BMW manufactures some of the most enjoyable cars to drive that offer the perfect balance of performance and luxury. However, BMW’s have also made a name for themselves for needing their fair share of maintenance and repair. 

The most common issue above all is oil leaks. For many BMW owner’s it’s more of a question of “when my BMW will have an oil leak” rather than “if my BMW is leaking oil”. Making sure your BMW is oil leak free is critical to the vehicle’s reliability. 

A vehicle’s oil is a critical component to a multitude of systems within the engine. The oil must provide an ample amount of lubrication and cooling for all of the engine’s moving parts. When an oil leak arises and starts to severely lower the amount of oil in your engine, it could cause a plethora of issues and even end in the failure of the engine as a whole. 

What are the most common BMW oil leak repairs?

  • Valve cover replacement service
  • BMW oil pan gasket replacement service
  • BMW valve stem seal service
  • Rear main seal replacement service
  • VANOS service
  • Oil filter housing gasket replacement service

How can I help prevent an oil leak on my BMW?

The most effective is keeping your oil change intervals on a strict and consistent schedule. We recommend having an oil change service performed every 5,000 miles. This allows for fresh oil to remain in the system more frequently and not contribute to drying out engine seals like older used oil can do. 

Furthermore. with consistent oil changes comes routine inspections by a certified BMW technicians. At Eurofed Automotive we offer courtesy multi-point inspections on every vehicle we service, BMW included. With more frequent inspections, it allows one of our factory trained technicians to catch an oil leak early before it becomes a much more costly issue.

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Where can I have an oil leak repaired at an auto shop near me?

You can have your BMW’s oil leak diagnosed and repaired by a dealer-certified technician at any of our convenient local Eurofed automotive locations across the American southeast.  

Contact your local Eurofed to learn more about the cost-effective European automotive services that we provide.


What is BMW’s VANOS?

What is VANOS?

VANOS is a German abbreviation for an engine technology which was designed to enhance the efficiency of BMW intake performance via variable camshaft timing. This bit of technology is responsible for streamlining engine timing by opening intake valves more efficiently, altering camshaft and drive gear position. Essentially it is a form of variable-valve timing technology very similar to what you would find in the famous V-TEC system Honda had developed. 

VANOS was first introduced in 1992 on the BMW M50 engine used in 3 and 5 Series. Since then the VANOS technology has been present in every modern BMW to this day. If you own a BMW, chances are that your vehicle’s engine also was equipped with a form of the VANOS system. 

While the VANOS unit was a monumental achievement technologically for BMW, it isn’t without its fair share of known and documented issues. Knowing when to have a VANOS issue inspected by a certified BMW technician is critical to your BMW’s reliability.  

What are some signs that my BMW’s VANOS needs to be serviced or repaired?

It is critical to remain aware of your BMW’s daily performance so that you can pick up on possible VANOS issues sooner rather than later. These are just a few of the signs to look out for that indicate a failing VANOS system:

  • Rough engine idle
  • Reduced fuel efficiency
  • Low engine response and performance
  • Check-engine light
  • Engine misfiring
  • Check Engine Light present on dash

What are some ways I can keep my BMW from having VANOS problems?

While VANOS problems are the most common among modern BMW’s, there are ways in which you can extend the life of your VANOS system and its VANOS solenoids. Saving you both time and money down the road.

The oil seals within the Vanos system are a known point of failure; they will often become dry and no longer maintain a proper seal. When oil changes are kept to a strict routine, no more than 5,000 miles between oil services,  it maintains the proper amount of fresh new oil within the system to keep those seals properly lubricated.  

Furthermore when oil changes are kept on a frequent basis that also allows a BMW technician to perform a multi-point inspection of the whole vehicle, including the VANOS unit. At Eurofed Automotive we offer courtesy multi-point inspections on every vehicle we service. If your BMW is showing signs of failure within its VANOS system, It’s recommended to have your BMW diagnosed by one of our certified mechanics.

If you would like a quote on a VANOS problem diagnostic or repair, Contact your local Eurofed automotive to learn more about our services.  

The Value of A Pre-Purchase Inspection

Pre-Purchase inspection Service Provided by Eurofed

Purchasing a new vehicle can be a very stressful and expensive experience for many. This is especially true when the vehicle you have just purchased is no where near the condition you were promised it was in when you left the dealer.

This is a very common issue that can be easily avoided with a service, through Eurofed’s independent repair facilities, known as a Pre-Purchase Inspection. 

A Pre-purchase inspection, more commonly called a PPI, is an in-depth evaluation of the overall condition of a vehicle performed by a certified mechanic, prior to making the full commitment to purchasing the vehicle.

The PPI begins with the vehicle being brought to one of Eurofed’s 13 locations. During the pre-purchase inspection our factory certified technicians go over the vehicle with an in-depth checklist of key points to evaluate the car’s condition. 

This checklist includes any visible leaks, such as an oil leak from a rear main seal and other points of commonly known failure. The overall health of the brakes and suspension is assessed, keeping an eye out for old and worn control arm bushings, shocks and mounts that could compromise the safety of the vehicle. A full electrical diagnostic test is performed to ensure that all electrical features of the vehicle are operating as they were intended to.

For certain vehicles, Such as BMW’s, our staff will also perform a Blackstone oil analysis to see the amount of metal shavings in the oil to gauge the overall health of the engine and its internal components. 

Lastly, our certified technician checks if the vehicle is up to date on all of its factory scheduled maintenance. 

Once the Pre-purchase inspection is completed, our service advisors relay our technician’s assessment of the vehicle to the prospective new buyer. The decision to purchase is then left to our clients discretion, with the new peace of mind provided by Eurofed. 

It is critical to make sure a pre-purchase inspection is performed before your next vehicle purchase to avoid any potential future mechanical issues and have the peace of mind that you know exactly what you are buying. Most major issues with a vehicle can’t be detected as easily from an initial test-drive or quick look under the hood at the dealer.  

The pre-purchase inspection service provided by Eurofed Automotive ensures that you are able to have an honest third-party opinion on the overall condition of your next vehicle. That way you can avoid any potential future headaches and know exactly what type of car you are purchasing. All repairs are noted and can be serviceable through Eurofed.

Contact your nearest Eurofed location to discover the Eurofed difference.

BMW M3 Preventative Maintenance E90/E92/E93 S65 Motor


Rod-Bearing Service

BMW has made some of the most iconic naturally aspirated engines, such as the high revving S65 V8 out of the E90/E92/E93 BMW M3. However their Achilles-heel is the engine’s rod bearings. Higher mileage BMW M3 rod bearings will continue to wear down to a point of failure and will compromise the engine.

Luckily this is a failure point that is completely preventable with the affordable services offered at all 13 of our Eurofed locations!

Services such as a black stone oil analysis can be done during any oil change service we perform on your vehicle. One of our BMW-Certified Technicians will provide a full health assessment of your rod-bearings and gauge when would be the appropriate time to have a BMW rod-bearing service performed.

The BMW M3 rod-bearing service through Eurofed is a form of preventative maintenance. Contact your local Eurofed to learn more about preventative and affordable services.

Fixing Your BMW’s HVAC Blower

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Summer heat waves seem to be the time when something goes wrong with our air conditioning systems in our cars. At Eurofed Automotive, we are experts at fixing automobiles, including HVAC systems. In this article, we’ll discuss some problems that happen with your vehicle’s HVAC system as well as some tips to fix them.

Common Heating and Air Conditioning Problems in Automobiles

Blower Motor

The blower motor is a mechanical device that controls the fan in the HVAC system. The motor, like most mechanical devices, is subject to wear and tear over time. Living in climates where temperatures can be extreme or changing frequently can mean more opportunities for the blower motor to wear out.

Resistor or Climate Control Module

Depending on your car, you either have a resistor or climate control module. If the fan in your car has five or six set speeds, your car has a resistor. A resistor is an electrical unit that controls the speed of the fan. In some cases, the resistor will fail and your fan will no longer have multiple speeds; it will simply have on and off. In other cases, electrical issues such as a blown fuse can cause the resistor to stop working.


The thermostat controls the temperature in the HVAC system. In most cases, when this fails, you will lose the ability to heat or cool your car. Before it fails, you may find that it works some of the time, but not all of the time. You may find the cool air isn’t as cool as it should be or the heat isn’t as warm as expected. This won’t affect the blower in the HVAC system, but it is just as frustrating.

Diagnosing Resistor Failure from Blower Motor Failure

There is one way to determine if the resistor is failing or if the blower motor has failed. Unfortunately, if either one is in the process of failing but hasn’t completely failed yet, some of the symptoms can be identical. If you have a climate control module in your vehicle, this test will not work. However, if your vehicle has an adjustable blower, then this test may give you some helpful information.

First, turn off your car and sit in the driver’s seat. Turn the AC off and turn the fan off. Now turn the car on but don’t start the engine. Usually, that is the first stop on the key start or a short click on the automatic start vehicles.

Now, turn the fan on its lowest setting. Listen closely, and with your free hand, feel the air pressure. If you can hear the fan or feel a change in air pressure between the off position and the first setting, make a note of this. If you cannot hear or feel anything, then the blower motor is likely the problem.

Next, turn the fan up to a higher setting. If you can feel the increase in pressure and hear the change in the fan speed/power, then the problem is probably not the resistor. If you hear any kind of grinding, whining, or clicking sounds, the problem is likely the blower motor. If you did not feel any change between the first setting and the second setting of the fan, then the problem is likely the resistor.

Unfortunately, the above diagnostic method is not foolproof. In many cases, issues with the HVAC system happen in sets. This is because the resistor will have to work harder when the blower motor is starting to fail, and the blower motor will have more stress placed on it when the resistor is starting to fail. The best thing you can do when you start to notice a problem is to bring your car in for differential diagnosis and find out exactly what is going wrong before anything else is impacted.

fix your BMW's HVAC

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A shop full of BMW’s both new and old is a heavenly sight for us here at Johns Creek🤤😍 ! Find out for yourself why so many fellow owners trust us their BMW’s

Services We Offer for BMW

  • Carbon Cleaning Services
  • Oil Leak Repairs
  • VANOS Service
  • Timing Service
  • Check Engine Light Diagnostic
  • Brake Service
  • Clutch Service
  • Battery Replacement
  • Electrical Repairs
  • Factory Scheduled Maintenance
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Rod-Bearing Service
  • Air Condition Services
  • Fluid Checks and Changes
  • Suspension Repairs
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Written By: Will Bofill

BMW Repair Services – Fixing the Ignition Coil

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Once you have had the experience of driving a BMW, there is a chance you may not be interested in any other brand. This is mainly because BMWs are very reliable cars – something every BMW owner can attest to. However, like every other  brand, some models are less reliable than others due to  certain components that are prone to malfunction. In the BMW 318i, M3 (e90) and X5, that component is the ignition coil.

How Does The Ignition Coil Work?

The ignition coil is responsible for turning low voltage to high-voltage electrical power which is then sent to the spark plugs. This high voltage current sent to the spark plugs ignites the fuel in the engine to power up the car. If the ignition coil of your car is malfunctioning, you may be unable to start your car and/or keep it running smoothly.

How to Tell if Your Ignition Coil is Malfunctioning

A bad ignition coil will give off several warning signs. As the ignition coil is an engine component, one of the first signs of a possibly failing coil is an illuminated check engine light. You may also experience engine misfiring and stalling accompanied by a snapping sound from the engine compartment. Sometimes your car may not start at all.

The spark generated by the ignition coil lights the mixture of fuel and air in the engine causing it to start. If the ignition coil is not working properly, you may experience poor fuel economy as a lot of unburned fuel will be wasted. A malfunctioning ignition coil is capable of damaging the engine of your car and leaving you stranded on the road. Take your car to an auto repair facility immediately you begin to experience any of the above-mentioned signs.

What are the Causes of Bad Ignition Coils?

The ignition coil, ignition wires, and spark plugs work hand in hand to fire up the engine, thus if the spark plugs or ignition wires are not working properly, the work output of the coil will definitely be affected. The ignition coil in your engine could also be damaged by oils that leak onto the coils. As such, if there is an oil leak in the engine compartment, especially if the leaking fluid is hot and it is getting to the ignition coils, it wouldn’t take much longer before the coils begin to malfunction.

Also, if there is too much resistance in the wires of the spark plugs, the ignition coil may experience premature failure. Bad ignition coils could, in turn, cause severe damages to your catalytic converter and engine. You should have a mechanic look at your BMW once you suspect a problem before it escalates to a more serious issue that could incur more bills.

How to Fix a Bad Ignition Coil

Try not to drive your car with a bad ignition system, not only is it dangerous, you could damage other components of your car engine in the process. When you bring in your car suspecting an ignition coil problem, we will first examine and test the components of the ignition system to determine the root cause of the problem.

If the coil is faulty, we will extract and replace the failing ignition coil. Considering the fact that the coils and spark plugs work together, it is always best to change both components at once. However, depending on the system of your BMW, replacing the spark plugs may not be necessary.

All the same, the manufacturers recommend replacing your ignition coils and spark plugs regularly at scheduled intervals. Not only does this greatly reduce the chances of a breakdown, but it will also keep the ignition system of your BMW in superb condition so you can enjoy a smooth drive.

If your BMW is having issues starting or running smoothly, bring it in for an inspection. To experience our Ignition Service and Repair, schedule your appointment here or contact us here.