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Mini Cooper Turbo Oil Feed Line Leak

Mini Cooper Turbo Oil Feed Line Leak

  Recently this Mini Cooper came to our auto repair shop with a concerning oil leak. After taking a look at the various areas containing oil leaks, one of the oil leaks on this Mini was found to have originated at the Turbo Oil Feed Line. The Turbo Oil Feed Line transports oil from the base of the engine to the spinning Turbo and keeps everything cool and lubricated while you drive down the road. Over time, the fittings on the old and worn out turbo feed lines will go bad and begin to leak oil. It is essential to replace any leaking components such as these so that the leaking oil does not contaminate other components on the Mini and create further problems. Replacing a leaking turbo oil feed line is unfortunately no easy task. This turbo feed line is tucked deep into the engine bay and sits right alongside the engine block itself. In order to replace it, many pieces of the car need to first be removed such as the bumper, headlights, turbo, and various other components. Once th ... read more

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Grinding noise from rear wheel when driving

Grinding noise from rear wheel when driving

  Recently, this 2008 BMW X5 owner came to us with a concern that there was a loud grinding noise coming from the car while attempting to drive it. The noise persisted when braking, but also while the vehicle was attempting to drive without the brake on. After receiving one of our free brake inspections nearby, our technician was able to determine that the loud noise was indeed coming from the rear wheel area of the vehicle, which ended up being directly related to the car’s emergency brake. Part of the car’s e-brake system had either broken or come loose which allowed pieces of metal to become dislodged within the inside of the brake caliper. Since these pieces of metal were no longer in their original position, they were sticking out and rubbing against the metal rotor every time that the wheel was trying to rotate. In order to fix something like this, you would need to first remove the wheel, brake caliper, and brake rotor from the car. Once the brake rotor is rem ... read more

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E-Brake Doesn’t Work After New Brakes Installed

E-Brake Doesn’t Work After New Brakes Installed

  Does the emergency brake on your car no longer work after having fresh brakes installed? This is a fairly common problem that we have noticed happening in a few instances. Put simply, your new brake rotors may be larger than your old brake rotors. While the overall diameter of the rotors might be the same, the inner diameter that your parking brake touches is likely now larger than the original brake rotor diameter, so when your parking brake is pulled, there is nothing for the parking brake shoe to contact. For example, after checking the brake rotors on this BMW 328i we noticed that they were brand new and were in fact the correct part number for this vehicle. However, with that in mind, the inner diameters of the new versus old rotors were in fact different sizes. On your brakes there are parking brake shoes that expand and touch your brake rotors when your parking brake is pulled. When the brake shoes expand, they touch the rotors and create resistance which ensures that ... read more

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BMW Grinding Noise, Burning Smell, Won’t Drive, 2013 BMW X3

BMW Grinding Noise, Burning Smell, Won’t Drive, 2013 BMW X3

  A recent customer brought this 2013 BMW X3 from their home in Carlsbad into our BMW repair shop in Oceanside, CA, 92058 and mentioned that there was a loud grinding noise coming from the car, accompanied by a burning smell all while the car will not drive with a Check Engine Light on. After performing our free vehicle health inspection, we confirmed the vehicle does not drive freely, and there was definitely a hard grinding noise present when attempting to move the vehicle. Inspection/Findings We put the vehicle on and drove on rack, we were able to recreate the concern. After removing the vehicle’s under panels, we found the front differential had failed entirely and there was a big hole in the side of the casing. This is all resulting in a massive grinding noise when it is engaged. Cause It’s hard to say what the cause was… Whatever happened, it wasn’t good. Initially we thought it might have been caused by blunt f ... read more

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Smoke from BMW Engine Bay

Smoke from BMW Engine Bay

  Are you experiencing smoke coming from the engine of your BMW? This could be happening for a number of reasons. This article is specifically referring to smoke coming from the engine bay of a car, if there is smoke coming from the tailpipe or another area, please click here: why-is-my-bmw-smoking to learn more! Engine Smoking symptoms can be a sign that one of your car’s fluids, such as oil or coolant, is currently leaking. When the leaking fluid encounters something hot such as an exhaust or part of your engine, it will burn off, evaporate, and release smoke. If your car is smoking from the engine bay, this is a sign that something is wrong and should be inspected by a professional as soon as possible. If you are experiencing smoke, this might mean that an ongoing problem has progressively gotten worse and now requires immediate attention. In our experiences, we have found that smoke coming from a BMW engine bay can, in most cases, relate back to an oil leak or a coola ... read more

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