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February 28, 2018
What Are the Benefits of an HID Conversion
What are the benefits of an HID conversion? Here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora, we want to share a bit about HID (High-Intensity Discharge) xenon headlights which are the newest thing for modifying all types of vehicles. HID headlights look cool and provide several benefits that you might enjoy adding to your car. And when you’re ready, come see us for install.
HID headlights offer improved brightness for nighttime driving. These headlights can be 3 to 5 times brighter than a regular halogen bulb and this is a considerable improvement. This upgrade has been achieved by combining xenon gas with an electrical charge. The electrical charge agitates the gas producing a whiter and brighter light.
Halogen lights have a filament that is heated to produce their light output. The lamps are usually yellowish and use twice the amount of energy to produce light. This makes the HID headlights a much better option overall.
The quality of your nighttime driving visibility will be substantially improved with HID xenon headlights. The beams are bright and bolder. These lights allow you to see a much broader field both on the periphery and in front of your vehicle. This can be a great way to see obstacles well before you would be able to with halogen or regular bulbs. Bottom line, one of the benefits of an HID conversion is greater nighttime safety.
HID xenon bulbs can last several times longer than a standard bulb. This allows for you to have great visibility and reduce the number of times you need to change the headlights on your vehicle. If you want to get your headlights converted, contact Shaus Motorsport for assistance. We can get them installed for you quickly so that you can have these durable, high performing lights on your next nighttime drive.
Again, HID xenon headlights add to your everyday driving safety. Because you can see better and further, you will be safer while you are driving. Lack of visibility can be a factor in so many accidents. These headlights can give you a safety advantage while you are on the road and allow you a better peace of mind when driving at night.
Consider Using a Professional
You will see a number of websites for HID xenon headlights and as with any aftermarket product, you want to choose carefully. Many products will talk about the ease of installation and how inexpensive their product can be. Some of these products may not fit your specific vehicle very well and others may be inexpensive because they are too cheaply made.
Having a professional help you will ensure that your conversion to HID lights is going to fit properly and that you are getting a better product. Additionally, some older vehicles may not be well suited to having HID lights and a professional can make you aware of such issues in advance.
What are the benefits of an HID conversion? Increased visibility, improved brightness and greater durability are solid advantages. They also look pretty cool, too. If you want to get HID headlights installed, contact us here at Shaus Motorsport for your conversion needs.
February 18, 2018
How to Find a Good German Auto Repair Shop
If you want to know how to find a good German auto repair shop, the experts here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora want to share a few important qualities to look for. Finding the right mechanic for you and your car can seem overwhelming. We think this list will help.
A Good German Auto Repair Shop Specializes
To find a German auto repair shop that will treat your vehicle properly, it is a good idea to look for a shop that specializes in foreign car repair. Such shops focus on making sure they have the specific knowledge and training to treat your German-made car right. Additionally, they will have access to the specific diagnostic computers, tools, and parts required to perform whatever services are needed for your vehicle.
A Good German Auto Repair Shop Trains Techs
You want a repair shop that has the training to work on your German car. For example, here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora, our technicians are factory trained and continue to receive training to keep them up-to-date on the newest technology and service so that we can provide our German car owners with the best care for their vehicle. Finding a repair shop that continues to ensure that their customers are getting high-quality service will prove valuable both for the money you spend and the life of your car.
A Good German Auto Repair Shop Has the Right Tools
Look for an Aurora repair shop that can meet the specific needs of your German vehicle. This includes having specific diagnostic computers as well as other high-quality diagnostic tools. You also will want to find out what kind of parts they use. OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer parts ensure that you are getting the parts that are designed for your vehicle.
A Good German Auto Repair Shop is Affiliated
Check out the types of professional affiliations that a prospective German vehicle repair shop offers. You want to know that your auto repair shop has affiliations with groups like ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) and of course, the Better Business Bureau (BBB). An A+ rating is always a good sign. They may even belong to groups that are specific to the make of German car you own which signals that your repair shop maintains high standards and rigorous technician training.
A Good German Auto Repair Shop Has Rave Reviews
Finding out what other German car owners recommend and checking reviews are an important step in finding the best German auto repair shop in your area. You can learn a great deal about the consistency of their service and the level of satisfaction of their clients. Look for patterns that point to a high level of repair excellence.
Now that you know how to find a good German auto repair shop, try our services at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora. You can even bring your vehicle in for regular service to get a feel for the shop and our technicians. We know you’ll find that we have the qualities you need for excellent care of your German car.
January 16, 2018
The All-Electric Porsche Mission E
The all-electric Porsche Mission E prototype is out and we at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora thought we would share what we know. The Mission E is out in public near Porsche’s German development center in Weissach so it seems like a good time to give a preview of what to expect from the Mission E in 2020.
Different Than the Panamera
As some of you know, Porsche sells the Panamera, which is a hybrid sedan. Yet, Porsche is not simply modifying the Panamera to create this new Mission E. The Mission E will have a lithium-ion battery making up its floorpan, much like the Tesla, between its two axles. It will have replica exhaust tips but do not be fooled, this is an all-electric Porsche.
There are rumors that the Mission E platform will be the basis for the all-electric SUV that Audi plans to put out soon. There is also talk that Lamborghini has an electric car in the works that models itself on the Mission E—but that could just be talk. It looks like the Mission E is the next big step in the all-electric field and others are taking notice.
The all-electric Porsche Mission E is expected to follow Porsche’s existing hierarchy, so you will likely see a Mission E S or a Mission E GTS. We don’t expect to see a Mission E Turbo though since the Mission is electric and won’t have turbos. The Mission E is likely to be offered initially with three power outputs: 402 hp, 536 hp, and 670 hp. The Mission E will also have all rear drive with electric motors at both the front and rear axles, much like the Tesla Model S does. Eventually, Porsche might offer a rear-drive, entry-level version of the Mission E, so be on the lookout.
A Smart Drivetrain
The all-electric drivetrain Mission E concept car features 605 hp, from the two permanent synchronous magnet motors on each axle. The motors are much like the ones used in the 919 LMP1 hybrid. You may remember that it is the one that won the Lemans three times and can recover heat-energy from braking. Porsche indicates that its concept can reach 60.5 mph in 3.5 seconds and 124 mph in less than 12 seconds.
The all-electric Porsche Mission E will probably have torque-vectoring and four-wheel steering. Porsche really wants this car to drive much like a true Porsche which is a great sign.
A Panamera Price
We expect that the Mission E pricing will start at the same level as the Panamera. In the United States, the Panamera base car begins at $85,000. The most expensive that a Panamera get is $190,000—the cost of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. The Mission E price range should sit in the middle of the Panamera and the 911. A base 911 Carrera starts at $91,000. Keep in mind that the rival to the Mission E, Tesla’s Model S 75D starts at $74,500 so the all-electric Porsche Mission E is going to be more.
Comes With 800-Volt Fast Charge
With more money, you should be getting more and Porsche is trying to deliver a longer distance and a shorter charge time with the Mission E. Tesla uses 480-volt charges that offer approximately 170 miles of driving distance and takes 30-minute to charge. Porsche is trying to produce an 800-volt system that will offer a range of 250 miles and only take 15 minutes to charge. Of course, they are trying to accomplish this using the common house plug.
According to Porsche, the concept car has 310 miles of driving range. Porsche did not indicate the size of the battery pack. It is important to note that electric vehicle testing in the US and Europe are different, so it is not yet clear how the Porsche Mission E will compare with the Tesla Model S.
Concept is a Preview of the Production Visuals
The futuristic look of the all-electric Porsche Mission E is combined with classic Porsche proportions and it is eye-catching. Thankfully the production car is expected to stick close to the slick look of the concept. There may be some minor variations, of course. That is generally the case with any production model but the idea that it will closely resemble the concept is exciting.
First in a Line of Electric Porsches
Apparently, Porsche has already started working on a smaller version of the Mission E because the Mission E has a scalable platform. Porsche may be looking at potential different body styles and Porsche may already be planning its next all-electric model. This means that the Mission E is a prelude to the future of Porsche vehicles.
The 911 may always have a flat-six behind the rear axle, but there is a possibility that the future Cayenne, Macan, and Panamera will be all-electric as well. The Mission E may be Porsche’s first fully electric car but it looks like it will be far from the last one we will see from them.
It Will Be on Sale by 2020
As long as there are no unexpected delays, we should see the all-electric Porsche Mission E coming off the production line by the end of 2019 for the 2020 model year. At the Frankfurt Model Show in 2019, there could be an unveiling if all goes well for Porsche. This was where the concept made waves back in 2015. It would be great to see it come full circle in 2019.
The Mission E is a groundbreaking foray for Porsche. It could be a big change for Porsche and their hardcore fans, but the changes could bring exciting things for the company and its customers. The all-electric Porsche Mission E is the first of what could be a great future for Porsche. We here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora can’t wait to see these cars out on the road. If your Porsche is due for some work, contact us here for your Porsche’s needs. We take good care of our customers and their cars!
December 15, 2017
Common Issues if You Own an Audi
Here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora, we want to share some common issues if you own an Audi. Knowing what to look out for can help you spot symptoms early so you can get the issue repaired quickly. Early troubleshooting can help you avoid more costly repairs.
Of course, once you notice any of these common issues if you own an Audi, get in touch with our team, specializing in German auto repair for your elite vehicle.
Burning Oil Smell and Oil Leaks
Audi engines typically leak from the tensioner gasket seals or the valve covers. Leaking oil can be a potential fire hazard and if you can smell the oil burning, it is best to get the issue fixed quickly. The smell is created by oil hitting the exhaust and burning while you drive.
Leaking oil can also be a danger to the electronics in your Audi.
The electronics can also be affected by an Audi leaking oil. It can permeate the wiring and cause damage to the control modules and electrical connections. The longer your oil leaks, the higher the likelihood that your repair is going to become more expensive. Additionally, the longer it continues, the less oil you have running through your engine, so it is important to address this issue quickly.
Clicking or Clunking during a Sharp Turn
Usually, this issue is the result of overlooking a needed repair on your axle CV boot. When the CV boot tears, the grease is expelled and the joint begins to wear out as a result of the lack of lubrication. Eventually, the entire axle assembly may need to be replaced. If you have a torn CV boot, get it replaced quickly to avoid a more extensive problem and repair.
If your Audi sounds throaty when you accelerate, you may have an exhaust leak. A number of Audi models have a flexible joint between the catalytic converters and the downpipe in the exhaust. This joint is prone to leaking. While a deeper exhaust may sound cool, an extended leaking exhaust can become quite expensive.
If you suspect you have an exhaust leak, call us at Shaus Motorsport. We can determine the best next steps for fixing one of the common issues if you own an Audi.
Check Engine Light with a Rough Running Engine
If your engine is running rough and your check engine light has come on, you may have a cylinder that is misfiring. It is possible that your ignition coil is the source of this problem. In fact, your Audi may have been part of a recall for ignition coils. Your local repair shop can help you determine if your ignition coil needs to be replaced.
Check Engine Light is on, but Your Audi Sounds Great
If your check engine light stays on for multiple cycles and your Audi seems to be running fine, the trouble could be an emissions related issue. To figure out what’s causing your check engine light to come on, you need to bring your Audi in so we can provide a deeper analysis and locate the source of the problem. There are a number potential problem areas, all common issues if you own an Audi.
Low Coolant Light is on or Coolant Leaks
Your make frequently have trouble with the low coolant light coming on as Audis commonly have visible coolant leaks. The culprit could be a crack in the coolant reservoir. Sometimes, the leak can be difficult to find because the coolant will evaporate upon reaching the exhaust component. Thankfully, replacing the coolant reservoir is generally inexpensive when the repair is taken care of before the problem progresses.
Turn Signals Don’t Work or Stay On Continually
In older models, this is one of the common issues if you own an Audi. Frequently, the source of this problem is the hazard switch. Additionally, it could be related to a faulty switch in the steering column. This cause is not nearly as likely though.
During a cold start of your vehicle, you may hear a rattle or knocking noise. This can be caused by an Audi’s camshaft adjuster or the camshaft chain tensioner. If this is the case, the noise will last for a second or two after the car starts. This noise can be normal on a particularly cold day. If it lasts for more than a couple seconds, the problem will need a more detailed diagnosis to determine the nature of the issue.
Unpleasant Odors from Ventilation and Heating System
If a musty odor is coming from your heating system, you may have an issue with mold in the ducts. The mold and the odor can be removed, however, repeated, regular treatments will be necessary to keep the mold from returning.
Turbo Car Blowing Smoke
If your turbo vehicle is blowing smoke, you need to have an Audi-trained mechanic look at it right away. There are a number of simple reasons for the smoke, but getting it taken care of is a must to avoid a much more expensive repair. The worst-case scenario could be a failing or worn out turbo. Oil may be passing by the turbo and heading down the exhaust creating the smoke. If it is not taken care of quickly, the oil can destroy your catalytic converter and this will cause your repair to be much more costly.
You can remove the intercooler hose and if more than just a small amount of oil runs out of the hose, you have an issue that needs prompt attention.
Trunk Won’t Automatically Close
A voltage distribution module failure is another of the common issues if you own an Audi, and it’s one of those odd electrical issues like a truck that won’t close automatically or an MMI that opens or closes randomly. When the voltage distribution model is not working properly, various devices in your Audi will either exhibit strange behavior or fail to work. It is also possible that your vehicle’s battery needs to be replaced.
If you are experiencing any of these common issues if you own an Audi, contact us here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora. We can track down the source of your trouble, get your vehicle fixed and help you avoid further repairs. Call for an appointment today.
November 15, 2017
BMW Tune-Ups and Maintenance
BMW tune-ups and maintenance can lengthen the life of your prized BMW. Here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora, we think maintenance and tune-ups are an excellent way to improve the performance of your vehicle and reduce your chances of major issues. Though “tune-ups” aren’t really used the same way as they did in the past, you can certainly tune-up your engine by taking care of the following areas of your BMW machine.
A spark plug can tell you a lot about the condition of your BMW’s condition. Inspecting your spark plugs during regular BMW tune-ups and maintenance can reveal early possible problems. We recommend getting them checked every 30,000 miles and replaced every 100,000 miles. Changing your spark plugs avoids them seizing in the block which can result in expensive repairs in the future. Be sure to track which cylinder the spark plug came out of so that you are aware of which cylinder may have a problem.
Spark Plug Wire Sets
Spark plug wire sets used to need to be replaced with regularity. There have been dramatic reductions in failures and problems due to the use of better materials and sizing. They also now have increased operating ranges. These wires should be tested for proper resistance but they no longer warrant routine replacement like other parts of your BMW.
Distributor Cap and Rotor
The rotor and the distributor cap are generally plastic and so they often deteriorate with use over time. Cracks can develop which can let in moisture. Both the distributor cap and rotor have metal contacts that can corrode. If the contacts become worn, your BMW engine can misfire as a result. Be sure to have these parts replaced when they are worn or at least checked for issues during BMW tune-ups and maintenance.
Air filters trap dirt and other particles as the air passes through the filter. In older BMWs, the air filter helps to protect the carburetor. In newer models, the air filter is helping to protect the fuel injector. Generally, you should replace your BMW air filters every 20,000 miles. If you live in a dusty area or drive dirt roads, your vehicle’s air filter will need to be replaced more frequently. Any air filter that looks really dirty or is damaged should be replaced regardless of how many miles it should last.
One of the basics of BMW tune-ups and maintenance is your oil filter which is simple to replace and doing do stops unnecessary wear on your engine. Oil filters remove rust, soot, and any other solid contaminants from your engine’s oil. They should be replaced every 3,000 miles at the same time that your engine’s oil is replaced.
PVC Breather Filter
Every 30,000 miles your PVC filter should be changed. Your PVC filter makes sure that only clean air is drawn through the PVC breather. If your PVC filter is clogged, your PVC is unable to siphon away the moisture and gases created by engine combustion. A clogged PVC filter will cause sludge buildup and can result in oil breaking down.
A BMW fuel filter stops various contaminants from getting into your fuel system. These contaminants can clog the injector inlet screens. The pintle valve and seat can also get clogged if dirt and contaminants get into the injector itself. In older cars, the fuel filter helps stop dirt from plugging up the carburetor’s fuel metering openings.
Clogged fuel filters can result in your vehicle stalling due to a restriction of fuel flow. They can also cause loss of speed power as well as hard starting. To avoid these problems, change your fuel filters every 30,000 miles, annually, or when other fuel system parts need to be replaced as well (whichever of these conditions happen to occur first).
Automatic Transmission Filter
Transmission filters help the transmission fluid stay clean enough to properly transmit energy as well as cool and lubricate the moving parts of your BMW transmission. If your transmission filter is clogged, your transmission may slip, have trouble engaging gears, and hesitate. To help your engine last longer, your transmission filter should be changed around every 12,000-15,000 miles during regular BMW tune-ups and maintenance.
Easiest Way to Extend Engine Life
If there is one thing that can easily and inexpensively help your engine last longer, it is changing your filters. If you need your BMW’s filters changed, contact us at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora.
Other BMW Maintenance Parts
There are other parts that are not technically BMW tune-ups and maintenance areas but they can help the “tune-up” work be more successful. Some of these may be viewed as not critical but that’s not really true. If your vehicle needs to pass emission tests, taking care of the parts are essential to keeping your BMW working properly and operating safely.
- Oxygen sensor: Also called your O2 sensor, this engine part should be replaced at recommended intervals. A worn down oxygen sensor can change your engine’s settings in a negative way.
- Vacuum hoses: Each vacuum hose needs to be checked and replaced as may be necessary. A number of your vehicle’s major systems rely on the manifold vacuum’s signals and functions. Even the smallest leak in your vacuum hoses can cause serious performance issues. In some cases, your BMW may not run with a vacuum leak and checking them can help keep you on the road.
- Temperature sensors: The sensors in your vehicle control your cooling system, the exhaust system, and the fuel injection system. If one of your temperature sensors is not functioning properly, your BMW will likely not perform well either.
Other Tips for Your BMW
Cleaning your engine is preventative maintenance. If your engine is clean, it runs better and cooler. Clean engines also last longer. So, make sure that you’re taking care of your vehicle’s needs on a regular basis.
Keeping up with your BMW tune-ups and maintenance will keep your BMW humming and will help your engine last much longer. Contact us here at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora if you need some maintenance performed on your BMW.