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Carbon Build Up and Cleaning

Carbon Build Up and Cleaning

Are You Experiencing Carbon Build Up? Carbon build up is an issue in newer cars with direct fuel injection and are particularly severe on BMWs and VWs. Waste from fuel will eventually build up large amounts of carbon build up on the intake manifold, restricting air flow. When airflow to the engine is restricted the vehicle will begin to show an array of issues.     What are the symptoms? -Drivability and engine issues -Service engine light -Engine shaking or vibrating -Misfires   -Vehicle doesn't feel as strong   How to clean carbon build up In order to clean the carbon build up the intake manifold needs to be removed and thoroughly cleaned using various methods. Once the intake manifold is removed it undergoes a combination of mechanical cleaning such as media or walnut blasting, and chemical formulas. Additional parts may be needed such as hoses and gaskets while performing this service. This cleaning is extremely important and many customers have sa ... read more

The Essential Snow Storm Checklist

The Essential Snow Storm Checklist

New York City has seen its fair share of snow this winter. Make sure to follow this check list and you'll be sure to weather any storm! Battery Make sure the battery has been functioning properly and is fully charged. The cold weather may affect its performance, reducing its cranking power. If the battery hasn't been changed in years and is showing signs of weakness, replace it immediately. Windows Maintain visibility at all times.  Fill wiper fluid in order to wipe away salt, dirt and mud. Wipers Replace your wipers every 6 months or so.  Transmission Avoid overworking your car. If your car is stuck in the snow and you're slamming on the gas to get it out, your transmission light might go on. Shoveling your car out instead of trying to slam through a mountain of snow may save you an unnecessary trip to the repair shop. Oil Engine oil can be affected during the cold weather. Make sure you ar ... read more

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Maintenance

Top 4 Tips You Can Do For Your BMW

Top 4 Tips You Can Do For Your BMW

written by Adam Liu   From the first time I sat behind the wheel of my first BMW 1995 M3 to my current 2016 M3 the feeling you get is immeasurable. If you are like me and the rest of the team at M-Spec Performance, we love our German cars! To keep this short and sweet, we have listed our top 4 tips you can do to take care of your BMW so you can continuously fall in love with your Ultimate Driving Machine.    1. Pre-Purchase Inspection (or Post Purchase Inspection) A PPI is a term we use for what is essentially a comprehensive vehicle inspection from a qualified shop or technician. This can and should be done whether you have yet to purchase a prospective BMW, after you purchased or if you haven't had trained professional eyes on your vehicle in a while. In general, a PPI would consist of a comprehensive check of items and areas such as your engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tires, drive train, electronics both interi ... read more

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Maintenance

Why buying your own parts can be the worst decision you ever make for your vehicle

Why buying your own parts can be the worst decision you ever make for your vehicle

Technology and the way we shop has changed dramatically within the last 10 years. Everything today is ruled by ecommerce and online shopping. When is the last time you were in a store? I bet its been a while. I personally can't remember the last time I've been to the mall! We are now trained to find the best deals online and only purchase for the bottom dollar price otherwise society tells us, "We've been ripped off!" I have to admit, I am certainly a bargain hunter for a lot things like clothes, electronics and even groceries online. We are trained to shop for commodities, things that are easily comparable. For example, what is the difference between buying a macbook from apple or another reputable online retailer? Other than price the answer is not much.  This line of thinking does not hold true for automotive repairs. The question you are asking yourself is, "how is it not?" Well the method of repairing a vehicle can vary greatly as well as what ... read more

Should you trust the dealer or an independent shop?

Should you trust the dealer or an independent shop?

  So you are experiencing some issue with your German vehicle. Whether you own a BMW or Mercedes Benz you know that you own an awesome albeit very complicated vehicle. You want to go to the most competent and trusted service center for your vehicle and you don't want to feel like you've been ripped off! If this sounds like the thought process you have had then here are some things to think about between dealer vs an independent. For the purposes of the comparison we have naturally used our shop (M-Spec Performance) as a reference point many times however this should apply to some reputable German car or European specialty shops around the country.  Competency The dealerships have access to manufacturer training and tools. Logically they would be the best equipped and most knowledgable source to repair your Audi, BMW, or Mercedes Benz. If you step into a dealership you will probably hear some boasting about the dealership's superior capabil ... read more

Why asking for "price" is the wrong question to ask

Why asking for "price" is the wrong question to ask

So you own a German Car (maybe its a BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper or Volkswagen) and you are looking for an auto repair shop to service your vehicle. You know you don't want to go to the dealership since their prices are sky high and the level of service leaves you wanting. You get anxious, you worry about getting ripped off. You ask friends and family what to do. You go online and google some quick answers for your particular problem whether its a noise you hear, a fluid dripping from your car or what is the next maintenance service you need. You then go on yelp or type in a google search for the best auto repair shop in your area. Armed with all this information you call up a shop and ask, "Hey I have a noise coming from my car, I think its a gyromotion arm, how much?" The shop gives you a price and you go on and call the next shop on your list. Each shop gives you a different price. Which one do you choose? The cheapest price, right? If auto repair was a ... read more

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General

Thanksgiving Weekend Travel in your German Car

Thanksgiving Weekend Travel in your German Car

Making Your german road machine ready for thanksgiving weekend Across the country many families are hitting the road for Thanksgiving Day Weekend.  What is the safest and least headache time to travel? What should you look out for if you drive a BMW or Mercedes? Here are some helpful tips to make your Thanksgiving Weekend fun and safe. Upwards of 75 percent of Americans will be on the road during the Thanksgiving Weekend.  Preparing Your Vehicle For Thanksgiving Travel At M-Spec Performance we truly care about each and everyone of our clients. We would be more than happy to perform a complimentary inspection of your Audi or Mini Cooper before you embark on your holiday trips. Just give us a call at (718) 395-6095 to set up an appointment.  Before you go you should prepare yourself One of the most important aspects of embarking on a long road trip is to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Most experts recommend t ... read more

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Do you have to return to the dealer to maintain your new car? NO!

Do you have to return to the dealer to maintain your new car? NO!

Did you know that it an absolute myth that you have to return to the dealer for maintenance? If you own a new car, having an independent repair shop perform maintenance services for you will not void your warranty.  Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act which is also enforced by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), consumers are protected against the manufacturer voiding their new car warranty if a non dealer service facility performs maintenance services on their vehicle. This act protects consumers from having to go to the dealer for services such as tire changes, oil changes, fluids checks, belt replacements and brake services. It is illegal for dealers to void or deny warranty claims due to having service performed outside of the dealer network. This is great news for any interested parties or current M-Spec Performance clients. If you like our service and how we treat our clients like family then you can continue to use us for all of your servicing needs for anything not covered ... read more

We are keeping it GREEN with our Digital Inspections!

We are keeping it GREEN with our Digital Inspections!

  Believe it or not a auto repair shop can go through a lot of paper a year. The conventional workflow process for a client vehicle is multiple sheets of paper getting printed. These papers normally called work orders contain all the pertainant information of the client, what the vehicle concerns are, and what work is to be performed. One copy is made for the technician and one copy is made for the counter man. Generally this paper gets updated and reprinted every time there is new information to be added and the client authorizes further service. This can add up to up to 10-15 sheets per car. If your average shop sees 40-50 cars a week that means an ordinary week can use up to 400 sheets up paper minimally! We here at M-Spec Performance have implemented a system called Mobile Manager. This tablet and cloud based technology allows us to minimize the amount of paper we need to use on a day to day basis. All of our highly trained technicians have a tablet. All the work orders are s ... read more

Battle of the Gods: M4 vs M5

    What is your weapon of choice? We personally love the new M4 with the inline 6 cylinder engine twin turbo! Handling or brute power? Can't wait to get a M4 in M-Spec Performance for some DINAN upgrade goodies

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