Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Luxury Vehicle - The Little Things

The little nuances are important when working with a luxury car (something you don’t think about until you are trying to maintain a luxury vehicle). The Porsche is a completed project that team has worked on in the past. Not only is it a beautiful car, it exhibits electric cars as a viable option. However, it is important that this luxury car look and run like a luxury vehicle. At the beginning of the summer, Pete one of the guys on the team noticed this creaking sound and decided it was creaking due to the suspension (the linkages, shock absorbers, and springs which connect the wheels to the vehicle). The decision was to look at the bushings on the suspension and make sure that they were well oiled.

This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it can take up a lot of time. It requires moving the car and putting it on the lift. Then, we needed to start taking apart the suspension. This proved to be quite the task, in fact we ended up pulling out penetrating oil in order to disentangle rusted parts. We finally were able to pull the bushings out. We cleaned them thoroughly and spread oil on them. We than began putting all the suspension pieces back into the Porsche.

Good news – We got rid of that creaking sound, and I finally became a grease monkey (or at least I now consider myself in the club).

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