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Timing Belt

 

Let's address a very important maintenance item for everyone in Kelowna BC – timing belt replacement. It's important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage.

Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel, they close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.

All this happens thousands of times a minute and it's your timing belt that makes sure the valves are opening and closing at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won't run. And that's the best case.

The worst case is that a valve is opening at the wrong time and collides with the piston. The result is bent valves and maybe even more damage to the cylinder head. Repairs can run several thousand dollars.

Now, timing belts just wear out naturally so you want to replace a worn belt before it slips or breaks. Check your owner's manual or with your service advisor at EUROPRO AUTOHAUS in Kelowna BC to see when they recommend you replace the timing belt. If you've never replaced your timing belt and have 60,000 or more miles on the clock, talk with your Kelowna service advisor at EUROPRO AUTOHAUS right away to see if you're due.

On some engines, the water pump is driven by the timing belt as opposed to the serpentine belt. If that's the case, it's a good idea to replace the water pump when you're replacing the timing belt, and vice versa since much of the same work has to be done for either. The same is true for the timing belt tensioner – it should be inspected and possibly replaced.

Now, replacing a timing belt is one of the more expensive routine maintenance items on your service schedule. But not replacing your timing belt can lead to some of the most expensive repairs you're likely to ever have.

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BMW & Mercedes Oil Change Special - $99.95!

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EuroPro Autohaus specializes in all things BMW and Mercedes. That is why we are offering a Synthetic Oil Change special this month just for BMWs and Mercedes vehicles. On for $99.95, each oil change service includes:

  • A factory rated filter
  • 5L of synthetic oil
  • A 50 point vehicle inspection
  • A top-up of most fluids

Taxes and disposal fee’s are extra.
BONUS: All new customers will be entered into a draw for a Ipad Mini.

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Timing Belt Special

Timing Belt Special

Get your Timing Belt serviced with up to 30% OFF the labour. Now starting at just $80.84 (plus cost of parts)

Valid until February 15th, 2016

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EUROPRO AUTOHAUS Auto Service and Maintenance Guide: Convenience Services

Waiting at EUROPRO AUTOHAUS for your vehicle to be serviced is probably not your idea of a great time on the town. But we at least want it to be as pleasant and comfortable as possible for Kelowna auto owners.

While you are here, avail yourself of the materials around the waiting area that help explain important automotive service and safety issues.

We hope to be your go-to resource for vital auto care issues. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to talk to your EUROPRO AUTOHAUS service advisor.

We’ll keep you posted on how your service is coming along and will clean up after ourselves when we return your auto.

If you have any other needs while in our Kelowna facility, just ask.

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EUROPRO AUTOHAUS
1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4
250-870-8339

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MAF Sensor and Engine Air Filter

Today’s EUROPRO AUTOHAUS post focuses on the importance of protecting your mass air flow sensor or MAF. Air and fuel are mixed together to be burned in your engine. The amount is controlled by how hard you press on the accelerator or by external factors like climbing hills or hauling loads. Based on how much air you need – and how much is available – your engine management computer tells your fuel injection system how much fuel to send to your engine. But what if the computer is getting the wrong specifics about how much air is coming into your engine? Well, it would send the wrong amount of fuel and your engine performance would suffer.

The Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor measures the volume, temperature, and density of the air flowing into your engine. With that critical information, the computer calculates how much oxygen is available to burn and adjusts the amount of fuel it sends. A dirty or damaged MAF sensor can give the wrong readings, hurt your fuel economy, damage the catalytic converter, reduce engine performance, trigger the Check Engine Light, and, worst case, stop your engine.

Remember that you can drive your car if the Check Engine Light is on – unless it’s flashing. If your CEL indicates a MAF problem, EUROPRO AUTOHAUS recommends that you take action before you damage your catalytic converter.

How does an MAF sensor get damaged? Well, let’s look at this process again. As air comes into your engine, it first passes through the engine air filter. Dust, road grime, pollen, and other detrimental contaminants are, hopefully, trapped in the filter. If the engine air filter becomes clogged, some of the pollutants can pass through and hit the MAF sensor. Thus, a clean engine air filter protects your MAF sensor. Reason number 47 to replace your engine air filter as recommended.

Now if your MAF sensor is contaminated, you may be able to clean it with an air induction cleaning service at EUROPRO AUTOHAUS in Kelowna. This service also cleans your throttle body and other fuel system components. In those circumstances where the MAF sensor is not only contaminated but actually damaged, it will need to be replaced. (And it costs a whole lot more than an engine air filter.)

Your EUROPRO AUTOHAUS tech can quickly inspect your engine air filter to see if you need a new one. A caution: low-line air filters may actually contribute to MAF sensor failure as filter material can come loose and contaminate the sensitive sensor elements – filter material is just as harmful as outside gunk.

When your thoughtful EUROPRO AUTOHAUS technician recommends you replace your engine air filter, examine how much is riding on that inexpensive but vital part.

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1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4
250-870-8339

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EUROPRO AUTOHAUS Auto Service and Maintenance Guide: Wiper Blade Design

wipersWiper blades may not be the most exciting topic for most Kelowna motorists – but they are pretty important. Most of us Kelowna auto owners have had an experience when a sudden snow or rain storm hits while we’re driving; then when we turn on the wipers – nothing but streaks. This can be especially disconcerting at night when the glare of on-coming headlights distorts your vision.

Simple answer: change your wiper blades BEFORE they fail. Check them out every couple of months just to see how they are working. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the sooner they’ll wear out. Kelowna car owners with lots of storms or those who drive a lot in BC where there are bugs and road grime will use their blades more.

But even when you’re not using your blades, they are exposed to sunlight, ozone, soap, and extreme hot and cold BC temperatures which lead to deterioration. Your blades can just rot away and fall apart before you need them. Of course, using your wipers when the blades are torn can lead to scratches in your windshield. Kelowna car owners don’t want to risk a costly windshield replacement over the cost of a couple of wiper blades.

Now let’s talk about wiper blade upgrades. Kelowna car owners can upgrade both the design and the wiper material. Let’s start with the material. Traditional black rubber blades do a great job of clearing your windshield when they are new. Over time all of the conditions mentioned above damage them and degrade their performance. Silicone blades are far less affected by environmental conditions and will simply perform better for a longer time for Kelowna car owners.

There are two elements to the design. First, the wiper blade itself: Some have a single wiping edge. Others have multiple edges – kind of like a multi-blade razor. The idea is to maximize wiping power during both swipes of the blade.

The other design element is with the wiper frame. This is the structure that applies pressure on the blade as it passes over the windshield. A conventional frame has four to six contact points on the blade. These apply pressure used to clear water and snow. A beam frame provides uniform pressure along the entire surface of the wiper. Their shape catches the wind passing over the vehicle to provide additional downforce to help get a clean swipe. A hybrid frame has four to six contact points as with a conventional blade, but also incorporates an airfoil to provide additional downforce as with beam blades.

So which blade should you settle upon? Well always use at least the grade and design that came with the vehicle from the auto maker. Upgrade for better performance and longer lasting blades. The extra cost of premium blades is a good value for this important safety system.

While you’re at it, make sure you have plenty of windshield washer solvent (use a winter formulation when Kelowna temps drop below freezing) and that your washer nozzles are working well. Talk with your thoughtful EUROPRO AUTOHAUS service specialist about upgrading your wiper blades.

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1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4
250-870-8339

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Winter Tire Swap / Oil Change Special

Winter Tire Swap / Oil Change Special

German and Volvo cars

Get a Winter Tire Swap and a Synthetic Oil Change on your Diesel or Gasoline car for $165!

(4 cylinder engine and non-low profile)
**Larger engines and low profile tires will cost extra.**

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1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4
250-870-8339

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What can I do to Improve Fuel Economy?

Fuel Economy Kelowna ServiceThere are actually a lot of things Kelowna car owners can do – some of them are pretty easy. One of the first things Kelowna car owners should do is make sure their tires are properly inflated. On the inside of the driver’s door or door jamb is a plate that indicates the correct tire pressure. Careful – there might be a different pressure for the front and rear tires. Check them at least once a month.

Carrying extra weight in the vehicle hurts gas mileage. Leave unnecessary stuff home. Do we even need to mention driving fast around Kelowna and jackrabbit starts? Gently accelerate and plan your stops so that you can ease into them a bit. This really makes a big difference. Now there are a number of essential maintenance items that improve fuel economy for quick Kelowna drivers. Lubricants should be replaced on schedule – dirty oil, transmission fluid and differential fluid cause more friction and drag which hurt fuel efficiency. A big one is having a fuel system cleaning done if needed. A dirty fuel system can really reduce engine efficiency and increase fuel consumption.

And if your Check Engine Light is on, take your sedan in to EUROPRO AUTOHAUS in Kelowna for a diagnosis. Some conditions that trigger the light can really hurt your fuel economy. Getting the necessary work done to correct the fault will help your engine run better and may bump up your mileage.

And watch out for miracle cures. There are a lot of products being sold in BC that claim to increase fuel economy. Check them out before you buy. Ask your thoughtful EUROPRO AUTOHAUS service advisor for ideas to improve your sedan’s fuel efficiency.

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1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4
250-870-8339

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What Kelowna Drivers Need to Know About Their Serpentine Belt

Your serpentine belt drives your alternator and air conditioning compressor. The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in many sedans. In some vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt (in others it’s driven by the timing belt). The radiator cooling fan on some sedans are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors.

Serpentine belts do a lot of work for Kelowna drivers, but they’re tough and can last for thousands of kilometers, but just how long will they last? That’ll vary for each individual sedan. Your vehicle manufacturer will have a recommendation for when it should be changed, but it could need it sooner. The good news is that a visual inspection at EUROPRO AUTOHAUS in Kelowna can reveal a belt that’s worn.

It’s often recommended that the tensioner pulley that keeps the belt at the proper tension be replaced along with the serpentine belt. This pulley is mounted to the engine block with a spring loaded arm.

What are the warning signs that there’s a problem with the serpentine belt? Kelowna auto owners may hear a squealing sound from under the hood when accelerating. A loose belt might give you a slow, slapping sound.

If you suspect a problem with your serpentine belt, or if it’s just been a while since it was last checked, ask your thoughtful EUROPRO AUTOHAUS technician have it looked over.

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EUROPRO AUTOHAUS
1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4
250-870-8339

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Exhaust Service

exhaustQuestion:
My car failed its emissions test – what do I need to do?

EUROPRO AUTOHAUS Answer:
Let’s get this out of the way: a leak in your exhaust system could be deadly. If Kelowna car owners smell exhaust in the passenger cabin or hear an unusual exhaust sound, they should get their exhaust system checked and repaired. Talk to your thoughtful EUROPRO AUTOHAUS service advisor This is essential: Carbon monoxide in your exhaust is odorless, colorless and tasteless can be fatal to you and your passengers so don’t delay if you suspect and exhaust leak.

There could be a number of reasons for a failed BC emissions test so some critical diagnostic work is in order. A common reason for Kelowna motorists is that the catalytic converter has failed. The catalytic converter removes some of the harmful elements in exhaust.

When a catalytic converter fails it must be replaced, which isn’t cheap for Kelowna drivers. Many Kelowna folks stop there – but the converter failed for a reason. There may be any number of engine run conditions that led to the failure. It would certainly be smart to have your thoughtful EUROPRO AUTOHAUS service advisor diagnose the cause so that you don’t end up with another costly catalytic converter replacement down the road.

Oh, and that Check Engine Light that so many Kelowna car owners ignore: It might just be illuminated for a an essential condition that could lead to catalytic converter damage. Have your EUROPRO AUTOHAUS service specialist get to the bottom of any check engine light situation.

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1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4
250-870-8339

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What is power brake service and why do Kelowna drivers need to have it done?

brakeImagine: you pour a tablespoon of water in your hand and throw it as hard as you can. Now, suppose you pull a tablespoon of water into a syringe, push the plunger and squirt it out. Which would go further?

Of course it’s the water squirting out of the syringe. That’s because you pressurized the water. Your power brake system is kind of the same thing. When you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes brake fluid which actuates the brakes so you can stop. Kelowna motorists who don’t have enough pressure – can’t stop.

A leak in your brake system would curtail – or even eliminate – your stopping power. Brake fluid attracts moisture which can cause harmful leak-inducing corrosion. So a great way for Kelowna motorists to keep their brake fluid free of contaminants is to change it as recommended.

Enough brake fluid is important for the proper function of Kelowna car owners anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control systems. Your thoughtful EUROPRO AUTOHAUS tech will review your brake fluid level during a full-service oil change. If it’s low it may indicate that a thorough brake inspection is vital. Low brake fluid is most commonly caused by worn brake pads.

Some of the signs of a leak are reduced stopping power and spongy or hard pedal feel. If you suspect a problem, come into EUROPRO AUTOHAUS for a brake inspection right away.

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1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4
250-870-8339

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EUROPRO AUTOHAUS Technician Training

EUROPRO AUTOHAUS Technician Training

Our car’s so essential to our lives in BC: when it breaks down, Kelowna drivers need it back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.

If you’ve ever checked into some of the training EUROPRO AUTOHAUS technicians receive, you may be surprised at how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car in Kelowna.

Our engines are more and more powerful, fuel efficient and reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the critical advances come at the price of simplicity. Modern cars are so much more complex from a mechanical and electronics standpoint that it can make Kelowna drivers' heads spin. Vehicles have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle functions as well. Kelowna auto owners take all of this essential sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks.

It requires a high level of commitment on the part of your thoughtful service specialist and EUROPRO AUTOHAUS as well. In addition to the auto mechanic training, there’s the financial commitment to purchase the expensive diagnostic and repair tools.

The ability to repair your vehicle requires a strong combination of training and resources at EUROPRO AUTOHAUS in Kelowna. So try to relax next time you take your sedan in to EUROPRO AUTOHAUS. You’re in good hands.

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Differential Service

Differential Service

What is a differential and why do Kelowna car owners need to have it serviced?

diffEUROPRO AUTOHAUS Answer:
First of all – your vehicle does have a differential. If it’s a rear wheel drive, your differential is on the back. If it’s front wheel drive, your differential is built into your transaxle (transmission). Kelowna drivers with all wheel drive or four wheel drive will have differentials front and rear and maybe one in between.

When you are steering through a turn at an intersection in Kelowna, the wheels on the outside of the sedan have to spin faster than the inside wheels because they have to travel a slightly longer distant through the curve. The differential compensates for these speed differences between the wheels.

Because it is part of the important equipment that transfers engine power to the wheels, the differential is working pretty hard. Differential fluid – a special heavy-duty oil – cools, lubricates and protects the differential. It needs to be replaced on a schedule to remove metal shavings and other contaminants. Note: if you have a front wheel drive vehicle, replacing your transmission fluid takes care of your differential service needs.

Differentials have become increasingly sophisticated for Kelowna drivers. Rather than the simple mechanical devices of yesteryear, they are more complicated and may actually be part of the important computer controlled sedan stability system. This means they are more pricey so it pays for Kelowna drivers to have them serviced on schedule at EUROPRO AUTOHAUS in Kelowna to avoid premature wear. Talk to your thoughtful EUROPRO AUTOHAUS tech.

At EUROPRO AUTOHAUS, we provide quality automotive service including air conditioning service, battery service and windshield wipers.

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1755B Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6G4

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Did You Know About Cabin Air Filters

Did You Know About Cabin Air Filters

The air inside your vehicle may actually be more polluted than the air outside. Pollen, mold, dust, etc. can be trapped inside your vehicle. The cabin air filter stops these pollutants before they even get inside and filters out odors and smoke. People who suffer from seasonal allergies really appreciate a clean cabin air filter. At EUROPRO AUTOHAUS in Kelowna we install quality replacement parts. Give us a call at 250-870-8339 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.

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AC Recharge Special

AC Recharge Special

The heat is rising so beat the rush and have yor AC tuned up and keep cool in the hot Okanagan sun!

For $168 plus the cost of refridgerant.

Price includes all labour to recharge your air conditioning system, air conditioning dye, air conditioning oil, and refrigerant stop leak.

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Tire Swap Special - Mount and Balance Your Summers for $65

Tire Swap Special - Mount and Balance Your Summers for $65

It is that time of year again! Spring has come early in the Okanagan so we are offering up a Tire Swap Special. Don't wear down those winters. Swap to your summers or all-seasons and now save.

We are offereing a tire swap over, mounting and balancing for only $65.

Low profile tires may cost a little extra depending on tire, rim and profile.

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APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System for the FWD 1.8T/2.0T

APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System for the FWD 1.8T/2.0T

APR is pleased to present the ultimate Cast Downpipe Exhaust System!

Upgrading the restrictive factory downpipe with the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a great way to increase performance and add a sophisticated growl to the exhaust note. Ideal performance is achieved through expelling exhaust gasses at maximum velocity through APR’s proprietary, low-turbulence, investment cast downpipe. Designed and assembled in-house, the system utilizes only premium materials and world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver unmatched quality and reliability.
System
System System
Quick facts:

  •     Designed and assembled in-house.
  •     T304L stainless steel construction.
  •     Argon back-purged TIG welding.
  •     Investment cast downpipe.
  •     80mm inlet with integrated o2 bung and flange.
  •     Low profile, sealed/corrugated flex section.
  •     76mm outlet with integrated bracket.
  •     8mm billet bracket.
  •     76mm brushed and de-burred piping.
  •     Non-swedged/slip-fit/flanged piping.
  •     Investment cast o2 bungs with billet plugs.
  •     300 cell, 100mm x 100mm GESI catalyst.
  •     OEM-style slip-on clamps.
  •     Reducer for OEM catback compatibility.
  •     OEM gasket.
  •     APR Stage II ECU Upgrade price waived.
  •     Limited lifetime warranty.

The factory downpipe system consists of smaller, 63mm piping with varying bends and multiple restrictive high-cell-count catalysts, all of which contribute to a less than ideal flow path and hindered performance. APR’s engineers took a multi-step approach to maximizing flow, reducing under hood temperature, and eliminating unnecessary restrictions all in a unique package only APR can deliver.

Also available for AWD 2.0T, FWD 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3!

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New Pricing on APR upgrades from Stage 1 to Stage 2

New Pricing on APR upgrades from Stage 1 to Stage 2

Upgrade from stage 1 to Stage 2

$199.95 CAD All applications * (except MK7)        $239.95 CAD All MK7

Check out APR for more details on the tunes available for your car.

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Save $30 on a Headlight Restoration Special

Save $30 on a Headlight Restoration Special

Restore your headlights with a professional polishing service from the pros at ValleyPro Autohouse. We use professional grade cleaners and restoration techniques so you can get back to seeing all of the road.

Take advatage of this limited time offer and save $30.

Valid until March 13th, 2015

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Mid Winter Savings - SAVE on Your Next Service

Mid Winter Savings - SAVE on Your Next Service
SAVE!

$10 on service over $100
$30on service over $300
10% on transmission service

Call Europro Autohaus for all your European vehicle needs: 250-870-8339

Call ValleyPro Autohouse for all your Domestic and Asian vehice needs: 778-753-5339

Offers Valid until February 2nd, 2015

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