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German Auto Repair Blog

At DART, we handle hundreds of vehicles each month.  Sometimes, we actually stop to document one of those repair projects to share with you on our site.  Here are some of those projects.

1999 996 Engine Replacement

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This 1999 Porsche 911 (996) experienced catastrophic engine failure from a bad bearing. We removed the old engine and replaced it with a low mileage unit from California.
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Audi A4 Upper Control Arms

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During one of our complementary safety inspections, we found the control arms on this 2008 Audi A4 with 86,000 miles to have damaged inner control arm bushings
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2007 Audi Q7, Battery Monitor with Water Damage

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This customer brought their 2007 Audi Q7 in with a concern that their battery was dying overnight.
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Porsche 911 Carrera 4s

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This beautiful 2013 Porsche 991 Cabriolet came in for an oil change.
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Audi A4 Piston Replacement

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This 2009 Audi A4 with a 2.0 turbo engine had excessive oil consumption and black smoke coming from the tailpipe at 129,000 miles.
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2006 A4 Clutch Replacement

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This 2006 Audi A4 Avant had a slipping clutch before it stopped completely and the pedal fell to the floor.
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Volkswagon Tiguan Carbon Clean

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This 2010 Tiguan came in for a misfire fault. It was determined that the fuel injectors were leaking which necessitates intake manifold removal.
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MINI Cooper Spark Plug Change

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This R56 Mini Cooper came in with a bad stumble on acceleration which we determined to be a faulty ignition coil. While diagnosing we removed a spark plug and found the plugs looked original at 65k miles.
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Porsche Boxster Belt Roller

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This 2005 Porsche Boxster S came in for routine maintenance, but upon further inspection we found the accessory belt tensioner had disintegrated.
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Porsche Panamera Air Filter Replacement.

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This Porsche Panamera 4S came in for a 40k mile service, which includes replacing the engine air filter.
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2009 MINI Cooper S Head Repair

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This 2009 Mini cooper S had the timing chain tensioner back out of the engine causing valve damage.
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BMW 335 Belt Failure

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We had recommended that this customer replace their accessory belt and belt tensioner because there was a noise coming from the tensioner and there was irregular belt wear. Unfortunately the customer declined these repairs and returned several months later on a tow truck.
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2001 BMW 740i e38 Oil Leaks and Faulty Timing Chain Guide Rails

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This 740i BMW came to us with pretty bad oil leaks and check engine light indicating problems with the cam timing vanos system. We recommended resealing the timing covers and inspecting the timing components.
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1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Sway Bar Mounts

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This customer brought in their 1986 911 Carrera after tearing a rear sway bar mount at the track. The factory sway bar mounts are notoriously weak for any sort of spirited driving, and this car had already been repaired once, so the customer opted for investment cast Windrush Evolutions sway bar brackets.
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2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coolant Leak

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This 2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo came in with a catastrophic coolant leak. Anything poured in the reservoir came right back out the bottom of the vehicle.
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Porsche 996 Turbo Coolant Tube Repair

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The Porsche 996 turbo's weak point is the coolant tubes that are glued into castings on the engine. Over time these eventually fail and cause a major coolant leak.
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2012 Porsche Cayenne

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2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid came to the shop with the check engine light on which was due to faulty catalytic converters. 

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Porsche Rennsport Reunion - Laguna Seca

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DART auto owner Dave Banazek attended the 6th Porsche Rennsport reunion this September. This is a giant festival of racing Porsches.
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Mini N14 Timing Chain Repair

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This R56 Mini Cooper S came in for basic maintenance but a loud chain rattle was discovered during service.
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335i Engine Replacement

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This BMW 335i came in with a leaking oil pan and a no start condition, the engine seized due to catastrophic rod bearing failure.
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