Staying on top of monthly car maintenance can make all of the difference to the life of your car. Especially during the winter, it is important to stay on top of potential damage or wear and tear that can take a toll on your vehicle. This will save you both time and money in the long-run, causing less of a need for BMW service in Chicago! Air Filter Check under your hood to see your air filter; take it out and hold it up to a strong light source. You should be able to see the air coming from the filter. If you can’t see the light, it is likely time to replace your filter. They are inexpensive and they can help increase your gas mileage as well as the life of your car altogether. Brake Fluid You know to check your car’s oil, but how often are you checking […]
Now that the temperatures are consistently above 45 degrees and the sun is shining, now is the perfect time to pull out your car wax and rag. Not only does your car look good after you are done waxing it, but it also can extend the life of your car! At VFC Engineering, we are providers of BMW service in Chicago as well as overall car tips to help those in the Chicagoland area to get the most out of every vehicle that they drive. Here are some benefits of waxing your car Protect paint from airborne contaminants: Don’t underestimate the number of airborne contaminants that are floating around at any given time. For example, salt or tar particles may be thrown into the air on a windy day. You may think that your car is protected, but these small particles can become embedded into your car. Wax creates a […]
We all associate the brutal winter months with wreaking havoc on our vehicles, but what about the summer heat and the damage that it can cause? The popularity of necessary BMW, Mini Cooper and Porsche service in Chicago increases when the weather is at the extreme. Here are some examples of just how impactful the warm weather can be on your car. Tires Your tires are one of the most important aspects of your car, and they help get you where you need to be safely. Just like the cold weather can take a toll on your tires, the hot weather can cause the rubber to become damaged. This is especially the case if your tires are not inflated properly. The extreme heat can cause your tires to become dry and potentially cause a blowout. Make sure that your tires are in good shape and that they are not too […]
If you don’t know much about cars, it’s easy to believe everything that you hear regarding proper maintenance. As providers of many different car services, such as Volkswagen service in Chicago, we take pride in educating our customers about taking care of their cars to get the most life out of them. Here are some common myths that we hear and why they aren’t true. You Need Your Oil Changed Every 3,000 Miles While this used to be the case in the past, engine technologies have greatly improved. Plus, many new vehicles also have oil life-monitoring systems to help alert the owner when it is time to have the oil changed. This technology helps monitor engine revolutions, operating temperatures and other factors to help determine when it is right for you to get your oil changed. Supplemental Additives Will Benefit Your Oil There are many commercially-available supplemental additives that you […]
The negative Chicago temperatures can take a beating on your car, especially if you don’t give your car the TLC it needs to thrive. As providers of VW service in Chicago, we understand the importance of protecting your car from cold temperatures. After all, the last thing that you want to happen is to get stranded on an empty road with a dead battery. Take these preventative care tips into consideration before you get behind the wheel once again. The Battery is Crucial Did you know that when it is 0 degrees, your car’s battery only has half of the power that it has when it is 80 degrees outside? This is why it feels like your car is working harder to run when it is so cold outside. If you want to check on your battery, remove the plastic cap from the top and check to see that the […]
For decades, the assumption has been, “The dealer knows best.” But here’s what I can tell you: You’ll almost always be better served at a specialty repair shop like VFC than you will at the dealer. Here’s why…
From time to time, we like to survey other shops or dealers to make sure our prices are just that—fair for you and fair for us. We recently called four auto repair shops that specialize in European imports to find out what they charge for brake service on a 2011 BMW X5. We were pleased with the findings…
The only thing worse than paying for a repair on your vehicle is paying to do it again a second time.
Such was the case last month with one of our clients. He brought his 2005 Audi A8 in for general service but mentioned that he needed to top off his oil more than usual.
Want to just ‘get in the car and go’ this winter—regardless of weather? Here’s how to do it…