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What's the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

What's the Difference Between the Muffler and the Exhaust?

A vehicle's exhaust system encompasses more than just an exhaust pipe. The muffler also forms part of it and as its name suggests it is in place to 'muffle' the loud sound of the exhaust system as a car's engine can be quite noisy. What does the muffler do? The idea of the muffler in the system is to reduce the sound the engine makes and the exhaust pipe controls the amount of gas released, while the muffler controls the level of noise. The effect and benefit of no muffler in the exhaust system If you've ever lived in a town with very few laws apply to noise levels or experienced unobserved laws pertaining to noise pollution, you'd notice that vehicles, including motorcycles, may be roaring around sans mufflers on their exhausts. This is because some drivers believe that removing the muffler gives the vehicle more power and ultimately more speed, but this is not necessarily true, according to the law. The drawbacks ... read more

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Significance of Timing Belt The internal engine of a vehicle comprises many connecting parts that function to deliver power to different systems, and the timing belt is one of them. It is a thin, notched cord made of rubber material that connects the camshaft to the crankshaft, rotating them synchronously and timing the opening and closing of engine valves. This ensures that the pistons fire properly and regularly. In the absence of the linking and timing function of a timing belt, the vehicle won't operate and might result in damage to other parts of the system. What Causes a Timing Belt to Fail? The main culprits of timing belt failure are stress, heat, and the absence of proper maintenance. Timing belts work continuously under stress and in a high heat environment. As a result, they tend to wear off with time and occasionally snap unexpectedly, resulting in expensive repair or replacement. Performing proper timing belt maintenance can prevent the need for costly engine repair ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

For many people, their cars are their pride and joy. As with any vehicle, there are a lot of moving parts that can wear out over time, causing expensive and potentially dangerous damage. One of these parts is a water pump. A car's water pump is usually located underneath the belt on the side of the engine and it keeps coolant flowing through the engine to maintain a safe temperature. With such a vital role, its important to repair any damage as soon as possible. Here are some common signs that your water pump is failing. Coolant Leak If you leave your car overnight and notice a green or red puddle towards the front of the vehicle in the morning, this could indicate a failed seal or gasket in your water pump. A slow leak may not leave such an obvious puddle so you should look out for a build up of gelled coolant deposit. Whining Noise A high pitched whining noise coming from the front of your motor as you drive or slow to a stop is usually caused by a loose belt. This could in ... read more

Winter Car Care Tips

Winter Car Care Tips

Caring for your vehicle during the winter is important when it comes to making sure that you are safe on the road in any condition. With the winter comes very severe weather, and it can make certain driving situations uncertain if your vehicle isn’t running at its best.  When you perform the proper maintenance on your vehicle during the winter, you will help ensure that your car will handle properly in certain weather and that you won’t find yourself stranded in the cold.  To keep your vehicle running at its best, we recommend the following winter car care tips:  Pack a winter emergency kit in your vehicle, including things like a spare tire changing kit, flashlight, flares, cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks, water, first aid kit, blankets, and more.    Have your vehicle inspected here at our shop to verify that your vehicle is well maintained and will be reliable even in the winter.    Check that all of your tires have prop ... read more

My Engine is Overheating...What Do I Do?

My Engine is Overheating...What Do I Do?

We understand that noticing your engine is overheating why driving can be a scary situation. An overheating engine can quickly leave you stranded, and can end up costing you money in repairs. The best thing you can do is get your vehicle into Eurotech Auto Service at your earliest convenience for an inspection. Getting the issue repaired as quickly as possible can prevent excessive engine damage and save you money in the long run.  Your vehicle's temperature warning light is the most common warning sign of an overheating engine. Your vehicle is letting you know that your engine is running at a temperature that is too high for proper operation. When this happens, it's important to turn your engine off. If the engine continues running at a high temperature, key components can fail, warp, or breakdown.  The most common reason why an engine overheats is low coolant. This is almost always caused by a coolant leak. Low coolant means that heat isn't being properly ... read more

How to Check Tire Tread

How to Check Tire Tread

Your vehicle's tires are super important to the overall handling of your vehicle. They help you keep control and steer where you want to go while making traction with the road to get the proper grip. When your tire's tread wears down, it puts you at more risk of hydroplaning and being able to accurately steer your vehicle. They are the only thing between you and the street - you definitely want them to be in their best condition!  How can you check your tire tread at home, and when do you know if its time to get new tires?  A great way that anyone can check on their tire tread at home is by using the penny test. All you need is a penny (go figure)! You'll want to repeat this test at least once a month. Here's how to do it: Place a penny down into the tread of your tire headfirst. You'll want to test several different treads across the tire.   If you can still see the very top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is way too worn out. In t ... read more

BMW Repair in New Brighton, MN

BMW Repair in New Brighton, MN

If you own a BMW, you expect nothing but the best performance from your vehicle. In order to keep your vehicle reliable throughout the years, it’s important to find an auto repair center that you can trust will take care of your vehicle. At Eurotech Auto Service in New Brighton, MN, we are the trusted choice for BMW repair in the Minneapolis area. When you bring your vehicle into our shop, you’ll receive top-quality services performed by BMW specialists. We have the best customer service, professional repairs, and the best warranty in the area.  BMW vehicles are complex and performance-based vehicles that require a certain level of knowledge and training to properly service. Our ASE certified technicians are experienced with all makes and models of BMW, including the 1-7 Series, X Series, Z4, and M Series. We use only the best materials for your vehicle and use only OEM or better parts. Our shop offers a full range of services, including computer diagno ... read more

What are Common Maintenance Items for Audi Vehicles?

What are Common Maintenance Items for Audi Vehicles?

Owning an Audi means you enjoy luxury when it comes to your vehicle. Audi vehicles are awesome cars that are known for their excellent driving capabilities and stunning performance. In order to maintain your Audi and keep it always running at its best, it's important to stay on top of your vehicle's recommended services throughout the years. You'll also protect any warranties you may have and ensure a high resale value if you ever decide to part ways with your vehicle. So, what are the common maintenance items your Audi will need? Let's take a look.  Of course, the most important maintenance item your Audi will need is its regular oil change. For most Audi models, this will be needed between every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on the make, model, and year. You can refer to your owner's manual for more information on how often your oil change should be performed. We help you keep track here at Eurotech Auto Service and remind you of when your oil change is d ... read more

What are the Most Common BMW Problems?

What are the Most Common BMW Problems?

BMWs are popular for good reason - they are beautifully crafted vehicles that are known for their high performance and handling capabilities. Whether you own a BMW or are considering purchasing one, you understand that a European vehicle such as BMW definitely requires added attention and regular maintenance to keep it running at its best. However, BMW has also been rumored to not be as reliable as some other makes of vehicles and may require a few repairs in its lifetime.  We understand that there are some typical complications with certain BMW models that you may find yourself dealing with over the time of your ownership. Let's look at some of the most common BMW problems that can occur:  Engine overheating - engine overheating is a likely occurrence with BMW, typically due to a faulty water pump or coolant leak.  Oil leak - oil leaks are also common and can be caused by a leaky valve cover gasket or a bad fuel pump. Vibrating steering wheel - a vibrating ... read more

Don't Get Stuck without Car A/C this Summer!

Don't Get Stuck without Car A/C this Summer!

We understand that no driver wants to get stuck during the summer months without a working car air conditioner. If you try to turn on your vehicle's A/C only to find that no air blows out, or maybe only hot air blows out and it never gets colder, there’s something wrong with an A/C component. The A/C system in your vehicle is very complex, and therefore there are a number of different reasons why the system can fail. The following are some of the top causes of A/C system failure:  Refrigerant leak Failed compressor Deteriorated refrigerant hoses Mold or mildew buildup Faulty cooling fan Broken seal or hose The sure way to guarantee that your vehicle’s air conditioning will work properly throughout the summer is to have your system inspected by one of our experts here at Eurotech Auto Service regularly. Routine A/C inspections will allow us to catch small problems early on before they turn into more expensive issues.  If there i ... read more

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