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BMW SERVICE AND REPAIR TROUBLESHOOTING CHECKLIST

BMW SERVICE AND REPAIR TROUBLESHOOTING CHECKLIST

Owning a BMW is a privilege, but as they say, “With great privilege, comes great responsibility.” Our responsibility, as BMW owners, is to understand the importance of proper maintenance in keeping our “Ultimate Driving Machine” in premium operating condition. One of the things that makes a BMW such a prize, is knowing that its German-engineering makes it superior to other cars on the road and, just as the car is superior, so must be your BMW service provider. At Auto Works of Brandon, our technicians are all ASE-Certified to diagnose and repair any and all issues that may arise with your BMW. Although we are completely familiar with what signs and sounds point us to specific operational issues with your car, we wanted to provide a checklist of symptoms to help owners identify potential problems and avoid more costly BMW troubleshooting and repa ... read more

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MERCEDES TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS) – A HOW-TO GUIDE

MERCEDES TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS) – A HOW-TO GUIDE

Most of us buy luxury cars because we desire a low-maintenance, high-performance driving experience. Mercedes-Benz certainly delivers on both points, but low-maintenance does not equal zero-maintenance. There are still some basic Mercedes tire pressure service points to take note of, in order to keep that beautiful machine performing at its "best or nothing". At Auto Works of Brandon, we are experts at Mercedes service and repair. Our ASE-certified technicians are ready to tackle any issues that may arise and our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment allows us to assess the problem with your Mercedes and get you back on the road quickly. Thankfully, though, not all issues require extensive repairs, and a little bit of preventative maintenance will go a long way towards keeping your Mercedes performing at its best. Tire pressure is one of the more simple things you can monitor to ward off ... read more

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IS IT SUPPOSED TO MAKE “THAT” SOUND OR DOES MY BMW NEED SERVICE?

IS IT SUPPOSED TO MAKE “THAT” SOUND OR DOES MY BMW NEED SERVICE?

We’ve all had it happen… We drive our car every day and 7 out of 10 trips, it makes “that” sound, but when we drive to the BMW service shop, it purrs like a kitten. But does that mean that we are in the clear? Probably not. Modern luxury cars, especially BMW’s, are made to run like well-oiled machines. Fast, smooth and quiet. So, if you are hearing a sound that seems out of place, or feeling a bump or pull that you didn’t before, you need to head straight to Auto Works of Brandon for an immediate BMW service evaluation. Even if your car won’t replicate the problem, a qualified ASE-certified technician can often detect the issue through a thorough investigation and with the assistance of our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment when you BMW need service. Angie’s List, a word-of-of-mouth network of the best-rated service companies in any ... read more

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MERCEDES BRAKE SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS

MERCEDES BRAKE SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS

Buying or leasing a brand new Mercedes has several perks, including covered maintenance. However, many of the “regular scheduled Maintenance” tasks do not include Mercedes brake service. Mercedes maintenance, including brake service, doesn’t have to be as daunting as some believe, especially if you find a reputable Mercedes repair shop like Auto Works of Brandon, to manage all of your maintenance and repair needs. Some may argue that brakes are brakes and one place is as good as any other, but that is simply not the case. If Mercedes Benz was like every other car, they wouldn’t require specialized certifications for technicians providing maintenance and repair services. All of the technicians at Auto Works of Brandon are ASE-certified in Mercedes maintenance and repair and our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment helps us to identify and fix any problems we find to get you back on the road fast. According to Mercedes-Benz USA, the recommended interval for Mercedes service ... read more

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TOP MAINTENANCE ISSUES WITH THE BMW 7-SERIES, M-SERIES AND X-SERIES

TOP MAINTENANCE ISSUES WITH THE BMW 7-SERIES, M-SERIES AND X-SERIES

Sometimes, owning a high-performance vehicle just isn’t enough. You want Ultra high-performance. Supreme luxury with superior performance. Or maybe you prefer an SUV but are unwilling to compromise the driving experience you desire. The M-Series will deliver exhilaration, the 7-Series offers refined elegance inside a performance machine and the X-Series provides the best of performance and practicality in the fast-paced day-to-day life of families. Whatever your preference, you are sure to desire a look at the big picture before you take the plunge. After covering the potential BMW repair pitfalls with the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6-Series, we are wrapping up the discussion with the “specialty” offerings. Even though every car has issues, there are far more peaches than lemons. No matter what your BMW presents, you can trust Auto Works of Brandon as your BMW repair shop in Tampa. The following information is meant to aid in ... read more

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TOP MAINTENANCE ISSUES WITH THE BMW 4-SERIES, 5-SERIES AND 6-SERIES

TOP MAINTENANCE ISSUES WITH THE BMW 4-SERIES, 5-SERIES AND 6-SERIES

When considering ownership of a BMW, 3 primary options present. Sporty performance (compact/coupe), Luxury performance (sedan) or Practical performance (crossover), all with emphasis on “performance”. Previously, we discussed the potential BMW repair issues of the 1, 2 or 3-Series website, all offering the smaller, “sportier” versions of the brand. In this segment, we want to highlight the possible hurdles presented in the slightly larger, “luxury” models. Again, not all cars are alike and these issues are not present in every BMW. Regardless of the issues your car might present, you can trust Auto Works of Brandon as your BMW repair shop in Tampa. This information is meant to provide an outline to aid in your research as you seek to make an informed decision. 4-Series read more

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TOP MAINTENANCE ISSUES WITH THE BMW 1-SERIES, 2-SERIES AND 3-SERIES

TOP MAINTENANCE ISSUES WITH THE BMW 1-SERIES, 2-SERIES AND 3-SERIES

Make, body style, MPG and safety ratings are some of the top criteria we use in determining our direction when shopping for cars. It’s common to prioritize the positives when buying something new, however, being a responsible consumer also requires that we equally weigh potential negatives. At Auto Works of Brandon, we are qualified to provide BMW service to all models and can meet any BMW repair needs you have. We are here to offer some practical information to aid in the process and help you make an informed decision. Considering that not all cars are alike, these issues are not present in every BMW, but they are potentially present and can provide a starting point for additional research on your part. 1-Series Newly updated in 2015 after a 2-year hiatus, the 1-series was originally offered between 2008-2013 as a coupe or convertible option. The model was created as a budget-friendly choice and it exceeds performance standards for its size and class. Edmunds.com to ... read more

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MERCEDES SERVICE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THINK – S-CLASS MAINTENANCE GUIDELINES

MERCEDES SERVICE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THINK – S-CLASS MAINTENANCE GUIDELINES

Mercedes ownership comes with a strong sense of status and elegance, and driving a car as esteemed as a Mercedes Benz S-Class is not just luxurious, it’s powerful. Knowing that decades of engineering went into the development of these cars gives just a hint to how well made they are. German engineering is characterized by more complicated engine designs and high-performance equipment requiring a more regimented service schedule to maintain the car’s optimal performance. “Required Maintenance” is the routine service necessary to keep your vehicle in peak operating condition, and to help avoid damage to your vehicle. Mercedes owners know that the best way to ensure a long life for their S-Class is to find a Mercedes service provider in Tampa to keep their car in tip-top shape. According to Mercedes-Benz USA, the recommended interval for Mercedes service in 2010 models and newer is 10,000 miles or ... read more

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VW SERVICE – KEEPING YOUR PASSAT IN PERFECT SHAPE

VW SERVICE – KEEPING YOUR PASSAT IN PERFECT SHAPE

Volkswagens are fun and, generally, so are their owners. Created to be unique in an ocean of cars that all seemed similar, VW’s have always stood out in the crowd. From a Beetle to a Passat, Volkswagen has seen some people through several seasons of their life. Whether you are a lifetime VW driver or new to the club, time will show that these cars can last forever if you take good care of them. At Auto Works of Brandon, we specialize in import and European cars and our technicians are experts in VW Service in Tampa. Many people say that ownership of an import car is more costly than domestic. Though that is sometimes the case, keeping up with the recommended maintenance schedule for VW service will keep your VW Passat in premium condition and help you to avoid costly repairs resulting from unaddressed issues. VW’s Maintenance Program generally covers a new Passat through the first 30,000 miles. For Volkswagens with 40,000+ miles, it is recommended that you schedule a VW se ... read more

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AUDI REPAIR SHOP WEIGHS IN ON TIRE TYPES – PART 2

AUDI REPAIR SHOP WEIGHS IN ON TIRE TYPES – PART 2

Imagine a long ride down a country road in your Grandpa’s pickup truck. Now, envision a limo ride to the theatre downtown. Both images can stir positive thoughts and feelings and neither is better or worse than the other. They are just different experiences and they appeal to different people. Much is the same when you consider the driving experience you desire from your car. At Auto Works of Brandon, we specialize in Audi service and repair in Tampa, and wanted to share some useful information to help our customers with a common question that pops up on Audi repair shop. Whether you choose a touring tire for your Audi A8, or an Ultra High Performance tire for your Audi TT, it really comes down to driver preference, outside of manufacturer recommendations and safety considerations, of course. With a little help from DiscountTire.com, here are the last 2 “spicier” tire options with their features and options ... read more

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