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You should never drive with your check engine light on for a long period of time, especially if you own a high-quality vehicle like an Audi. While it could be just a minor issue, there's always the possibility that something is seriously wrong with your car. If you see your check engine light flashing, it's best to stop driving it and have it serviced at your local auto shop immediately. Continuing to drive it could be hazardous for both you and your vehicle!

There are a few common issues with Audis that may lead to an illuminated check engine light.

Worn spark plugs. These plugs and their wires can become damaged over time, but it won't cost you very much. Most spark plugs are less than $10 a piece. You can expect to pay $16-$100 for the actual parts, with labor being about $40-$150.

Catalytic converter failure. If you fall behind on your oil changes, you may experience a failed catalytic converter. This is an important part of your exhaust system that converts carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, reducing harmful gases emitted into the environment. In some cases, you can still drive your car with this problem, but if unaddressed for too long the converter may become completely plugged and need a replacement. The cost will depend on the model of your vehicle and the installation time, but the average price for parts and labor is around $945-$2475.

Oxygen sensor failure. When your Audi's oxygen sensor goes bad, the fuel to air ratio in your engine will be thrown off. This means too much fuel in your engine and decreased gas mileage. The average cost for repairing your Audi's oxygen sensor will be around $113-$478.

Is your Audi's check engine light on? Call or stop by JMP Autowerkz for a quick and professional inspection.

The Most Common Issues with the Audi A6

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Are you wonderinng what are the most common issues with the Audi A6? If you're the lucky owner of an Audi A6, you've experienced its superior performance firsthand. These high-powered vehicles have no problem being pushed to their limits without sacrificing style or power. To keep it running at maximum capacity, your A6 may need a tune up every now and then to address common repair issues. Knowing the warning signs in advance can save you a costly bill in the future!

The Most Common Issues with the Audi A6

  • Increased oil usage: Oil is essential for any car, but the Audi is known to guzzle down a lot in a short amount of time. Make sure you check your oil levels every time you fuel up.
  • Timing chain issues. The timing chains in this car use plastic leads to hook up to the hydraulic pistons. If these fail, it could lead to you have to purchase a whole new engine. Look out for this problem in models with V6 and V8 engines.
  • Failing gearbox. Gearbox malfunction is quite common with Audis, indicated by a tightness or a grinding noise while steering the wheel. If caught in time, it's possible to reprogram the gearbox without having to buy a new one.
  • Bad AC. Poor air conditioning quality affects about a quarter of all Audi cars. If you notice a musty smell coming from your air outlets, it's time to bring it in for a check-up.
  • Damaged flywheel. If you're experiencing vibrations from the clutch pedal, it's likely that your dual mass flywheel is in need of repair. This can be a very expensive part to replace, so don't ignore it!
  • Failing electrics. Wiring issues can cause certain parts of your Audi to not work correctly, such as interior lighting and window regulators. 
  • Transmission failure. This is a common issue with Audis with CVT (continuously variable transmission) units. Make sure to flush your transmission's fluid every 35k miles to prevent any issues.

Do you want to help prevent future repairs? Need repairs for your Audi A6 now? Call or stop by our shop and one of our qualified technicians will give you honest advice. 

5 BMW Repairs Just Waiting to Happen

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Buying the ultimate driving machine? BMWs are awesome cars--state-of-the-art German engineering, luxuriously finished, and so much fun to drive. But even the latest, highest-end BMWs come with common problems--there are some things that BMW just can't seem to get right. Before you buy that 3-series or X5, be sure you're aware of the five repairs that are most likely to come up with a BMW--they range from minor to major. 

Door Locks

Your BMW might not lock all the doors when you hit the remote. This is a relatively (in BMW terms) minor fix for an experienced mechanic.

Window Regulators

The electronics that control the windows have a bad habit of breaking down, leaving you with a stuck window. 

Coolant Issues

The coolant system in a BMW tends to fail between 80,000 and 120,000 miles--and when it fails, it happens fast. Many a BMW owner has been stranded on their local autobahn because the engine overheated. Regular maintenance won't prevent a coolant failure, but it will greatly decrease the odds. 

Alloy Wheels

The branded BMW alloy wheels tend to corrode, which can lead to a slow leak or tire puncture. Keep your tires maintained to prevent corrosion, or replace them with non-BMW wheels. 

Leaky Oil Filter Gasket

The gasket that connects the oil filter to the engine is a serious candidate for leaking. When this happens, less oil gets to the engine, and it wears out sooner. The gasket can also dry rot if you leave it alone. Catch it early and it's an easy fix; wait and it's pretty expensive. 

Befriend Your BMW Mechanic

You'll find the BMW dealership loses its charm as soon as your car is out of warranty--your service rep starts steering you to the showroom, where a salesman is ready to hand you the keys to a new car for a test drive. JMP Autowerkz' only interest is in keeping your BMW running smoothly, they're not interested in selling you a new car. These guys want you to keep driving that Beamer for years, and are your go-to source for everything BMW, from oil changes to engine repair. 

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If you have ever had the experience of owning a German car, you know both the rewards and the pains of living with the product of meticulous engineering. These machines are designed with the expectation that every owner is as meticulous, attentive, and careful as the people who build them. The reward is the pleasure of being conveyed to your destination in a piece of clockwork precision. The punishment for disobeying the owner's manual is swift and decisive—often involving clouds of smoke and pools of leaking fluid. 


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Fluids as Parts

It is easy to think of a car as being defined as the metal, plastic, rubber, and glass bits. The various fluids—oils, fuel, coolants, grease—are thought of as additives, secondary to the "solid" parts of the car. This is a dangerous misconception, especially when the machine is German-engineered. All of the things that we love about German cars—precision, performance, feel, and response—are only possible because the liquid parts are engineered just as obsessively as the solid ones.

That is why there are unique blends of fluids for specific makes and models of German cars, even for seemingly minor engine and equipment variants within a particular model and year. When you own a German car, you need to think of fluids as parts, not additives.

Engine oil

Engine oil is, of course, the primary lubricant in all combustion engines and one of the most critical fluids to get right. The old rule of thumb was to change your oil at 3,000-mile intervals. Today's high-performance German cars often specify intervals that are 2, 3, or 4 times the old distance. This isn't just because the engines are better, but also because the oil is better—but only if you use the factory-approved oil blend. A quick-lube shop simply doesn't know these cars like a specialist does—and that can take years of enjoyment out of your car. 

Transmission and gear oils

The transmission is the most intricate piece of mechanical equipment on your car. The overall health of your car is dependent on smooth and precise operation. The delicate parts and close tolerances inside the transmission of German cars mean that inexpert service—even for a simple fluid change—can cause permanent damage to the vehicle.


The two main types of coolant fluids are engine coolant, and brake fluid. These fluids are glycol-based are relatively cheap compared to expensive synthetic engine oil blends. However, coolant is one of the most important fluids in your car—and most German cars have factory-approved coolants as well.

Other Fluids

The power steering system and even the exhaust system on high-efficiency clean diesel engines have fluids that require monitoring and replacement as part of a maintenance regimen. There are also various greases and other fluids that are found in every moving assembly in your car. 

If you want to get the most out of your high-performance piece of German engineering, give one of our experienced technicians a call—don't sacrifice performance and durability with cheap imitations!


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