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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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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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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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25- Why Should You Cover Your RV Tires?

Let’s face it; the tires on your RV sit more than they roll. Most of us can’t use our RV’s as much as we would like. We either can’t make the coordinated family effort, can’t afford it, or both. So, as a natural consequence, our beloved recreational vehicle tends to sit and in most cases, sit in the sun without any sunscreen. What happens when things sit in the sun for long periods of time? They dry and crack, split, and generally age faster; just like the skin on our bodies if not protected. The simple answer is to cover the tires to help slow down the aging process. Sun is an RV’s number one enemy; the less sun our tires see, the better off they are. RV tires almost never wear out the treads; they wear out from time. If you are diligent in covering your tires and you begin with a quality tire to start with, then you might get five to seven years out of them. It is possible to perhaps get even more time out of a tire, but it is rare. And if you think about it, it ... read more

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24- Why are my trailer batteries always dead?

RV batteries go dead for a few reasons. The first reason is age; RV batteries are designed for deep cycles of use which means they get charged and then discharged often times, severely. This type of use is what they are designed for. A couple of issues come up with this pattern of use; the first issue is that many RV batteries never get fully charged. Most every device in an RV, less maybe the microwave and air conditioner, require 12 volts to operate. After a couple of days use doing what is called “dry camping” (no power hook ups), the average RV battery will be pretty depleted and have less than 12 volts. Once the voltage drops, things don’t work well and if the voltage drops too much, nothing will work but perhaps dim lighting. RV’s are built with electric devices called inverter/chargers. These units are designed to convert 110 volts (shore power) to 12 volts. When plugged in, the same unit charges the battery. All works well when plugged in, but when unplugged, is wh ... read more

23- Sturken Automotive Offers Nationwide Warranty and Tow Assistance

Sturken Automotive is part of the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper National Confidence Plus Network. What that means to you is confidence plus! Sturken’s warrants our work locally but if you breakdown out of the area as a result of something we did, we proudly offer tow truck support. If you are within 25 miles of our facility, you will be towed back to Sturken’s at no charge. If you are more than 25 miles away from our facility, you will be directed to the nearest confidence plus network facility. We will work with the local Certified Plus Bumper to Bumper shop in that area to get you back on the road as soon as possible. This service includes: battery jump-starts, lockout assistance, and flat tire assistance. Just another reason to continue to use Sturken’s; we’ve been taking care of business for over 50 years giving our customers confidence about our work. *Limitations apply. Max ... read more

22- How Often Should I Change My Fan Belt?

If you drive a modern car, chances are that you might not even have a fan belt on your car. Over the years, as automakers have tried to make engines more fuel efficient, the belt-driven cooling fan has fallen out of favor. A fan driven by the engine is a terrible waste of power and fuel economy. Electric fans have become the norm; they do not drag on the motor and consequently the motor runs more efficiently. Now this is not to say that your engine has lost all of its drive belts, they just aren’t called fan belts anymore. Today’s cars usually have one or two belts that snake around every engine driven contrivance. This makes for some strange curves and contraption’s to make it work. But for all intents and purposes there are less belts and better wear on the belt(s) that are left. The downside is that there is only one primary belt; if that belt breaks your car is dead, as you will lose the power steering, alternator, and water pump use. In the old days, one might hav ... read more

18 – Sturken Auto Is Fair Auto Repair

Unfortunately the auto industry suffers from a long history of mistrust. Even though the over whelming majority of repair shops are run by folks that try to do their best, the handful of operators that don’t abide by good business practices put a black eye on the rest of us. The sentiment of the consumer can be affected for dozens of reasons. But, the majority of complaints are from cars that are not fixed right the first time and misunderstandings about cost. No shop is perfect but how a shop handles its issues, often makes or breaks a client’s comfort level with a repair shop. At Sturken’s we ask a lot of questions so we can gather as much information as we can about your vehicle and its needs. Sturken learned a long time ago the expectations are everything. We do everything that we can to meet your expectations. This means repairing your car, truck or RV properly the first time, on time and within your budget. What happens if we don’t deliver as promised? First we o ... read more

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