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Audi A8 D3 Timing Belt Service

The A8 is one of those perennial favorites of ours. In its inception it was the underdog – initially lagging behind other German flagship sedans, such as the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes S-Class.

Audi positioned it as more beautiful, more technologically advanced sedan – with a body made entirely of aluminum, and fast but fuel efficient engines. And a gorgeous interior, which eventually became Audi’s calling card.

Here we perform the critical timing belt service, recommended every 75K miles. As usual, our go-to is a Continental timing kit with a water pump, rollers, and idle pulleys. We replace the thermostat, too.


Specialist Equipment, Part 1

Part of being a specialist is having the brand-specific software for diagnostics and programming. This piece of equipment is not a ‘scanner’ – it’s a powerful laptop running software made by the manufacturer (BMW, Audi, Mercedes) specifically for their cars. Given the cost and the special training needed to use the software and meaningfully interpret the results, traditionally only dealers have had access to this equipment. Now you can #ditchthedealer and have us use this software for accurate diagnostics and up-to-date programming. This 2011 BMW 328xi (E90) came to us with the TMPS light on, the exclamation point in the flat tire. Diagnosis pointed to the need for a new TMPS module (the RDC control unit, as it’s called). Any time a module is changed, the electronics in the car need to me made aware of it, and the module also needs programming. We have the capability to do this in-house.

BMW Oil Leak Trifecta: Valve Cover Gasket – 1/3

BMW has created some of the finest engines in the auto world. Their straight-6, if taken care of properly, are bullet-proof, and are capable of providing years of reliable, fun service. A known area of repairs are oil leaks. We see these so frequently that we gave them a nickname: the Trifecta. Valve cover gasket, oil housing gasket, and oil pan gaskets are so frequently in need of repair that we have a package price for some models, notably the 3-Series E90 and the X5 E90. Burnt oil smell in the cabin? Seeing oil in your driveway? Your BMW may be in need of this very common repair. Learn more about what it means and how it’s performed.

CarHavn and Liqui Moly: A Quality Partnership

As a German car enthusiast, you always keep an eye out for cool cars. Going up I-95 in my 2001 BMW 740i Shorty Sporty, out of the corner of my eye I saw a gorgeous orange BMW 2002 tii zooming past me. To my surprise, as I pulled into in the next gas station, there it was, so I parked in the adjacent pump. The owner of the 2002 tii approached me, and mentioning that I was wearing my Liqui Moly shirt, said he had forgotten his wallet, and asked if I could spare $5 for gas – smartphone in hand, he said he’d refund me on the spot via Venmo or PayPal. He figured I was a safe person to approach if I was driving a 740i, and wearing a Liqui Moly shirt. I smiled and happily obliged.

No other oil and additive brand holds such sway over owners of BMW, MINI, Audi, VW, Mercedes, or Porsche motorcars. Many of us who work in the field, and have done our homework, are users and advocates of the brand. Why? One reason: quality. Be it as a fully synthetic oil, or as one of multiple gas or oil additives, these products keep their promise – they do what they say they’d do.

Out partnership with LiquiMoly runs deep – our techs and service advisors undergo frequent trainings to keep up with the product line and best practices the manufacturer recommends.

At CarHavn, as a customer you can be reassured that every oil change is done with the right weight of Liqui Moly Synthoil Premium. We stock it by the drum, and also in retail bottles. Your German engineered car will run better, and you will notice.