We diagnosed and fixed an issue with this stunning and very clean Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
Our client was complaining of a creaking sound over bumps in the road; after diagnosing a worn suspension bush and worn ball joint we fixed the problem in no time!
– Update 16/02/16 – 4 Wheel Laser Alignment
We carried out 4-wheel laser alignment after the suspension parts were replaced
Here we have our client’s VW Golf GTI mk7, we performed a number of dyno runs to see the standard car’s output and also the car with upgrades
Check out the dyno graph in the image below:
Blue = standard car
Red = sports cat, Miltek cat back exhaust
Orange = sports cat, Miltek cat back exhaust and remap
Take a look at this beautiful car we had in today. Its a Evanta DB4 GT Zagato.
The client was experiencing problems with rough running, so we got it on the dyno, did some diagnostics and with a bit of a tune up, its no longer running rough!
Another job well done
At Perfect Touch we continually strive to offer the best service by being one step ahead, every step of the way. Thats why we wanted to share some useful tips for driving in the UK’s Winter road conditions
Watch the latest video on choosing the right tyres below – video by Auto Express
Follow these simple points below to help:
- Antifreeze – check coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze.
- Battery – the most common cause of winter breakdowns. A battery more than five years old may struggle in the cold – get it checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of an unplanned failure.
- Fuel – keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected delay.
- Lights – check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you can see and be seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs.
- Tyres – should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring. Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least every fortnight.
- Windscreen – reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the screen clean inside and out. Now is a good time to renew worn wiper blades.
- Screen wash – use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.
- Locks and door seals – stop doors freezing shut with a thin coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals. A squirt of water dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing.
We can help prepare your car for winter by carrying out many of the points above such as replacing bulbs and topping up fluids, but also by supplying and fitting a set of winter tyres.
We do get some weird and wonderful cars pass through the garage, and today was no exception!
This lovely looking kit car has a Chevy Corvette LS3 v8 engine, it sounded amazing and we fixed the rough running complaint for the client.
Today we tested a Renault Clio 197 on our Dyno. The owner was unsure of the modifications made to his car but we can see it has an upgraded manifold, other exhaust modifications and also upgraded cams which is a nice characteristic to have.
It made good power and the owner was happy.
Call today to get your car booked in for a power run – 01992 443900
Today we ran our client’s Ford Focus ST on our dyno and carried out our FREE VEHICLE HEALTHCHECK
The car is very clean and with a stage 1 tune it made a very healthy 280bhp
If you would like to book your car in for a power run or our FREE VEHICLE HEALTHCHECK
call now on 01992 443900
Today we carried out 4 wheel laser alignment on an Audi R8
This ensures your tyres wear evenly, handling is improved and efficiency maximised.
Contact us today to get your car booked in – 01992 443900
We have been asked to prepare a Renault Clio for the Clio Cup.
This is a great project for us, there is a lot to be done, plenty of diagnostics and modifications to carry out.
15/12/15 – So far we have looked into a 45% leak down on one cylinder and we removed the head to fix the fault.
8/01/16 – We have now removed the engine and gearbox, sent engine compenents away for lightening and balancing, port and polishing.
Next we will be installing polybushes in the chassic components and start assembling the suspension system ready for setting up for track use.
More updates to follow….
We thought we should share a picture or two of one of our client’s vehicles. Its a Vauxhall Astra van that sits very nicely on 18″ wheels and a Bilstein B12 suspenstion kit.
Today we installed and set up a KW spring kit, this effectively turns the standard shock absorber into a height adjustable coilover!
Car sits planted and low while handling is improved.
Fantastic performance gains from this BMW 335i, both torque and BHP up across the entire rev-range
This Honda Integra DC5 was remapped today and made a very solid 290bhp at a peak boost pressure of 6psi
We have recently upgraded this newage Subaru Impreza Wagon to an STI spec, fitting parts required and remapping the ECU
After successful mapping the car made 320bhp!
Our client was very happy with the difference to his beloved Subaru
Today we had in this timeless beast, a Nissan Skyline R32 GTR, can never get bored of these!
We carried out 4 wheel alignment and tracking.
We’ve always got lots going on at Perfect Touch, and occasionally we have similar cars all in at the same time! Today you can see 1 classic Impreza, 2 new-age saloons and 1 new-age wagon.
We are offering £100 off ECU remapping from 20/11/15 to 31/12/15.
Get your car producing more power and better miles per gallon – read the report on our latest featured car to find out what difference a good remap makes
Please note this offer is valid on selected vehicles only, please contact us to find out if your’s is included – Call today on 01992 443900
It’s been a while since we did a featured car. You might remember the Renault R26 of Nȕrburgring and SPA fame, then there was the Audi A4 3.0 V6 TDI S-Line. And don’t forget the Jaguar S Type Diesel – all done and dusted now.
So here it is, our BMW 335i M Sport Cabriolet, 2007 with 83k miles. The car came with full service history – the usual mix of main agent and specialists. The thing with this car is that it had not been serviced for 3 years – OUCH! The car had done 15k miles in 3 years and was very much in need of a good service!
First things, first – get the car on the ramp and take a good look.
This is what we found:
N/S/R bearing noisy
O/S/R ball joint minor movement
Different tyres all around and wrong size on rear (should be 255/19/30) plus run flat
Track rod ends and steering arms seized – this is a common issue
The Power Run
We then got the car on our Dyno and gave it a power run to see what power (BHP) and torque the car was showing prior to any work being done, plus how much of the original manufacturer’s numbers were still available.
The car tested at 272bhp @ 5,382rpm and 302.3lbs/ft @ 3,459rpm
The Test Drive
We drove the car for a while – to be honest it was horrible! We are not fans of run flat tyres and the fact that the rears were the wrong size and that all the tyres were different with a mix of budget and premium, we could not think of a better way to ruin a great car.
It did not handle well, it felt sluggish and lacklustre to say the least. Add to this the rumbling from the NSR wheel bearing, all made for a very underwhelming driving experience.
The good news is that the front brake pads and discs where new and also had new rear pads.
Even with all these things going against the car, when the roof was down with some nice tunes playing, it was still a head turner. We even liked the little rear lip spoiler – not sure if it does anything – but all the same it looked nice!
The car was averaging 19mpg.
The next step
We were itching to get our hands on the car, here is the list of what we did:
Forte – Advance Engine Motor Flush
Forte – Specialist Injector Cleaner
Engine Oil & Filter – Mobil Super 3000 5w/40
Gearbox Oil & Filter – Mobil ATF LT – 71141
Differential Oil – Mobil 1 SHC 75w/90
Plugs – NGK Laser Iridium (more on this later)
Air Filter – BMC Panel Filter
4 Wheel Alignment
4x Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tyres – Front 225/19/ 35 – Rear 255/19/30
Wheel Bearing N/S/R replaced
Ball Joint O/S/R replaced
Track Rod Ends and Steering Arms replaced
The Second Power Run (After the Magic)
We know that numbers are not the be all and end all, but they do say a lot. As the saying goes,
‘BHP sells cars but Torque wins races.’
292bhp – 319lbs-ft torque
WOW! – This is a different car!
It’s as if we brought a dead car back to life, the difference is immense; to say the car is responsive is a major understatement. It drives more smoothly, the steering feels…well, it feels like you can actually feel the road. The feedback on a well sorted 3 series is legendary, the Michelins are a massive upgrade from what we had, plus they are the daddy of all tyres! Run flats are like having heavy wheels at the corner of the car, a bit like driving a tractor. With the Michelin Pilot Super Sports the car now has the finesse of a ballerina – light, responsive and confident, basically a delight to drive.
The car is now planted and predictable, no more road weave and now the bearing noise has gone….to say it’s bliss in an understatement. No need to turn the stereo up to block out the noise!
Gear changes are smoother and they seem quicker, the car feels much, much more rapid, more responsive… in short – more car, more capable and much more fun!
All this benefit and we have not done anything to the car to enhance performance. No upgrades, no performance enhancements, no expensive tuning kits – just getting the basics right with quality oils and components.
28th July 2015 – ECU remap
The car has been used for a few weeks now and we felt this was the perfect time to remap the car. Why? Well, why not?
The promise of remapping is simple. More BHP, more torque, more MPG, but most importantly….more fun!
After mapping we got the car back on the Dyno, and it did not disappoint,
345bhp – 345lbs/ft torque.
So, from start to completion we took the car from 272bhp to 345bhp. That’s an extra 73bhp with a little TLC and some basic performance mapping and the car is now a hot car – 345bhp and 345lbs-ft of torque under your right foot – more than enough for anyone for day to day driving.
“Our plan is always to help enthusiastic car owners enjoy their cars and their driving – starting with the basics and building up from there is a great way to go.
If you are a first timer that wants to upgrade your car’s performance, then great basic maintenance with quality components and oils will affect your car in the most positive way possible. Then getting the ECU remapped will unleash your car’s true potential.”
I have friends who ask me,
‘Is it worth it?’ Well ‘IF’ driving is your passion, then most definitely YES!
If you are reading this article then perhaps you are a BMW owner?
VANOS is the name BMW give their variable value timing mechanism,
we wanted to simplify this subject and help you to better understand BMW VANOS.
So what are the symptoms of BMW VANOS failure or deterioration?
- Lower power levels
- Increased fuel consumption
- Engine surging
- Idle Hic-cups
- Engine hesitation
- Noisy engine – Normally shows up at about approx. 3,000 rpm
- Increased oil usage
There can come a point when the only way forward is to replace or refurbish the unit whether a single or double VANOS, this involves specialist tools and experience, a job not for the faint hearted.
By definition this job takes time, specialist tools and specific understanding of BMW VANOS in particular. Please take a look at our time lapse video showing Dan Brooks, Senior Technician at Perfect Touch, refurbishing a client’s VANOS on his M3 (E46). It also shows what it takes to get the job done from beginning to end in less than 3mins.
So what does all this do for the car?
A return of power and smoothness, which is what BMW enthusiasts really love about that legendary straight six engine, plus most importantly a returned enthusiasm for your car.
To find out more about BMW VANOS repair and refurbishment please call Gabs on 01992 443900, he would be delighted to talk you through the process or just help you work out what is next for your BMW.
Please Note – other manufacturers also use a form of Variable Valve Timing, for example Honda’s VVT and Porsche’s VarioRam/VarioCam.
We recently had this Jaguar XF come in, we diagnosed the water leak and set about fixing it, unfortunately this means engine out.
We have since found and rectified the water leak and carried out a full inspection and service.