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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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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PPI-What Goes Into A Pre-Purchase Inspection

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

PCA Logo PCA SPOTLIGHT

This link has great information and videos discussing  PPIs for 996 & 986 Porsches

We at Marque Motors preform Pre-Purchase Inspections for Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, BMW & MINI.  Many customers ask why it takes most of a day to perform this Vehicle Inspection. The link above helps explain what we look for on the Porsche inspections and why. Our inspection includes additional items that are covered under our PPI service.

We have a 4 page extensive inspection.

If we find any “red flags” during the inspection, we will contact the inspection purchaser to inform them of any problems that we have found and this gives this them the option to continue or not continue on the inspection.

Once the Pre-Purchase Inspection has started until it is completed, the information gathered is given ONLY  to the person purchasing the inspection service.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

503-293-5386 or click here for our Contacts Page to email us directly.

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COBB Tuning

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

Track season is coming up fast. Check out COBB Tuning and check out their performance products.  Let Marque Motors know what we can get for your pride and joy.

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Winter Storage

Posted on October 13th, 2015 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

Planning on storing your car for the winter months?  If so, please take a minute and read these tips.

To prevent fuel deterioration and corrosion, add fuel stabilizer to your fuel then fill your gas tank.   Drive your car for 15 – 20 minutes to make sure the stabilizer has had time to circulate completely through the system.  To minimize condensation in the fuel tank, it is recommended to fill it to maximum.

Changing the engine oil will prevent internal rust and corrosion.  For water cooled cars, test the antifreeze levels and if needed; flush and refill the cooling system with new coolant, typically every two years.  Brake fluid flushes are also on the two year schedule.  So if it has been two years, it is a good idea to flush and refill with new brake fluid.  Keep the differentials and transmission fluid to maximum level during storage to decrease moisture levels.

Today’s cars have many computers and memory systems.  They will drain your battery even when your car is off and not in use for many weeks.  A battery maintainer is highly recommended to maintain the electrical charge on your car’s battery.  When a battery is not in use or is disconnected, the battery’s internal plates become sulfated and cause premature battery failure.  The vehicle should also be locked in order for the computers to “go to sleep.”  With a maintainer, the battery’s life becomes longer and keeps its capacity restored.

Even the softest car covers will scratch your paint job unless your paint is clean.  Have your car washed and waxed just prior to storage.  Never cover your car with plastic tarps, this will not only scratch your paint, but it can also trap moisture in and under your car.  Discourage the rodents from nesting inside your car by getting the interior detailed.  Get rid of all the crumbs and random debris for eating and nesting. We recommend purchasing peppermint oil and putting a few drops onto cotton balls and placing the oiled cotton balls inside a small dish or screen mesh container, then place them around the car’s interior, engine compartment and trunk.

If your car has a convertible top, always store the car with the top up to prevent creases and permanent wrinkles.

Spray a paint safe lubricant to all your car’s hinges, latches and handles. Also, key lock cylinders if applicable.

Over pressurize your tires to maximum pressure listed on the tire to prevent flat spots and compensate for loss of air during storage.  Make sure to recheck your tire pressure when you go to drive your car.

One more note.  Regardless if your car is in your garage or a storage unit, please make sure to keep your comprehensive insurance active in the event of an unforeseen problem.

So when you pull your baby out on those rare beautiful winter days or in the spring, your car will be ready and waiting!

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Certified IMS Bearing retrofit

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by admin0 under News, Tech Tips.

IMS Bearing Retrofit & Solution

~Authorized LN Engineering Installers~

Congratulations to our Porsche tech, James, for completing  training courses offered at Flat 6 Innovations. He is now one of the few techs in the Northwest certified to diagnose & retrofit IMS bearings.

Please feel free to call or e-mail us if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for a diagnosis of your IMS bearing.

503-293-5386                                               marquemotors@gmail.com

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check tire manufacturer dates

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by admin0 under Tech Tips.

Do you know how to check the manufacturer date on your tires?

It is important to know how old your car tires are.  Rubber ages, becomes brittle and hard which leads to less traction and cracking. Having old tires can cause slippery traction on wet roads.

Check out Tire Rack on our Links page for more info.

Please call for an appointment or have any questions. 503.293.5386

marquemotors@gmail.com

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Cold Facts About A/C

Posted on April 7th, 2011 by admin0 under Tech Tips.

How did we ever get along without air conditioning in our cars? It’s a feature we take for granted until, suddenly, it’s blowing hot air.

In the past few years, many owners have discovered that fixing an inoperative air conditioner can cost a few hundred dollars or more, depending upon the make and model of vehicle. The reason is that the old standby R-12 refrigerant, trade named DuPont Freon, has been replaced by R-134a. Touted as being environmentally safer than its predecessor, R-134a has been standard since ’94.

If your older vehicle needs major repairs to the air conditioning system you can expect to replace refrigerant and the oil in the compressor in addition to the old components. You also may need to install a retrofit conversion. Do not allow anyone to mix refrigerants. They’re not inter-changeable. You cannot add R-134a to your older air conditioner without first flushing the system. Further, according to the Car Care Council, some substitutes are volatile mixtures of propane, butane and flammable hydrocarbons. Keep in mind the fact that if your vehicle is leaking refrigerant, you’re damaging the ozone layer.

An annual inspection of the vehicle, including the air conditioning system, may help forestall costly repairs. So, ask your service center to evaluate your system before those hot and humid days of summer.

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