Friday, November 30, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Volvo Cars All-Digital Instrument Cluster

Volvo's new digital instrument cluster has three different modes for a customized driver experience. The driver can choose between the themes Eco, Performance and Elegance depending on the driving situation. Each mode brings not only a different layout, but also different functionalities that can be switched between instantaneously while driving. The Eco mode is designed to give the driver all the information needed to drive in a more fuel efficient way. The Performance mode transforms the cluster into a more power focused interaction. The Elegance mode presents a classic and clean cluster.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Alternative Drivetrains. BMW history and Present.

Driving electric, with hydrogen or hybrid --the BMW History of alternative drivetrains already started in the sixties.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Maintenance Tips to Improve Longevity and Performance

Mercedes-Benz is known worldwide as a symbol of luxurious, high-performing cars. With a blend of quality German engineering and expert craftsmanship, Mercedes vehicles are popular for their durability and cutting edge technology. Maintenance on these vehicles requires advanced equipment and thorough training. Here are some common parts that may be replaced to boost performance and reduce the risk of future problems.
Ignition System PartsEvaluation of spark plugs can produce an indication of overall engine condition. By inspecting spark plugs, technicians can help determine if a problem exists, and whether a particular cylinder is malfunctioning. Replacing plugs can make a difference in the performance of your Mercedes, and they should only be replaced with OE plugs.
Oil Filter: Replacing the oil filter is a simple task with potentially large implications. Oil filters catch and retain soot, rust and some other solid contaminants from the oil, resulting in a cleaner and more efficient engine.
Air Filter: The air filters on your Mercedes trap dirt and other airborne particles, protecting carburetors on older vehicles, preventing clogging of air bleeds and metering jets. In later models, air filters also protect the fuel injectors. A clogged or dirty air filter will starve your engine of proper airflow, resulting in significant performance reduction.
Fuel Filter: Fuel system contaminants can clog injector inlet screens if not trapped by the filter. Should the vehicle run too long using the same fuel filter, eventually the flow of fuel to the engine will become restricted, which means a loss of power and potentially stalling and hard starting.
Transmission Filter: The smooth operation of the transmission in Mercedes vehicles is vital for continued health of the drivetrain and to retain the smooth, comfortable ride Mercedes is known for. When the transmission filter becomes clogged, it may result in transmission slippage, gear engagement issues and hesitation. To extend the life of the automatic transmission, this filter should be replaced regularly.
Oxygen (O2) Sensors: The oxygen sensor serves to monitor the oxygen level of the exhaust, allowing the computer to adjust the air/fuel mixture to help reduce emissions and fuel consumption. Over time, a clogged O2 sensor will not be able to respond properly to changes in the air/fuel mixture. The deterioration of oxygen sensors is gradual, so the symptoms may not be obvious at first. The oxygen sensor must be replaced to restore optimal engine performance.
Tires: Many people do not realize that tires play a substantial part in the safety, longevity, fuel economy, and performance of your vehicle. You should check the air pressure in your tires each time you stop to refuel. Visit your mechanic to have your tires rotated and balanced every six months.
Fluid Levels: You should have all fluid levels, including transmission, oil, coolants, washer, and power steering fluids checked monthly.
Proper maintenance of your Mercedes will ensure that it performs at peak condition for many years to come. Protect your investment by working with a highly trained mechanic who is skilled in the specific engine requirements of foreign imports.

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Star Tech European in Vacaville specializes in Mercedes-Benz service and repairs  The auto repair business doesn't have the best reputation, so we go the extra mile to build trust. That includes taking extra time to really explain what your car needs and why. Our goal is to give professional, friendly, honest service without the stress and hassle of going to the dealer. We will never sell you something you don't need.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mandatory Car Maintenance

Unless you live in a city with easily accessible mass transit, you rely on your car for your day to day life. Whether you drive into town from the outskirts on a daily basis or just enjoy visiting friends in neighboring towns, your car must be in tip-top shape or you'll be stuck in the middle of nowhere. By making sure to keep your car tuned up, you also ensure your own safety and avoid a lot of frustration. These mandatory auto maintenance tips are the most important things you should do for your car in order to keep it running smoothly for years to come.

Oil change: You should be getting an oil change every 3,000 miles or 3 months in order to keep your car up and running. If you have experience changing oil, you can do this at home and save some money on the cost of labor that a mechanic would typically charge.

Spark plugs: Typically, you'll have conventional spark plugs in your car, which should be changed every 30,000 miles. However, if you know your car has double platinum spark plugs, they should be changed every 50,000 miles.

Transmission filter and fluid: Your car's transmission filter should be changed at 30,000, 90,000, and 150,000 miles. The transmission fluid should be changed at 60,000, 120,000, and 180,000 miles.
Fuel filter: Unless your car's fuel filter is in the fuel tank, you should be changing it every 35,000 to 40,000 miles. However, if your tank is ever dropped, you should change the fuel filter immediately.
Coolant flush: You should have your mechanic do a coolant flush every 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Tire rotation: One of the most important maintenance tips is tire rotation. Every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, you should have your car's tires rotated. If left untouched, the car's tires will wear down at an unbalanced rate because the weight in your car can be distributed unevenly. Your back left tire may be worn down way less than your front right tire, which will cause balance issues.

Tire alignment: Going hand in hand with tire rotation is getting the alignment checked out every 15,000 to 20,000 miles. This can go unchecked for some time as long as your car is still driving straight.

Brake fluid and power steering fluid flushes: These fluids should be flushed every two years or when they look dirty, whichever comes first.

Professional fuel injection: Your car needs a fuel injection done by a professional mechanic every 40,000 miles to keep it running smoothly.

Throttle bore plate: The throttle bore plate must be cleaned every 20,000 miles.

Air induction: This service should be performed every 20,000 miles as well.

Air filter, cabin air filter, PCV valve: These three items should be replaced as needed.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Free CPR Training For Ages 10-18 This Weekend At United Heart Training Center in Suisun City

Presented By:
United Heart Training Center

November 17 & 18, 2012

For: Ages 10-18 years old
Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

One Harbor Center
Suites 200-240
Suisun City, CA 94585

A Donation of $10.00 Will Help Provide Manuals for the Classes

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Most Reliable New Cars From Consumer Reports

After crunching the numbers on more than a millions cars, Consumer Reports National Research Center can tell you which are the most reliable.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The All- New Volvo V40 Pedestrian Airbag

Your All-New Volvo V40 features the world-first Pedestrian Airbag. If there is a frontal collision between your V40 and a pedestrian, the bonnet is automatically released and an airbag inflates to cushion the pedestrian, greatly reducing the chances of serious injury.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Typical Vehicle Maintenance Questions

Car owners have to be mindful of maintenance concerns. A vehicle that is well-maintained will last longer. One that is neglected has the tendency to break down sooner than you can expect. There are common car maintenance queries that all motorists should be aware of. It is equally important to know the answers to these essential questions.

• When do you need to change your engine oil?

Regular oil needs to be replaced every 3,000 miles and artificial oil after 5,000 miles. Keep in mind that engine oil is meant to lubricate and cool internal engine components. The oil will eventually lose its efficiency reducing its capacity to disperse heat and act as lubricant. Regular checkups are needed to make sure that your engine oil is still in shape.

• What should be done if the car engine overheats?

Turn off the car air-conditioner or heater the moment you notice that the car begins to overheat. Pull over to the shoulder assuming you are driving at normal speed. The problems may have to do something with the cooling mechanism, busted drive belt, shattered hose, or congested radiator. When you have parked safely on the shoulder, turn off the engine and open the hood. Allow the engine to cool down for approximately 20 minutes. Refrain from opening the radiator cap while the engine is still hot or running. Add some coolant if you see nothing defective. Start the car and drive at a guarded speed to the nearest service shop.

• What is the correct tire pressure reading?

The tire pressure should be adjusted according to the recommendation of your car manufacturer. These specifications (PSI or pounds per square inch) can be seen on the side of the tire. Tires that are inflated correctly will assure you of improved fuel mileage and reduced deterioration. You can also control the vehicle effectively if tires do not have any inflation problems.

• What is the life span of spark plugs?

Spark plugs of newer models can last up to 90,000 miles. Older cars usually have spark plugs that last from 12,000 to 20,000 miles. Plugs with iridium tips are more durable than those with platinum points.

• Why do the brakes make strange sounds?

As soon as you hear a squeaking sound every time you step on the brake pedal, there is certainly a need to replace the brake pads. The brake system should never emit any sound. It may be hazardous to continue driving when this happens. Ask a mechanic to inspect the brakes right away even if the problem is very minor.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

BMW Seat Memory

Utilize BMW's programmable memory seats to adjust the seat and save new seating memory preferences.