Vehicle Repairs You Should Never Repair Yourself

Vehicle Repairs You Should Never Repair Yourself

When you love something, you take care of it. It’s natural that when you own a prized possession, you want to treat it appropriately and do whatever maintenance is required to make it appear as it did on the first day you got it. This statement is especially true when it comes to your vehicle.

If something goes wrong in your beloved vehicle, the natural reaction is to want to fix it as soon as possible because it means so much to you. But there are some repair jobs on your vehicle that are best left in the hands of a qualified professional. By taking on larger projects yourself, you may be doing more damage to your vehicle in the long run.
Here are a few commons problems we at German Motor Specialist often encounter with our customer’s cars, and why it’s best that a qualified professional repairs it.

Fuel Leak

One of the most essential components in a car’s fuel delivery system is a fuel pump. If it is functioning properly, fuel delivery system operates normally. However, if it fails, the vehicle’s engine will stop to run. But, the failure and the trouble it causes to the vehicle can be prevented if the early warning signs are identified, and if it is immediately taken in for a professional repair by a qualified mechanic.

Brake Repair

Some of the most common repairs that mechanics like us deal with on a regular basis involves a vehicle’s brake system. While replacing your brake pads is a modestly priced repair, other issues with your brakes may be more severe and will require additional attention. This includes a damaged disc or rotor, or in some extreme cases, a replacement of your brake lines.

Ignition System Repair

This includes your car’s battery, ignition, and starter. While a battery replacement and repair is a relatively quick and simple process for your professional to maintain, a starter replacement is a more complex issue that must be addressed by a trained technician.

Electrical System Repairs

Electrical system problems include everything from blown fuses and lamp bulbs to more severe issues. No matter how minor you assess the problem to be, it is best that a trained professional addresses these issues, especially considering the extreme sensitivity of electrical equipment.

Show your vehicle how much you truly care for it by treating it the way it deserves to be treated. That means trusting a qualified professional to fix even minor repairs; it’s going to mean your car has a better quality life, and that you have a better quality drive.
Since 1998, German Motor Specialist has been providing service exclusively on BMW, Audi and Mini Cooper vehicles. For more information call 650-963-9212 or contact our team today to schedule maintenance or repair.

Repairs Faced Daily by Certified Technicians at German Motor Specialist

Repairs Faced Daily by Certified Technicians at German Motor Specialist

Whether your vehicle needs routine service or a major repair, our certified technicians are skilled at quickly diagnosing and pinpointing solutions to problems – some more than others. There are repairs we face daily that others may not notice, have the knowledge or expertise to properly address, or the facilities and equipment to rectify the situation. Every day, with every customer, we focus on providing no-pressure, high-quality Audi, BMW & Mini repair services. Our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction – that is The German Motor Specialist Advantage!

Battery Acid Leak

blog-3Car batteries contain a sulfuric acid solution that is highly toxic and corrosive. Therefore, it is vital to handle leaking car batteries with extreme care and attention. At German Motor Specialist we always recommend factory batteries in lieu of after-market batteries. This ensures the highest quality product and the most appropriate for your vehicle in the long term. For safety reasons, it is advised to seek professional help whenever dealing with battery leaks.

Suspension Bushing

Suspension BushingSuspension bushings are key to a smooth and comfortable ride. The hydraulic oil that flows through here helps to dampen vibrations from the road. If leaks occur and go unchecked this can lead to steering vibration, braking vibration, a bumpier ride, unusual tire wear and even alignment issues.

Tire Wear

Tire WearToo little tire tread can create unsafe driving conditions. When tires can’t grip the road, a driver may lose control of his or her vehicle. When roads are wet or snowy, tire tread depth is very important. Anytime precipitation gets between tires and the road, tread is needed to cut through it and maintain as much contact with the road surface as possible. The more shallow the tread, the more easily traction may be lost when driving in the wet or snow.

The technicians at German Motor Specialist stay up-to-date on the latest automotive technology, utilizing professional, hands-on experience in working with various automobile types. Combining cutting-edge technology with real-world experience, our mission is to get your car back on the road in less time than it takes other shops to simply figure out what’s wrong. With the most current diagnostic equipment available, including original factory equipment, we are allowed to quickly uncover a vehicle’s problem and begin working on the solution.

Since 1998, German Motor Specialist has been providing service exclusively on BMW, Audi and Mini Cooper vehicles. Our certified technicians use the latest factory diagnostic technologies to help diagnose and treat engine issues. Offering a convenient location near the Googleplex and many other area employers, complimentary shuttle service, and close proximity to CalTrain means never being stranded while your car is being serviced. For more information call 650-963-9212 or contact our team today to schedule maintenance or repair.

Robert Conn

Robert Conn

Robert ConnHey, I am Robert. I have been working for GMS for over 4.5 years. Some of my hobbies are working on cars, performance and I also enjoy the outdoors and photography.

Have you worked at a dealership before?
My career started at Allison BMW in Sunnyvale. I worked at the dealer for 25 years. Was a very valuable experience and glad to bring it all with me to GMS.

The main difference of working at the dealer compared to GMS is that at the dealer the majority of the vehicles you are working on are going to be new and under warranty. You may even find a few dedicated customers that continue to go to the dealer even after the vehicle is out of warranty, but for the large part, once the warranty is up people tend to find a new repair shop for service.

At GMS, that is where you are going to be seeing a lot of those out of warranty vehicles heading. The customer service is top notch and you aren’t tied in by a warranty. A customer is also completely reassured because GMS is more experienced at diagnosing those more complex out of warranty issues that occur with older vehicles.

When it comes to training and specialized tools, GMS and a dealership are going to be the exact same.

The other difference is that dealership technicians are typically paid on a flat rate basis. Flat rate can potentially lower quality and promote shortcuts. At GMS, technicians are paid hourly. This allows us to completely focus on the problem at hand and perform the repair to 100% customer satisfaction. This can save a lot of headaches for everyone involved too.

Do you have any particular noteworthy training or certifications?
I am a BMW master technician and also certified for automotive Air Conditioning service and repair. I also have extensive experience as a Technical Shop foreman.

Favorite vehicle that you worked/work on at GMS?
I would say my favorite is the BMW M5.

Do you personally own a fun vehicle or use to?
I currently own a Subaru WRX and a Honda Civic Si. Both are fun to drive with the moderate modifications I have added.

Your favorite service that you perform?
My favorite service is electrical diagnosis and repair.

Helpful tips or advice for Audi/BMW/Mini owners out there?
Maintain your vehicles and follow the service intervals that are recommended, and check your engine oil, coolant and tire pressures regularly.

If you ever have oil leaks repair them as soon as possible. It is not only best for the vehicle but also for our environment.

Nang Sam

Nang Sam

nangHi, my name is Nang Sam! I have been with German Motor Specialist for over 10 years now. I have always felt valued and taken care of through my entire journey with GMS, it’s a testament to how long I have been here. A few of my favorite hobbies outside of work include biking, hiking, and backcountry backpacking. German Motor has made it all possible because of the flexible vacation time that is available throughout the year (thank you!).

Have you worked at a dealership before?
I have worked for a local BMW dealer in the past, and the difference is quite astounding after coming to GMS. The improvement in the work setting has not only given me a positive boost as an employee but it has also made me take more pride in my work. At the dealer we were only able to communicate through email with our service writers, but now I am able to communicate directly in person with service writers to solve customer vehicle issues. This allows the service writer to physically come in the shop with me and look over the vehicle and thoroughly explain the situation at hand. This results in a faster and more efficient process saving the customer time and money (win win for everyone). We are also working with better technology which lets us provide pictures for the customer to help everyone understand that much more.

Do you have any particular noteworthy training or certifications?
German Motor Specialist provides and pays for training through WTI (WORLDPACKTraining Institute) and SSF Technical Training (https://www.ssfautoparts.com/technical), these are always great resources to stay ahead of the learning curve. We receive and offer the dealership-quality knowledge and experience, but at a more reasonable cost for the customer.

Favorite vehicle that you worked/work on at GMS?
I enjoy working on all types of vehicles, nothing in particular. Every day there is always a new type of issue with the vehicles which keeps me on my toes. I just want to diagnose and solve the problems.

Do you personally own a fun vehicle or use to?
I personally don’t own any “fun” vehicle, but in the future I want to build an E30 from the ground up. It’s a simple and easy vehicle to work on compared to newer vehicles. If I could own any vehicle I would like to own a Toyota Land Cruiser because I’m an outdoors guy. I need space for storage and the ability to go off road.

Your favorite service that you perform?
No car problem is too tough or too easy. I love all the challenges!

Helpful tips or advice for Audi/BMW/Mini owners out there?
Always pay attention to the instrument cluster warning lights, because it indicates any immediate issues and allows you to stay on top of the routine maintenance and avoid any future problems.