Archive for January, 2019

Fixing the Electric Sliding Door of Your Car

Modern technological conveniences have afforded many opportunities for advanced features in different vehicles. Electric sliding doors are the ones that can be opened or closed with the touch of a button. They literally slide along a set of tracks and automatically open and close at your behest. The sliding doors associated with minivans or midsize SUVs make it much more convenient to get in and out of the vehicle with bags, children, or a handful of goods, but there is still the chance for something to go wrong with the electronics.

The electric sliding door mechanism is very popular in many vehicles. Recent models of all types of SUVs and minivans use the touch of a button to open and close a door. It literally does not get more convenient than this type of advanced technology. However, when something goes wrong, fixing the issue can be a bit more complex. Most doors that do not have electric components can be much more easily fixed with simple tools. For example, if you are having trouble getting the car doors open because they are sticking or squeaking on an older pickup truck, you can probably apply some lubrication or some WD-40, maybe even replace some screws on your own and have no more problems in the future. However, if the problem is with an electronic component, things get a bit more complicated and you may not have the tools or the skills to identify the issue and fix it.

Benefits of Sliding Doors

Sliding doors provide many benefits. They are helpful for parents of children who need help getting in and out of the vehicle, and they are more accessible for disabled individuals, which makes them the perfect feature for ADA-compliant vehicles. They are ideal for transporting large groups of people or items, and they are incredibly convenient for loading and unloading.

How do electric sliding doors work?

Because these components are electric in nature, problems become a bit more complex to fix. Of course, everything begins with understanding how the components work in the first place. Electric sliding doors offer a simple design with a great deal of convenience for drivers. Whether you are trying to load or unload large packages, new furniture, pets, or passengers, having the automatic sliding door in the vehicle is great.

When your electric sliding door works properly, all it takes is the push of a button and the door will follow the tracks as it is pulled open or closed by a small motor. It extends slightly away from the vehicle before following the rest of the tracks until it is completely open or completely closed. In order to properly function, this mechanism uses a motor and a chain drive to move the heavy door. There is a pawl hook that hooks into the gears underneath the door which locks it into the open position.

Man Viewing Outside Car

Problems with Electric Sliding Doors

If the mechanism stops working properly and your door no longer opens and closes at the push of a button, it is important to bring your vehicle into one of our locations to have a skilled professional fix the problem. Nonetheless, there are things you can do at home to help prevent serious problems with your door. You can, for example, keep the tracks properly clean and lubricated. Debris and crumbs and all manner of dirt typically get caught in the tracks when the doors open, and if that isn’t removed on a regular basis it can build up and cause serious problems with the function of the door. If there is a problem you don’t want to let it get worse. Eventually, the door will not open or close at all.

When you bring your vehicle in because of an issue with the electric sliding door, we can help you to figure out the cause, provide repairs, and offer long-term solutions for you to help prevent future problems from arising. Our staff is very well-trained with handling electric sliding door issues and we specialize in all types of models, both domestic and imports. So, if you are having trouble getting your door open or closed, let us know. At Star Motors we are conveniently located to San Juan Capistrano, CA and other Southern Orange County areas.

What Causes the Land Rover’s Fuel Tank to Rust

You probably didn’t put much thought into your Land Rover’s gas tank when you went to pick it up. High on the priority list for Land Rover owners tends to be performance, dependability and rugged good looks. This is a vehicle built for the daily commute but also for the weekend off-roading adventure. While fuel economy may be another important consideration, it is unlikely that you asked about the material of your fuel tank before you drove the car off the lot. Let’s take some time to talk about it now.

What Causes the Fuel Tank to Rust?

Like any other part on your car, the fuel tank is prone to wear and like any other part of your car, keeping it in good condition is imperative to keeping your vehicle running smoothly. Land Rover vehicles are made with heavy duty steel and aluminum undercarriages. This includes the fuel tank. A rust resistant material is used to coat the interior of the fuel tank to help prevent corrosion from gasoline. In addition, a fuel tank shield protects it from external elements that could cause wear. Even with these preventative measures, these parts are prone to wear. Here a few things that lead to rust and corrosion in your Land Rover:

Low quality fuel

All gasoline is acidic and has corrosive properties. However, using the wrong fuel or low-grade gasoline to fill your tank could lead to early wear of the interior lining of your Land Rover. Make sure to use the fuel recommended for your vehicle according to the owner’s manual. Using a lower grade than suggested could lead to engine knocking and over time require repairs to your engine. To prevent rust in your fuel tank, you should also stay away from ethanol which has been shown to speed corrosion especially in aluminum tanks.

Salt-covered roads

In many parts of the country, the roads are covered in salt for several months of the year to keep roads safe in icy conditions. Driving on these salt covered roads can be especially hard on your Land Rover’s undercarriage. In New England, many Land Rover owners see signs of corrosion on their undercarriage and fuel tank shield as soon as 2-3 years after buying them. If you live in an area where this is a normal part of life, additional preventative measures can be taken to slow down this process.

Off-road use

It’s common knowledge that tougher conditions are going to lead to more aggressive wear of any kind in a vehicle. If you are using your Land Rover for more than just the daily commute to the office, then you will see signs of rust on your fuel tank. Wading through water and allowing your undercarriage to sit in that moisture, or having it caked in wet mud for hours create the perfect environment for rust to develop.

Many Land Rover owners are aware that rust is a likelihood in their fuel tank and often ignore the issue. However, this is not recommended as allowing rust to build in your fuel tank can lead to a number of issues. Your fuel tank is connected to the rest of your vehicle by your fuel pump and the electric motor that pushes fuel through your vehicle’s fuel injection system. Rust can create a sludge build up that sits in your fuel tank and is circulated through your vehicle when its running.

A build up in your fuel line means fuel isn’t getting where it needs to be which could lead to overheating or complete engine failure if not addressed completely. Additionally over time, the interior rust can eat through the fuel tank and create holes that allow fuel to seep out. Not only does this pose problems when trying to keep fuel in your tank to run your engine. It also creates an unsafe vehicle to drive as flammable gasoline leaking is a dangerous situation for you and the people around you.

Range Rover 2006

Maintain and Prevent Corrosion

As with anything, maintaining your vehicle is safer, more economical and results in a more enjoyable driving experience. Fuel tank corrosion is not uncommon. Working with a Land Rover expert who is aware of your vehicle’s tendencies can help you avoid major repairs by catching them early and taking preventative measures.

Maintaining and repairing small issues with your cooling system at the recommended interval will help you avoid the headaches mentioned above and keep repair costs to a minimum. Rely on the experts at Star Motors of Orange County to help you create a maintenance schedule tailored to your vehicle. Contact Star Motors in San Capistrano, CA for any service or maintenance needs you may have.

* Range Rover 2006 image credit goes to: contrastaddict.