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    Posted on 21, December, 2017

    Del Mar Automotive will be closed on Christmas and New Years days this year, as well as our usual Saturdays and Sundays.  So we will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday on those two weekends. 

    We will be back to work on Tuesday following both holidays and ready to serve you.

    We want to thank all our customers who have made our 25 year survival possible and we look forward to a bright future for all.


    Posted on 08, November, 2017

    And you thought The Jetsons cartoon series was a fantasy.  Brace yourself.

  • BMW recalls 1.4M vehicles for fire risk

    Posted on 07, November, 2017

    Vesna Brajkovic

    November 7, 2017

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    BMW issued two recalls involving 1,400,000 vehicles between the 2006-2011 model years for potential overheating, with a risk of catching fire even while unattended. 

    First Recall

    The first recall covers more than 672,700 vehicles where the wiring and electrical connectors for the system that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system may overheat, causing them to melt and increase the risk of fire, even when the vehicle is unattended.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Recall Report, this recall involves the blower-regulator wiring harness which controls the blower-motor’s fan speed within the heating and air conditioning system.

    "Over time, irregularities in the crimp connection in conjunction with relative movements of the tin-coated connector at the end of the wiring harness, which connects to the tin-coated blower-regulator pin, could lead to frictional corrosion," the reports reads. "In combination with very high current flow, which would occur at maximum blower-motor fan speed, variations in the electrical resistance at this connection could occur, which could lead to a temperature increase. As a result, the blower-regulator wiring could be damaged, and could lead to partial contact of individual wire strands. This could result in an irregular current flow (i.e., short circuit), and also further overheating."   

    This recalls includes: 

    • 2006-2011: BMW 3 Series Sedan and Wagon (323i, 325i, 325xi, 328i, 328xi, 330i, 330xi, 335i, 335xi, M3)
    • 2007-2011: BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible (328i xDrive, 335i xDrive, 335is)
    • 2009-2011: BMW 3 Series Diesel (335d)

    If this were to happen the heating and air conditioning system may suddenly stop functioning, and there may be a smoke and/or a plastic burning odor noticeable within in the vehicle.     

    Second Recall

    The second recall covers more than 740,500 vehicles where an electrical short can cause the parts within the Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV)  valve to melt, increasing the risk of a fire, even when the vehicle is not in use.

    This recalls includes: 

    • 2008-2011: BMW 1 Series Coup and Convertible (128i)
    • 2007-2011:BMW 3 Series Sedan, Wagon, Coupe and Convertible; (328i, 328xi, 328i xDrive)
    • 2007-2011: 5 Series Sedan, Wagon (525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi)
    • 2007-2011: BMW X3 SAV, X5 SAV; Z4 Roadster, Z4 Coupe (X3 3.0si, X3 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive30i, Z4 3.0i, Z4 3.0si, Z4 sDrive30i)

      This recall involves the Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve heater (blow-by-heater) which may not have been produced to specifications, reads the  NHTSA Safety Recall Report.

    "Affected vehicles are equipped with a PCV valve that incorporates a heating element consisting of a copper tube, continuously supplied by electrical current, and a Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) element, known as the PCV valve heater (blow-by-heater). The electrical contacts at the copper tube, and the tube itself, are coated with a plastic material. Irregularities in the manufacturing process at the supplier could lead to cavities in the area of the electrical contacts, and near the PTC element at the copper tube, which could allow moisture to occur and could lead to a short circuit."

    If this were to happen the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) will typically turn on, smoke may be noticeable from the area near the engine compartment, and there may be a smoke, or a plastic burning odor. 

    For both recalls, if necessary, dealers will replace the wiring and electrical connector or PCV valve heater free of charge beginning Dec. 18.

  • Hyundai Recalls 443K Sonatas, Hybrids Over Defective Seat Belts

    Posted on 25, October, 2017

    Oct. 23, 2017—Hyundai announced it's recalling 443,500 model year 2011-2014 Sonata and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrid sedans that have already been recalled before for the same seat belt problems, according to a report.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation in January 2017 to determine why seat belts failed in a Sonata crash.

    The front seat belt assembly in the Hyundai Sonata uses a seat belt anchor pretensioner fastened to the car's inner structure.

    The anchor pretensioner is fastened to the inner sill before it's connected to the seat belt linkage.

    However, the seat belt can detach from the anchor pretensioner if the connector does not fully latch when the linkage is pressed onto the connector.

    The 2011-2014 Sonata and 2011-2015 Sonata Hybrid recall will begin October 2017 when shops and dealers will again verify the connections between the seat belt linkages and the pretensioners, and additionally install warning labels to prevent future seat belt linkage detachments.

  • Toyota Recalls 310K Sienna Vans

    Posted on 20, October, 2017

    Oct. 18, 2017—Toyota announced a safety recall of 310,000 model year 2005–2007, 2009 and 2010 Sienna vans in the U.S. 

    The automaker notes that the vehicles involved have grease inside the shift lever assembly that could transfer to other internal components, causing them to function improperly.

    This could allow the shift lever to be moved out of the “Park” position without depressing the brake pedal. If this occurs when the parking brake is not engaged, it could lead to a vehicle rollaway and increase the risk of a crash.

    Shops should replace the shift lock solenoid with a new one, remove the grease, and reapply an appropriate amount of grease.

    All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail by mid-December.

    Posted by Allen L Phillips