How to Fix Deep Scratches on a Car

April 30, 2020

How to Fix Deep Scratches on a Car

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Fix Deep Scratches on a CarBMW vs Lexus From hail and rocks to wind and snow, our vehicles can take a beating from the elements. While you may experience car dents, chips, or other complications, scratches are one of the leading problems that many car owners deal with. But while a minor scratch really isn't that worrisome for many, deeper scratches are a different story. And when it comes to trying to fix these blemishes, it can be a very steep mountain to climb.

In this post, we’ll discuss some tips on how to fix deep scratches on your ride, including who you should call to receive the best automotive care services.

Use a Scratch Repair Kit

We live in a world where there is a kit for pretty much everything. When it comes to scratches on your ride, the same applies. One of the leading hacks for removing those pesky scratches on your vehicle involves using a scratch repair kit. While the majority of kits can only handle light scratches, there might be some options out there for those deeper, more troubling scratches. If you can’t find a kit that works with your deep scratch, then you might want to consider using a kit as a temporary solution until you can get some bodywork completed. Kits typically come with a scratch filler that you can use temporarily until a permanent solution can be made. This will help to keep your ride looking great while also keeping your scratch protected until it can get the right fix.

Apply Duct Tape

Another temporary solution is to use duct tape over the scratch until you can see a professional for the right bodywork solution. Given that there are a variety of duct tape options on the market in various shapes, sizes, and colors, you’ll most likely be able to find a tape that suits the color of your ride. If you have a scratch that runs down the whole side of your car, then this might not be the best approach. But if the blemish is in a relatively small area, then duct tape should do the trick temporarily. While it’s not a permanent fix, it can help to protect your vehicle and buy you some time before scheduling an appointment with a service provider.

Use Toothpaste

Who knew that the stuff you use for your teeth can also be used on your vehicle? It’s true; toothpaste is another popular way to cover up those deep car scratches. For years, people have used toothpaste for removing scratches on laptops, DVDs, tablets, and more. And it turns out that those scratch-removing qualities are also very useful on our vehicles. Now how is this possible? The answer points to its abrasive properties. Toothpaste works in a similar manner to sandpaper by smoothing down the surface. However, it's important to note that this option won’t remove the deep scratch forever; it can only fill the scratch, making it flush with the surface of your car. This can make the scratch less noticeable, but you’ll need to schedule professional service to fix the deep scratch for good.

Choose Car-Color Spray or Touch-Up Paint

Sometimes the only solution you need is some touch-up paint or even some spray paint. Given the higher level of control it allows, many people prefer the touch-up paint option. However, similar to other tips listed above, this is only a temporary solution that can get you by until you see a professional. Spray paint is another option that tons of people prefer, and it works well for larger scratches. Before purchasing paint, you’ll want to determine the exact color of your ride and find out all of the tools you’ll need. You’ll also want to do some prep work, such as a thorough cleaning and even sanding the area down. This is the process you’ll want to follow with any car touch-up paint project, and don’t forget to finish with a clear coat and wax application.

Head Over to a Body Shop

Of course, the best option to fix a deep scratch is to head over to a body shop as soon as possible. They fix these scratches for a living, and they can provide the solution that can make your scratch disappear for good. However, given how it might be several days until you can schedule an appointment, you may want to consider the options above for a temporary fix until the service can be fulfilled.

From taking care of scratches to fixing internal problems with your ride, maintenance is vital for the look and feel of your vehicle. And if you want your car to last as long as possible, then you should take it into an auto shop for routine checkups. If you live in Lewisville, Texas, or the surrounding area, and you’re looking for top-notch automotive care, then turn to the pros at Krause's Automotive.

To keep your vehicle looking and feeling its best, make an appointment at Krause's Automotive for exceptional car care services.

BMW vs Lexus

April 27, 2020

BMW vs Lexus

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BMW vs LexusFor decades, both Lexus and BMW have changed the landscape of luxury vehicles. Over the years, there has been much debate over which is the superior premium vehicle brand. Based on factors such as dependability and aesthetics, many people have different opinions when it comes to which brand they prefer. If you’re looking to purchase one of these vehicles, then you may be torn on which is the better option. By the end of this blog, you should have more clarity on which brand is best suited to your needs.

In this post, we’ll compare BMW and Lexus in terms of reliability, safety, performance, and more. (All data comes from 2019 rankings developed by U.S. News & World Report.)

Reliability

When it comes to reliability, the Lexus and BMW are very comparable. However, Lexus just barely tops BMW when it comes to the most reliable vehicle brand. The Lexus LS came out on top as the more reliable car in the bunch; however, it's important to note that two Lexus models also had the two lowest scores on the list. The other vehicles made from both automakers all had a reliability score of 3.5 or 4 out of 5.

Safety

When it comes to safety, both automakers sit tied at 9.68 out of 10. However, since many models don’t even go through crash testing at all, safety ratings can be hard to judge. For vehicles that have been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), both vehicle brands were very successful. In fact, all safety scores from U.S. News for both brands ended up in the range of 9.3 and 10 (on a 10-point scale). One reason why these scores are so high is that both automakers have highly advanced driver assistance technology. In addition, it’s important to note that Lexus continues to produce vehicles built with more standard safety equipment compared to other brands.

Performance

On the performance end of the spectrum, both brands finished very close, once again. However, BMW gets the edge with a score of 8.69 out of 10; Lexus finished with a score of 8.1. The luxury sports car from Lexus, the Lexus LC, finished with the highest score when it comes to performance. While it finished with a remarkable score of 9.2, all other Lexus models also had high scores between 7.2 and 8.4. On the other hand, BMW offers tons of vehicles with extremely high performance ratings. In fact, many of them were rated around 9 out of 10. However, there were a few low-scoring options from BMW, which brought their overall rating down. The top picks as the leading performance vehicles for BMW go to the 2 Series and X5.

Price

When comparing any vehicle, you can’t forget about the price. In fact, price is a determining factor for many car-seekers. As for what vehicle brand resulted in the lowest prices, Lexus takes the cake. This was determined by taking the average starting prices from all the vehicles carried by both automakers. It's Important to note that there was one outlier that we didn’t include in the list: the BMW i8, which sits at a price tag of $147,500. That being said, the average starting price of BMW vehicles is around $58,000 compared to around $52,800 for Lexus vehicles.

Another notable pricier option for BMW is the 7 Series, which will cost you around $83,000. For Lexus, the LC and LX are their highest-priced models. The LC will run you around $92,000, and the LX starts at around $85,500. For more cost-effective options, BMW offers the 2 Series, 3 Series, and X1, which all start under $35,000. For Lexus vehicles, their UX has a starting price of only $32,000.

Interiors

As for interiors, both Lexus and BMW failed to make the U.S. News top 10 list for the car brands with the best interiors. However, the scores were still relatively high. The average score for BMW was 8.07, while Lexus had a score of 7.66. Some specific vehicles that resulted in higher scores were the Lexus LS and LC, both with scores at around 8.5. Some notable high scores for BMW were the 7 Series at a score of 8.8, 5 Series at 8.7, and the X1 at 8.4. We give the edge to BMW when it comes to interiors.

Keep a Healthy Ride With Krause's Automotive

While both Lexus and BMW have a variety of vehicles you can depend on, they still need to be maintained properly. If you own one of these vehicles and are looking for top-notch automotive care, then turn to the experts at Krause's Automotive. We specialize in premium and luxury car service to keep your ride looking and feeling its best. From simple oil changes to engine replacements, we have the service you need!

To work with experienced, dependable, and caring automotive experts for your luxury vehicle, contact Krause's Automotive to make an appointment.

How to Reprogram a Lexus Key Fob

March 18, 2020

How to Reprogram a Lexus Key Fob

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Reprogram a Lexus Key FobIt’s easy to overlook, but one of the most advanced pieces of technology in your Lexus is the key fob. Computer technology has led to fobs that help prevent theft while adding convenience to your driving experience. These days, the key rarely needs to leave your pocket or purse. But when this advanced driving tool runs into problems, it can be surprising and frustrating. In fact, one of the most common issues with key fobs is the need for reprogramming. This can happen when the fob’s battery dies or if you get a replacement fob. In either case, there are steps you can take to get the key reprogrammed and working normally.

Replacing a Battery

Perhaps the most common reason to reprogram a key fob is that the battery died. When you replace a battery, the fob will forget its previous programming, and sadly, it won’t still work with the vehicle. The good news is that there is a trick of sorts to reconnect the fob. Before trying this, it’s important to understand that this method will only work with a fob that has previously been connected to the vehicle. If you have a new fob, skip to the next section.

Assuming you have already replaced the battery in the fob, your first step should be to reset the vehicle’s computer. You can do this by disconnecting the battery for at least 30 seconds. Once done, reconnect the battery.

Next, put your key in the ignition, and turn it to ON.

Then, turn the key to OFF.

Turn it to ON again, and then try to lock the door with your hand while pressing the lock button on the remote. Then, turn the ignition to OFF again.

Now remove the key from the ignition. Put it in the driver's door, and unlock and lock the door with the key and the buttons at the same time. Repeat this process for a total of three lock/unlock cycles.

Remove the key from the door and shut the door. Try to unlock the doors with the remote. If that works, open the door and start the car. If it starts, then you were successful! If it doesn’t work, you may have to repeat the process, starting with the key in the ON position. (You don’t have to repeatedly reset the vehicle’s computer). In some cases, you may have to go through the process a few times before you get a successful connection.

Programming a New Key

If you are replacing a key or getting a new spare, then you can’t use the lock/unlock method. Instead, the new fob will have to be programmed via software. Let’s pause before getting into this. Programming a new key fob requires some specialized equipment. In particular, you need an OBD2-to-USB cable, and it has to support VIM communication protocol. You also need a working key remote. Without all of these tools, the method won’t work. The good news is that you can always take the new key to a certified mechanic. They’ll have the tools, and although you’ll be charged for a service, you can count on it working.

But if you’re ready to do this yourself, this is how you program a new fob.

You’re going to start by installing the Toyota TIS Techstream software on your computer. Technically, you can use any Windows computer, but this will be much easier with a laptop computer. Ultimately, there will be a cable running directly from the car to the computer.

Since your software is installed and running, you’re going to use your OBD2 cable to connect the car to the laptop. In order to get the two communicating, you’re going to press the Engine Start button two times without putting your foot on the gas. This will turn the car computer on without actually starting the engine.

In your TechSTream software, you should get an opportunity to connect to your vehicle. The program will automatically detect your car, and you can use the displayed information to confirm that you, in fact, have a good connection.

Now you have the main menu on the screen. You want to use it to get to Smart Access. From there, you will select Utility and then Smart Code Registration.

Follow the onscreen instructions. They will walk you through the procedure of registering the new fob. You’ll go through a series of steps that involves both keys, and once complete, the new fob should be registered and functioning. If you have more than one key to register, you will have to do them one at a time.

Visit Krause’s Automotive

We certainly understand trying to save money and go with the DIY approach. If you run into any trouble, or if you want to save yourself some hassle, professional key programming is among the services offered at Krause. We're the friendliest, most professional auto shop in Lewisville, and we’ll be happy to take care of your Lexus any time. You can call us today or fill out our online form. We’ll answer your questions and we can schedule your service to make sure you have full access to a working, reliable vehicle.

How to Repair Leather Car Seats

February 25, 2020

How to Repair Leather Car Seats

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Repair Leather Car SeatsWhen it comes to car seats, leather is a top choice for many reasons. For one, nothing looks as great as leather. From the sleek qualities to the clean appeal, leather looks phenomenal. But just like many things in life, mistakes happen. From spills to rips, leather car seats are prone to damage. But luckily, there are many proven tips on how to repair the leather seats in your vehicle.

In this post, we’ll dive into some tips on how to repair leather car seats, and we’ll even point you in the direction of a trusted auto shop that can help with all of your car care needs.

Step One: Buy a Repair Kit

In order to have the best results when it comes to a repair job, then your best bet is to purchase a leather repair kit. These kits come with everything you need to tackle this job properly. However, you want to ensure that you buy a repair kit with a colorant that matches your type of leather. To have the best shot at finding the right repair kit, contact your vehicle manufacturer. If you have no luck, then there are many other options out there that can give you the proper color match.

Step Two: Clean the Surrounding Area

The next step involves cleaning the area around the leather damage. To do this effectively, choose a mild soap, get a damp rag, then clean the leather. You’ll want to remove crumbs, clean dirt, and scrub away grime to the best of your ability. Before proceeding to the next step, you’ll want the area to dry completely.

Step Three: Trim Around the Tear

The next step involves more cleaning around the tear. Try to locate any threads or edges that are curling outward from the tear, then cut them off with a pair of scissors. This is a very intricate step, so be sure to be careful so you don’t cut off too much or too little.

Step Four: Glue the Cloth

The next step is to grab your canvas backing cloth from your repair kit, place it underneath the tear, and glue it into place. To do this effectively, slip a small piece of the cloth into the hole, then slide it under the tear. Use the glue that also came with the kit and place a small amount on the edges of the tear in order for it to stick to the cloth. After your application, you’ll want the area to completely dry.

Step Five: Use the Leather Filler

You’ll then want to head over to your repair kit and grab the leather filler. Using a palette knife, spread the filler onto the backing cloth that is located between the edges of the tear. To do this effectively, you’ll want every layer to dry before proceeding to the next layer. You’ll want to continue to build up the filler until there is a slight overlap on the leather seat.

Step Six: Get Out the Sander

Once the filler has dried completely, you’ll then want to use a fine-grit sanding block to sand down the top layer. Once the filler is even with the leather, then stop sanding. An added tip with this step is to try your best to not sand down too much, as it can do damage to your leather.

Step Seven: Wipe Down

Next, you’ll want to use a slightly damp cloth to clean the area. During the sanding process, this can move around a lot of dust and debris, so you’ll want to clean all of this up before proceeding. After you clean the area properly, you’ll want the area to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Step Eight: Apply Colorant

This next step is to grab a clean cloth to rub the colorant onto the area where the filler was applied. If necessary, build up several layers, but be sure to let each layer dry completely before moving onto the next layer. Stop the process once you find a layer that matches the surrounding leather.

Step Nine: Add Leather Sealant

The last and final step is to add the leather sealant from your kit. Be sure to use a clean cloth and use it to apply the sealant to the area you repaired. This helps to protect the colorant you applied. Before sitting on the seat, be sure to let the sealant dry completely.

Whether you need seat repair, engine repair, or a simple oil change, Krause’s Automotive is here to help. Located in Lewisville, Texas, we’re here to help your ride run great for many years to come. And while we are proud to service all makes and models, we even care for BMW, Mercedes Benz, MINI Cooper, Lexus, Volkswagen, Volvo, Smart Car, and Audi vehicles!

From our experienced techs and trusted services to our convenient location and many services, many of our customers believe we’re the leading auto shop in the entire area. And better yet, we always treat you with the respect and attention you deserve.

To make an appointment with our trusted car care team, contact Krause’s Automotive today!

How to Repair Rust on a Luxury Car

January 30, 2020

How to Repair Rust on a Luxury Car

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Repair Rust on a Luxury CarHere in Texas, the weather can worsen in the blink of an eye. What starts as a sunny, warm morning can quickly escalate into a full-blown tropical storm by the evening. Such weather can take quite a toll on your luxury car in terms of rust.

You should know that, despite how it looks, rust is a repairable problem. Here’s how to repair rust on a luxury car:

How Does Rust Affect a Luxury Car?

When many people think of car rust, they mostly see it as an unsightly mess and go about their business. The reality is that rust can be dangerous. As rust escalates, it ruins the integrity of the vehicle.

If you notice severe frame rust, pieces of the vehicle itself can snap right off as you’re driving. This will, of course, compromise your safety. If the rust spreads, your vehicle may be reaching its end, and it certainly will protect you less in the event of an accident.

Types of Rust

What most people don’t realize is that there are different types of rust. Fortunately, not all rust is a sign that your vehicle is dead in the water. Some types of rust are ugly but localized, making them a manageable problem.

Cosmetic Rust

Cosmetic rust spots appear after debris or a rock-chip penetrates the paint. The metal underneath is then exposed to water, air, and everyday contaminants. In time, the metal itself begins to weaken and rust forms. In such a spot, the surrounding paint will also weaken. Again, it’s a minor and easily manageable problem to have.

Unfixable Rust

An unfixable rust spot is, as the name implies, unfixable. When corrosion appears on the seams of body panels — inside of the door, along the fenders, etc. — you should worry. This corrosion is attacking thin portions of the car. In time, a hole will form, and you’ll ultimately inhale fumes from the exhaust or put others on the road at risk.

How to Repair Rust on a Luxury Car

The good news is most luxury vehicle owners can handle rust repairs themselves with around $100 in supplies from a local auto parts shop. Overall, the rust repair process for a luxury car is not difficult. It is, however, time consuming. Much of the process comes down to waiting. You need to wait for both primers and paint to dry after the actual spot repair.

Step 1: Tape the Area

First, to protect the rest of the vehicle from paint overspray, mask off the affected area. You can spread poly sheeting over the engine and fenders, then do the same to fit the door opening and tape the jamb.

Step 2: Remove the Rust

Rust removal is really quite simple. First, crack any blistered paint using a scraper. Then, sand down the rust spots using 40-grit sandpaper. You want to get right down to the bare metal. Next, enlarge the sanded area so you have room to feather the edges using 120-grit sandpaper. Lastly, complete the feathering with 220-grit sandpaper.

Step 3: Clean

Using a grease-cutting dishwasher detergent, clean the unmasked area and rinse with clean water. You’ll need to wait for it to dry naturally. Then, wipe down the area once more using a lint-free cloth.

Step 4: Apply Primer

You’ll need two types of primer: epoxy primer and filler primer. First, spray the filler in a heavy coat along the rust repair zone. Your goal is to blend the filler into the surrounding paint. Next, a self-etching epoxy primer will help create a bond to the bare metal. Use it as a first coat. You’ll spray two to three medium coats of epoxy primer, then wait one hour for it to dry. Lastly, sand the primer with wet 1,000-grit sandpaper. Once you’re done sanding, apply two or three heavy coats of lacquer filler primer and let it dry.

Step 5: Sand the Primer

Using 320-grit sandpaper, sand any drips and sags. Then, use wet 600-grit sandpaper to smooth the primer and feather the edges. Finally, 1,000-grit sandpaper to final-sand the entire repair zone.

Step 6: Paint

Start off with a base coat covering the entire repair zone. Allow for the recommended dry times between each coat. Next, apply a clear coat and, again, follow the recommended dry times.

Repairing rust spots on a luxury car is a time-consuming process. For most, a quick trip to Krause’s Automotive is the right move. For top-rated luxury car repairs, give us a call at 972-221-8743!