How Is Your Car Like a Jet Plane?

For most of last week, Chicagoans heard the shrieking sounds of Blue Angels speed overhead as they practiced for the Chicago Air & Water show. People travel from all over to sit and watch Jets swirl, turn, and maneuver, over North Avenue beach.

As a pilot, you have to be fully aware of everything that is going on around you. That doesn’t just mean being aware of the other Jets that are speeding past you, it also means knowing what’s happening on the Jet itself. There are multiple parts that make up a Jet and if one thing isn’t working properly, it could mean serious trouble.

The same thing applies to your car. Looking at the above graph, there are multiple parts that make up a car that need to work in sync with each other in order for your car to run properly. For most people, we tend to wait until our check engine light or service light comes on before we have the car checked. This could mean your car is already experiencing trouble and could be a costly fix or be unsafe for driving. If a pilot were to wait until the engine light came on to have his plane checked, it could spell trouble with a capital T.

All planes need to go through periodical inspections called, aircraft maintenance checks. They are a series of checks labeled A through D. The lower the letter is in the alphabet, the more detailed the inspection is. This is similar to the service checks on a Mercedes, or the inspections on a BMW.

These inspections are proactive efforts that make sure a plane or car is working the way it should. Inspections or scheduled maintenance checks help to eliminate any serious problems that could cause your car to be unsafe for driving.

Here are a few uncommon inspections your car should have regularly.

Brake Fluid:

We all know that brakes need to be replaced when you start hearing that metal on metal sound. However, many people don’t think to also change the brake fluid. This should also be replaced when brake repairs are done or every two years (regardless of mileage) as preventive maintenance. Audi and Volkswagen models use a glycol-based hydraulic fluid. This fluid is “hygroscopic,” which means it will absorb moisture over time. Moisture lowers the boiling point of the fluid and causes internal corrosion in the brake system.

Fuel Injection Service

We recommend that you service your car every 50-70k miles or whenever you need an emissions/smog test. We have multiple vehicles that come to us after failing their smog inspections. We performed FI services and they passed. These vehicles would have otherwise needed new catalytic converters. Customers even tell us that their car even receives better gas mileage afterwards.

Oil Change

Even though this is a common service every car needs to have, there are a lot of misconceptions as to when a car should receive an oil change. Many oil changing franchises will tell you every 3k miles. We like to give your engine more credit then that by saying every 6k. Most dealerships have a 10k extended oil life recommendation. Visit any one of our services pages to see why we do not agree. specializes in European auto repairs and maintenance. We strive to keep our service costs 40% less than dealerships. So the next time you need a scheduled maintenance for your Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, or Volkswagen, give us a call or schedule an appointment.

Written by Spotlight Automotive