15 – Ford Recalling Certain F53 Motor Home Chassis

(Posted by RV Business February 10, 2012)

Ford is recalling certain F-53 and F-59 stripped-chassis vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years to fix a transmission-selector cable that may break.  The F53 chassis is typically used as a platform for motor homes while the F59 is used in commercial trucks, such as delivery vans.

The company said the “prndl “ cable that controls transmission’s gear indicator display can break where it is attached to the transmission control selector arm on the steering column. “Prndl” stands for the park, reverse, neutral drive and low gear positions.  If the cable breaks, the gear indicator display in the instrument panel will not move when the driver changes the gear position.  This can prevent drivers from knowing whether the vehicle is in park or reverse, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford said it built the affected 2011 chassis from Feb. 1,2010, through July 1, 2011, and the 2012 models from May 10, 2011 through Oct. 25, 2011.  The recall includes 13,239 vehicles.

Under the recall dealers will replace the transmission selector arm assembly and the cable free of charge.  The recall is expected to begin in March.  Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Article printed from RV Business”http://www.rvbusiness.com.

14 – Is there such a thing as a good- cheap paint job?

… In a word, no.  “Good” and “cheap” in auto paint are exact opposites.  You can buy the cheapest materials around and they may even look good for a while.  But, within a year or two the finish is dull, flakey, and perhaps peeling.

On the other hand you can buy great materials but hot prepare the surface properly and you will have shiny paint on a bumpy or dirty surface.

You see it takes both quality materials and quality workmanship to make a paint job good.

I guess it would be a good time to define “good”.  From my perspective that would mean a paint job that will stand up to the elements and look like it did when it left the Dealer.  That would mean quality preparation in a clean environment, with quality materials that are meticulously applied by experts and then highly polished to a show car appearance.  Of course the vehicle would be completely dis-assembled and every ding on it removed.  Then and only then, will I call a paint job good.

For clients fortunate enough to allow Sturken’s to refinish their car, whether it is a complete paint job or a partial paint job after a collision, quality of the paint job is the last thing that you will have to worry about.

Sturken’s guarantees your car will have a perfect color match and paint that is guaranteed for life.  So if you are in need of excellent paint work give us a call.  We can assure you that it will not be done in a cheap way.

Call Sturken Auto Body to ensure a show room finish on your car or truck. 408-295-7195

13 – The Used Low-Mileage Motor Home

We get this call every week:  “I just bought this really low mileage motor home that’s older (10-20 years) and it needs a few things looked at. Can I bring it by this week?  We have a trip planned soon and we want to get it checked out before we go.”

Please don’t do that! You are buying a motor home to enjoy and take your family out for a good time. You are probably going to spend a fair amount of money for it.  So why not get it inspected BEFORE you buy it?

Mileage on the odometer means almost nothing on a motor home.  The reason why is that they sit. And this is usually outside in the weather, uncovered and un-moved for 90% of their life. Since the majority of the critical parts of an RV are made of rubber and plastic they begin breaking down (hardening/cracking) within a few years of being built.  If they sit in intensely cold or hot areas with direct sunlight, the aging process can accelerate at a tremendous rate.

In a motorized RV the aging process usually starts at the roof and tires and then moves to the engine and the seals.  It’s a tall order to expect all of these components to be in top notch, road worthy conditions when they sit and the suns ultraviolent radiation rains down every day for years on end.

My recommendation is to have any RV (or car for that matter) professionally inspected prior to purchase.  One of three things will happen:

  1. You will find out that the vehicle is very well maintained and needs little or no work.
  2. You will find out that it does need some work but might be a workable solution for your family.  And, you’ll be in a better position to negotiate or walk away.
  3. Or you will find out that the vehicle is in deplorable condition and should not be purchased under any circumstances (yes this does happen).

Whatever the outcome you will have confidence in your decision and clarity in your mind regardless of the outcome.

When it comes to buying any trailer, motor coach or car do what wise investors have been doing for years. Pay to have your next used vehicle inspected before you invest in it. If not you could be paying for it for years to come.

When it is your time to buy call Sturken Auto & RV for your pre-purchase inspection
408 295-7195

12 – What is Bondo?

Bondo is a trade name that has become synonymous with all plastic body fillers.  Much like the brand name Kleenex which has universally become the name for tissue.

Plastic fillers became popular in the 1960’s because of their ease of use and minimal toxicity.  Prior to plastic filler all rough body work had to be smoothed through the use and application of molten lead.  The lead was heated up to a liquid state and then applied to the dented metal with a wooden paddle.  The lead had to be applied quickly and with expert ability.  Needless to say it took a lot of practice and resources to use it.  Lead was used in many different ways at that time and auto body was just one example.  As time went on scientist discovered that lead was toxic and it was eventually eliminated from the body shop altogether.

As for plastic fillers, they have continuously improved as dozens of companies now make their own versions of “Bondo”.

 Plastic fillers start as two components, a soft creamy substance a little thinner than warm peanut butter.  To that, a catalyst is added in a small ratio.  A chemical reaction occurs and the two products combine and become warm.  Within a few minutes the filler begins to harden.  Once dried or cured, the “Bondo” can be sanded into almost any shape or contour.  Typically, it is used to hide unsightly dings or dents in auto body work that cannot be smoothed to perfection with body hammers.  When sanded in stages (and often applied or re-coated 2 or 3 times) an expert body man can make a previously dented panel appear to be perfect and without flaw.

So our thanks to the chemists that created all of the plastic fillers we use today.  You have made dent removal safer and faster for body shops everywhere.

For flawless body work always insist on the best.  Insist on Sturken Auto Body.

Call 408-295-7195.