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Why is My Car A/C or Heater Not Working?

Why is My Car A/C or Heater Not Working?

If you’re experiencing issues with your vehicle’s air conditioning or heating systems, your recent driving experiences have most likely been uncomfortable for both you and your passengers. Driving without working air conditioning or heating can be unbearable at times during extreme weather conditions. As soon as your car’s air conditioning or heating has stopped working, bring your vehicle into the experts here at Bavarian Workshop. Our ASE certified mechanics can repair any issue you may be experiencing and get you back on the road promptly.  Air conditioning systems can often fail due to a leak within the system, a bad compressor, faulty pressure valves, low refrigerant, or a clogged orifice tube. The heating system will usually fail due to a bad heater core, which can also indicate issues for your vehicle's cooling system. For that reason, we always recommend getting any A/C or heating problem addressed and repaired at the first sign of trouble.  An ... read more

Is Replacing an Engine Worth It?

Is Replacing an Engine Worth It?

Dealing with engine trouble is never fun, especially if the issue happens to be something major like a blown head gasket or a broken timing belt. Unfortunately, engine problems do occur periodically and if you haven't been on top of your vehicle's maintenance, you may find yourself having to deal with engine repairs in your vehicle's lifetime. Especially if you have an older vehicle, major engine repairs bring up the question of is replacing an engine worth it, or should you just look into a new vehicle? If engine damage is super extensive, then you may find yourself having to decide between an engine replacement, rebuild, or a new car entirely if the damage isn't repairable. In this instance, you may have to weigh out your options and determine what is the best route for you and your budget.  When you think about an engine replacement as a whole, typically it will cost you less than a new car. However, you may consider the overall condition of your vehicle ... read more

Why Does My Car Shake When it's Idle?

Why Does My Car Shake When it's Idle?

A properly working vehicle is supposed to be smooth and quiet. For example, when you first start your car and are still in park wait to switch into drive, your car is idling. When it's idling, your vehicle should be still and only have a light purr. However, if you notice that your vehicle is super shaky while it is idling, this is an indication of an issue. Typically, the shaking seems to come from the engine and may be accompanied by rattling noises. If you're experiencing this, it's time to have your engine inspected.  Here are some of the potential causes of a vehicle that shakes when it is idling:  Worn out spark plugs Bad timing belt Lose hoses Wrong fuel/air intake Damaged motor mounts Oxygen sensor failure Bad vacuum hoses The causes listed above are just some of the common reasons why you might be experiencing a shaky car while idling. While some fixes may be small, others can be more extensive and can get worse over time if ignored. An engine pro ... read more

Why is My Brake Pedal Sitting Low?

Why is My Brake Pedal Sitting Low?

A low brake pedal is better described as a brake pedal that sits almost to the floor, or one that needs to be pumped repeatedly for the brakes to work. Oftentimes, a low brake pedal also feels "spongy" or soft when you press it, in comparison to how a normal brake pedal might feel which requires more pressure to brake. So, what can cause your European vehicle's brake pedal to sit low, and is it something that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible?  The first thing to check when seeing your vehicle's brake pedal sitting low is the brake fluid. Low brake fluid is a typical cause of a low sitting brake pedal, and is usually caused by a leak somewhere in the system. If you notice that your brake fluid is low, it's important to get this resolved as soon as possible. Adding brake fluid to the reservoir may help you avoid brake failure, however it won't fix the issue if there is a leak somewhere in the system. Our professionals will perform a thorough i ... read more

Which is Cheaper? Maintaining your BMW or Buying a New One?

At Bavarian Workshop, local to West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, our auto mechanics routinely answer a fundamental question: should I maintain my BMW or take the plunge and buy a new one? We know when you drive a German automobile, you acquaint yourself with every hum and purr of the motor. Washing your vehicle is like an act of adoration. Routine maintenance is like a hymn of devotion. Even a simple gesture such as changing the oil is like an offering made to the altar of the German goddess. However, devotion ain’t cheap. Those maintenance fees add up. Over time, major repairs and servicing become necessary. Slowly but sure, the German goddess requires more and more sacrifices. Thus, the age-old question: “Is it cheaper to keep her?” No one likes breakups, least of all BMW owners. After years of hard work and a shared relationship, who wants to throw in the oil-stained towel and say: “It’s not you, it’s me?” However, there comes a t ... read more

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What’s the Difference Between Major Service and Minor Service on German Automobiles?

The auto mechanics at Bavarian Workshop perform both major and minor services to drivers throughout West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, as we are well-aware of the fact that German automobiles such as BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen require certain auto repairs and service. But what is the difference between a major and minor service? It can be a challenge to get a clear answer, but we are here to explain the difference. At Bavarian Workshop, we know that routine auto maintenance is key to keeping your German automobile in the best condition possible. Regular, minor maintenance such as checking the brakes, inspecting oil filters, and topping up fluids does cost some money, but in the long run, it can save you a bundle.   Each German vehicle we see for auto repair at Bavarian Workshop has a different owner, is driven under different conditions, and develops different issues. But generally speaking, what are the differences between minor and major services? While German cars v ... read more

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Best Day Trips for German Automobile Enthusiasts

Bavarian Workshop is fortunate to be local to the regions of West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, and we are even more lucky to be the go-to auto repair shop for German car drivers throughout the community. Since 1994, our auto mechanics have serviced generations of families and vehicles, and we have picked up a few tidbits of information, regarding their favorite day trips. When you’re an owner of a German Automobile, you know that your car sports superior engineering to make even a trip to the grocery store an adventure, but what about over the weekend when it’s time to unwind? Living in Los Angeles affords German Automobile owners no shortage of great day trips. Below, a few of our customers’ and team’s favorites: Big Bear Lake: Located in nearby San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake offers fun year-round: A summer trip will mean aquatic sports such as boating or jet sailing, whereas, in the winter, visitors can enjoy skiing or find deep relaxation in a spa ... read more

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How Important is Maintenance? Stay Up On Your Fluids

At Bavarian Workshop, our auto mechanics continue to preach the importance of preventative maintenance to our clients reigning from West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills. To keep your German automobile in pristine condition to avoid expensive and even dangerous auto repair, maintenance of your car’s fluids are a complete must. Everyone loves a car that performs well. Whether on the race track or the streets in our communities of West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, BMWs have a reputation for being fabulous cars to drive and own. But what role does maintenance play in the performance of your vehicle? The fact of the matter is that regular maintenance is key to keeping your car in good working order. One essential, but often overlooked way to maintain your vehicle is by keeping up with your fluids. At Bavarian Workshop, there are seven key fluids that we check regularly. Brake fluid is an obvious one, and so is oil. Your car needs to have adequate oil to keep the par ... read more

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Marc Norris and the Local Track Day Scene

Marc Norris and his team of auto mechanics live and breathe BMWs. At Bavarian Workshop in West Hills, near both Calabasas and Woodland Hills, Marc and his team set the industry standard for BMW auto repair. As a testament to his love for BMW and other German vehicles, Marc Norris and his team can be found at the local track day scene on most weekends. Marc’s passion for “The Ultimate Driving Machine” often propels him to the local Track Days, where he goes racing twice a month. Marc loves to race and finds ways to carry over principles of race car driving into street driving. As a passionate evangelist for factory-maintained vehicles as well as a meticulous mechanic who loves custom builds, Marc takes his knowledge of race driving and carries it over to street driving. Marc, the owner of Bavarian Workshop, says that many of the principles of race car driving can improve your street driving in the regions of West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, as well. For e ... read more

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On Again, Off Again

No I'm not talking about that relationship you're in, I'm talking about the “Check Engine, or “Service Engine Soon” light in the dash of your car. I know it was on a couple of months ago, but it has reared its ugly head again. So you bring it to your local repair shop thinking that it’s the same problem again, and you’re angry. “Why is this light back on, you just fixed it!” Your service manager reassures you in that calm voice that “we’ll look into it and let you know what’s going on.” What you don’t know is that the check engine light monitors many things. Misfires, which includes the spark plugs and the ignition coils. Fuel mixture, which includes the fuel injectors, the intake manifold, the crankcase ventilation system, and the oxygen sensors. Evaporative control, which includes the fuel cap, the fuel tank, vapor recovery tank, the evaporative testing pump, and the purge control valve. The ex ... read more

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