Summer 2011 Newsletter

Summer 2011 Newsletter

We start another summer late and my tomatoes are trying to catch up for loss of sun and lots of rain. But there is nothing better than going to your garden and eating fresh off the vine.

The shop is starting off the summer busy and if my predictions are correct, we are looking to be very busy most of the summer. So, please try planning repairs early enough so that it does not add to your stress level to what could be a “hurried” season. The experts are forecasting that people will be taking more trips by car and be closer to home than last year.

We adopted a new puppy from the local shelter and she has been a true blessing and holy terror at the same time! As my wife Diana says, she is a true girl with long eye lashes and loving personality. If any of you are looking for a new pet for your family. I strongly suggest the animal shelter/humane society in your area. There are some great personalities just waiting to enrich your lives.

A lot of our clients are keeping their cars longer with many exceeding the 200,000 mile mark and still going strong. We do have several clients that have just purchased new Volvos and Subarus and are excited to be in a new car. Remember that the auto dealers cannot make you get the service for your new car done there. It is against the law to restrict where your car gets maintained. We have several customers that will not take their cars back to the dealer even if repairs are covered under warranty. They would prefer to have the repairs done by us. When we do our regular oil change, we check your car very thoroughly and advise you if things maybe under warranty. Some items may be covered by extended warranties and we keep a very good track of that.

Have a great summer and hopefully, our football teams can keep out of trouble enough to be able to have the minimal people required to field a team.
Ed Meza 541.685.0830 or ed@swedishwest.com

Summer Car Tips

1. Park in the Shade
Too obvious? Walk a few extra steps if you see a tree nearby. Be aware, however, that trees mean birds, and you may have debris or bird droppings on your car when you return. If you can’t park in the shade, pick the best direction. Which is the best way to park? The sun sets in the west, so you don’t want to be facing west. Try to park in the direction where the sun will be shining on your rear window or passenger side for most of the time it will be parked.
2. Window Tinting/Sunshades
Mitigate some of the effects of the sun by having your windows tinted. If window tinting isn’t in your budget right now, then you can eliminate some of the heat by purchasing a windshield sunshade that you place on the inside of your windshield when you leave your car. This prevents the sun from beating on your dashboard and steering wheel. Dashboards don’t like the sun or heat. If you don’t cover them, they will fade and crack. Steering wheels, of course, get extremely hot, cause burns to the touch, and result in unsafe driving when you can’t really grip the wheel. There are also removable side window screens, if you have passengers in the rear who want a little relief from the sun on long road trips.
3. Service Your Vehicle
In hot dry climates, cars need special care. Frequent oil changes and belt checks are a must. Batteries die faster than everyone thinks they will. Make sure fluids are full.
4. Items You Should Have in Your Car
Common sense says that you should always have a spare tire and a first aid kit. Here are some additional items that you might not think of if you aren’t used to living in a hot climate.
Extra water, for drinking and/or for the car.
Steering wheel cover. A cloth cover (not leather) may allow you to comfortably handle the steering wheel after the vehicle has been standing in the sun.
Snacks, such as granola bars or small bags of crackers.
Cooler or insulated shopping bag. If you are shopping and you have a bit of time before you can get home, a cooler with an ice pack or insulated shopping bag will keep those frozen items from melting, or that fresh fish safe, before you get there.
Cell phone, so you can call if you get lost or get into trouble.
First aid kit. Items you should consider include ice packs, ace bandages, wrist brace, sunscreen, tweezers, x-acto blade, batteries, (girl stuff), and various meds like Benadryl or Motrin.
Emergency kit. Items you should consider include a flashlight, flares, jumper cables, blanket, extra clothes and gloves, paper towels, and some basic tools like wrenches, a ratchet and sockets, screwdrivers and pliers.

Subaru Releases Dramatic Video of Isle of Man TT Circuit Record Lap Driving a US specification 2011 Subaru WRX STI, Higgins achieved speeds of 162 MPH and a lapped time of 19 minutes 37 seconds over the 37-mile track, navigating more than 200 corners.
“This is one of the most daunting tracks I have ever driven, and the most terrifying,” said Higgins, a Manx native. “We were only able to get two practice runs and on our second practice I had the biggest ‘moment’ of my career. We had a passenger on the second run and so coming into Bray Hill at more than 150 MPH, the extra weight compressed the suspension more than on previous runs and shifted the Subaru to the left and then right as I corrected–it was a real tank slapper. The whole thing went by so quickly that we never slowed below 110 MPH, and then we were back on the power. It was amazing and the helicopter shots really show just how hairy it really was.”
The WRX STI was a production US spec car running a standard 305 HP turbocharged boxer engine. Some safety modifications were made. The Subaru was equipped with a Lifeline fire suppression system, Hockley Motorsports roll cage, motor drive competi¬tion
seats, Mintex brake pads (but stock calipers and rotors), and a louder open exhaust to warn spectators of the on-coming car. The speed limiter was turned off to allow a higher maximum speed; off-the shelf Tien springs and dampers were added to accommodate the numerous high-speed jumps on the circuit, send¬ing the WRX STI al¬most four feet off the ground. The car ran on street legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires.
You can watch the video at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFlSG9_Ue4A

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