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Driver-less Cars? They are here…

You may not know that California, Michigan, Florida and Nevada have all passed laws allowing driverless cars to operate on public highways and roads. So far, it’s mostly Google’s cars – and they do have drivers – it’s just that the drivers do not do anything – the car drives itself. Google currently has about 20 cars. Lexus RX450h hybrid SUV vehicles, that have self-driving technology built in. They are driving all over the Bay Area. Google says they are driving about 10,000 miles per month, and by June 2015 Google claimed to have logged more than a million miles. You may have read that one of those cars became the first driverless car stopped by police – for driving too slowly! Having done a lot of testing, Google is trying to get into car manufacturing. Until recently Google was modifying cars made by Volkswagen and Toyota. But now they are talking about developing their own vehicle. Google has partnered up with Roush Enterprises – the company created by Jack Roush ... read more

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Oil Change – Your Car’s Best Friend

It used to be that everybody knew to change their motor oil every 3000 miles. Then because of better technology and engine building techniques, manufacturers started recommending longer oil change intervals. The advent of new synthetic oils, which tend to stayslippery longer cause many car owners to go even longer between oil changes. Well, if you want your car to last forever– frequent oil changes are the key. At Sturken Auto Repair we recommend that even if you use synthetic motor oil you should change your oil every 10,000 miles at most. With conventional motor oil, changing motor oil every 5000 miles is a good idea. The reason we recommend more frequent oil changes has to do with the multiple functions that motor oil serves in your car: Lubrication – primary function of motor oil is to lubricate your engine. Oil lubricates the moving engine parts to minimize friction and helps to keep engine cooler. Garbage collection – as oil circulates through your e ... read more

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Toyota Discontinues Scion – We Still Support It!

At Sturken Auto Body, Auto and RV Repair, we are big fans of Toyota Scion. This car is fuel efficient, economical to operate, and if properly maintained, will go on forever (almost). To our great sadness, Toyota announced just a few days ago that it would no longer produce Scions. Car industry analysts suspect that lower gasoline prices had adverse impact on Scion sales, since it was designed with fuel efficiency in mind. The good news is that at Sturken Auto Repair we will fully support your Scion. Whether you need body work, maintenance, or major repairs, we will continue to service your Scion. We do not foresee any shortages of spare parts, as Scion is Toyota, so the parts will be available. Our experienced mechanics can take good care of your vehicle. So keep driving your Scion knowing that if the need arises – we are here ready to help

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Takata Airbag Recall

If you drive a Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or a Toyota, you might have heard about the airbag recall. You may have even received a notice from your dealer. The Takata airbag recall has exceeded 34 million vehicles recalled in the United States alone. If you received a notice, call your dealer to schedule an appointment. While some of the dealers still have pretty long wait times, many will be able to schedule replacement within a few days, often less than a week.
Takata airbags have been found to deploy with too much force, sending shrapnel into the interior of the vehicle. This is apparently due to moisture getting into the inflator and destabilizing the chemical compound responsible for the explosion that inflates the airbags – due to the moisture, the compound is more explosive than intended. Bottom line – if you got a recall notice, call your dealer to get a free replacement. This work is done by dealers and is free of charge. Not quite sure if you
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38-Ford Announces Predictions for New Vehicle Technology

Ford Experts predict that sensor fusion, machine learning and “big data” will be among the next wave of technology in Ford vehicles—advancements that have significant implications for repairers. New Ford models are becoming increasingly equipped with multiple sensors that heighten driver awareness, according to Ford. For example, the 2013 Fusion has 145 actuators, 4,716 signals, and 74 sensors that monitor radar, sonar, cameras, accelerometers, temperature and rain.The sensors generate over 25 gigabytes of memory per hour that is processed by more than 70 computers. Paul Mascarenas, Ford’s Chief Technology Officer, said in a prepared statement that the Fusion represents the future of Ford’s technological research and advancement. – From Ratchet and Wrench.com

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37-Special Offer for PacBrake Products

Sturken Automotive and RV A proud re-seller and installation facility for PacBrake Products www.pacbrake.com. Purchase a Pacbrake PRXB exhaust brake or a LoadLeash engine brake and receive 10% off the purchase price! Contact your Service Advisor at Sturken’s RV to schedule your installation. You will be glad you did! Offer valid until June 1, 2013

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35-Insurance Companies Using Spy Devices

Insurance companies keep finding new ways to make us pay. Now some are giving you an incentive to let them hook up a spy-device to your car. They obviously are going to charge you more if you drive more miles. But some monitor how often and for how long, you exceed 80 mph. They can even monitor how aggressively you drive including how fast you take corners and brake to a stop. When they get more sophisticated, I can see them determining your location by GPS to see if you are exceeding the posted speed limits. State Farm says that people who have signed up for their program get
about 10 percent off their bill. My question is: Can this data be used against you in an accident? If they monitor your speed and turning data, can’t this be used against you? The airbag computers already store some incriminating evidence of what was going on just before they deploy and
the courts are having to sort out when this data can be used. Is it worth 10 percent to give up your pr

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34- Class C Motor Home Wheel Alignment

We have been doing a lot of wheel alignment work on Ford (www.ford.com) E-350 and 450 chassis. When our technicians are doing their inspections we are noticing that many of these coaches have feathered wear on the inside of the front tires. This happens because of how the load is distributed on the chassis. When Ford sends a chassis to the coach manufacturer the wheels are aligned. When the body of the coach is built, thousands of pounds of weight are added.Most of this weight ends up over the rear wheels. When the coach enters service, the owners add fuel, water, accessories, personal gear and their families. This causes more weight to go to the rear of the vehicle. More weight in rear means less weight on the front axle. Because wheel alignment is
predicated on weight distribution, it is important that the alignment is done after all the weight has been added. In reality, this is not taken into consideration. So in ma
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33-How Much Does It Cost…?

…to fix my (fill in the blank)? This is a question we get all too frequently in the automotive repair business. The first question that any competent service writer would ask is, “How do you know that is the problem?” The answer to that question can vary quite a bit but it usually involves a friend or family member’s opinion. Or, sometimes it’s “that’s what the guy at the parts store said it was,” or my favorite is, “that’s what the tow truck driver said.” How do these folks know these things? Are they highly skilled, trained automotive technicians? Perhaps they just moonlight as tow truck drivers or counter
salesmen. Modern automobiles have so many systems and sub-systems that even problems that seem simple, aren’t. The modern technician needs to have as much input from the vehicle’s daily driver as possible. This conversation can last from 5-15 minutes and then add on a test drive. And, this is before anyone lays a hand on the car. From there the c
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32-Auto Insurance Anyone? Part One

If you asked the average person to tell you about their Auto insurance policy what do you think they would say? Probably something like: “Oh, I’m fully insured,” or “I have 25/50/100,” or “I only have liability insurance,” or “I am not sure.” Maybe even,“I just know that I have insurance, I trust my agent.” It is a small group that actually knows the basics of their insurance limits and coverage. Rarely does anyone take the time to read and truly understand the definitions of their insurance policies. That is unfortunate. It really is important to know what you are, or in most cases, are not buying. So let’s start with the basics. By far the most common response I hear is, “I’m fully covered.” What exactly does that mean? Who knows? And that my friends, is where the puzzle begins. What is insurance, and why should we have it anyway? Great question. Insurance by definition is an arrangement by which a company gives customers financial protection against loss or harm ... read more

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