Tech Tip – The Truth About Lifetime Transmission Fluids – “Oil is Cheaper Than Metal”

BMW, Mini Cooper Transmission Fluid There is a trend with many manufacturers to use so called “Lifetime” transmission fluids in their new cars. Audi, BMW and Mercedes have been doing this for years. The real question is what is a “lifetime”? If the lifetime of the car is the reference point, most owners will be sorely disappointed, for it seems to us that almost all of the fluids need service around 60K miles, far shorter than the lifetime of most European cars. While fluids and lubricants have doubtlessly improved over time, we suspect that the real reason for [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Case Studies|Comments Off on Tech Tip – The Truth About Lifetime Transmission Fluids – “Oil is Cheaper Than Metal”

Good News – Mini Cooper Timing Chain Warranty Extension, Recall & Reimbursement

Good News If you own a 2007-2010 Mini Cooper S over 30,000 miles on the odometer, you've likely paid to have the timing chain system, or perhaps even the engine, repaired or replaced. * Important - We literally receive hundreds of phone calls per year on this issue. Please note that unless you are a service customer of AMC, or live in the state of Maine, or are willing to transport your Mini Cooper here for service, we can not answer questions about out of state vehicles, and would refer you to the the local Mini Cooper dealer in your state for assistance. If you are a [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Case Studies|Comments Off on Good News – Mini Cooper Timing Chain Warranty Extension, Recall & Reimbursement

Audi AllRoad – Camshaft Tensioner Seal Oil Leakage

We saved this customer from what could be a very expensive repair, a broken timing belt. Like most cars now on the road, the Audi 2.7 and 2.8 engines use a rubber timing belt. Located in a plastic housing on the front of the engine, the timing belt keeps the valve opening in sequence with the rotation of the engine pistons. A failure of the timing will allow the valves to contact the pistons, resulting in major engine damage. The Audi and VW 1.8, 2.7 and 2.8 liter engines also use a timing chain to drive the secondary camshafts. This [...]

By | July 30th, 2011|Case Studies|Comments Off on Audi AllRoad – Camshaft Tensioner Seal Oil Leakage

Audi A8 – Head Gasket Service

Timing belt replacement on the Audi A8 requires a fair amount of disassembly on the front end of the vehicle. The Audi 4, 6 and 8 cylinder engines are high compression types, failure of the timing belt will result in major engine damage. Although scheduled by Audi for 90,000 miles, we have found loose or severely worn timing belts and tensioners at the 75K mile mark. When replacing the rubber timing belt, all belt rollers, water pump and thermostat must be replaced. This is a service you only want to do every 100,000 miles. We have noted a number of [...]

By | July 17th, 2011|Case Studies|Comments Off on Audi A8 – Head Gasket Service