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Oceanside Auto Repair

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Intake Valve Carbon Cleaning | Walnut Shell Blasting

Intake Valve Carbon Cleaning | Walnut Shell Blasting

WHAT IS INTAKE VALVE CARBON CLEANING? Intake valve carbon cleaning is a suggested service for cars with direct injection. This would include all turbo charged and diesel cars. When we perform this service, we use materials that are safe and leave everything spotless. WHAT DO INTAKE VALVES DO? Put simply, they open and close, while your engine is running, to help regulate the correct amount of air/fuel that travels through the system. Over time, engines with direct injection leave carbon buildup in your intake valves. This carbon buildup turns into a black sludgy substance, which sticks to your intake valves and intake ports. Unfortunately, this introduces corrosion into many places, one of which is your intake valves. However, de-carboning your intake valve clears out these passageways, thereby allowing more air to flow through. This service can be an excellent way to regain some of your car’s lost performance. Addit ... read more

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Auto Repair

Bad Ignition Coil Symptoms | BMW Issues Carlsbad CA

Bad Ignition Coil Symptoms | BMW Issues Carlsbad CA

Recently this 2007 BMW 328i came into our shop  from Carlsbad CA. that had it’s check engine light illuminated accompanied by a rough idle and a misfire. After looking throughout the car during our courtesy inspection we proceeded to test the voltage on each ignition coil. In order to complete this we used our ignition voltage checking device and checked the firing voltage of each ignition coil one at a time.   When completing our test we found that all of the coils were working properly except for one. Typically we will see the voltage change on each coil as we are testing them individually, however the voltage should not fluctuate too drastically on each one usually ranging from 9 volts to 12 volts.  On the remaining coil that tested bad, we noticed the voltage jumping from around 9 volts, up to 25 volts, down to zero volts, and so on. This was an immediate red flag for us and upon further ... read more

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Auto Diagnosis

BMW F80 M3: Rear Differential Mounts Replacement

BMW F80 M3: Rear Differential Mounts Replacement

The BMW F80 M3 was manufactured between 2014-2018 which featured an S55 twin-turbocharged straight-6 configuration engine, with 425 horsepower. With all that power and fun, comes more stress on other parts of your car. One common area of failure that we routinely encounter is the rear differential mounts.   Rear Differential Mounts Problem The factory setup on the F80 M3 consists of a single, offset rear differential bushing and mount that holds the differential to the rear subframe. The OEM factory mount is a rubber bushing that contains fluid on the inside. Over time, these rubber mounts will begin to crack. Once cracking has begun, it can spread throughout the mount and result in more serious problems. We have seen failure in these F80 M3 rear differential mounts typically in the 30,000 – 50,000-mile range. The Best Solution The best solution that we have found to cure this common problem of rear differential mount failure is with ... read more

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BMW Service

Why is my BMW smoking?

Why is my BMW smoking?

“A question we often hear being asked is “Why is my BMW smoking?” Unfortunately, there is usually not a clear answer off of the start and it’s something that may require a closer look. A BMW may smoke for many reasons, be various colors, and come from different areas of your car. If your car is smoking, it could be either internally or externally. If you have an internal leak, the valve stem seals may be the culprit or a possible head gasket malfunction is present. We have also had a few situations where a bad crankcase vent valve has caused a BMW to release a lot of smoke. An external oil leak could consist of something like a bad valve cover gasket which could allow oil to drip down onto your hot exhaust and then burn off, which would result in a bit of smoke. If you have a turbocharged engine, the turbocharger may be collecting engin ... read more

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BMW Service

Help: My Car Smells Like Gas

Help: My Car Smells Like Gas

This is a question that gets asked more often than you may think. Gasoline or sometimes referred to as Fuel, has a noticeable scent and should be obvious when present. If your car Smells Like Gas it could be for many reasons. Worn Out Hoses Most vehicles have a few rubber hoses that help lead fresh gas from your gas tank to the engine. These rubber hoses will wear down due to everyday elements and the constant flow of fuel through them. Over time these pieces of rubber will crack and break down, allowing fuel to leak out. Leaking Fuel can be found Underneath the Engine, Outside of the Car, or sometimes even Inside the Car. Faulty Parts If this is not the reason that your Car Smells Like Fuel, there are a few other things that could be causing the smell. Another problem that can lead to a fuel odor from your car can be a Faulty Part. Common failure can be from a Fuel Pressure Regulator, an Injector, or an O-Ring. In other cases, we have seen failure in things such as a Faulty Gas Cap ... read more

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Fuel
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