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Do I Need a Tire Balance or a Wheel Alignment?

Do I Need a Tire Balance or a Wheel Alignment?

Like many drivers, you probably never think about the difference between a tire balance and a wheel alignment. Both services are essential to maintaining your vehicle's performance and extending the life of your tires. It's important that wheel alignment and tire balancing are included in your car's regular maintenance schedule, and that you recognize the signs of imbalanced tires and wheels that have become misaligned. Tire balance The tires on your vehicle are balanced on the wheel by small weights placed between the tire and rim. Why? Because even a new tire will never be perfectly balanced. When our technicians perform a balancing service on your car, we make sure the weight of the tire and wheel is distributed as evenly as possible. This way, the tire rolls smoothly. Like most things, your tire balancing endures normal wear and tear. The weights shift or even become lost when hitting a pothole or slamming on the brakes. If you notice any of the foll ... read more

Why is my Mini Cooper Idling So Rough?

Why is my Mini Cooper Idling So Rough?

If you’re looking for a vehicle that is compact and fun to drive, Mini Coopers are pretty hard to beat. These vehicles are small, but pack a powerful engine. They can speed fast and make turns like they’re driving on rails. While they do use premium gas, these small vehicles offer decent fuel economy that shouldn’t hurt your wallet too bad. Despite these great perks, the Mini Cooper can develop problems. If you pull up to a stop sign and notice that your vehicle is struggling and idling rough, it may seem like a minor inconvenience, but there may be a major problem. Rough idling can be caused by a variety of issues, below we highlight three common reasons.  Dirty Fuel Filter Fuel injectors disperse a specific amount of fuel into your vehicle’s cylinders and engine at a precise angle. If the fuel injectors can become dirty over time, this will prevent them from injecting an adequate amount of fuel from reaching the engine. In ad ... read more

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5 Signs of a Coolant Leak in BMW’s

5 Signs of a Coolant Leak in BMW’s

BMW is a luxury vehicle whose brand is based on efficiency and reliability. While BMW's are durable, they can develop mechanical issues over time. Despite being well made, they can encounter similar problems as other vehicles occasionally. One common issue seen in BMW's is coolant leaks. Coolant is one of many essential fluids your vehicle needs to perform optimally. Healthy coolant is vital for BMWs top performance, and if a leak develops, it can have a significant impact that can cause costly engine damage. Below are three ways low coolant can impact your vehicle and how you can avoid them in the future. Your BMW has fast-moving metal parts that generate a lot of heat, making the engines internal temperature too high. The cooling system serves the critical function of regulating the engine's hot temperatures. The cooling system comprises several components, such as the radiator, water pump, coolant, and water. If a leak is developed within the cooling, it can also impact ... read more

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A Short Guide to Jump-Starting a Vehicle

A Short Guide to Jump-Starting a Vehicle

There’s nothing worse than being in a rush to get somewhere only to find that your car won’t start. Turn the ignition only to be greeted with silence or a mere click sound. Once you pop your hood and do some inspecting, you realize your car battery is dead. If you don’t have a portable jump starter, you’ll need to rely on the help of another driver to get your vehicle back on the road. Below is a list of simple, helpful instructions to jump-start your car to keep you prepared. Before you learn how to jump your battery, it’s essential to understand what causes your battery to die in the first place:  • The Battery is Old. Depending on driving habits, a car battery typically lasts about five years. If the car battery is frequently dying, jump-starting it may only be a temporary solution. The car battery will need to be replaced.  • Too Many Short Driving Trips. Longer road trips allow the alternator to recharge the battery. Short drivin ... read more

What are the Different Types of Tire Tread?

What are the Different Types of Tire Tread?

Before you fork out hundreds of dollars for new tires, do you know what type of tire tread you need? There are four standard tire treads, and depending on the location and weather, each is created to improve the drive’s performance. We’ve outlined a few differences between them all to help you decide which is best for you:   There are symmetrical tread patterns that have grooves that are uniform across the tire’s tread face. Symmetrical tire treads are popular for touring tires. They provide a quiet ride and a long lifespan. Symmetrical treads are versatile and useful for a variety of drives. These tires are multidimensional, so they can be rotated in any direction without impacting performance.  The asymmetrical tire tread has a mix of tread patterns. They usually have a section down the middle and on the edge, that’s designed for wet weather. The outside edge of the tire has an aggressive tread that gives opti ... read more

Audi Auto Repair Service South Florida-2

Audi Auto Repair Service South Florida-2

Audi Auto Repair Service South Florida German Car Depot is your premier Audi repair-service center in south Florida. GCD is well equipped to handle all of your Audi repair-service needs. GCD handles everything from routine maintenance to major repairs. We also offer Audi Genuine Parts and Accessories. When your light comes on in your internal display, schedule your Audi auto service appointment with German Car Depot and receive an individualized report showing the diagnostic trouble codes and a thorough explanation of any issues your vehicle may have from our BOSCH certified, factory trained staff. Once you have taken your Audi to us for repair or service, our team will e-mail (or if you prefer call you) to remind you when your Audi is next due for service, ensuring your vehicle gets the right fluids at the right times including AdBlue®, the essential diesel additive for TDI® clean diesel engines. There’s no better place to have your tires replaced than GCD, We are ... read more

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Transmission services Audi A4

 Transmission services Audi A4

Transmission Services Audi A4 , repairs is a specialty at German Car Depot. Here is an overview of some of the common Audi transmission troubles, and how to possibly prevent them from occurring. Symptoms of a Faulty Transmission: If you notice that the engine is lagging or unresponsive, a faulty transmission could be to blame. in most cases the Check Engine light will be on. Other signs and symptoms include burning smells, an inability to change gears, unusual sounds and/or vibrations and leaking fluids. When the CVT transmission TCM is not working the LCD display will have P R N D all lit up. Maintaining a Transmission to Prevent Problems: German Car Depot recommends observing the Audi manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule. The following transmission-related procedures will be performed: Fluid leak checks Transmission filter element replacements ATF or CVT oil changes Road test drives Alo ... read more

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VW Audi TDI Lawyer Fort Lauderdale

VW Audi TDI Lawyer Fort Lauderdale

Do you own a Audi or VW 2.0 TDI diesel vehicle? Volkswagen has not been honest about your emissions. You may be entitled to compensation under consumer laws.Schlesinger Lawis investigating and filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen and Audi for allegedly sidestepping emissions rules and cheating on pollution tests in violation of state & federal laws meant to protect consumers’ rights. Federal and California environmental regulators have accused Volkswagen and Audi of using software to cheat emissions standards in its TDI so called clean diesel Audi and Volkswagen automobiles years 2009-2015. VW Audi TDI Lawyer Fort Lauderdale Reports state that the automaker will be forced to recall all affected diesel vehicles, including Jetta (model years 2009 – 2015,) Beetle (model years 2009 – 2015,) Audi A3 (model years 2009 – 2015,) Golf (model years 2009 – 2015) and ... read more

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What is a TDI Diesel Engine?

TDI stands for Turbocharged Direct Injection. It is a proprietary engine created by the Volkswagen Group for their consumer vehicles sold widely throughout Europe and the United States. The TDI engine is more environmentally friendly than even some hybrid vehicles, and provides the same power and responsiveness as a traditional gasoline engine. TDI engines are used in a variety of Volkswagen models, as well models within their sister-company Audi. Direct Fuel Injection TDI engines get their power by shooting fuel straight into each cylinders combustion chamber. This differs from traditional diesel engines, which has pre-combustion chambers before the cylinders. The TDI engine also utilizes a turbocharger which pushes air into each cylinder, thus increasing the power and efficiency of the engine. These engines are typically smaller, have less surface area, and lose less heat, thus also increasing their gas mileage. More Power TDI engines produce more ... read more

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German Car Dashboard Display Repair

German Car Dashboard Display Repair

These state of the art vehicles have amazing features within their cabin and under the hood, so vehicle owners experience the most futuristic driving experience that is possible today. But, with all of this technological progress, there are also associated German Car Dashboard Display Repair. One such problems, is with the digital display in many German Cars. Owners of Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Mini Coopers in South Florida have noted that the digital display on the dashboard loose pixels and fade out. This may include fluctuating brightness, flashing on and off, or total unresponsiveness. Eventually the dashboard goes completely dark. At German Car Depot we repair Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Mini Cooper dashboard displays. The turn around time is a few days in most cases. Repairing your display will save you from having to go to the dealer and reprogram the new dash.The cost to repair varies so call now to schedule-a ... read more

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