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Does your Auto Service Center torque fasteners?

Does your Auto Service Center torque fasteners?

Most everyone is familiar with the common tools every automotive technician uses on a daily basis. Ratchets, sockets and wrenches come to mind. One of the most important tools that you may not know of is called a torque wrench. In actuality it is not really a wrench at all but rather a very sensitive ratchet which allows the technician to dial in the proper torque force to the fastener. What is "torque"? The simple definition of torque is the exact amount of twisting force applied to an object. In the case of the automotive repair field it is generally the amount of twisting force applied to nuts and bolts required to reassemble vehicle components. How does this affect my car? The improper amount of applied torque to fasteners in your car can negatively affect your vehicle. Vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes have specific torque specifications for almost every nut and bolt in your vehicle. When fasteners are under or over ... read more

How do I choose the right auto repair shop?

How do I choose the right auto repair shop?

Choosing the right auto repair shop can be a daunting and high anxiety task. Lets face it, the industry doesn't have the best reputation. TV news segments on dishonest shops has damaged the public trust. Picking a quality repair shop in Queens and Brooklyn can be really hard to do, especially with so many options. A good independent repair shop can also provide intangible benefits to their customers which a dealership can never hope to achieve. Hopefully these set of questions that you can ask can help you make the right decisions and give you some more things to think about when it comes down to who services your vehicle. General Repair Shop or Specialist? Vehicles today especially German makes such as BMW, Mercedes,  and Audi/Volkwagen can be extremely complicated in their workings. Many times a General repair shop may not have the experience, training, or tools and equipment to tackle the neccessary service your vehicle may need.  ... read more

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Does the type of Coolant really matter? Short answer is YES!!!

Does the type of Coolant really matter? Short answer is YES!!!

This is a topic that comes up almost everyday here at M-Spec Performance. Questions about auto repair happen everyday but we see so many vehicle that come through our shop with the incorrect coolant in their system. We wanted to write a short article explaining some of the finer details of using the proper coolant in your high performing German vehicle. What is coolant and what does it do? Lets start off with a simple definition of what coolant does for a vehicle. Coolant like the name states cools the engine by lowering the freezing temperature of the water and increasing its boiling point. The active chemical is ethylene glycol. The other key function of coolant or anti-freeze is lubrication. Coolant lubricates any moving component it comes into contact with like the water pump. Without coolant and just straight water, you could have a waterpump bearing failure prematurely due to inadequate cooling. So what about this incorrect coolant? In this e ... read more

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Maintenance

Hit the Brakes!

Hit the Brakes!

With all the stop and go traffic in New York City, it is important to have your vehicle’s braking system functioning at peak efficiency. I remember being eighteen, driving my 95′ BMW M3 and hearing that dreaded grinding noise when applying the brakes. I knew nothing of auto repair at the time, I just knew something was not right with that noise. Hopefully, this article can take some of the mystery out of the magic that makes your car stop when you hit the pedal so next time you need brake service you can make a more informed decision. Most all cars and trucks on the road today use a hydraulic/mechanical braking system. For simplicity’s sake this example will be of a disc brake system. Some older cars have drum brakes all around and many cars use a mix of disc brake on the front and drum brakes on the rear. The difference between drum and disc brakes is the way the hydraulic fluid is used to get the wheels to stop. The majority of your braking is done by the front wheels, which more th ... read more

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Maintenance

Ring in the Holidays with a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card courtesy of M-Spec!

Ring in the Holidays with a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card courtesy of M-Spec!

This Holiday Season we here at M-Spec Performance want to give thanks to our great customers out there. From now until the end of 2014 we are giving a $25 Restaurant.com Gift card to any vehicle that comes in for service. This is a great time get any winterization check up and service out of the way. Batteries, tires, headlights or any of the maintenance and repair items you've been meaning to get done. Getting stuck on the side of the road is a bummer and could bring the Grinch out in all of us. Let us make sure your holiday season is a safe and happy one wherever your travels may take you. This holiday season, we would like to extend our thanks to you. We value you as a customer and are grateful for your trust in us, so we would like to offer a $25 gift card from Restaurant.com to all of our customers who come in to get their vehicle serviced. After all who doesn't like the gift of food! As always if you have any questions for us we are available and glad to help ... read more

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