Vehicle Safety Recalls

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

Your vehicle may be subject to a recall from the manufacturer.

If you purchased your car used, safety recalls for your vehicle may not be getting to you.

Manufacturers do not have a way of knowing who the actual owner of a car is once it gets sold to a second, third party, etc.

In today’s world, automobile manufacturers have thousands of recalls on almost every car built.

Our job, as a professional service and repair shop is to help customers be safe on the road.  Even though we cannot perform recall repairs, we think it is important customers have this information.  These recall/repairs must be performed by the manufacturer’s representatives which are the dealerships.  These recalls, once completed are them submitted to the manufacturer to be recorded for each vehicle.

Please check out these websites and enter in your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to see if you have any recalls on your car.  This number is a 17 digit number with letters and is located at the left bottom corner of the front windshield.  Many vehicles have a sticker with the VIN number printed on it in the left door pillar or on the door itself.

Here is the LINK for the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration; NHTSA. Also, the LINK for Check to Protect.

 

An interesting article from Motor Magazine.

Motor Magazine Article

Motor Magazine Article

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Winter Discount

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by admin0 under Specials/Coupons.

WINTER DISCOUNT

WINTER DISCOUNT

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What’s the age of your car’s tires?

Posted on December 12th, 2017 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

You may be surprised to find out the brand new tires you bought are not so brand new.  Some tires sit on the shelves for years before they are sold.  We recently had a customer buy new tires from a local tire store, but the actual age of the tires was 9 years old!  Ask the tire store to show you the tires that you have picked out BEFORE they go on your car.  A reasonable tire age is about 1 year old.  You don’t really want tires much older than that if you have purchasing them new.

On your tires, there is a lot  of numbers.  To check the age look for the DATE OF MANUFACTURER, it is the last 4 digits of the DOT CODE.  The first two digits are the WEEK  of manufacturer.  The last two digits are the YEAR of manufacturer.  For example;  1214 means the tire was manufactured on the 12th week of 2014.

Remember; some cars require 4 new tires, while others you may have the choice of buying only 2.  All wheel drive cars need 4 of the same tire.  If you fail to maintain 4 of the same tires, you run a very high risk of damaging your car’s drivetrain.  With 2 wheel drive cars, you can buy either 2 or 4 tires.

 

This is a very well done web page if you need further info: click below.

TIRE RACK, DOT TIRE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (TIN)

Date of Manufacturer

Date of Manufacturer

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Have you checked your sunroof or cowl drains lately?

Posted on December 7th, 2017 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

The worst possible outcome of a clogged drain is water leaking into your car.  Why is this bad, you ask?

Well, when water gets into your car, it can create mold.  Not only on your carpet but also under the sound pad, where it is not visible.  Mold can make you very sick and in some people, an allergic reaction!

Another reason water intrusion can be a significant problem are your computer modules.  These computers, in many makes, are in the trunk and under the driver’s seat.  This is the lowest point of the vehicle where water pools.  When these on-board computers get wet, they cause major vehicle problems.  Corroded modules cause communication and diagnostic problems.

Wet modules need to be replaced.  It can be a costly repair.

A few examples of a bad/corroded modules are:

  • starting issues
  • your windows may go up and down by themselves
  • your alarm may sound randomly
  • lights/radio/heat my become inoperable
  • engine running issues

So take the time at home to check your sunroof seals for debris.  Unplug your cowl drains from pine needles, moss or other foreign matter.  If you need help or are unsure how to do this, please give us a call!  We are happy to help you with preventative maintenance to your car and to show you how to stay on top of the major problem.

Remember, preventative maintenance is less expensive than waiting for the major repairs.

Boxster module with corrosion

Boxster module with corrosion

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IMS Bearing Video

Posted on December 6th, 2017 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

Check out this IMS Bearing video from the Porsche Club. If you own a 996 or a Boxster we recommend you watch this.

IMS Bearing, Flat 6 Innovations

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