The Future of Automotive Everything is in Personalization

The April 2017 edition of the SEMA news was recently released. In it was a story on the trends the organization expects to be big in 2017. They go in to much more detail than I will here, so read the full story for more information.

The trends in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry are the same trends that we are seeing across all industries.   People are expecting and demanding personalized experiences and are rewarding those companies that invest in providing those products and services in a personalized way.

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It’s Better To Repair Than To Replace

Jessie, aka Montel as he likes to be called on social media, asked me to help him look into a problem he was having with this BMW’s windows. He has a 1992 E36 BMW 325i that suddenly lost the ability to lower or raise all windows and the sunroof.

It sounded like a fuse. However, we checked all the fuses and they all look to be in good order. After a quick “google” on the problem it seems that these BMW’s have a common flaw where a relay used for the “Comfort Control” system in the car suddenly quicks working. The solder on the unit’s circuit board fails and it no longer functions.

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2017 Summit Racing Autorama

Rain rain, go away…. Life got in the way of my original plans to attend the 2017 Summit Racing Autorama on Saturday. Unfortunately, the forecast of rain for Sunday proved all too accurate and it put a damper on most of the outdoor activities and kept attendees away. Despite this set-back, there were still a lot of cool cars and the exhibition space to occupy the few hours I had available.

I am in need of a few parts for the Corrado project that I just began not to mention that I am always looking for ways to market to more Automotive manufacturers so I decided it was worth the two hour trip despite the rain forecast.

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Corrado Fuel Pump Saga

Either the Corrado has been sitting for longer than I understood or gas gets really corrosive as it breaks down (or both).

Replacing a fuel pump on a Corrado should be a quick and easy job. I removed the fuel pump and sending unit from the car via the access panel in the trunk area. Well, to be truthful, I removed what was left of the sending unit and fuel pump. Large parts of it had completely disintegrated and were either gone or had fallen into the bottom of the gas tank.

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