At Sterling Motorwerks, you can expect the best in specialty service. Our licensed technicians have numerous specialty certifications and treat every car with extreme care. Auto enthusiasts bring their babies to Sterling for everything from routine maintenance and winter tires to specialized performance enhancements. We are ASE certified. If you own a German car, it pays to bring it to the experts who understand the German mind and more importantly your German car.


Wheel alignment is part of standard automobile maintenance and consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car maker's specification. The purpose of these adjustments is to reduce tire wear, and to ensure that vehicle travel is straight and true (without "pulling" to one side). A camera unit is attached to a specially designed clamp which holds on to each wheel and communicates it's physical positioning with respect to the other camera units to a central computer.


Late for work and the car won't start because you left an interior light on by mistake? A car battery's main function is to store electrical energy for starting the car and operating devices when the engine is not running. The battery is constantly being discharged every time you start the car and recharged by the car's alternator when you drive. These actions take their toll on the life of the battery, however. At SMW, we can test your battery, provide maitenance and can replace if needed.


Your brakes are the most important safety system on your car. They also are the most used and therefore need the most service. The braking system on your German car has been meticulously engineered to provide longevity and excellent performance. Dont take them to the "chain" shop and get the same service as "your father's Oldsmobile". Get them repaired by experts that know the difference between a passing grade and an "A" on brakes.


Getting the power from that finely crafted engine and transmission to the ground where it matters is job of the driveline. Those axles, CV joints, differential assemblies hubs and bearings all need to work in harmony for your car to go down the road smoothly. We often see vehicles that have been serviced elsewhere resulting in noise or vibration complaints. We can give you options on how to get your Quattro system back to manufacturer's specified operating condition.

Electrical System

That annoying warning light that's lit up on your dash? ABS braking systems, supplemental inflatable restraint systems and stability control systems. Today's vehicles have extremely complex electronic systems, all of which work together to protect you and your passengers. Diagnosing and repairing these systems is one of the most difficult and demanding tasks a technician faces. Let our experienced, factory certified technicians figure out and repair the problem with your car.


When you need an operation, do you want the doctor who is just starting to learn working on you, or would you prefer to have the most knowledgeable, experienced surgeon perform your operation? Well, the same thing holds true for the technician working on your car. When you come to Sterling Motorwerks, you are getting the top two technicians in Vermont. Trust us with a whole range of major and minor engine diagnosis and repairs, right on up to complete rebuilds if that's what is needed!


Exhaust systems on new automobiles are far more complex and expensive than you may remember, but they can last the life of the vehicle if serviced properly. We often hear of people getting un-necesary exhaust work done at chain repair shops that specialize in cheap, non stainless steel replacement parts that will last a year or two at best. Let us check your exhaust system and recommend realistic, high quality repairs. Performance exhaust installation is also available.


Heat that doesn't heat. Air conditioning that doesn't cool. Defrosters that can't keep the windows clear. There are many reasons why your heater might not work or your air conditioner blows warm air. Perhaps your heater core/coil is leaking antifreeze and needs to be replaced? Or the compressor in your air conditioner isn't turning, has bad switches/ fuses, broken wires, a broken fan belt or a seal failure? Rest assured, our service technicians are specially trained to repair today's air conditioning and climate control systems.


When you go look at buying a used vehicle (whether it's from a private party or a car dealer), your first question is always, "What does it need?" Here at Sterling Motorwerks, we offer something other places don't: a complete "before you buy" vehicle inspection. This is money well spent in protecting yourself from buying another person's problem car. Let the proffessionals at SMW give you piece of mind in the used car you are considering.

Scheduled Maintenance

When it comes to keeping your car in top-notch condition, nothing beats scheduled maintenance. Each vehicle has its own set of rules when it comes to changing oil, transmission fluid, coolant, etc. Transmission fluid changes not done properly could have leaks; let our ASE Master Technicians do the job right. Some VWs need a special 36mm socket just to remove the oil filter and Audi's all-wheel drive systems are complex, requiring regular service to ensure long life and maximum effectiveness.


Suspension is the term given to the system of springs, shock absorbers and linkages that connects a vehicle to its wheels. Suspension systems contribute to handling and braking while also keeping you reasonably well isolated from road noise, bumps and vibrations. German cars have very precise suspension that must be serviced in a precise manner. Keep your Audi, Mercedes etc. feeling like new with quality suspension repairs. We are VERY PICKY about what parts we will put on your suspension.


Steering system problems often result in a "pull", "dart" or a crooked steering wheel. These same small issues can do serious damage to your tires and make your car unsteady on the road. Snowy conditions are even worse for a car with steering issues. We can thoroughly check your steering system for mechanical issues. We are also well versed in the electric assist power steering systems found on many recent foriegn and domestic vehicles. Let SMW check your rack and pinion, tie rods and tie rod ends for damage from the everpresent pot holes.


Snow, ice, dirt, interstate and performance - we can recommend the right tire for your every need. We sell all the major brands of tires such as Michelin, Nokian, Hankook, Uniroyal, Vredestein, Continental, Pirelli, Dunlop and many others. We have the proper equipment to mount your new tires on many styles of rims including low profile and lipless styles. We also can handle your tire pressure monitoring systems properly. When the tread on your tires gets thin you run the risk of hydroplaning and unwanted punctures.



Automatic transmissions are one of the most expensive components in your car. Why would you let a "Quicky Lube" type of shop anywhere near it? Most transmissions have very specific servicing procedures that require special tools and fluid. SMW has those tools and parts plus the electronic equipment needed to assess your transmission concern or fault warning light. Manual transmission issues like clutches, bearings, or shifting linkage are also easily taken care of by our ASE Master technicians.

State Inspection

SMW is an official Vermont State Inspection. All of your safety and emmission systems are thoroughly checked and tested. Inspection fee is $65. Vermont safety inspections are due once a year for each vehicle and there is NO grace period after the first year of registration. Did you know you can renew your registrations online? It's fast and easy. Just visit the Vermont DMV here.