Understanding Engine Misfires

Misfire Repair  European cars like Audi, BMW, Land Rover and Volkswagen are engineered to allow for performance and comfort. Unfortunately, in the service of creating performance these engines tend to misfire if they are not properly maintained. Below we’ll discuss some of the symptoms of a misfiring engine as well as testing methods for the problem. Common Symptoms of a Misfire The first sign of misfiring issues in your Audi or BMW might be rough idling and slower than normal acceleration. The sound of your engine revving up might also change. One rather obvious sign of an engine problem or misfiring involves the “Check Engine” light or the “Service Engine Soon” light showing up on your dashboard. Another common sign is the dreaded P300 family of codes which may indicate a random misfire or a cylinder specific misfire. Keep in mind that misfire is your vehicle’s way of telling you that there’s a fault within the cylinder that must be a ... read more

Acura EPS Light Technical Service Bulletin

Did your Acura EPS Light suddenly turn on or are you hearing a noise when going in reverse? Bring your vehicle in to Green's Garage, your certified Acura specialist, to address this recently released technical service bulletin. The Honda motor company, which is the parent company for Honda and Acura, recently released a TSB to address a software failure in the electronic power steering system for select Acura models. For more information read below, and to schedule an appointment to address any concerns you may be experiencing with your Honda or Acura give us a call at (305)444-8881. This bulletin applies to 2014 and 2015 Acura MDX vehicles. After driving in reverse and steering, a buzz or grunt may be heard after shifting from reverse to drive and turning the steering wheel.  The software that manages the electric power steering (EPS) is designed to provide good steering feedback in all operating conditions. To acquire the correct feel, different settings are required in re ... read more

Toyota VSC Light

Toyota VSC Light

Toyota VSC Light As certified Toyota mechanics we always want to keep our customers, new and old, informed of warning lights they may encounter. The VSC light or Vehicle Stability Control is a safety feature that allows your Toyota to maintain traction and control by reducing power sent to up to three wheels. The system is in place to optimize safety, prevent run-off road crashes and mitigate conditions that may lead to single-vehicle accidents or rollovers.  Before giving us a call here is a step-by-step to verify if your VSC light is engaged. The button is located either by your steering wheel or by your shifter (depending on the model year of your Toyota) and has the same icon as the light on the dash. Upon locating the button, make sure you are completely stopped and put the vehicle in park. Press and hold the VSC button for 5 seconds. The TRAC off and VSC off indicator will illuminate, both systems are no ... read more

Audi Engine Repair

Audi Engine Repair

Audi Engine Repair  Variable valve timing whereby the timing of the valve lift event is manipulated is found in Audi-Volkswagen engines with the purpose of improving performance while reducing emissions and fuel economy. Our certified Audi engine repair specialists have noticed that timing chains tend to become compromised at 120,000 miles. Timing chains work within precise specifications to allow crankshafts and camshaft to rotate in the proper sequence. Audi models are notorious for requiring timing chain replacement however before we recommend any repair involving timing components, especially on 2.0L engines, we always inspect the following common points of failure. Bearing Bridge, this cover made of die-cast aluminum provides oil to the camshaft and crankshaft adjuster however we've found that there is a fine mesh screen that tends to break. A broken screen allows particles to travel up the oil tube and get stuck in the phaser and/or adjuster setting off timi ... read more

Understanding your High Voltage (HV) Battery: Battery Type and Cooling System

Understanding your High Voltage (HV) Battery: Battery Type and Cooling System  The first High Voltage or HV, direct current batteries used in Hybrids for mass production were Nickel Metal Hydride or NiMH batteries. As Hybrids and EVs evolved Lithium-Ion batteries became the standard allowing for extended range and increased electromotive force more commonly known as voltage. The trade-off of a larger battery is the need to cool the battery and mitigate the increased weight on the front suspension of the vehicle.  Cooling the battery is paramount especially in South Florida and each brand has it's own system ranging from natural cooling used in Nissan Leaf, the use of a blower fan in the Prius and Ford Fusion models, liquid coolant for the Chevy Volt battery which is mounted under the vehicle and the unique design of the BMW i3 which uses a refrigerated, yes the same refrigerant used for the AC system, to keep the battery cool.  A Tesla High Voltage ... read more

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