Yearly Archives: 2020

What are Common Suspension Problems?

What are Common Suspension Problems?

Your vehicle’s suspension system is important when it comes to making sure that your vehicle’s ride is smooth and controlled. A problem with the suspension system can make it difficult to steer and make your drive uncomfortable overall. So, what are some common suspension problems and their symptoms?  Being aware of how your vehicle feels when driving can help you better identify when there might be an issue with the suspension system. Symptoms such as heavy vibrating or bouncing excessively when driving over bumps can be an indication of a suspension problem.  Here are some of the most common suspension problems that can occur:  Worn shocks or struts - these components have the important job of dampening the shock from the road as you drive. They help keep your vehicle controlled and prevent it from bouncing excessively. If you notice a bumpy ride or uneven tire wear, you may have worn shocks or struts. They typically start to leak when t ... read more

How to Maintain Your Vehicle's Cooling System

How to Maintain Your Vehicle's Cooling System

Your vehicle's cooling system is critical to the overall operation of the engine. Its job is to keep your engine's temperature regulated on the road to prevent overheating. When an issue occurs with the cooling system, this can lead to severe engine damage and a broken down vehicle. Engine repairs can be costly if they are significant, so ensuring that your cooling system is properly maintained is vital.  A great way to properly take care of your vehicle's cooling system is with frequent vehicle inspections and staying on top of any recommended maintenance. A regular inspection of your cooling system at our shop can help prevent major issues from occurring and will keep your vehicle running at its best!  Another way that you can remain aware of your vehicle's cooling system is to understand how your vehicle runs and to be aware of any warning signs of cooling system or engine troubles. If you notice that the engine temperature warning light or check engine i ... read more

What Can Cause a Dead Battery?

What Can Cause a Dead Battery?

Getting into your vehicle only to realize that your car won't start can be stressful. We know it always tends to happen at the worst of times, and it becomes difficult since you can't drive your vehicle to shop for an inspection. The most telling sign of a dead car battery is a car that won't start - you may hear a clicking noise when turning the key in the ignition (or pressing the ignition button), or nothing happens at all. It could be an issue with the starting and charging system, but oftentimes the battery is to blame.  So, what actually causes a battery to die, and are there ways that you can prevent it from happening? The first and most obvious cause of a dead battery is its age. If you haven't replaced your vehicle's battery in over 3 or 4 years, chances are it just reached the end of its lifetime and died out on you. However, if you have a battery that isn't that old, there could be another cause for its sudden demise.  Another reason for a ... read more

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

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