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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

Looking for the next superstar to join our team!

Looking for the next superstar to join our team!

JOIN THE TEAM OF SUPER STARS AT NYC'S LEADING GERMAN CAR SERVICE FACILITY!   Thank you for your interest in our company. M-Spec Performance is a premier German Car specialty facility and we have been serving the Queens and Brooklyn area since 2005. Bosch Car Service Shop Top ratings by customer reviews on Yelp, Google, etc State of the art equipment and facility 6 service bays Hunter Hawk Eye Alignment and Bosch Tire Equipment Technical Support We are successful for one simple reason, we hire the Superstars! You'll find our team of industry professionals is second to none, industry wide! Shop owners from all across America have visited our facility and their comments are always the same. They rank our facility, and our people, with the best of the best!   Mission Statement Our mission is to provide the New York City area with the highest quality German Car service, our employees with extraordinary opportunity, and the industry with the highest professional s ... read more

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We just added a Sixth Rotary Lift!

We just added a Sixth Rotary Lift!

Exciting news to us gear heads, we just installed a sixth lift! With the growing demand for our expert services we have decided it was time to expand and add a sixth bay. This will definitely aleviate our bottleneck issues when it comes to getting your fine German cars in a timely manner!  As you can see we have already started to put it to good use! We love working on BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and Mini Cooper. Stay tuned, we will be adding some more great equipment to our facility which will bring new level of service and performance for our clients! 

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General

Diary of the EVAP system - BMW E92 335i

Diary of the EVAP system - BMW E92 335i

  Have you ever gotten the dreaded "check engine" or "service engine soon" light on? Your anxiety level goes up and you start to sweat. You start thinking to yourself, "what now! What else could be going wrong with my car..."  With your worry and frustration growing you keep on driving only to realize a mile or two down the road that the car doesn't feel any different only this dang light is on! You pull into your nearest service station and you let the staff know you have an issue with your check engine light. A technician hooks up his diagnostic scanner and tells you, "Well it appears you have an evap fault code." What in the heck is an evap fault code?!?! The short answer needs a little background in what an evap system is. Every vehicle rolling out today has a federally mandated emissions system built into the vehicle. The evap system is a closed system which captures any fuel vapor within your fuel system that can potent ... read more

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Repair

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

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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General

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

The Importance of a Proper Wheel Alignment

The Importance of a Proper Wheel Alignment

Many of us don't realize the importance of proper wheel alignment on our cars. We tend to think that nothing much happens to our tires other than an occasional puncture. Nothing can be further from the truth. It is very important that we regularly get our wheels aligned, and some say it should be done as often as we get the car serviced. Wheel alignment is making sure that the wheels of the car are perpendicular to the road; also, it makes sure that the wheels are parallel to one other. Save Fuel When the wheels of the car are not aligned there is uneven pressure on the tires. They tend to push against each other. When that happens the car faces uneven friction and much more resistance from the road surface. This means that your car has to work that much harder to move forward and more fuel is burned than normal. When you align the wheels properly the there is much less resistance from the road surface. This results in not only a smoother drive but sometimes notice ... read more