BMW Repair Services – Fixing the Ignition Coil

ignition coil, ignition coil problems, bmw ignition coil, bmwOnce you have had the experience of driving a BMW, there is a chance you may not be interested in any other brand. This is mainly because BMWs are very reliable cars – something every BMW owner can attest to. However, like every other  brand, some models are less reliable than others due to  certain components that are prone to malfunction. In the BMW 318i, M3 (e90) and X5, that component is the ignition coil.

How Does The Ignition Coil Work?

The ignition coil is responsible for turning low voltage to high-voltage electrical power which is then sent to the spark plugs. This high voltage current sent to the spark plugs ignites the fuel in the engine to power up the car. If the ignition coil of your car is malfunctioning, you may be unable to start your car and/or keep it running smoothly.

How to Tell if Your Ignition Coil is Malfunctioning

A bad ignition coil will give off several warning signs. As the ignition coil is an engine component, one of the first signs of a possibly failing coil is an illuminated check engine light. You may also experience engine misfiring and stalling accompanied by a snapping sound from the engine compartment. Sometimes your car may not start at all.

The spark generated by the ignition coil lights the mixture of fuel and air in the engine causing it to start. If the ignition coil is not working properly, you may experience poor fuel economy as a lot of unburned fuel will be wasted. A malfunctioning ignition coil is capable of damaging the engine of your car and leaving you stranded on the road. Take your car to an auto repair facility immediately you begin to experience any of the above-mentioned signs.

What are the Causes of Bad Ignition Coils?

The ignition coil, ignition wires, and spark plugs work hand in hand to fire up the engine, thus if the spark plugs or ignition wires are not working properly, the work output of the coil will definitely be affected. The ignition coil in your engine could also be damaged by oils that leak onto the coils. As such, if there is an oil leak in the engine compartment, especially if the leaking fluid is hot and it is getting to the ignition coils, it wouldn’t take much longer before the coils begin to malfunction.

Also, if there is too much resistance in the wires of the spark plugs, the ignition coil may experience premature failure. Bad ignition coils could, in turn, cause severe damages to your catalytic converter and engine. You should have a mechanic look at your BMW once you suspect a problem before it escalates to a more serious issue that could incur more bills.

How to Fix a Bad Ignition Coil

Try not to drive your car with a bad ignition system, not only is it dangerous, you could damage other components of your car engine in the process. When you bring in your car suspecting an ignition coil problem, we will first examine and test the components of the ignition system to determine the root cause of the problem.

If the coil is faulty, we will extract and replace the failing ignition coil. Considering the fact that the coils and spark plugs work together, it is always best to change both components at once. However, depending on the system of your BMW, replacing the spark plugs may not be necessary.

All the same, the manufacturers recommend replacing your ignition coils and spark plugs regularly at scheduled intervals. Not only does this greatly reduce the chances of a breakdown, but it will also keep the ignition system of your BMW in superb condition so you can enjoy a smooth drive.

If your BMW is having issues starting or running smoothly, bring it in for an inspection. We have been servicing European vehicles for over 35 years and are proud of our highly rated service by members of the community. To experience our Ignition Service and Repair, schedule your appointment here or contact us here.

Common Problems with Mercedes Sprinter Vans

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With the economy relying heavily on e-commerce and delivery services, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will play a significant role in its continued growth. Earlier this year, Amazon announced that it will be purchasing 20,000 Sprinter vans for its new Delivery Service Partner program. That alone shows how reliable the Sprinter vans are.

In order to fulfill this order and future growth in the United States, Mercedes-Benz announced a new $500 million investment in a manufacturing plant in South Carolina. The 2019 model is full of modern gadgetry that you find in passenger vehicles and will be the model that Amazon will first start using for its new delivery program.

The Sprinter has been around since 1995, so that gives us enough time to understand what common problems drivers/owners are reporting. Also, understanding the common problems with Mercedes sprinter vans allows fleet managers to plan and budget accordingly.

Common Problems with Mercedes Sprinter Vans

While there aren’t too many problems people report with the Sprinter, these vans are constantly on the road working. So, problems are bound to arise, no matter how well they are designed. Furthermore, because of the wear and tear of the vehicles, owners can expect to pay a significant amount of money in annual repair costs. More specifically, brake pad and broker rotor replacement, brake caliper replacement, and a starter replacement. That said, here are the two most common problems with Mercedes Sprinter vans.

Mercedes Sprinter Not Starting

As previously mentioned, the Sprinter vans are worked very hard with a minimum of 12 hour days, so problems are guaranteed to arise. One of these issues is not being able to start the engine. There can be many reasons behind an engine not starting. In the case of the sprinter van engine not starting, there are 3 main culprits:

  1. Battery – A dead battery is the number one reason why your sprinter van won’t start. Replacing a battery should not be too costly, and it will get your van back on the road delivering.
  2. Alternator – If the battery is fine, then the next reason your Sprinter is not starting is the alternator. Alternators can either undercharge or overcharge your battery, resulting in electrical charges. It’s best to get it looked at to see if it can be repaired or replaced.
  3. Starter – A major sign of a bad starter is slow and difficult cranking. If you are experiencing this, have one of our ASE certified mechanics check it out immediately. A sprinter van that is not on the road is one that is not delivering, so schedule your appointment here to get it back on the road as soon as possible.

We have locations in Texas (Dallas, Uptown, and Houston) and Georgia (Alpharetta, Buckhead, Duluth), so make sure to give us a visit to help you diagnose any common problems with Mercedes Sprinter vans.

Mercedes Sprinter Van AC Not Working

Again, these vehicles are pushed to the limits and issues are expected. Another reported problem with Sprinter vans is the AC not working. And there are common reasons why this is occurring:

  1. AC Refrigerant Leak – With so much wear and tear occurring with these work vans, the probability of an AC refrigerant leak is high. And if that is the case, then the AC will not work. It is hard to spot a leak with the naked eye, so make sure to get it checked by a certified professional mechanic.
  2. Electrical Issue – In some cases, the cause of the AC not working is electrical. This can affect most component of the HVAC system, such as the AC compressor and AC condenser. Your best plan of action to is to have one of our service mechanics diagnose your Sprinter van.
  3. AC Compressor – the least common reason why the sprinter van AC is not working is the AC compressor. This the easiest one to diagnose. For example, if hot air instead of cold air is blowing from the vents, it’s a problem with the AC compressor. You may also hear noise when starting up the AC. If you do, then your AC compressor needs to be repaired or replaced.

Having an AC system that works is important to keep drivers comfortable. The more comfortable they are, the more they can deliver, so it is important to get this common problem with Mercedes Sprinter vans fixed. Schedule your appointment today.

European Service Center

The European Service Center has been servicing European vehicles for over 35 years. We serve the cities of Dallas, Uptown, and Houston in Texas. We also serve the cities of Alpharetta, Buckhead, Duluth, and Sandy Springs in Georgia. You will find satisfied customers in all of those communities, and we look forward to satisfying your needs as well. Schedule a visit here, or contact us here if you have any questions regarding common problems with Mercedes Sprinter vans.

Land Rover Range Rover Top 5 Issues

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Range Rover – Perfect for Life in Houston

A Range Rover is perfect for Houston living. Both are spacious, powerful, and luxurious. H-Town is also one of the most populous cities in the United States and the most populous in Texas. Its economy is dominated by a very competitive oil & gas industry, which keeps gas prices low –perfect for a gas-guzzling Range Rover.

History of Range Rover

Having a Range Rover is a sign of wealth, and Houstonians, on average, make more than the average US household. So, we can see why Range Rovers are so popular in H-Town. But how did Range Rover become such a status symbol?

Range Rover is manufactured by British multinational carmaker, Land Rover, and was launched in 1970. Since the beginning, Range Rovers were designed to be luxurious SUVs and they have continued with this tradition ever since. However, unlike other luxury-SUVs, Range Rovers are engineered to be true off-road vehicles. Interestingly, according to the Range Rover’s original designer, they were not meant to be the status-symbols that they have come to be.

Top 5 Range Rover Issues

That said, Range Rovers are not free from issues with reliability and expensive parts. So, whether the original designer intended for them to be for the rich or not, they are expensive vehicles to maintain nonetheless. Here are the top 5 Range Rover issues to look out for:

5. Oil Leak from Front of Car

There have been reports of oil leaks for older and new Range Rover models. For example, a 2017 owner said that they noticed oil and fluid leaks all over their garage floor. The issue has been identified as an oil leak developing from the front crankshaft seal (pictured above). Fortunately, there is an easy fix with a repaired seal from the manufacturer, If you are having this problem, get in touch with us here and make your appointment for a visit.

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4. Rough or Unstable When Idle

Range Rover drivers have reported a rough or unstable experience when the vehicle is in idle. The problem has been identified as a leak in the intake manifold vacuum (pictured above). Fortunately, this is an easy fix with a repaired intake manifold gasket. If you are having this issue, make sure to bring your Range Rover to the European Service Center. You can make your appointment here.

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3. Sound From Engine Area When in Idle

A chirping type noise has been reported by Range Rover drivers when they are in idle. This issue has been identified to be coming from a faulty drive belt idler pulley (pictured above) and can be easily be fixed with a repaired pully. If you are experiencing sounds from your Range Rover engine, then bring it by our service center so we can properly inspect it. You can book your appointment here.

2. Illumination of the ABS Warning Light

Range Rover drivers are reporting that the ABS warning light is turning on. After careful investigation, the problem is caused during severe wet conditions (which Houston sees a lot of), whereby water is causing corrosion in the ABS modulator electrical connector. This issue is solved by installing better modulator ground leads which provide a better seal for the connector. Make an appointment with us today. If there is corrosion, then that has to be dealt with first before installing the new ground leads.

1. Shaking or Pulsing While Driving

Drivers of several Range Rover model years are reporting a shaking or pulsing when they press the brake or during regular driving. The problem has been traced back to a common issue of misshaped brake rotors. This is usually caused by worn out brake pads. Please make an appointment and bring your car in for an inspection. This way we can replace any worn out brake pads and warped brake rotors.

At European Serice Center, we understand European vehicles. We have been servicing them for over 35 years, and enjoy highly rated reviews from our clientele. Not only do we have the experience with Range Rover, but we can repair and service most European models. Give us a visit at our Houston service center; our ASE certified service mechanics have the tools to inspect, diagnose, and repair any issue your Range Rover might be having. Schedule your appointment today, and get our 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on all of your work for that extra peace of mind.

World’s First Super SUV – The Lamborghini Urus

lamborghini urusWe all know Lamborghinis for their sharp angles, low-to-the-ground profile, and roaring engines. Yet, the Italian supercar manufacturer has jumped into a space that they abandoned back in 1993. The LM002 was the first super SUV to be produced. It was first released in 1986 and had a run until 1993. The clientele were mostly individuals from sandy oil-rich countries, but this new iteration will have a much larger appeal.

Lamborghini is claiming that the Urus is the world’s first super sports utility vehicle (SUV). They must have forgotten about the LM002, or since they claim an inspiration from it, perhaps they view the Urus as an extension of that model. That said, when Porsche decided to build the Cayenne in 2002, it had a surge in sales that continues to this day. People love their SUVs, and they are by far the most popular type of vehicle. For example, the most popular Lexus is their RX300. Every other model is way behind, so we can’t blame Lamborghini for jumping into this lucrative segment of the auto market.

Lamborghini DNA

The Urus definitely has the Lamborghini DNA; its origins are unmistakable. Not only does it look like the legendary Italian supercar, but most importantly it also sounds like it.

It comes equipped with Lamborghini’s Adaptive Network Intelligent Management (ANIMA) which has different settings suited for all kinds of terrains and moods. This is what really makes it a Lamborghini. The system allows you to choose the correct set up that suits you. It has 3 on-road modes: STRADA (Comfort), SPORT (Responsive and Fun), CORSA (Maximum Performance). There are also 3 off-road modes: NEVE(Wet Surfaces), TERRA (Rugged Off-road Surfaces), SABBIA (Sandy Surfaces). There is one final setting, which is named, EGO. This allows the driver to customize their own settings regarding steering, suspension, and traction.

The design is inspired by the classic (1986-1993) Lamborghini SUV, the LM002. The Urus’ designers made sure to include Lamborghini’s signature “Y” design all over the vehicle. It can be found in the grille, headlights, taillights, rims, and even as the holes in the speaker system.

The interior is an amazing experience. Lamborghinis are usually cramped and very low to the ground. The Urus is spacious and sits up high. It almost feels like you are in a cockpit of a jet fighter. Furthermore, there is actually space in the back for passengers with detachable tablets. Moreover, there is actual cargo space to use that can easily fit your golf gear and more.

Lamborghini  Urus Performance

The engine is a V8 twin turbo engine that puts out 650 horsepower with the best weight to power ratio in the entire SUV segment of the market. Focusing and transferring this immense power to the wheels is an 8 gear automatic transmission with a permanent 4-wheel-drive system, sending the Urus to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph; making it the world’s fastest SUV!

That is some amazing performance for an SUV, so it is in need of Lamborghini’s active torque vectoring. The active torque vectoring makes sure this super SUV doesn’t get out of control under any circumstances and performs at an optimal level.

The Urus is equipped with the latest in safety technology, employing a vast array of sensors and cameras to keep the driver aware of all surroundings at all times. So, what’s the starting price of the Lamborghini Urus? The super SUV will set you back over $200K. A very typical price from the Italian carmaker.

The European Service Center has been servicing European vehicles for over 30 years. Our experienced service mechanics have the tools and experience to solve any issue you are having with your Lamborghini. Contact us here or schedule an appointment here.

Lamborghini Suspension and Steering Repair

The Lamborghini brand is known for its engineering excellence especially when it comes to design and technology. Lamborghini engines are rated as one of the best performing engines in the world, a major reason why the brand manufactures engines for racing teams – with the inclusion of Formula One cars. High-end engines aside, Lamborghini’s suspension and steering are a major problem.

The Lamborghini Suspension and Steering System

The suspension and steering system is an integral part of the vehicle. The primary function of the suspension system is to allow for free movement of the car wheels while effectively maintaining the weight of the car to keep it suspended and stable. A conventional suspension system is made up of struts, ball joints, shock absorbers, springs, and tires. The steering system, on the other hand, converts the energy from the rotating motion of the steering wheel to the swiveling of the tires. The steering system is made up of a rack and pinion assembly, steering gear box, pitman arm, idler arm and tie rods.

Signs of a Faulty Suspension and Steering System

Suspension and steering problems pose a major safety risk, and if you suspect a malfunction in the system, you should have your car examined. Warning indicators that your suspension and steering system is faulty include; excessive and persistent noise when driving over bumps or making a turn, wandering or shaking wheels which could cause the vehicle to bounce, poor steering control, uneven wearing of the tires, etc. Essentially, the suspension and steering system is designed to ensure a stable and smooth ride, so if you are experiencing a bumpy and harsh drive, then it may be time to book an appointment with your mechanic.

Fixing a Faulty Suspension and Steering System

To repair a defective suspension and steering system, we will have first to determine the cause of the issue. Numerous issues could cause a suspension and steering problem such as worn out or lose components like shock absorbers and struts, unbalanced wheels, leaking shocks, uneven tire wear, a malfunctioning power steering, etc. Sometimes your suspension and steering problems could also be because of improper wheel alignment. Once we have determined the cause, we will proceed with repairs. The faulty components will get replaced or repaired, depending on the extent of the damage.

Sometimes all your vehicle may require is proper lubrication of the internal components of the system to keep the car running smoothly. If your car isn’t running smoothly because of an alignment problem, we will correct the issue by squaring the vehicle’s wheels and axles such that the steering wheel is centered, and everything is moving in the same direction. Do not take your suspension and steering system for granted, the wearing out of a single component in the system can start a chain reaction that could cause safety hazards in the future. Your Lamborghini is a superior vehicle, and regular maintenance and servicing is the best way of ensuring it stays that way.

Lamborghini Brake and Lamp Inspection

Just like all other automobile brands, your Lamborghini will maintain optimal performance when regularly checked and serviced. Two essential parts that should be properly checked are the brakes and lamp.

Apart from your personal safety as a driver, a routine inspection of the Lamborghini brake and light is also essential for the safety of your passengers and other road users. Think about this: you don’t want to cause harm to yourself and grief to your family. Let this be enough reason to spur you to take your Lamborghini in for brake and lamp inspection quickly.

Possible Reasons Why Lamborghini Brakes and Lights May Malfunction

As a Lamborghini owner, you naturally want your vehicle to stay in optimal performance. Regular checks of both the brake and lights will help to guarantee this as well as help ensure that you drive safely. It is not recommended to drive with a faulty brake system or light as it can cause significant harm to you, your family and others on the road. Most state authorities even have a ban on driving a Lamborghini without functional brake or lights. Several issues may go wrong with the brakes or lights of your Lamborghini. Some of the most popular problems that could affect the efficiency of the brake system include: leaking brake fluids and worn out brakes. Your lighting system will also not function well when issues like a blown fuse, bad bulbs faulty sockets and bad relays occur.

The Required Action

When any of the above-mentioned problems affect your brake system or lights, your best-required action is to drive into our repair shop and we will ensure you are safe to get back on the road again!

We will check and take necessary measure to ensure that all exterior lights and lenses are mounted correct and are properly working.

We’ll inspect to see that your headlight lenses are properly cleared of any obstruction to allow proper adjustment
We will also check your brake system, ensuring that it meets the minimum manufacturer specifications for your vehicle. Some of the parts we will inspect include drums, brake pads, brake rotors, hydraulic systems, shoes etc.

We also inspect and ensure that all your Lamborghini’s brakes and light warning signals are in excellent condition.
If after the inspection, any suspension issue arises that will prevent the vehicle from stopping correctly, we’ll give you the right advice of what our recommended steps be. Our expert team of experienced technicians will gladly take care of all your needs.