Now here is an Indiegogo campaign that piqued TheGarageBlog interest: Hilary Noack and her all-female team of top-notch auto body repair techs are raising the funds to open a garage of their own – Ink & Iron. Toronto-based Noack is turning to crowd funding to gather the last bit of cash needed to realize this endeavor and secure first and last month’s rent for their future auto body shop. This determined group of women focus on integrity and quality service, as well as a look to the future by training other women. Best of luck to Ink & Iron – read more on their campaign by following this link.
If you’ve ever taken your car to the dealer for service, you know that you end up in their retention system and will receive maintenance reminders as long as you live. Often times, well after the car is dead. Occasionally after you are dead! This is nothing new, as dealers have been hard at work trying to groom loyal customers since the dawn of cars. Today’s find, sent to us by Ed Moody at the CMSHG board, proves it.
The following post was provided by the folks at the Mesothelioma Cancer Center to remind us DIY types of the dangers that exist in many autootive applications. Especially risky are some of the compounds (like asbestos) that were in use back when your project car was built that are just waiting for you to blast away with an air line.
Repairing your own vehicle can be a great money saver, but it also puts your safety at risk. Many car enthusiasts who make DIY repairs to their vehicles may not be aware of the health risks they are taking.
Throughout most of the 20th century, asbestos was utilized by car manufacturers in brakes pads, linings, gaskets and clutches. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is flame resistant and very durable. These qualities made it an obvious choice for use in automobile manufacturing. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos is the only known cause of a rare and fatal cancer known as mesothelioma. Today, as asbestos has not been totally banned from use, many of these products may still contain asbestos. This poses a severe health risk to auto mechanics and people who make DIY car repairs.
We’ve all seen it, from one side of the counter or another. The consumer receives a call with a report on repairs his car needs. The service adviser carefully explains that the flux capacitor has fused with the transmutator. It’s terminal and must be done to the tune of $1895 plus taxes Mr. Smith. The good news is that we have the parts in stock and you can pick the car up at 5. It is now 3:30.
Upon arrival, Mr. Smith looks at the invoice and the repair indeed cost $1895 plus taxes. The trouble is that there is 4 hours labour included in that $1895. This is when Mr. Smith goes off his nut. “How can you charge me 4 hours, when you only called with an estimate an hour and a half ago?”
Depending on where you live, you might choose a different name for it. In northern climes, you likely call it antifreeze, while your cousins in the warm south probably call it coolant. In reality, you are both talking about the same stuff. Coolant is a really neat liquid. Not only does it prevent your engine from freezing, but it also helps the engine run cooler in the heat.
Car Maintenance. It’s like going to the dentist, we all have to do it and we all hate how much it costs. When you go to the dentist though, you know that something is being done. It’s happening inside your mouth, you can’t miss it. Maintaining you car on the other hand is often invisible. Your car disappears behind the big shop door, comes out after a while, you pay your bill and drive off in a car that feels the same as it did when you arrived. So why should we bother maintaining our cars?
I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard it. “Brake Service…I’ve never heard of anything so ridiculous..”
The way that manufacturers sell maintenance has changed over the years and has made life tougher for the dealer and the consumer. Anyone who has ever followed their full maintenance schedule has always done a brake service annually, they just may not know it. Chances are that it was built into the annual service. Honda, Toyota, Nissan and most other traditional imports used to do it that way. Over the last few years however, they’ve broken it out of the package to make the maintenance package seem less expensive. Really, the opposite is true and most dealers charge more for the brake service on it’s own. Why? Because they can!
That said, a brake service is an important part of keeping your brakes in top shape. With the trend towards larger, more open wheels, disc brakes are more exposed to the elements than ever. What this exposure does is allow road grime to build up on the moving parts of your brakes and cause them to get sticky. The pads pads start to stick in the carriers and the caliper sliders begin to stick. This causes a couple of things. The most obvious is that it causes the brake pads to wear unevenly, which means that 1 pad of the set may wear prematurely. By not allowing even pressure, the brake pads do not clean the disc properly, which allows the discs to rust prematurely.
A technician will remove the brake calipers, clean & lubricate the carriers that the pads slide in. While he’s at it, the tech will remove the caliper sliders to clean the sliding surface and apply fresh lubricant. While it’s apart, they may sand any rough edges off the pads which may be causing some noise.
Now you know why your dealer is trying to have you service your brakes. Doing a brake service every year or 24,000 km will extend the life of your brakes by helping them wear evenly and keeping them quiet.