Archive for December, 2018

Things to Consider While Maintaining Your Rolls Royce

A Rolls Royce is a highly desired luxury car. They are old-school, classic, classy—a big get by any stretch of the imagination. With their stylish designs and bulky charm, they appeal to many. Their high price tag, however, means that only a few can take advantage of their allure.

Due to their price, reliability, style, and name recognition, a Rolls Royce is a car you want to take good care of. Maintaining their longevity becomes key, as you want to get the most return on your initial investment.

Potential Hazards

Regardless of the car, it’s always important to make sure that it sticks to its regularly scheduled maintenance. With a car in the price range of a Rolls Royce, you want to make especially sure that this is the case.

Getting a regular oil change is crucial. If the oil becomes old or runs out, the engine can seize. A seized engine requires complete replacement, which in a basic family hatchback is expensive. In a luxurious Rolls Royce, it’s exceptionally pricey. Checking the oil in your car is also easy and quick, and can give you some insight into whether or not the car needs a service. Make sure that the car is on level ground, pull out the dipstick in the oil cylinder, and wipe it on a paper towel or cloth. Insert the dipstick back into the cylinder, hold for a moment, and remove. The level of oil should be clearly indicated on the stick. It should always remain between the two lines indicated on the stick. When observing the oil, make sure that it is a clear gold color, and not a dark brown. A dark brown or black color means that the oil should be changed immediately, as it’s old and burnt.

Always make sure that the air tire pressure is at the level indicated by the driver’s manual or the dealership. An electronic digital tire-pressure gauge is the most accurate and helpful, however, any tire pressure gauge will do the work just fine. Make sure to also check the air pressure in the spare tire, as well. While a popped tire is not generally a major disaster, it can be a huge inconvenience and a large expense if your spare is not inflated. Driving with a tire that’s low on air can affect the driving experience, as well as put unnecessary pressure on the struts and axles of the car. A tire that is low because of a leak will likely require a complete replacement, while others can just be refilled at any service station for relatively cheap.

Other Maintenance Tips

Other key areas to check and maintain include the oil filter, the brakes, the exhaust and air conditioning systems, and all fluids. Most of these are best treated at a trusted mechanic, and most will be done during a routine oil change. When driving a car as pricey and unique as a Rolls Royce, it’s important that you have the car checked regularly, as well as when any questions or concerns occur.

Rolls Royce parts are often more expensive than the “regular” version, and generally need more specific help. Always make sure to take your car to a Rolls Royce certified dealer/mechanic, or check that your mechanic is qualified to help you with a Rolls Royce. Damages can add up much quicker and can be extremely detrimental when dealing with a car as sophisticated as the Rolls Royce, and you want to make sure that you handle them with care and speed.

Rolls Royce Logo

How We Can Help

Regardless of the type of maintenance that your car needs, Star Motors is ready and willing to help. We understand that your car is important to you, and we promise to treat it like it’s our own. Serving San Juan Capistrano, CA, as well as other Southern Orange County areas, we’re prepared to help you in any way necessary.

Our certified technicians are qualified to work on a variety of European cars. We use the newest diagnostic equipment and promise dealership quality with lower prices. When in doubt, we at Star Motors are prepared to help you sort out any of the problems that occur with any of your luxurious cars, including your Rolls Royce.

* Luxurious Rolls Royce Car image credit goes to: AdrianHancu.

* Rolls Royce Logo image credit goes to: the_guitar_mann.

Reasons for Air Compressor Issues in Porsches

When looking to buy a luxury car, Porsche is one of the first luxury names that comes to mind. With their sporty looks and high price tag, these beautiful cars are a go-to for collectors, investors, business owners and even families. With many different types of styles, these classy cars are appealing to everyone.

If purchasing a luxury car like a Porsche, you want to make sure that it’s always in the best possible condition. Of course, the easiest way to do that is to follow the scheduled maintenance required for your car, and seek a skilled mechanic or auto shop whenever you have concerns.

How Does it Work?

The air compressor is a crucial part of your comfort. Once created, they became a common feature in the regular automobile. They provide the critical backbone of your air conditioning system, and let the car interior cool to an entire twenty degrees or so from the outdoor temperature. This gives the driver greater flexibility and comfort when driving in hot temperatures.

While the air conditioning system feels like a blast of cold, fresh air—like opening a freezer door—the cooling effect is actually created by removing heat from the outside warm air. Essentially, the compressor begins to activate the refrigerant in the system. It travels through the condenser, where the heat is pulled out. After, it contaminants are removed in the dryer, and then the pressure is lessened after passing through the expansion valve. Finally, it progresses through the evaporator and is pushed into your car as cold, fresh-feeling air.

Because you only use the air conditioning system during the hot months, it’s more likely to last longer than other key components of your car, since it’s not facing the same wear and tear. Similarly, drivers may not notice a malfunctioning system for a while, due to lack of consistent use.

Warning Signs

The warning signs of a potentially defunct or problematic air compressor are fairly obvious. If the vents are blowing out warm air, even after driving it and keeping the car on for a little while, then the system is down. Oftentimes, this simply means getting the refrigerant recharged. This generally happens every few years or so. If it’s a more severe problem, it may result in the entire compressor needing to be replaced. A leak in any of the air conditioning system locations can also result in a failing air conditioning system.

The compressor is an absolutely essential part of the system. In its absence, the car is left only with fans blowing outside air into the vehicle, with no cooling capacity. Like other parts of the engine, the compressor is powered by the serpentine belt. If it snaps, the compressor will fail to work. At the same time, the car itself will stop working, which would obviously indicate that something is wrong with the car. Other potential warning signs include: weird rattling, or unexpected noises, lack of efficiency, or strange fluid leaks.

How to Avoid Problems with Your Air Compressor

One of the best ways to avoid a more costly repair—like getting the full compressor replaced—is to use the air conditioning regularly and check for problems. It’s recommended that even during the months of November to February, you should turn the air on for at least ten minutes every thirty days. This prevents the system from “resting” too long which can be detrimental in the long-term.

Thankfully, if regular care is taken with the compressor, it should last the average lifespan of your car, and prevent a costly removal and replacement cost. Recharging is expected every few years for the health of the car.

Turning On Porsche AC

How We Can Help:

No matter the problem, our skilled technicians here at Star Motors are ready to help. Serving San Juan Capistrano, CA as well as other Southern Orange County areas, we are prepared to fix any of your problems. Specializing in European vehicles, we can gladly work with you on any potential issues. We’ve served our customers for over 30 years, and have factory-trained and ASE Master Certified Technicians are always available to service your car. We understand that your car is special to you, and we treat it like it’s our own. Call or stop by today to get your AC cooling again!