Yearly Archives: 2021

How Dangerous Are Misaligned Wheels?

How Dangerous Are Misaligned Wheels?

Many people don’t realize that the improper alignment of wheels can be extremely dangerous. Today, we will be discussing the hazards that poorly aligned wheels can bring.   To begin with, a wheel alignment applies to the readjustment of the angles of your tires. When an alignment is conducted, the technician will ensure they are aimed straight. A wheel alignment should ideally be done every two years, as recommended by most mechanics. However, it should also be done every time new tires are installed. Some cars, such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche sports cars, may require a wheel alignment more often than others.    What Are Common Causes for Misalignment? It is a lot easier than you might think to knock your wheels out of alignment. Most of the time, it occurs from accidents. For instance, if you hit a large pothole or ram into a curb in a parking lot, your alignment could very well be affected. Misalignment can also naturally happen over time, no matter ... read more

5 Interesting Holiday Road Travel Statistics

5 Interesting Holiday Road Travel Statistics

At German Motorworks, many motorists choose to visit us this time of year, and it's for a good reason: they want to make sure their vehicles are safe and ready to make their annual holiday road trips. Taking care of your car should be a number one priority before hitting the busy (and probably icy) roads this year! Our team of certified techs has enjoyed playing a part in helping our wonderful customers visit their friends and families by providing reliable services and thorough inspections.   With the holidays right around the corner, we thought we could share some exciting holiday travel facts.  The three cities in the US that are most visited during the holidays are Fort Myers, FL, Cincinnati, OH, and Miami, FL. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, with over 37% of the people on the road traveling for Thanksgiving.  90% of travelers will drive to their destination of over 50 miles to celebrate, while only 7% of all traveler ... read more

FAQs on Spark Plugs

FAQs on Spark Plugs

The creation of the spark plug dates back to the 1800s and has been credited to various inventors who wanted to improve the combustion engine. In basic terms, a spark plug is defined as a device for firing up the engine. Spark plugs come in three different types: copper, platinum, and iridium.   Frequently Asked Questions How Do They Work? When an ignition key inside a car is turned, the spark plug signals through the ignition coil. Spark plugs are named the way they are because it creates a "spark" that ignites the air-fuel mixture inside the engine. To kick start your motor, you need reliable spark plugs to do it. They may be tiny metallic pieces, but they are strong enough to get the pistons moving, burn fuel, and get your vehicle rolling on the road.  How Do Spark Plugs Go Bad? Like any other vehicle part that is continually used, a spark plug can wear down over time. The level of wear and tear depends on the plug's material, but it also depends on ext ... read more

What is the Difference Between a Sunroof vs. Moonroof?

What is the Difference Between a Sunroof vs. Moonroof?

One consideration that most people make when purchasing a car is whether they prefer a sunroof or not. There are also different variations of roof "windows'' for vehicles. Most people may think sunroofs and moonroofs are interchangeable, but the two have distinct differences. There are also many advantages and disadvantages when it comes to these aesthetic additions. Let's discuss the premises of what these add-ons are:   Both sunroofs and moonroofs are glass panels in the roof of a car that let light or fresh air inside the vehicle's cabin. A sunroof is typically a solid or opaque body-colored panel that can manually tilt up or be removed to let in light. When a sunroof is closed, it blends in to match the rest of the car. Whereas a moonroof is a type of sunroof, except it's a sheet of clear, tinted glass. With modern innovations, the panoramic style of the moonroof has become a popular trend in the 21st century. Nowadays, most of the roofs of cars are ... read more

What Are the Top Signs That My Vehicle Needs An Oil Change?

What Are the Top Signs That My Vehicle Needs An Oil Change?

When it comes to car maintenance, an oil change should be your number one priority. You should have a trusted mechanic to perform oil changes for you on a routine basis. Getting it done on time will help preserve your engine's durability and better your engine performance. Clean motor oil provides sufficient lubrication for the engine, which allows all its components to move without bumping each other. Also, you will be able to push more miles when your oil is new. With all these incredible advantages, you should never skip out on this service. Here are the top signs to look for that may indicate you need an oil change:   Dark Colored Oil New oil should have a golden honey color and be clear of contaminants. Over time the oil will collect debris and dirt from wear and tear. We suggest that you should check your oil levels at least once every couple of months, using a rag and dipstick near the motor. If the oil looks dark and grimy, it's time to phone up your mechanic ... read more

Which Car Color is Easiest to Keep Clean: Black or White?

Which Car Color is Easiest to Keep Clean: Black or White?

As car owners, we love for our cars to be clean and polished. Some of us make an effort to clean our vehicles weekly, while some wait to do it monthly and (unfortunately) yearly. Car color is an essential factor to consider when buying a car because not only is it a way to display our personality, but it also will influence how often you need to clean your vehicle.   Today's two most common vehicle colors are white and black, which has resulted in ongoing debates on which color car is the best choice. The truth is white-colored cars are the number one most common car paint color, and most people believe that it shows dirt and grime the most quickly. Contrary to belief, black cars or darker colored cars have proven to be the hardest to keep spotless. Any speck on the car will inevitably show, from watermarks to pollen to bird droppings.    There is also the downside of overheating. The color black absorbs heat, whereas white deflect heat, making black-colored vehi ... read more

Top Tips on BMW Maintenance

Top Tips on BMW Maintenance

BMW is a brand name that is synonymous with class and luxury, which is why BMWs are so unique in the eyes of their owners. At German Motorworks, we have factory-trained technicians that are trained to take good care of BMWs. As a specialty shop that focuses on BMW and other German automobile repairs, we would like to spread these helpful maintenance practices that will keep your BMW running top-notch for many years to come.    Go In for Regular Oil Changes The engine is the heart of your BMW, which is why it is so crucial to upkeep your vehicle's oil levels. To avoid unnecessary issues in your BMW's lifetime, you should take your car into our shop for regular oil changes to extend the engine's life. Additionally, keeping up with your oil will make your car perform better with enhanced fuel economy.   Clean Your Air Filters Periodically changing out your air filters will give you many benefits such as increasing fuel efficiency, improving acceleration, a ... read more

Is it Safe to Drive with Your Check Engine Light On?

Is it Safe to Drive with Your Check Engine Light On?

One of the most dreaded lights that could illuminate on your vehicle's dashboard display as you are driving is the check engine light. This is due to the fact that when the check engine light comes on, you are unaware of what the exact problem could be, so you have no idea if it is a minor issue or something rather large and important. The only way to really be able to tell what the check engine light indicator is trying to tell you is by running a computer diagnostics test on your vehicle. Unfortunately, not every driver has the tools or expertise needed to be able to run this test on their own. If that is the case for you, your best option is to bring your vehicle into an auto mechanics shop as soon as the check engine light illuminates in order to get down to the core of the problem as fast as possible. If you are driving in your vehicle and the check engine light does come on, this does not necessarily mean that you should automatically pull your car over to the side of the r ... read more

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

What Can Wear Down Tires Prematurely?

Vehicle tires are expensive and we want to get the most life out of our tires that we can. It may seem that tires wear out too quickly, but there are several reasons why tires need replacement more often than necessary. Following are some potential causes of premature tire wear. Incorrect Tire Alignment Properly aligned tires make the car travel straight down the road. Many drivers have experienced the feeling that the vehicle is pulling to the right or left. When this happens, the tires are misaligned. Because the tire angle is wrong, the tires wear incorrectly either on the inside or outside of the tire. Sometimes bumps, potholes, and poor road conditions lead to tire misalignment. Drivers can reduce the effects that poor road conditions have on tires with careful driving habits. Tire Inflation Problems Manufactures recommended certain tire inflation levels for several reasons. These reasons include making sure the vehicle weight is distributed properly and helping the vehicle co ... read more

Is Your Vehicle Showing Signs of a Leak?

Is Your Vehicle Showing Signs of a Leak?

Fluid leaks are quite common, especially in relatively older car models. Fortunately, most drivers and car owners can easily identify an oil leak, particularly when they see a rainbow gloss on the ground. Even so, other possible leaks might prove difficult (or impossible) to identify. While car leaks are not certainly a cause of concern, they all point to one thing you need to pay more attention to your car's maintenance needs. Here are some of the most common car leaks and how you can diagnose them: Engine Oil Leaks If the engine oil leak is happening at a very low rate, it might not pose an instant danger to your driving safety. However, it can lead to unnecessary motor friction, which can potentially harm your car's engine. Engine oil leaks are mostly black or brown and usually form rainbow sheen when the oil comes to contact with water. Transmission Fluid Leaks Unlike most other leaks, a leaking transmission fluid poses serious safety concerns and can lead to expensive ... read more

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