Posts made in August, 2015

How To Touch Up Paint On Your Restored Porsche

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Often the most challenging part of touching up the paint on a restored Porsche is finding the original paint color code. These tips will help you touch up the paint on your restored Porsche, starting with the task of finding the paint code. 1. Find the paint code. If you changed the color of your Porsche during your Porsche restoration, you should have the paint color number already available. If the car is still painted in the original color, you’ll need to find the paint color code somewhere in the Porsche. Porsche tends to put the paint codes in different places and has at times required the paint codes to be supplied by the dealer. The first place you should check is in the owner’s manual. Check the first page and if not on the first page, then look through the entire manual. The paint code will be either three or four characters long. If it is four characters long, the paint code will start with an L. All paint codes include letters and numbers. If the paint code isn’t in the owner’s manual, check the following places: In the center of the hood on the underside. Spare tire compartment. Inside the trunk. Front compartment storage area. Inside the engine compartment. Behind the rear license place. Once you know the paint color, use this code to buy the touch up paint for your car. If you’re unable to find out what the paint color code is for your Porsche, contact a reputable Porsche dealer or Porsche restoration company for help. 2. Clean the area. Clean the area to be touched up. Remove any wax on the paint in that area. 3. Tape off the affected area. Use masking tape to tape off the area and ensure that the only part of the car that gets painted is the part that needs the touch up. 4. Apply primer. Areas showing bare metal or plastic will need to be primed before they can be painted. Apply primer in thin coats only over the area where bare metal or plastic is showing. Allow the primer to dry fully between coats and then let the primer sit overnight. In the morning, sand the primer with a fine grit sandpaper before continuing. 5. Apply the paint. Apply paint in thin layers over the primed area. Allow the paint to dry between coats. Apply several coats until the touched up areas reach the height of the original paint. 6. Apply clearcoat. Wait another night and give the paint a chance to fully dry, then apply several thin layers of clearcoat over the newly painted areas. Allow the clearcoat to dry between coats. Remove the masking tape. 7. Finish the area. Wait a few days to give the clearcoat a chance to fully dry, then buff the newly painted area with rubbing compound. For more information, contact Porsche Services or a similar...

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Sights, Smells And Sounds From Your Car That Point To Transmission Problems

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A well-running car normally delivers a smooth ride with no annoying sounds. When you have a transmission problem, you may suddenly have a noisy car that drives rough. Here are some of the typical symptoms of a car that is in need of a transmission repair.  Hesitation Going Into Gear From a stop, if you put the car into gear and tap the accelerator, but it takes a few seconds to move, this may be the transmission. The car should shift smoothly into gear as soon as you shift. Clunking or Whirring Sound As the car shifts gears, it should smoothly move from one gear to another. A clunking sound as the gears change indicates the transmission is having problems aligning with the next gear it needs to shift to. A whirring sound means the transmission is having a problem finding the next gear. Slipping In and Out of Gear While driving, if the car changes gears frequently while you’re on a level surface at a constant speed, there may be a problem with the linkage in the transmission that connects the gears. Your transmission fluid level may be low and topping it off might resolve the slipping problem. Car is Noisy in Neutral When in Neutral, all of the gears should be disengaged and the transmission is quiet. If you hear any noises when the car is in Neutral, there may be bent or broken parts in the transmission that keep it from being silent. Low Transmission Fluid Level If you take your car in for an oil change and the service personnel informs you that your transmission fluid is low, begin looking for a leak. Your car doesn’t burn up transmission fluid as it does oil so the level should remain constant. If it is low, look for a spot on the ground under the car wherever you park for long periods. Transmission fluid is reddish in color and thick like oil. Burning Smell If the fluid level is low, the transmission is not getting the lubrication it needs. The metal parts create more friction and heat. If the transmission gets hot enough, the fluid will start to break down giving off the burning smell. This creates more friction and heat. If you ignore the smell long enough, the transmission will seize up and stop working.   Anytime you have a suspicious sound, smell or feeling from your car, take it in for an inspection. When transmission problems are allowed to continue, they can quickly go from minor to major...

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Protect Investment & Guarantee Effective Maintenance: 3 Advantages of Using a Specialized Repair Garage

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Auto repair garages have popped up all across the American landscape, and they all offer excellent service at low, low prices. However, for owners of luxury European automobiles, the bar should be set a little higher. Your car is not only a means of travel, but also an investment, and you owe it to yourself to make sure that that investment is sufficiently protected. Below, you’ll find a guide to some of the advantages of using a garage which specializes in European auto repair. Hopefully, these positives are enough to make you want to seek out the garage which will truly be best for your vehicle, guaranteeing that you achieve the level of service befitting your car. Shorter Repair Times The two major periods of delay during auto repair come in diagnosing the potential issue and ordering parts to address it. For a standard garage, dealing with a European vehicle may extend each of these waiting periods, as they may not have much experience in your vehicle’s particular systems and may not have a reliable supply chain for specialized parts. By soliciting a garage which specializes in caring for your particular vehicle, you can guarantee that your problem will be quickly identified and a part will be smoothly and rapidly ordered. Having an already existing process for addressing issues in European vehicles will always be superior to a garage which scrambles for an ad hoc solution. Warranty Maintenance An emerging trend in the world of vehicle maintenance is certification for working on certain makes and models of cars. When you walk in to a garage, you’ll likely see a sign that indicates they’ve been certified by a manufacturer to work on those vehicles. While this is sometimes a marketing ploy, it can also have a tangible impact. Since many American customers may not have easy access to a European dealership, a mechanic who has been certified by your manufacturer may be authorized to conduct repairs under your warranty. This can help cut your costs drastically and allow you to maximize the value of your purchase. Community Access Vehicle ownership is an interest like any other, and spending time with like-minded people and developing relationships around those interests can be very fulfilling. In a specialized garage setting, it’s likely that your mechanic will be able to put you in touch with other vehicle owners who have a passion for your selected make and model of car. This can be a valuable resource for maintenance tips or even a lead on potential future purchases. For more information, contact services like Sterling Service...

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