Throughout my career I’ve seen countless cars come to me with various ‘Check Engine’ lights or ‘Service Engine Soon’ lights. Roughly 1/3 of those cars suffered from bad gas. The top two offenders? Costco and military bases (we’re in San Diego, so it comes with the territory). The first question out of my mouth to most of these customers was ‘Are you buying gas from Costco or the base?’ If they answered yes, I’d clear the light and prescribe a full tank of Chevron and all of a sudden things were back to normal. Bad Gas.
Hell froze over last March when Costco re-vamped their fuel product by qualifying for ‘Top-Tier’ status. In all honesty, I didn’t discover Costco’s new found love for quality gasoline until my buddy Pat bought it to my attention (he’s a car guy and my go-to beer expert). After 15 years of warning folks about getting gas from Costco, I can actually say that not only is it OK to get gas from Costco, but that they sell very high quality gas! Go ahead and fill ‘er up! (I’m twitching a bit as I type that).
San Diego doesn’t see rain that often, which makes it all the more dangerous when trekking out in this sort of weather. While many will claim ‘San Diegans don’t know how to drive in the rain’ that is only partially true. Practice does make perfect, so we have a disadvantage there, but what most don’t realize is that rain naturally cleans roads and freeways and that doesn’t happen often for us. Throughout the year there are a lot of oils and fluids that leak from under-maintained cars that will sit on our roads and freeways until the rain finally comes. Once we do get rain, this leads to extremely slippery conditions. Here are a few things you can do both before and during your rainy trip to keep you and your passengers at the good end of the safety bell curve.
If I look at my restoration career, I have, in some ways, felt very alone. Like I was the only one who ever cared about the car. It can be hard to explain to people what you actually do, and what it actually takes. Until, I stumbled upon Adam Cramer.
He owns and operates Liberty Vintage Motorcycles in Philadelphia, PA. I first learned of Adam from an unlikely source. My best friend sent me this video and simply said “Show your passion” Honestly, there are two types of guys that restore old cars and bikes. There are guys that rant and rave about how incredible they are (they really aren’t) and how great their work is (it really isn’t) and there are guys like Adam.
This is Adam, he kind of explains a lot of what I’ve encountered, as well as everyone who has spent late nights and early mornings trying to re-create the beauty of the past with half the resources and quadruple the effort. Watch this video, it is worth the 4 minutes:
My hope is that as you read this, you are still holding on to the fancy brochure for ‘Audi Care’ or ‘Audi Care Plus’ and haven’t pulled the trigger to purchase it just yet. Audi Care is your local dealership’s service or maintenance warranty package that covers your Audi service needs for up to 45,000 miles for the basic plan and 75,000 miles for the ‘Plus’ plan.
To be clear, You do not have to have your new Audi Serviced by the dealership to maintain your Audi’s manufacturer warranty, and don’t let them make you feel that way.