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Advice For A Rainy Day

imageMost of the time, Audis are unaffected by inclement weather.  They’re more than capable of handling in the snow, which is generally a good thing…  That is, unless you’re looking for an excuse to take the day off work because your car is supposedly stuck in the driveway.  If your boss knows you drive an Audi, this excuse will never work!

As far as weather is concerned, your Audi can manage almost anything Mother Nature can dish out, but some occasions require a bit of attention.  The rain in Colorado doesn’t seem to be letting up, and so with this in mind, we at Salta would like to make sure your car is unaffected.

•Check your rain tray…  There is a plastic channel under the hood near the front windshield.  Often times, it can become clogged with leaves and debris, causing water to overflow onto the car’s interior floorboard, and in extreme cases, this can cause damage to some of the electronics.  It takes minutes to clean, but if you’re uncomfortable doing it on your own, you’ve got some friends at Salta who would be happy to help.

•Replace your windshield wipers…  The cold weather causes warping to the wiper blades, a brand new set will greatly increase your visibility and our factory wipers are an exact fit at a great price.

•Don’t get stranded…  A check up is free, so there’s no reason to get stranded in bad weather.  Be mindful of upcoming services, your car will thank you for it!

•Most of all, drive careful… It’s crazy out there right now!


Four Wheeled Friends

imageMy first car’s name was Orton. It was an 80 something Chevrolet Cavalier that was given to me by my aunt. By the time I inherited Orton, he was a little lackluster, though I have to wonder if there was ever a point in time when a Cavalier was considered sexy or even attractive. His clear coat had worn through, making his dull grey exterior that much more dull. His carpet was grey, his seats were grey, he was about as glorious as a winter day in Cold War Russia.

Orton’s namesake was a bank teller in downtown Denver. A dull man with no real emotion to speak of. Orton the bank teller probably drove a Cavalier just like mine, but I doubt he had the creative energy to go through with naming his car. He probably didn’t even name his children. He was the perfect namesake for my nondescript little car.

I didn’t even really want a car when Orton came into my life, but it didn’t take long to succumb to the ways of automotive dependency. In the beginning, I wasn’t so attached to Orton, I couldn’t even be bothered to check or change his oil. But over time, I grew to appreciate and maybe even love Orton…

He drove me safely through bad weather and bad neighborhoods, and because he never caught the eye of anyone, we could speed right past cop cars with all the confidence in the world that we were in fact, invisible.

Most cars are given recognition for being fast or beautiful, but Orton’s crowning achievement would be the day that I sold him. He provided me with the funds I needed to move to New York City, so, you could say that Orton had provided me with a future I could not have afforded otherwise.

There have been many cars since Orton, and all of them have had names and personalities of their own. Yes, personalities. Take, for instance, Klaus, my Audi Avant… Klaus, the no-nonsense German never failed me. He was functional, reliable, and if he had the ability, he would have been disappointed in my constant lack of punctuality.

Over the years, I have come to realize that our customers also affectionately name their cars. There’s Jeffrey the Volkswagen Jetta, Peppy the Touareg and there was even an Audi A8 called the Doctor.

At Salta, we always do our best to consider that we’re not just fixing any old car… For a lot of our customers, we recognize that there is an emotional bond there, a genuine concern for the well being of their four-wheeled friend. We get it. We’re the same way. And we’re always happy to help a friend in need, whether it’s a car or not!

Watch Out For Those Plastic Bags!

Here’s a little car advice that may be hard to take serious, but trust me, this is no urban myth.  One of our customers brought in his Audi A4 1.8t because he was hearing metallic grinding noise coming from under his car.  It didn’t take too long to figure out that the transmission was bad, but as for the reason why, well, that’s where it gets interesting…  About a week earlier, he ran over a plastic grocery bag.  By now, everyone in the world knows exactly what kind of grocery bag I’m talking about because they’re everywhere they shouldn’t be.  They’re floating down the Platte river, flying through the air, and I think they grow on trees because there’s ten of them on the tree in my front yard.

Our customer didn’t think twice about hitting the plastic bag, and who could blame him?  They’re a nuisance and an eyesore, so if you can take one out, the better off this planet would be.  That would not be the end for this plastic bag in particular, and it seems it exacted it’s revenge on the car that ran it down. When we lifted the car, we could see that the bag had wrapped around the inner cv axle, pushing in the drive axle seal so that all the fluid poured out of the transmission.  Lack of lubrication caused the transmission to sieze up and ruined the transmission completely.  We were able to find a good used transmission for the customer and we had the car up and running in record time.  This was the first time we had ever seen this happen, and hopefully the last.  Just watch out for those plastic bags!

The Westfalia Project

The Floyd Hill Bench Mark…  blog #5 – The Westfalia Project

For some reason, guys from Colorado have this mind set that if you can’t tow up Floyd Hill going at least seventy, then that tow rig just isn’t worth having.  Brian has been researching the possibilities as to which motor he should use in place of the old one, and I think he’s well on track to reaching the Floyd Hill bench mark.  While we have replaced Vanagon motors with Subaru conversions, it just didn’t seem like the motor we were looking for, that and it’s a very costly procedure.  As of late, he’s been leaning toward using a TDI motor instead.  The TDI would give us a decent amount of power, and we’d be getting better gas mileage.  Also, it just so happens that Brian has a couple of these laying around, they definitely need a lot of attention, but a free motor is a good motor, and price will definitely be a big factor where this project is concerned.

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As Luck Would Have It…  blog #4 – The Westfalia Project

Gilberto is a baker, and a really good baker at that, but that means he keeps crazy work hours.  Three days would pass before we would find him at home to talk to him about his van.  We were nervous that it had already been sold, but as luck would have it, there were no takers.  Maybe it’s prospective buyers were intimidated by the amount of work that would have to go into it just like we were, or maybe they dismissed it as being a total dog pile.  Regardless, we had come to terms that yes, this would be a big project, and maybe it is a total dog pile, but if anyone had the resources to pimp such a ride, it would be us.  Between Brian’s collection of blown motors and his aptitude for all things mechanical, there’d be no reason why he wouldn’t be able to scrap something amazing together.  I had actually been looking forward to using my new sewing machine for something a little more useful than a lap quilt for Grandma, so I’d try my hand at upholstery and tent making.  The rest we could nickle and dime until it’s completion, so it seemed like we could make it happen.  The VW Gods were smiling on us that day, because Gilberto sold it to us for a really good price.

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The Best Obsession…  blog #3 – The Westfalia Project

Late one night on our commute back home, Brian had noticed that Gilberto’s Westfalia had been cleaned up a little, and the odds and ends that he was storing inside it were all cleared out.  We panicked.  Was Gilberto going to sell it?  Was it already sold?  We scoured the Volkswagen ads on Craigslist to see if it would pop up, and sure enough, there it was.  There was always this thought in the back of my mind that Gilberto’s van would always be there, waiting for us to claim it as our own, but there it was for all of Colorado to see. There was no doubt that some lucky VW enthusiast would also be able to see past all it’s imperfections and jump at the opportunity to own it.  The thought of losing the Westy was enough to convince us that we absolutely needed it…  If we couldn’t obsess about the van at the end of the block, then what would we have to obsess about?  I suppose we could have focused our attention to our lawn or to the mouse that lives in the flower pot, but the weather will take care of the lawn and I’m too sensitive to kill the mouse, so were back to the Westy obsession.

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What’s Not To Like? blog #2 – The Westfalia Project

Still, we took the route past Gilberto’s, always craning our necks to get a glance of the camper.  We knew that somewhere beyond all the rust and broken glass, there was a lot of potential.  I mean, what’s not to like about a Westy?  There’s ample storage space, and the van itself is quite spacious.  There’s two beds and when the top is up, you don’t have to worry about hitting your head on the ceiling. Did I mention that there’s a kitchen?  Honestly, it’s about the size of the Playskool kitchen I used to make imaginary muffins with when I was six, but it’s a kitchen nonetheless.  Apart from the brown and tan formica finish, it’s actually in really good condition, the stove burners have never been used and the little refrigerator is spotless.  There’s even an itsy-bitsy sink, just big enough to wash a cereal bowl in.  In my mind, anything that even somewhat resembles a kitchen in a camping environment is way better than having to prepare a meal in the dirt.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting a few creature comforts, and cooking outside is definitely not my thing, so this was one of my favorite features about the Westy.

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