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17 – What is that odor from my A/C Vents?

The musty/mildew type of smell that comes from your vents when you first turn on the car air conditioner, is exactly what it smells like: musty, moldy – mildew. You ask, “how does this happen? I take good care of my car and keep it clean” The biological activity is not from what you see but from what you don’t see. The odor is a result of moisture from your car’s evaporator cooling unit. The collection of dust, pollen and spores condensing together in a warm moist dark environment is the perfect habitat for this smelly condition. So now you know how it got there. What to do to get rid of it? There are several things that can be done to remove the foul A/C smell. If your car has a cabin air filter make sure it is changed at least once a year. This helps to block dust, pollen and spores from getting to your evaporator in the first place. In dusty, humid or heavy pollen areas use recirculated air. Again, to minimize the bad stuff. Under normal conditions (dr ... read more

16 – Why should I change my brake fluid?

Because not changing the brake fluid can cost a lot of money and perhaps cause an accident. How so, you ask. Well, you need to understand the basics of your brake system to put this together in your mind. The brakes in your car are hydraulic. This means the brake fluid (which is not compressible) is forced mechanically (by the action of your foot on the pedal) to compress the brake calipers, which squeezes the brake pads against the brake rotors. By squeezing the rotors, the wheels which are attached, slow down. A tremendous amount of hydraulic force is required to stop a car. In turn this force causes a tremendous amount of friction between the brake pads and the rotors. The by-product of friction is heat…a lot of heat. All fluids have a boiling point and brake fluid is no different. But, if brake fluid boils it changes into a vapor (air) and since air is compressible, this means your brake pedal may get soft and spongy and your car won’t stop very well. In extreme cases ... read more

15 – Ford Recalling Certain F53 Motor Home Chassis

(Posted by RV Business February 10, 2012) Ford is recalling certain F-53 and F-59 stripped-chassis vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years to fix a transmission-selector cable that may break. The F53 chassis is typically used as a platform for motor homes while the F59 is used in commercial trucks, such as delivery vans. The company said the “prndl “ cable that controls transmission’s gear indicator display can break where it is attached to the transmission control selector arm on the steering column. “Prndl” stands for the park, reverse, neutral drive and low gear positions. If the cable breaks, the gear indicator display in the instrument panel will not move when the driver changes the gear position. This can prevent drivers from knowing whether the vehicle is in park or reverse, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford said it built the affected 2011 chassis from Feb. 1,2010, through July 1, 2011, and the 2012 models from May 10, 2011 through Oct. 25, 2011. T ... read more

14 – Is there such a thing as a good- cheap paint job?

… In a word, no. “Good” and “cheap” in auto paint are exact opposites. You can buy the cheapest materials around and they may even look good for a while. But, within a year or two the finish is dull, flakey, and perhaps peeling. On the other hand you can buy great materials but hot prepare the surface properly and you will have shiny paint on a bumpy or dirty surface. You see it takes both quality materials and quality workmanship to make a paint job good. I guess it would be a good time to define “good”. From my perspective that would mean a paint job that will stand up to the elements and look like it did when it left the Dealer. That would mean quality preparation in a clean environment, with quality materials that are meticulously applied by experts and then highly polished to a show car appearance. For clients fortunate enough to allow Sturken’s to refinish their car, whether it is a complete paint job or a partial paint job after a collision, quality o ... read more

13 – The Used Low-Mileage Motor Home

We get this call every week: “I just bought this really low mileage motor home that’s older (10-20 years) and it needs a few things looked at. Can I bring it by this week? We have a trip planned soon and we want to get it checked out before we go.” Please don’t do that! You are buying a motor home to enjoy and take your family out for a good time. You are probably going to spend a fair amount of money for it. So why not get it inspected BEFORE you buy it? Mileage on the odometer means almost nothing on a motor home. The reason why is that they sit. And this is usually outside in the weather, uncovered and un-moved for 90% of their life. Since the majority of the critical parts of an RV are made of rubber and plastic they begin breaking down (hardening/cracking) within a few years of being built. If they sit in intensely cold or hot areas with direct sunlight, the aging process can accelerate at a tremendous rate. In a motorized RV the aging process usually starts at th ... read more

12 – What is Bondo?

Bondo is a trade name that has become synonymous with all plastic body fillers. Much like the brand name Kleenex which has universally become the name for tissue. Plastic fillers became popular in the 1960’s because of their ease of use and minimal toxicity. Prior to plastic filler all rough body work had to be smoothed through the use and application of molten lead. The lead was heated up to a liquid state and then applied to the dented metal with a wooden paddle. The lead had to be applied quickly and with expert ability. Needless to say it took a lot of practice and resources to use it. Lead was used in many different ways at that time and auto body was just one example. As time went on scientist discovered that lead was toxic and it was eventually eliminated from the body shop altogether. As for plastic fillers, they have continuously improved as dozens of companies now make their own versions of “Bondo”. Plastic fillers start as two components, a soft creamy subst ... read more

11 – What does car care aware mean?

Car care means a lot of things. For starters it means reading your owner’s manual so that you’re aware of what the manufacturer’s maintenance schedules are. It means paying close attention to how your car starts every day. How it runs when it’s cold. How it runs when it’s hot. Does it steer with a hesitation and go straight down the road? Do the brakes stop effortlessly and without noise or vibration?When you are outside of your car at night, do all the lights work? Are the headlamps aimed straight ahead? Do the headlamps reach as far down the road as they used to or are they faded and yellowed? Does your transmission shift smoothly and consistently? Do you have any occasional or constant warning lamps on your instrument panel? How about doors and locks? Do they open and close without any effort and not allow any wind or rain in as you drive? Is the air conditioning blowing as cold as it used to? Do you smell funny smells or do you have fluid leaks? Is the car clean and waxed regu ... read more

10 – What Makes Sturken Auto & RV Different From A New Car Dealer?

VALUE! We offer a far more personal experience. Our goal is NOT to make the cash register ring and rake up as much profit as possible. Our goal is to repair your vehicle properly using parts appropriate for the job necessary. And, to do so in a respectful manner while educating you as to the “why” we need to do “that” There are often many options when repairing your car. We try to give you a choice when there is one so you can make an informed decision as to what might work for you at any given time. No scare tactics here; just the facts and observations. We encourage you to do your homework. See what others say about Sturken’s. The reviews are out there. We have been repairing cars for over 50 years and chances are if you ask a few folks about us they will have heard of us. If you have a accident the team members at Sturken’s will do everything they can to make the best of a bad situation. If you need repair or maintenance on your car, truck or RV ... read more

9 – Update: NHTSA’s August RV-Related Recall List

Print September 22, 2011 by RV Business Leave a Comment The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the latest recalls related to the RV industry: Cummins is recalling certain ISB6.7, ISC8.3, ISL9, ISX11.9, and ISX15 engines shipped from September 2010 through December 2010 to various vehicle manufacturers. These engines were installed in recreational vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses, and certain truck applications. The V-band clamp assembly, part numbers Q187684, Q187685, AND Q187686, used to connect the inlet and outlet cone sections to the Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC)/Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) include a T-bolt which can fracture and fail when subjected to stress or load. A fracture or failure of the T-bolt may cause the clamp to loosen and the inlet or outlet sections attached to the DOC/DPF housing to disconnect. Cummins is working with the vehicle manufacturers to identify and notify owners. The safety recall is expected to begi ... read more

8 – Improving the ride on your R4R or RR4R Roadmaster RV Chassis

If you are looking to improve the ride on your Class A – Roadmaster motor home, look no further then Source Engineering. Source Engineering has designed several suspension upgrades that not only enhance the comfort of your ride but they also give you tremendous peace of mind. When a complete suspension upgrade is installed one the first things you notice is less stress behind the wheel. It almost doesn’t matter which proprietary components you purchase for your coach, the result is always an improved ride. If your Class A motor home does not give you a Class A ride, go to www.rvchassis.com (Source Engineering website) to see if it can be improved. As a dealer and installer of the outstanding Source Engineering products we can vouch for a few things. The parts are well engineered for their intended purpose, well made and they work! Our clients are always pleased with their “new coach” ride and improved handl ... read more

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