Yearly Archives: 2016

ONLY FIX WHAT’S BROKEN: BMW’S CBS EXPLAINED

ONLY FIX WHAT’S BROKEN: BMW’S CBS EXPLAINED

Everyone has heard the “conventional wisdom” that cars should be serviced at specific mileage or time intervals, regardless of what type of vehicle it is or how it is driven. Starting back in 2002, however, BMW started to challenge that approach with a system called Condition Based Service (CBS) that started out on just a few models, and has since rolled out to the rest of the fleet. If you buy a BMW today, it will have the CBS system installed. But what is CBS, and how does it work? And what does that mean for you? Since Autoworks of Brandon is a read more

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LUXURY VEHICLES DESERVE LUXURY SERVICE

LUXURY VEHICLES DESERVE LUXURY SERVICE

When you buy a luxury car, you expect certain things. You expect the trim to be high-end. You expect the technology to be the most cutting-edge on the market. You expect the parts to be top of the line. You expect the vehicle to run perfectly. And you should expect your service appointments for things like oil and filter changes to be high-quality as well. At Autoworks of Brandon, we pride ourselves on servicing some of the best luxury brands on the market, including Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. We haven’t just hired some of the most competent service professionals on the market, we have also built a modern, state-of-the art facility and staffed it with friendly people from top to bottom, with a mission of not only ensuring your car is serviced well, but also giving you great, personal service. Speaking of our service technicians, we hire the best, and we ensure they are trained regularly, and kept up to date on the latest techniques and technologies direct from the manufa ... read more

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DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN REPAIR

DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN REPAIR

There are a lot of myths out there surrounding auto repair, and especially around Volkswagen repairs. Many of them are motivated by a desire to save money, or are driven by misinformation that is spread as the truth. But believing these myths can, at the least, end up costing you more time and money in the long term, and at worst they could actually be doing more damage to your car. Here are a few of the top VW repair myths, and what the truth behind them really is. You have to take it to the dealership, or your warranty is voided. This is probably the most prevalent myth, but the fact is, there is a law called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975 that specifically prohibits dealers from “seducing or deceiving” a car owner into spending money at their location. In truth, as long as a location is certified to work on a Volkswagen, your warranty is still intact, just as if you had taken it to the dealership. And because a repair shop ... read more

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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SCHEDULE AUDI SERVICES AND MAINTENANCE OFTEN

REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SCHEDULE AUDI SERVICES AND MAINTENANCE OFTEN

Audi, known for their high performance and luxury vehicles, are designed to operate at a superior and more efficient level. In order to maintain the highest performance for your vehicle, regular maintenance is required. At Auto Works of Brandon, we offer the best and most trustworthy Audi service, maintenance and repairs to help your vehicle stay in excellent shape. Here, we also have the best in the business when it comes to licensed and ASE certified mechanics and technicians to service and repair your vehicle. At our shop, we guarantee we have nothing but the best resources, methods and techniques to properly service and repair your Audi vehicle. A Few Examples of Why Regular Services are Necessary Audi service and maintenance usually depend on the model and year of your vehicle. Some parts and factors that require frequent service include: Oil – oil is what keeps parts in your engine running properly ... read more

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MERCEDES SERVICE – WHAT DOES THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT MEAN?

MERCEDES SERVICE – WHAT DOES THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT MEAN?

I used to think that the check engine light was the proverbial “boy who cried wolf” of my dashboard. I didn’t know how to check my engine, and besides, my car seemed to be running just fine. Then I found myself stranded on the side of the interstate, late for work, waiting for a tow. It wasn’t until then that I wished I had, indeed, taken my car in to have the engine checked out. Lesson learned. The ominous glow on your Mercedes-Benz’s instrument cluster is trying to tell you something: your engine needs a check up. Regular maintenance is always important to ensure your luxury vehicle stays at peak-performance, but ignoring the blaring signals it sends out could result in major issues. The check engine light on your Mercedes is part of the onboard diagnostics (OBD) system built into your vehicle. When the check engine light goes on, it means that the vehicle has identified an issue in the OBD system. A variety of proble ... read more

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BMW SERVICE GUIDELINES – KEEPING YOUR DRIVING MACHINE IN ITS ULTIMATE SHAPE

BMW SERVICE GUIDELINES – KEEPING YOUR DRIVING MACHINE IN ITS ULTIMATE SHAPE

BMWs are called the “Ultimate Driving Machine” for a reason. With engines that roar like a lion, and handling bred from the pinnacle of German engineering, few automakers can compete with the luxurious performance offered by BMW. But even the finest machines require well-oiled parts. Whether you just bought your first BMW, or you’ve been driving one for years, keeping up to date with factory scheduled maintenance is imperative to keeping your BMW running at premium performance. Slight modifications were made to the recommended maintenance schedule in recent years, however the information listed below will generally apply to any BMW model year 1999 onwards. The updated maintenance schedule is less confusing, and was introduced to simplify the BMW service process. At Auto Works of Brandon, you will never have to worry about whether or not your BMW service will be handled with excellence. All of our technicians are ASE-certified BMW specialists. They ... read more

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UNDERSTANDING BMW TRANSMISSION REPAIR

UNDERSTANDING BMW TRANSMISSION REPAIR

Have you ever had a conversation with someone where the information they were discussing was so foreign to you, it felt as though they were speaking a different language? I sometimes feel that way when I am talking to someone that knows about cars, especially foreign cars. Owning a BMW really is a luxury and I understand that there are thousands of working parts that make my high-performance engine hum, but I feel completely ill equipped to understand even the most vital components beneath the surface. Sure, we know that there are basic BMW maintenance requirements to keep our luxury cars running smoothly and efficiently, but what about those times when something unexpected comes up? At Auto Works of Brandon, you will never have to worry about whether or not your questions will be answered. All of their technicians are ASE-certified BMW specialists. They know what to look for and they have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to find what the eyes can’t ... read more

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HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Driving a Mercedes Benz is dream, but if your air conditioning malfunctions on a hot summer day in Florida, it can become a nightmare. Superior handling and luxury components are two of the primary factors that entice drivers to choose a car from the Mercedes line-up, but finding the right place to meet your Mercedes service and repair needs should be at the top of your priority list, within the first few months of ownership. BenzShops.com states that:
… Many owners of C-Class models have complained of problems with the air conditioning units in their vehicles, reporting A/C system failure after about 70,000 miles. The complaints state that only hot air blows, even when the temperature has been switched to the lowest possible setting. This could be a result of a complete failure of the system, in which case it would need to be rep
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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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