which bear the Porsche logo proudly. Some even offer pictures of the various Porsche cars on the apparel as well.

Porsche gifts can also take the form of other items which will bear the Porsche logo and be an impressive gift to give such as a coffee mug, found at a Porsche boutique or a gift certificate that you can proffer to your Porsche loving friend and let them select their own merchandise so you know they get exactly what they've been wishing for.

The boutique also offers other types of Porsche gifts as well, including key chains, or for the real Porsche aficionado, you can purchase a scale model of different kinds of Porsche for them to build in their spare time.

Children will appreciate the Porsche gifts too when you buy them one of the lovely plush teddy bears of the Porsche toys that can be found online displaying the Porsche logo on his jumpsuit. There are varieties of toys that can be had with the Porsche logos, up to and including a car that is child sized and looks like the full sized original. The radio controlled Porsche is a miniature model of one of the Porsche models and runs by battery power. The wireless remote would absolutely thrill a boy or girl with its likeness to the real deal.

There is also a Porsche radio controlled car with a build in camera that will show you the driving view on a 2 inch screen. Imagine the thrill of seeing where your car is going, under and over, as it displays everything it passes for your entertainment. This kind of a Porsche gift is truly a unique and unusual gift giving idea.

When you seek out gifts to give and the family member or friend is a Porsche fan, if you can't (and not many of us can) give the real thing, it still isn't beyond our means to give them the real Porsche logo and merchandise. The internet is a plethora of playgrounds for those who love the original car logos and the Porsche site offers some Porsche gifts that will suit anyone, including the hard to buy for.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Volkswagen Future

Volkswagen will undoubltedly be a major automotive player in the not too-distant future. From Volkswagen's begginnings with the Beetle, one might expect the company to use a humble approach to making cars. This was true a long time ago, but today, the company is as modern as any, and has its sights set on new terretory.

The Volkswagen Scirocco, a revival VW nameplate which first surfaced at the 2006 Paris Motor Show in the form of the IROC Concept, has been the subject of much speculation since the concept debuted. These latest spyshots confirm that the IROC's large trapezoidal grille will make it onto the production car -- part of its outline can be seen through the heavy camouflage.
The hatchback shape of the rear belies the common designation of the Scirocco as a coupe - though the term has seemingly evolved into a catch-all for any car with a sharply sloped roof. A hardtop coupe/convertible built using hardware from the Eos is widely rumored to be the car's other variant.

Of course, the illustrations pictured of the coupe/convertible are still speculation based on the spied vehicle and available intel, but if proven accurate, foretell an aggressive and attractive-looking car.

Powertrain options are still up in the air as well. The much-maligned 2.5-liter inline-five probably won't see duty in the Scirocco, with the base engine in Europe likely to be the 1.4-liter Twincharger. A performance version powered by the automaker's ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbo four is probably in the plans, as well as numerous diesel powerplants.

The jury is still out on whether Volkswagen will sell the Scirocco stateside and in what form if it did. This Arizona-plated mule is a positive indication of a possible U.S. version, but the question of where the Scirocco fits into VW's lineup remains. Depending on the engine, the hatchback coupe would be muscling in on the territory of the Rabbit and GTI. The hardtop coupe/convertible is probably the easier sell in the U.S., as it could be marketed as a sportier and less feminine alternative to the Eos.

The hatchback is expected to go on sale in Europe sometime in 2008, likely as a 2009 model, with the coupe/convertible possibly arriving a year later.
Volkswagen looks to be one of the leaders when it comes to innovative cars of the future.

Volkswagen History

Today, Volkswagen is the largest automaker in Europe. However, it has not always been this way...

Literally, the word "volkswagen" means "people's car." In Germany, the idea of a people's car wasn't exactly a new one. Before the 1930's, there had been many efforts to create simple cars that everyone could afford, but none met with profound success. Almost all cars before 1930, even if they were designed to be simple enough for the average person, ended up costing more than the average worker's yearly wage.

Meanwhile, the year is 1930, and Ferdinand Porsche had just set up an automotive design company, which became known as the Porsche Büro. The company patented a sophisticated independent front suspension system, which consisted of transversely mounted torsion bars connected to two trailing arms on each side. At the time, this was lighter than most other common types of suspension. In 1931, a German motorcycle company, Zündapp, asked Porsche if he could design a suitable car for them. Porsche came up with a streamlined 2 door sedan, which had lines similar to the Beetle. It was designated the Type 12. Zündapp wanted to put in a 1.2 liter radial engine from one of their motorcycles...this was the end of the line for this design, as it didn't make it any further.

Porsche then designed a car for NSU in 1933 that was known as the Type 32. This car looked even more similar to the upcoming KdF Wagen than the Type 12 did. This car looked similar to the Tatra V570, and shared many mechanical similarities. After World War II, the Volkswagen company paid Tatra for compensation, since Tatra believed its technology and design was pirated in development of the KdF Wagen. Eventaully, NSU dropped the Type 32 project.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Taking Car of Your Volkswagen

The cooling system of your Volkswagen vehicle is an important part in order to keep your vehicle operating efficiently. The cooling system maintains the right temperature of your engine through the circulation of coolant through the engine that picks up heat and passing it through the radiator where it is cooled with air. The coolant in turn passes through a thermostat valve to control flow and through a temperature sensor which controls external air cooling fans.
Volkswagen vehicle cooling systems are comprised of three main parts and these are the VW water pump, VW hoses and VW thermostat, radiator and sensors.

Volkswagen Water Pump:
The VW water pump handles the VW’s cooling system’s pumping function which keeps the coolant mixture moving. The basic VW water pump is gear or belt-driven there are also some cases in other cars wherein a secondary electric water pump is used to improved cooling and flow of the coolant mixture. One of the most important parts of the pump’s operation is the drive belt which is also known on most new cars as the timing belt. However, on older car models, the pump and the belt are external and run off the main crankshaft pulley using a “V” of flat belt.

The maintenance of VW water pump is done simultaneous with the replacement of the coolant, the drive belt and tension adjustment (external type). The timing belt driven pumps should always be done when replacing the timing belt and tensioner.
Volkswagen Hoses

The VW cooling system involves various hoses which includes the Volkswagen radiator hose, control valves, the heater core and the expansion tank. And since these materials are constantly used and are exposed to heated coolant, these parts deteriorate easily and needs to be change more often.

The maintenance of cooling system piping consists of scheduled replacement of all hoses, replacement of coolant plus the replacement of any unplugged or leaking parts. It is a good idea to have all hoses checked at least twice a year to see whether there are abrasions, flexibility, cracks, and leakage. And of course it is vital that whenever coolant is flushed for replacement or even during engine repairs that hoses should be replaced. Radiator hoses, expansion tanks, heater cores, and control valves are commonly replaced due to leakage or plugging. However it is important that a VW professional should be the one contacted to assess the condition of these parts since they know everything there is to know about Volkswagen components.

Volkswagen Radiator, Thermostat and Sensors:
Volkswagen’s cooling system’s temperature controls include all coolant temperature sensors, radiator or expansion tank cap, thermostat, cooling fan(s) and fan clutch. These cooling parts function independently of the engine but maintain the control over the engine cooling which is made by means of sending control signals to the VW’s electronic systems.

The spring loaded valve that opens and closes based on the temperature of the coolant flowing through it is called the thermostat. You can tell that something is wrong with your thermostat when you see a high temperature reading is followed by a drop to normal temperature or a continuously low temperature---this normally indicates a sticking thermostat. Unfortunately, there are other conditions that caused these symptoms and if you are not sure what causing it then better have a VW professional mechanic to check it.

The radiator or expansion tank cap is similarly a spring loaded valve that reacts to system pressure. Its function is to maintain proper system coolant level at predetermined pressures. It should always be replaced with an exact replacement cap with the same pressure setting to obtain optimum function.

A belt-driven fan blade that pulls air through the radiator is usually included on the water pump pulley with a fan clutch to control it. The fan clutch functioned by allowing the fan to turn with the belt at low engine speed and shift to “free-wheel” at higher speeds. A damage fan clutch should not be taken for granted since it may cause your vehicle to overheat.

An electric fan that can function by itself or with an auxiliary mechanical fan is usually equipped for front-wheel-drive Volkswagen. These two types of fans are controlled via a temperature sensor that is found on the radiator specifically on the upper radiator hose or on the thermostat or water pump housing. This sensor is usually an on/off type switch with a fixed temperature setting.

The other common temperature sensors that are found on Volkswagen vehicles include: gauge sender, warning light sender, lambda and/or fuel injection sensor/s and the thermo-time switch. Controlling the engine temperature is critical to obtain high performance and emission control. But unfortunately it is also the system that is one of the most difficult to fix getting a VW professional is highly advised.

On the other hand maintenance of your cooling system sensors is a no sweat task since there is nothing to maintain in the first place, all you have to do is to keep them clean internally and externally. Likewise, checking and replacing all parts at the set factory-recommended time or mileage limit also help to maintain the good running condition of your VW car.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

LIttleton's Best Volkswagen Repair

There are a few big Volkswagen dealers in Littleton that offer Volkswagen repair and service but charge way too much! There are also many repair shops that will fix volkswagen vehicles but the problem is which one is best.

I strongly recommend using Autoworks Colorado as your Littleton Volkswagen repair shop because they are very trust worthy and only fix what your VW needs to get it out on the road again. I have had several great experiences with my volkswagens and Autoworks Colorado. I was told by another auto repair shop in Littleton that I needed to get 3,000 worth of repairs. I took my vw to Autoworks and he called me and said it was only a fuel pump and new spark plugs! I was so relieved and have been taking my car there ever since, even for oil changes!

Autoworks Colorado services Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and of course Volkswagens in Littleton. They are experts at repairing German cars and have been doing so in Littleton for over 25 years! The owner is in the back working on cars too so its not like the cars that come in are not important to them. They treat their clients really well and I cant believe how clean the shop is!

Check out Autoworks Colorado in Littleton off of E-470 and Ken Carl on 8110 Shaffer Pkwy

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Audi Information

Audi is a German automobile company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. Originally seen as a conservative car maker, Audi began to change its image with the introduction of their “Quattro” four-wheel drive performance technology. With the intro of the Quattro they found great success in Rally Racing and became known as innovators in car technology. Since then, Audi has gone on to produce the successful A4 and A6 that are renowned for their luxury, make, and performance rivaling that of Mercedes Benz and BMW.

In Oct 2006 Audi announced that it had sold 684,700 vehicles worldwide in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 8.4 percent compared with the same period of the previous year and the best nine months in the company's history.

Two vehicles join the Audi lineup for 2008: the all-new luxury sports coupe, the A5, and the all-new sports car, the R8. Audi’s high performance super sports sedan, the 420-horsepower RS4, is offered in a new convertible version. The redesigned TT is available now as a coupe, and dimensions are slightly larger than the last generation.

Friday, September 19, 2008

German Vehicles: BMW vs. Mercedes Benz

By Matthew Keegan

German cars have long been recognized as some of the best engineered and most luxurious cars in the world. Two manufacturers, BMW and Mercedes, rule the roost with offerings from Audi, Porsche, and even Volkswagen getting some attention. Let’s take a look at some current offerings from these Bavarian giants and see how they are impacting the auto industry.
BMW – Give BMW credit for moving outside of the box by building a plant in South Carolina. Opened in 1994, the Spartanburg, SC plant has produced the Z3 – now Z4 – roadster as well as the X5 SAV. Seeking to become more of a world player, BMW has also purchased controlling interest in other automakers including Rolls-Royce and Rover during the 1990s. Later, BMW sold off the Rover and MG portions of Rover, but has kept the Mini brand.

BMW vehicles are well represented in the US. Coupes, sedans, convertibles, roadsters, and SUVs make up the American fleet with new cars at various stages of development being prepared for release.

Mercedes Benz – As part of the Daimler Chrysler fold, Mercedes Benz has been producing high quality automobiles for over a century. In 1998, seeking to expand its reach, Daimler Chrysler [DCX] bought out the Chrysler Corporation. Names such as Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Jeep, and Mopar became part of the DCX fold, although Plymouth was discontinued a few years later.
The Mercedes Benz name is synonymous with luxury vehicles and in the US the company is well represented by a host of sedans, coupes, convertibles, tall wagons, SUVs, roadsters, and other fine vehicles.

Owners of BMWs and Mercedes Benz do have some things in common: vehicle maintenance. As high end vehicles, the automakers are noted for equipping their cars with only the finest OEM parts. Well represented manufacturers used by both companies include: Bosch, Hella, Mahle, Textar, Brembo, Bilstein, Febi, SKF, and others. Most are German born and bred and are recognized the world over for producing the highest quality parts for auto manufacturers.
Replacement auto parts purchased through dealer parts departments are priced at a premium. When you take into consideration any tariffs, import fees, and third party mark ups, consumers can expect to pay a mint for each part. The growing internet wholesale market has been changing the paradigm lately as companies such as Car Parts Stuff are selling direct to consumers. The better online wholesalers have lowered costs significantly as overhead is low and they buy direct from leading manufacturers. This translates into real savings for you, the consumer.

When purchasing any parts for your luxury car, always determine that the parts you order meet or exceed OEM specifications. There are a lot of counterfeit parts on the market; shop wisely and you will get premium parts at low prices.

Germany's Luxury Car- The Porsche

By Janette Vince

When people think luxury, they think of the Porsche. With its cars' high price tags, powerful engines, and smooth, sleek lines, there's no question that Porsche is one of the most prestigious automakers in the world.

The genius behind the company was a man named Ferdinand Porsche. Born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1875, he demonstrated astonishing mechanical aptitude at a young age. He was the third of five children. His father, a plumber, expected Ferdinand to take over the family business-but Ferdinand had other dreams. At eighteen, after completing an apprenticeship with his father, he took a job in Vienna with the firm Bela Egger & Co.

At the company, Ferdinand demonstrated impressive skill for his age. He built an electric wheel-hub motor, and was soon attracted across the street to rival Jakob Lohner & Co. This company was actively developing electric cars, and Ferdinand felt his skills could be better used there. And they were-three years after joining the company, Porsche had built an entire electric car.
This historic car, the Lohner-Porsche, was innovative in several ways. The two wheel-hub motors on the front wheels had an output of 2.5 horsepower, generated an astonishing 120-rpm, and were completely silent. The battery could travel 50 kilometers between recharges. The car could travel up to 50 kilometers per hour.

But this was only the beginning. Porsche began experimenting with internal-combustion motors, and his next car, the System Mixt, had internal-combustion wheel hub motors. Porsche went on to win several speed records and widespread acclaim-his name was now well-known not just in engineering circles, but also to the general public. In 1905, he won the coveted Poetting Prize as Austria's most outstanding engineer.

In 1906, Austro-Daimler offered to make Porsche its chief designer. Porsche accepted the job, and in 1910 he designed an 85-horsepower car for the Prince Henry Trial, an international competition named in honor of Prince Henry of Prussia. Porsche's designs won the top three places at the trial.

With the start of World War I, Austro-Daimler began to focus on producing war materials such as trucks, airplane engines, and mechanized weapons. Porsche saw his star rise further in these years; in 1916, he became Austro-Daimler's managing director. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Vienna Technical University. This honor was very meaningful to him. Ever afterwards, he was known as Professor or Doctor Porsche, and incorporated the honor into his company's name.

Dr. Porsche had competed in rallies and speed competitions since he became interested in building cars. He believed that by building racecars, he could improve the performance of all his vehicles. As a result, he developed an interest in building small, light, high-performance cars.
Unfortunately, he and Austro-Daimler did not see eye to eye. The company's board did not agree with the direction Porsche wanted to take, and eventually Porsche left. He went on to a position at Steyr, but the Great Depression made car-making an unprofitable business. The company collapsed, and Dr. Porsche was unemployed.

So he moved to Stuttgart, a town with a strong connection to the automotive industry and the location of several prominent car companies, and started a consulting business. His team consisted of people he had worked with before, and a few family members-including his son, Ferry.

The company's aim was to help other companies design better cars-not to design them itself. So in the beginning, none of the cars the company designed had the Porsche name. That changed when the government, now under Nazi control, came to Porsche with a project: design a car "for the people"-a Volkswagen.

Porsche as a company has always been closely tied to Volkswagen; many of the components of the early Porsche cars came from the Volkswagen Beetle. Porsche's Volkswagens were popular, affordable cars that survived after the collapse of the Third Reich. Porsche and his son, and later his grandson, went on to design such ground-breaking cars as the 911, the Boxster, the Spyder, the Roadster, the Carrera, and many others.

Porsche survived the Great Depression, the Third Reich, and dramatic corporate restructuring to keep its place at the forefront of the automotive industry. No matter the country, everyone knows that Porsche cars stand for luxury, power, and performance.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Englewood Volkswagen Repair

If you have an Englewood Volkswagen and you need it serviced, there's only one place to go! No matter what the problem, big or small, Autoworks Colorado can fix any type of Volkswagen. They specialize in auto repair on German vehicles and give the best service in the entire Denver Metro.
Why would you waste your time going to Emich Volkswagen or Osborn Automotive? They charge way too much for a service you could get done for nearly half the cost! Not only will you be saving money going to Autoworks Colorado, you will get the best customer service in the automotive repair industry.
They are located off of E-470 and Ken Carl in Littleton, Colorado and have a very clean shop. They have been fixing Volkswagen's for over 20 years so if your looking for an Englewood vw mechanic with lots of experience you need to check out Autoworks Colorado.
I am so happy that I found this repair shop a few years back, totally changed my view of auto mechanics. I will NEVER go to a Dealership again to get my vw fixed.
If you live in Englewood and drive a volkswagen, it is seriously worth checking them out. Trust me it is worth the short drive from Englewood to Littleton to get your car worked on by these guys.
They got a new website: www.autorepairindenver.com I believe and their number is (303) 932-9990

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Auto Repair Littleton

Littleton is not the biggest community but when it comes to fixing your audi, mercedes, bmw, porsche, or volkswagen there are many places you can find who would like to take a shot at fixing your car. There are many dealerships that claim to have a great service center or auto repair center but the truth is the mechanics have no reason to care about your car. Your car becoms just another engine on the list for the day. I have found that your vehicle gets more care and attention if you take it to a smaller auto repair shop where the success of them fixing your car is important to get more business or referrals.

The hard part now is finding that trusted Littleton auto repair shop, right? Well I happen to have had some success with Autoworks Colorado in Littleton. It took me a few repair shops to find the best one, hopefully it won't take you as long. Autoworks Colorado in Littleton is a very professional auto repair shop and provided great service! They have got to have the cleanest shop in all of Denver and won't ever charge you for something that doens't need to be fixed.

What I like about Autoworks is the owner Mark Zallmanek is in the back working on all the cars too! He depends on getting referrals and every car that he gets into the shop matters to his paycheck. He runs a clean business and I would recommend Autoworks to anyone in the area!

I believe they specialize in Audi, BMW, mercedes, porsche, and volkswagen repairs.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Englewood Auto Repair

Englewood auto repair has many shops trying to compete for your business. Not many can provide the service the Autoworks Colorado can. They have the cleanest shop of all the Denver auto repair shops and have very experienced mechanics. They service all Littleton bmw service needs, all Littleton mercedes services, all Littleton Audi services, all Littleton Porsche services as well as Littleton volkswagens.

Autoworks Colorado specializes in all German auto repairs in Denver. They have been fixing German imports in Denver for over 25 years. They are located in Littleton just south of Englewood. I was very happy with the services Autoworks Colorado provided me and I would recommend them for any Englewood auto repair needs or Denver auto repair needs for any german import vehicle.

Check out there website at: www.autorepairindenver.com

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Common Reasons you pay too much for Auto Repair

It's easy to blame the auto repair industry for excessive car repair prices, but sometimes these extra expenses are the customer's fault. Like a computer, if we supply incorrect data, we'll get garbage. For auto repairs bad data means unnecessary and/or excessive auto repair costs.
Here's a brief example to put things in to perspective.

A customer with a headlight issue assumed that his bulb was burnt out. He purchased a new bulb and brought it to his Denver repair shop to have it installed. The Littleton auto repair shop installed the bulb, and billed the client the appropriate labor. After installing the bulb, the light still didn't work. Who's at fault?

In this case, the client was forewarned that his particular vehicle has a Xenon head lamp system and that it should be diagnosed first, as it may be a tad more complicated than a bulb.

Nevertheless, the client requested the installation, and agreed to the labor charges. When the light still didn't work, the auto shop called the client to ask if he wanted to authorize an additional hour of labor ($110.00) to diagnose the headlight issue, and pay another $55.00 to remove the bulb and install the original bulb. As you can see, this customer quickly racked up a bill (including a $358 non-returnable Xenon bulb) and his light still didn't work.

This is merely one example of the very common "customer-diagnosed/supplied part" scenario.
It gets even more complicated when customers lie, mislead, or don't provide all the facts. Now, a good auto technician won't proceed until he is clear on the client's exact issue and can reproduce the complaint. For now, let's focus on what the customer does wrong.

Top 5 Mistakes:

1) Diagnosing the problem rather than explaining the symptoms. As in the example above, the client assumed his headlight was burnt out - a $523 mistake. If you find a good Littleton auto repair shop, you will be able to put your trust in the mechanics. You shouldn't feel like you should address the problem, let them do it-thats their job.

2) Supplying your own parts. The auto repair shop installing your part has no obligation to rectify the situation or supply any type of guarantee if the part fails. Here's a real life example: customer supplied a used alternator. Shop installed it, but the used part didn't work. The customer had to pay again to have a new alternator installed - a $250 mistake

3) Lying. This should be self-explanatory, but here's an example. A customer stated that his air-ride suspension lights kept intermittently flashing. After hours of diagnostics and testing it was revealed that the client's real issue was a minor suspension squeak - no dash lights had ever come on. It turned out that the client thought that if the mechanic checked the air-suspension computers and electronics that his vehicle would be more thoroughly evaluated - a $1,200 mistake

4) Suggesting unnecessary work. This may sound strange coming from the customer, but it happens. Some Denver auto repair customers will blurt out "just tune it up" or, "change my oil" even when they know it isn't required at the time - these can be very costly mistakes - 100's, even 1000's of dollars are lost this way to repair shops all too eager to take your money

5) Assuming your Denver auto repair shop will figure it out. This type of thinking is dangerous. Your auto repair shop needs your input because, despite any lack of automotive experience on your part, you know your vehicle better than any one. Here's an example: a man dropped his car off for what he called "a loud grinding noise." Despite the best efforts from a service advisor and technician, the noise could not be duplicated, nor could any other information be gleaned from the client as to the conditions under which the noise was heard. A road test with the client did not produce the noise either. Nevertheless, the client was adamant that something was dreadfully wrong and agreed to pay to have it checked out. After a $200 inspection, the vehicle was given a clean bill of health. The client paid and happily went on his way. Ten minutes later, he walked in screaming that the noise is so obvious you'd have to be deaf not to hear it. He jumped back in the car with the service manager, simultaneously, his cell phone went off (in vibrate mode), which he kept tucked between the seat and center console - what a "grinding" noise that made!

There are a number of other ways to pay too much, but if you can spare yourself from these 5, you'll be way ahead of the game. In short, don't diagnose your own car, and avoid supplying your own parts. Don't lie or mislead. Tell the truth even if it's embarrassing. I once had a woman tell me that her boyfriend shot her radio with a hand gun. Not only did this information help with the diagnosis, but also the extent and breadth of the damage.

Remember, don't suggest unnecessary work. Stick to your manufacturer's recommendations and play an active role in helping your repair facility diagnose that pesky grinding noise, or bullet-riddled radio.

The key to saving money on you Denver auto repair expenses is finding a good Denver auto repair shop. If you find a trusted mechanic, you will not feel like you have to lie, be embarrassed about situations, and your certainly won't feel like you have to diagnose your own car problems. Denver auto repair can be spendy, don't help it be more expensive-avoid these 5 typical things and find a good Denver auto repair shop.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Denver BMW auto repair

There are many Denver auto repair shops looking to get your business but there are only a select few that you want to trust your BMW with. Denver auto repair shops vary in size, experience, and reliablity so you want to make sure that you take your BMW to an auto repair shop that excells at all three categories.

Autoworks Colorado does just that! They have been working on BMW's for 30 years and specialize in German auto repair in Denver. They have a great shop in Littleton and are looking to expand soon.
Here is a picture of their shop, as you can see it is one of the cleanest auto repair shops in Denver!
Autoworks Colorado has 8 bays for any BMW makes and model. One thing I was impressed with was Mark the owner, personally called me and told me he recomended we should replace a water pump at the same time as they were servicing another part on my car. He told me that since everything was out it would be much cheaper to do it now than in 6 months. He also said it didn't have to be done at the time and it was up to me. It would need to be replaced in 6 months so we decided to just do it then. I couldn't believe I got a phone call instead of showing up with a much larger bill without having any knowledge of it. Autoworks Colorado is one of the most reliable denver auto repair shops in the area and I would strongly recommend them to anyone with a german import or BMW.








Friday, August 15, 2008

Auto Repair Denver

Often times when you take your Mercedes Benz to a Denver auto repair shop you are skeptical about what is really being done behind the scene...if anything is being done right? Well remember you are not an expert and you have spent a lot of money on your Denver Mercedes.

Of all the Denver auto repair shops out there, ask around for others experience with mercedes auto repair. Online there are a ton of reviews of Denver auto repair shops that can be a good source of where to take your car.

Murphy's Laws: (By: Matthew Wright)


  • Nothing is as easy as it looks.

  • Everything takes longer than you think.

  • Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most
  • damage will be the one to go wrong. Corollary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.

  • You never run out of things that can go wrong.

  • If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.

  • If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

  • It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

  • Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.
    Every solution breeds new problems.

Friday, August 8, 2008

How to Avoid Denver Repair Rip-offs

Let's face it, not everyone is as honest as we would like. What's more, those individuals who are in a position to have trust them blindly are often the ones to lie to us so boldly. Now, this isn't to say that everyone is a liar and a thief, but it pays to be cautious.

When it comes to Denver auto repairs, many new drivers or those inexperienced in dealing with garages will find the entire process frustrating and even confusing. Mechanics will often assume that drivers will know the components of their cars and how it all goes together. Doctors are often guilty of this as well. In most cases, the mechanic is not attempting to rip the vehicle owner off, to them it is common knowledge and sometimes they do forget that not everyone is as well versed as they are.

However, there are a hand full of unscrupulous Denver auto repair shops that uses such talk to their advantage. When you place your car in the care of a Denver repair shop you have no choice but to take their word as gospel concerning your car. After all, they are in a position of authority and are trained in car repair. Knowing this shady mechanics will use fast talk and technical terms to their advantage to charge you for items that you either did not need or that simply do not exist.

That is why having even a rudimentary knowledge about your car is so important. Many automobile types will have common ailments which you can easily search for online. Other car repairs are common for all types and are usually the result of the same problem. This way you can, hopefully, spot when an unscrupulous mechanic is trying to take you for a ride.
Being aware of you car's needs goes a step further when you enter that Denver repair shop. You must be precise when dealing with a mechanic in order to avoid any miscommunication.

Miscommunications do not point to rip offs but it should be avoided anyways. Many advise that you make out a detailed list of what you want repaired. This way the mechanic will fully understand what you want. In order to make sure that this list reaches the mechanics that will be working on your vehicle; you may want to tape the list on the steering wheel or the dashboard so that it is clearly visible. If you find a trusted Denver auto repair shop, this isn't always necessary. The idea is to find that auto repair shop where the communication is always there and they will give you a call to go over what they are about to repair on your car.

Before you authorize any work, at all, you should make certain that the mechanic is certified. The mechanic can be certified through either the dealer or through a special regulatory body which can vary state to state. Find out who this regulatory body is and what they require of their mechanics before you settle on a shop.

Afterwards, check out the Denver auto shop through organizations like the Better Business Bureau or some type of consumer affairs organization. If there were any complaints filed against the shop that may not necessarily mean that the shop is scamming its customers. However, if there are more then a couple and if these reports are of a severe quality then it would be wise to find another shop.

The important thing to remember as you search for a Denver auto repair shop is that not everyone is a crook. In such an industry as auto repair and car service a few bad apples really does spoil the bunch. Use caution and your gut to avoid rip offs and scams.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Denver Auto Repair

There are many Denver car dealerships out there that claim to have a great service departement but the problem is they charge so much more for labor than most smaller Denver car shops. I have had the best luck finding the smaller locally owned Denver auto repair shops where you and your car are important to the shop and they typically charge less than the dealerships and you get a better service.

If you have a German Car I would suggest going to Autoworks Colorado in Littleton. I service my BMW there and they are fantastic! They have the best Denver auto repair of imports in the whole metro area. They also have the cleanest shop I have seen and mechanics are great. The owner is there at all times and they won't work on your car without updating you the status of your car. Check them out at www.autorepairindenver.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Auto Repair Denver

If you live in the Denver Metro Area and you own a German car, you should get it serviced at Autoworks Colorado. They have the cleanest Denver auto shop in the whole metro area. If you want someone who has years of experience, Autoworks Colorado has mechanics who have been working for over 20 years specializing in import auto repair. The owner Mark Zalmanek, wants to provide a Denver auto repair that is effortless for the car owners. His main goal is to provide quality service at an affordable price. Of all the Denver auto repair shops out there, Autoworks Colorado is honest to their customers.

"We won't fix anything on your import that does not need to be fixed, and we certainly won't work on your car without calling you to update you on your vehicles situation."
- Mark Zalmanek (owner)

Autoworks Colorado is the best Denver auto repair shop in the metro and provides quality service at an affordable price. If you have a porsche, mercedes, bmw, audi or volkswagen you should get it serviced at Autoworks Colorado.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Porsche Covers

By Matthew Keegan

In owning a high quality roadster such as a Porsche Boxster you are making a statement that you value quality, engineering, speed, luxury, and reliability. Few cars can match all that a Boxster does in effectively combining an exhilarating sports car ride with a sensible price. Still, owning any Porsche is an investment and you must take care to protect that investment. A custom fitted car cover is something to consider to properly shield your Porsche.

After spending over sixty thousand dollars for your new Porsche, why is it that the one investment that can save you thousands of dollars is often overlooked? What I am talking about is a Porsche car cover. A car cover is a reasonably priced accessory that should be standard equipment for any vehicle. For only a few hundred dollars a custom fitted car cover will protect your car from:
Damaging rays of the sun. If you leave your car outside for any length of time, the sun’s rays will damage your car’s finish.

Harmful moisture. A high quality car cover will protect your car’s finish from moisture. Acid rain, sleet, snow, and hail can permanently damage your car.

Bird poop. You may not park your car under a tree, but the birds sure are attracted to its shine. Not getting to the poop soon enough can be costly to your paint.

Minor impacts. No, a car cover won’t protect your car in all circumstances, but a high quality cover is designed to absorb small impacts.

Nosey neighbors. You own a Boxster and everyone want to peer in and look at it…rubbing up against your car, scratching the finish, damaging the paint!

Insects. Who wants to see their car become home to every insect imaginable? With a custom fitted cover on your Porsche, bugs won’t zone in on something that isn’t hospitable to them.

Dust, dirt, air pollution. Even garaged cars can be damaged by dust.

You can talk to your local Porsche Auto Repair shop to help you find a good cover. You are going to want one that has a guarantee and some kind of warantee.

Best Porsche Auto Repair in Denver

I have a 911 Carrera S and I am pretty protective when it comes to getting it serviced. I was referred to Autoworks Colorado by a friend who also has a porsche. I was a little hesitant when I took it to get worked on. Once I arrived at the auto repair shop I had a completly different feeling. I could not get over how clean the shop was and I knew my Porsche would be taken care or.

It was totally worth the drive to go to this Littleton Auto Repair shop. I am completely convinced that they give the best Porsche Repair service in Denver. They had my car done the next day and serviced it at a quality price.

Another great thing about Autoworks colorado is they did not work on my car without calling me and telling me what was wrong with my Porsche and what they needed to do to it.

If you are looking for a clean auto repair shop with mechanics you can trust, give them a call or check out their website: www.autorepairindenver.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How to Choose the right Luxury Car

How do you choose the right luxury car for yourself? I have bought cars, but it seems like picking out the right luxury car makes things a little harder. As a rule, I will be spending more money and will expect more form my purchase. I have done some research and found out there are some things you can do to pick out the luxury car that is right for you.

As with any product, the one that is right for you is the best one. First of all, when buying a luxury car, don’t get in a hurry. B efore you even go any further, though, make sure that a luxury car is definitely what you want. They certainly have their pros and cons like anything else, so just make sure it is what you want to do before you get too deep into things. Take some time, educate yourself, and get opinions from friends and experts on what you are looking for. Next, figure out what kinds of options you want on your new luxury car. Once you know what types of options you want, you can begin to narrow down the selection of brand and model that offers what you need. Do you want GPS in the care because you travel a lot? What about power seats, heated seats, or seats with settings memory? Check the internet as well as car magazine articles to determine what is out there in the way of luxury and which of those things are what you are after in your new luxury car.

Consider the basics as well like keyless remote, dual climate control, and even remote starter for the car. Once you know what you want in terms of characteristics and additives on your luxury car, it is time to start looking into it further.

Research heavily and educate yourself on all of the cars that fit. Brands and models have a great deal of variation in them as well as in their price. Look at body styles, the leg room, and the space and feel of the interior. Be picky; remember that you are buying a luxury car, so it is your right to be as picky as you want. Then, once you have picked out the manufacturer and model, you may want to look into what years were best and examine some consumer reports on how reliable your selection is. You certainly don’t want to go to all the trouble and then buy a lemon. The decision to buy a luxury car is a big one. However, it is an exciting time and demands your full attention. Make sure you get exactly what you want with the exact options you want. A luxury car stops being a luxury if it is not the one you want, exactly. Knowing what you want is half the battle, being curious and questioning, though, is the other half of that battle. Do research, take your time, and before you know it you will be behind the wheel of the luxury car of your dreams.

7 Tips when Purchasing a New Car

While we all like to think we won’t be conned when buying a used car, thousands of people are every single year. The majority of these people have bought their used car from one of the popular free ads papers and have known very little - if anything - about what to look for in a quality car. If you fall into this category, then simply follow the top seven car buying tips outlined below.

First of all, look out for signs that the car may have been involved in a serious accident. Points to watch out for include slight gaps between the body panels and car doors that drop or that fit badly on their hinges.

Always give the gearbox and clutch a thorough test. When doing this, make sure that you have the engine running then press down on the clutch. If there is any change in the sound of the engine then this could indicate the bearings are worn.

The gearstick should move smoothly without any “crunching” sound.

Make sure the brakes are in top order by breaking as firmly as you can without the car skidding. When you start up the car make sure the exhaust fumes are white - any other colour could indicate problems.

Check the panels to make sure there are no lose screws. If there are this could indicate that the odometer has been tampered with and the car has done more mileage than it states.

Finally, always go over the car’s paperwork thoroughly to make sure the history is correct. Generally the more history a car has the better off you are. You also may invest in a vehicle data check, a service which can instantly check your proposed new car’s history, including whether it has ever been stolen or involved in an accident or whether it has any outstanding finance on it etc. This may cost a little money at first but in the long run, it could save you time and future headaches.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Denver Auto Repair

Sweet Auto Repair Website!

Autoworks Colorado just got a new website at www.autorepairindenver.com and recently opened at a new location. Check out there website and tell us what you think!

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I have been servicing my Volkswagen with Autoworks Colorado for the past 4 years and absolutley love the service they provide. You know you can trust them when you bring in your car. There are never any surprises! They have such a nice shop at their new location on 8110 Shaffer PKWY. They also got a new website at www.autorepairindenver.com

Friday, July 18, 2008

Littleton Auto Repair

If anyone has an import or 'german car' and you need to have it serviced I would strongly recommend going to Autoworks Colorado. They have a great shop and it is very clean. These guys know their german cars, they have been in the business for 20+ years!

They are very professional and great mechanics. They service all Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, and Volkswagen models. Check ou Denver's best auto repair shop: Autoworks Colorado

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mercedes Benz Lights

Article By: Kalin Staikov

The lights in a Mercedes car like any other car lights are very important. They show you the way and warn others about your actions preventing accidents and keeping things in the safe side. There are many different lights available today - some for general use and some for special purpose.

The primary function of the lights is to provide safety and convenience to the driver. Mercedes made their lights to be one of the most important things in the car. Without the lighting assembly installed a Mercedes is as safe as a blind driver.

Lights give the ability to see during darkness providing a good illumination. If your lights are good enough the dust on the road or the foggy day won't be such a big obstacle. Rain-filled weather conditions will be a piece of cake for you too because even if you feel like swimming in the whole water around you there will still be enough visibility for you keeping you informed about everything that is happening around you.

The Mercedes tail lights are another very important lighting system that is available for you when you drive. They are attached at the front and rear part of your vehicle. They come in pairs - left and right. The signal lights or also called turn lights are usually yellow in colour and they are one pretty important part of the Mercedes tail lights. They are available to indicate if the vehicle is turning and on what direction it will go next. Everyone who is interested in knowing where you will turn will see indication of that before you turn no matter if he is in front of you or on you back.

This simple thing prevents collisions with other cars or accidents with the people walking on the streets. It is good for these lights to be used not only when you make a turn but also when you change lanes because sometimes other drivers will not see you on time especially when you are in the blind zone. It is also considered polite because you provide information on your action and let others know you intentions and the way you will achieve them.

One very important aspect of these tail lights is the emergency condition. I f you push the "hazard" button beneath the dashboard you will activate a simultaneously blinking of both - the left and the right tail lights. This will inform the people around you that you are having troubles with your car. When an emergency instance occurs the people around you should know that you may not have the full control over your car and accident is likely to occur. Warning them with the lights will help them manage the situation and it will safely let you call for help.

On the side view a parking lights are available. They make the vehicle more visible and they are pretty useful when going into intersections or making turns. It allows drivers to see others from greater distances and keep them informed on what is going on around them. This is very important especially in low visibility because of fog, dust and rain or any other thing which could reduce the visibility. On breaking situations the parking lights could also serve as a break lights.
One pretty cool solution for Mercedes lights is called Euro Altezza Lights and it is available for many models. It will add the sporty look to your car and it will enhance the prestige of the vehicle. These are performance tail lights with clear or smoked lens in red or amber colour provided by special lamps.

After you choose these Euro Altezza Lights for your car keep these lights maintained. To benefit from and use the wonderful features of these lights you should insure proper replacement when necessary. You may want to check up with your service provider from time to time to see if everything is fine. This is important because many things on the road could damage or reduce the effectiveness of the lights. For example this could be the dust. Stray objects, snow or rain could become hazardous too. Everything that is interfering with the lights could become a problem. You could not keep all problems away but you could see if you lights need special care after the busy day.

There is also a way available for you to protect you tail lights from all the scratches and damages that could happen on the road. With all the stones and stuff flying around it is impossible for something to not hit your tail lights. The solution for you could be to use a proper protection.
The Mercedes tail lights guard will keep the scratches to their minimum saving you money on replacement parts. This protection unit is usually made by durable steel designed to fit your tail lights perfectly. The easy installation will help you buy it and install it yourself.

This protection will not only help you protect you tail lights. It could add the look you want for you car. Mercedes have that sleek look when you buy it but is it what you want? And what about some cool rugged look to tell the others about you sporty way of living?

The tail lights guard will not reduce the illumination of your lights and it won't help for any dangerous situation to occur and it could be a fine investment. Buy it once and you may not need to wander if you lights are good after a long ride. No matter if you want style for you car or simply some protection the tail lights guard is what you need.

If you are a car style enthusiast you should know that there is nothing cooler than a nice lighting system for the car. It doesn't matter how nice your hood is looking or what a nice wheel rims you have. The lights are what get the attention. This is so even during the day. Just imagine some nice reflection from a car and what it could feel like even in the bright sunny day.

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