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Diagnosing problems on BMWs and Mercedes

In Diagnostics by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Diagnosing problems that come in through an auto repair shop can be tricky and time consuming. 

Technicians at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire are using OPUS IVS AUTOLOGIC DrivePro to identify problems sooner and more accurately.

We have invested into this diagnostic platform for our BMW and Mercedes customers. It also has very good capability for other European vehicles, including Volkswagens and Land Rovers.

How this tools helps us with diagnosing problems

For many auto repair shops, using a scan tool that has limited functions becomes a roadblock.

Not only does DrivePro give near dealer capability, it also enables us to access the computers of vehicles. 

We are able to use the tool to code modules and reprogram vehicle computers, as well.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Servicing vehicles with driver assist

In Alignment, Maintenance, Safety by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Today, many vehicles use Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS).

For the automotive field, servicing vehicles with driver assist has started to become a challenge, even when it comes to regular maintenance.

Parts of the ADAS system can include: adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, collision avoidance, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, cross traffic alert, surround view, blind spot detection, park assist, rear collision warning, and rear park assist/back up park assist with surround view.

Some of the things that work with the sensors are: long range radars, LIDAR, cameras, short-medium range radars, and ultrasound.

Driver assist features graphic.

Driver assist

Driver assist resets

Depending on the vehicle, there are different levels of ADAS system resets — some of them are passive, some are hard resets where you have to use targets.

Some vehicles have different radar set ups and blind spot detection, which require different targets on certain vehicles, and they can be kind of tricky to reset.

Replacing a windshield with the incorrect kind of windshield may not allow the ADAS system to work correctly. Even body shops putting metallic paint on a car can impact the sensors located on the front bumper.

An ADAS system reset may also be needed after a wheel alignment or if technicians remove the bumper to replace the timing belt.

Why ADAS system resets are important

Another challenge is that a lot of people don’t know that a reset is needed. There’s no direct warning light for ADAS, unless you have a driver’s information center. So, you could be driving the car and not know the system isn’t set up correctly to help you in an emergency situation. 

In extreme conditions of the ADAS system not working correctly, the car may try to compensate for your regular driving.

So, if your vehicle has an ADAS system and you bring it to a repair shop, you may want to ask them if the work will affect your driving assist system. That way you can make sure that it does get reset.

What we see is a lot of people in the industry don’t even know that they’re supposed to do it.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has invested in the complete ADAS system — everything from Fords, Chevys, Subarus, Mercedes, BMWs. We even can do the camera systems and the targeted systems.

It’s quite an investment, but we know that we need to make sure that we’re fixing these cars correctly, and we’re keeping your family safe on the road.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Bacteria and your car’s air vents

In Cabin Air Filter by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

With allergies and viruses emerging, it’s a good time to replace your car’s cabin air filter.

The cabin air filter cleans air that enters the cabin area, and prevents dirt and bacteria from entering it.

Overtime, they become dirty and aren’t able to work properly.

Before requesting this service, it’s a good idea to confirm that your vehicle has a cabin air filter. Some cars do not. 

Different types of cabin air filters are available.

The cost depends on the materials, production and whether it becomes distorted. You can find cheap cabin air filters, but keep in mind that how cheap they are will impact their effectiveness.

We use a regular, mid-grade cabin air filter.

Better cabin air filter

A product that’s better than the regular cabin air filter is the Enviroshield Cabin Air Filter. 

These cabin air filters get rid of dust, soot, pollen and other particles. They are able exhaust system smells that other cars produce, as well.

Best cabin air filter

The PureFlow cabin air filter is top of the line.

Not only does it remove dust and pollen, it also soaks up bad odors. Made with charcoal and a filtration layer, it confines mold and gases that are dangerous and decreases the effectiveness of germs.

When to replace cabin air filters

We recommend replacing filters annually. 

You may need to change it sooner, depending on the amount of pollen in the air and the driving conditions.

Those who live on dirt roads may need to change it more often than drivers who mainly use the interstate. 

Indicators that it needs to be changed

If you are noticing a musty smell, that’s a pretty good indicator that it’s time to change the cabin air filter.

The air that’s going through the vents may also not be as strong.

Cabin air filters vs. engine air filters

Cabin air filters are responsible for purifying the air in the front end of a vehicle. Engine air filters cleans air that’s going into the engine’s combustion chamber.

There is typically one cabin air filter in a car. However, some, such as BMWs and Mercedes, have two filters. Other vehicles don’t have any.

Cars can have as many as six air filters, including the cabin air filters. Some vehicles have fans built into temperature control seats. Those fans have filters that protect the air that’s going into the fans. Certain vehicles, like the Ford Escape, have a filter for the blower motor to help keep the battery cool.

BG Frigi Fresh

There are also products that can be used to provide cleaner air. BG Frigi Fresh is one we use.

After removing the old filter, our technicians spray BG Frigi Fresh into the vent system.

Mold and bacteria begins to grow in a car’s climate control system when moisture collects in the evaporator. BG Frigi Fresh kills these germs, which can create a musty smell and even impact allergies.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Kelly Edge A/S Tire: A high quality, budget-friendly tire

In Tires and Wheels by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

A lot of drivers take to the roads on a daily basis.

Those who are frequently traveling should have high quality tires that help them keep up with life’s demands.

The Kelly Edge A/S Tire can live up to the challenges of everyday use. In fact, it was made for daily driving.

It works hard and is available for many kinds of vehicles, including cars, minivans, coupes, sedans, smaller SUVs and crossovers.

We recommend this Kelly Tire for several reasons, which we talk about below.

Traction in dry, wet and snowy weather

No matter what’s in the forecast, the Kelly Edge A/S Tire gets drivers to their destination safely.

This all season tire is able to provide improved traction in wet and dry weather, because of its tread design. The great traction it provides in all conditions, including snow, can also be attributed to its biting edges.

Wider grooves that can be seen across the middle of the tire move water and slush away. Not only does this improve its grip, it also reduces the chance of a car hydroplaning.

Kelly Edge A/S Tire provides good handling

The ability to maneuver various conditions isn’t the only reason the Kelly Edge A/S Tire stands out. Many drivers also approve of the good handling, which is the result of its tread pattern.

Solid braking and confident grip on dry pavement are other benefits. It gives travelers a comfortable ride, as well.

In addition to being a high quality tire, it comes with a long lifespan.

Thanks to sturdy tread blocks, the Kelly Edge A/S tire has a stable footprint that extends its tread life. Offering a 55,000 mile tread life warranty, it can last the average driver up to about four and a half years. 

High quality tires that are affordable

The benefits that come with the Kelly Edge A/S Tire doesn’t have to cost you your wallet. Kelly Tires, which is owned by Goodyear Tire, designs reliable, budget-friendly tires. 

Different types of tires are produced for various makes and driving conditions. The Kelly Edge A/S Tire is one they produce for everyday driving. There are also options for off-roading, such as the Kelly Edge MT Tire, and wintertime, like the Kelly Winter Access Tire.

When choosing a tire for your vehicle, it’s important to research those you are considering. You don’t necessarily want to pick the cheapest option or the one that seems to be the most popular. Instead, you should select a dependable tire that matches your car’s needs and your budget.

Reach out to a nearby tire shop, and a staff member should be able to advise you on some good options.

How do you know if you need new tires? Taking a look at the tire tread depth is one method you can use. We cover how to check the tire tread in this article we published.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.

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Our new pickup and delivery service: How it works

In Uncategorized by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Do you need work done on your vehicle but don’t have time to bring it to the repair shop?

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge can help.

We have started a scheduled pickup and delivery service. Here’s how it works.

Our pickup and delivery service process

Our staff will get all the information from you over the phone, schedule a time they can get your keys, and sign the ticket. 

We will take pictures of your vehicle for any damage we see and bring your vehicle to the shop to get serviced.

Before we perform any repairs, our staff will call you, provide you with an estimate, and go over our digital inspection with you. This will allow you to see exactly what they’re talking about from the comfort of your home.

Upon approval, we will repair your car. When we are finished repairing it, we will let you know and take payment over the phone. We will schedule a time we can return your vehicle to you and sign for delivery.

If your vehicle doesn’t start or is unsafe to drive, please let us know and we can arrange towing to our repair shop. Inclement weather conditions can affect pickup and delivery.

Customers interested in the service can simply call us at (703) 670-8005.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.