Pat’s Perspective – Installing a spoiler correctly.

Just installed a spoiler in the shop today, and wanted to show you guys how it was done. Check out some of the pictures below! First we cleaned the surface of dirt and spots, to make sure it is clean before we start. Then we whipped it down with rubbing alcohol (shown with yellow shammy), to clear the surface again of any leftovers. After that, the spoiler can be measured and fitted into place. This is done with the special tape underneath the spoiler, by only peeling part of the tape. Then when the one side is stuck, you can pull off the rest of the tape in a zipper fashion. It just shows, put the time and effort into a job and it pays off.

Pat’s Perspective – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

Hello again Goss’ Garage faithful. We had a vehicle come in for a check engine light after failed attempts to fix elsewhere. Our testing found bare wires shorted to each other due to excessive items in trunk. The excessive weight and ease of movement from a missing trunk liner, cut the wires in half allowing them to short to each other.

Pat’s Perspective – General Motors is aiming to go with 100% reusable energy by 2050

General Motors is going to aim to have over 300 of their facilities using 100% reusable energy by 2050 in over 50 countries worldwide! They as of right now save over $5 million with reusable energy. Check out the images below, and being a green garage ourselves…we approve!

Read more about their announcement here.

Important News about Honda, Takata Airbag Inflator Recalled Vehicles

honda-recallLast year, American Honda released a poster designed to help keep your customers safe. That poster identified certain Honda and Acura vehicles that may have been affected by the Takata airbag inflator recalls affecting customers at that time. Since then, the inflator recalls have expanded, so we have provided an updated poster below that includes additional Honda and Acura vehicles that were not part of the earlier recalls. Please expect the physical copy of the poster inside the following publications in the second week of September: Brake &Front End, ImportCar, Underhood Service, Tire Review, BodyShop Business, and Counterman. It includes a toll free phone number and web addresses where you or your customers can check a vehicle’s recall completion status. Please replace your existing posters with this latest version, and if you do not already have a poster on display, please share this information with your employees and customers right away by placing this poster in a visible location.

Please note that the new poster also distinguishes those vehicles considered to be of highest risk of rupture. This determination was made by the federal government based on scientific analysis by Takata of PSDI front driver airbag inflators – so-called “Alpha” inflators – removed from recalled 2001-2003 Honda and Acura vehicles in the state of Florida revealed a very high rupture rate in laboratory testing. Based on this analysis, Honda concurs with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s recommendation that this particular sub-group of 313,000 “Alpha” vehicles should only be driven to a dealer in order to have their Takata airbag inflators replaced as rapidly as possible. There is an abundant supply of replacement inflators and the repair is free of charge and can be completed quickly.

With your help, we can help ensure that our shared customers are driving a vehicle that is safe. Please check VINs at recalls.honda.com for Honda vehicles and recalls.acura.com for Acura vehicles or call 1(888) 234-2138 for open recalls. If a vehicle needs a recall repair, please advise the vehicle’s owner to contact their local dealer immediately to arrange the free repair.

Again, please keep this poster in a convenient location for your staff and customers to see.

American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. appreciates your support and cooperation in this effort to help keep our shared customers safe.

Download the poster here

These showing what a technician has to do to replace the A/C Evaporator.

This vehicle was a 2007  Dodge Magnum RT.

Brake Drum to disc conversion on a 1968 Mustang

Believe it or Not This vehicle was driven in

 

Winter Weather is Coming – get your winter / snow tires

New winter tires begin with deeper tread depths and more open tread designs than the tires used during the rest of the year. While the extra tread depth allows new snow tires to provide more traction in deep snow, it also contributes to more tread squirm and drivers may notice a reduction in handling responsiveness.

See more at: http://blog.tirerack.com/blog/docs-advice-on-tires/winter-weather-is-coming-the-time-to-get-your-winter-snow-tires-is-here

Remember These W.I.N.T.E.R. Tips

To stay safe behind the wheel this winter season, consumers should remember the following W.I.N.T.E.R. tips from Tire Rack:

Read more at the official website