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Subaru WRX and Subaru Forester 2.0XT Recalled For Engine Stall

Apparently, 2015-2016 Subaru WRX and Subaru Forester 2.0XT have turbocharger air intake ducts that may crack and cause problems with engine performance. Subaru engineers found that the  turbocharger air intake duct was made with incorrect materials during the part production process – resulting in the possibility of cracksin the pipe. If your car has cracked turbocharger air intake duct, the symptoms include engine idling rough, reduced engine power, and even engine stalling. Recalled cars: 2015-2016 WRX manufactured between April 10, 2015 and October 21, 2015. Forester 2.0XT SUVs built between April 10, 2015 and October 20, 2015. IMPORTANT: not all cars have the faulty parts – Subaru has identified part numbers that can be used to determine if your car has the faulty part. If you own one of these cars, you can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 and use recall number WTA-62. If you think that you have this condition and are out of warranty, call us and we will get you tak ... read more

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Is your new Audi, BMW or Subaru burning too much oil?

Consumer Reports just released a result of its annual survey of car owners. One of the surprising results was that some newer cars (2010-2014) consumed as much as a quart of oil per month. Such oil consumption is considered normal in older cars – those with over 100,000 miles – but for newer cars to be burning oil at that rate is unusual to say the least. Consumer Reports went one step further, and called on the car makers to repair these cars under the powertrain warranty or to extend warranties. Models most likely to experience this problem are: Audi A3, A4, A5, A6 and Q5 BMW 5, 6, and 7 Series and X5 Subaru Outback, Legacy, Forester and Impreza An article by AP cites Audi spokesman Bradley Stertz saying that “a class action lawsuit against Audi over oil consumption by the 2.0-Liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines is close to being settled without the company admitting liability or wrongdoing.” The settlement affects 2009 A4, 2010 A4 and A5, and ... read more

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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36- Are Factory Parts Always the Best Options for my Car?

The answer is no.There are times when they are and times when they aren't. The parts supplied by the car companies while of good quality, are often more expensive than what they could be if supplied by other manufactures (aftermarket). Many times the new car makers contract with the aftermarket to make their new car products. But, when they do so, they stamp them with the original equipment (O.E.) stamp. The ultimate seller of these parts, the new car dealers, has to mark up the prices substantially to make their margins. This of course makes the parts more expensive to the end user. If that same part if sold by the same supplier without the O.E. stamp and without the dealer mark-up, to the local parts store the end cost is substantially lower. This is the identical part at a much lower cost. This usually happens with faster moving and popular parts such as brakes, water pumps and radiators. In another scenario such as the case of shock absorbers, the factory p ... read more

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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30-How Much is a Brake Job?

How long is a stick? That really is how ambiguous that question is! There are no legal definitions of a 'brake job'. So anyone that uses that term can define it any way they want. Professional automotive organizations such as the ASCCAwww.ascca.com have been working for years to develop legal definitions. You see there are numerous factors that come into play when working on the brakes of a modern automobile. Without a thorough brake inspection there is no way anyone is going to tell you what your car needs unless they already know your car, its condition, mileage, and how you drive it. The better question might be, 'I want my car to stop like itdid when it was new. What needs to be done to get to that condition?' After all, isn't that what you want? A car that stops? A set of brake pads or shoes can be replaced on your car or truck. But it may not stop any better than it did before. In some shops (especially thos ... read more

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29-Fall is the Time for Car Care

As autumn comes we should focus some of our Fall thoughts on
the weather that is about to visit us.Typically October brings a change of the seasons-virtually always rain,and in some areas snow and ice. This means that drivers should pay extra attention to the parts of the car that are affected by changes in conditions. Things such as wiper blades, coolant/antifreeze, heater and defrost operation, and perhaps tire-tread depth and rubber conditions, should be inspected before the winter is upon us. Any or all of these parts or systems can wreak havoc on yourwallet or your family’s safety if they fail at the wrong time. Believe it or not, as the operator of a motor vehicle, it is possible to almost ensure that your safety and well-being are guaranteed with proactive maintenance. By simply having the various systems and parts of your vehicle inspected proactively, you are helping to keep repairs as well as the chance of an accident to a minimum. A lot of folks balk
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