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SPRING! …are you ready? Auto repair basics

Be ready for the road this Spring!

It’s been a long winter 2017 in the Northeast.  Finally, Spring is here!  Is your prized sports car ready to launch onto the track or tear down the road trouble free?  If not and you encounter problems when you take the cover off and turn the key here’s a great intuitive article on auto repair basics we spotted on the FTC Consumer Protection website.  Call us if you need help!

The more you know about your vehicle, the more likely you’ll be able to head off repair problems.  Click the link to read about trouble shooting problems with your

  • Alternator
  • Battery
  • Starter
  • Exhaust system
  • Tune-up – what is a tune up for modern cars
  • Fluids – identify fluids and check for source of puddles
  • Smells – identify problem sources by their odor
  • Sounds – squeaks, squeals, rattles, rumbles, and other sounds
  • Feel -difficult handling, rough ride, vibration and poor performance are symptoms you can feel. They almost always indicate a problem.

 

Great article covering the basics that every car owner should be familiar with, whether you’re driving a LaFerrari or it’s your child’s VW.

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Our new enclosed transporter

Ferrari LaFerrari at the 2016 FCA Fall Festival

Ferrari LaFerrari at the 2016 FCA Fall Festival

We helped save the day at the 2016 Annual FCA Ferrari Fall Festival when a LaFerrari broke down en route to the show in the center of town.

 

2016 FCA Ferrari Fall Festival

2016 FCA Ferrari Fall Festival starring LaFerrari

It was a thrill to see this phenomenal Ferrari at the show and equally thrilling to be the rescue operator loading and carrying the amazing exotic to the show in our newly deployed transporter.

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2002 Aston Martin DB7

2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante – only 15,200 miles

12/19/2016 – for sale $32,000.00

Location Readington NJ.

For further infomation please email Sandy at info@exoticars-usa.com.

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Oil changes

Ferrari engine low compressionChanging the oil in your Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati or Aston Martin is probably the most important part of routine maintenance. After removing old engine oil it is replaced with new, fresh oil and one or more new oil filters.

Oil absorbs heat and lubricates the moving parts of your car’s engine to reduce friction (which causes premature wear and potentially overheating). With time engine oil breaks down and becomes worn out. Old engine oil is no longer effective at lubricating engine parts and absorbing heat.

For high performance vehicles an oil change every year or every 3,000 – 5,000 miles (whichever comes first) is recommended. Change the oil more frequently if you drive at high speeds, have an older engine or live in an area that is hot, cold, or dusty.

ferrari-oil-change-2ferrari-oil-change-1The photos shown here of sludge in the oil pan and valve train are from a Ferrari engine that has apparently not had oil changes at the recommended intervals. We might expect to see sludge in a ‘daily driver’ older car of low value, never a Ferrari!

 

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Ferrari Transmission

Ferrari 575 finished consoleFerrari transmission options 20 years ago did not include F1. There is no crystal ball that could predict how Ferraris and cars in general would change over the next 20 years, from appearance, to performance and handling, safety features and all the interior technical accessories. We can add to this the decision by Ferrari to cease production of models with gated 6 speed transmissions, in favor solely of F1 shift models. Who would have seen that coming?

In 1996 Wil de Groot’s son Eric created the first website for Exoticars USA as a 16 year old high schooler. Today I nostalgically searched the nifty Wayback Machine to view our original 1996 site and discovered the history has been lost. I’m sad! So today, we salute Eric for being ahead of the tech curve 20 years ago and carving us a spot in cyber space.

 

Ferrari 575 with Ferrari manual transmission conversionThe web, automotive engineering, the fruits of human ingenuity and adaptation, keep evolving. A good thing for all of us! But we all retain a sense of nostalgia and in some cases you can return to the past, whether for sentimental or other reasons. Contact us if you are interested in having us modify the F1 shifting of your classic Ferrari to a gated shifter transmission. It can be done.

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Ferrari transmission conversion

Ferrari 575 with Ferrari manual transmission conversion

Recently we completed a Ferrari transmission conversion project for a client who bought an F1 Ferrari 575 Maranello, after he was unable to locate a suitable, increasingly-scarce 6-speed manual example. It is not news that many Ferrari enthusiasts are happier driving with a manual transmission vs the steering column mounted ‘paddle shift’ F1 semi-automatic gear-shifting. We were challenged with the assignment to convert the F1 transmission over to traditional manual stick-shift. We were able to locate the necessary parts and custom machined some extras fittings that were needed. End result? A happy customer driving his Ferrari the way Enzo intended. For track driving, F1 shifting is quicker and more efficient. For pleasurable street driving, nothing beats the original manual shifting mechanics. We think it is a shame that more and more manufacturers no longer manufacture models with a manual transmission option. As the man said: “Real men use 3 pedals.” http://grfxpstore.com/store/product/885037345  What do you think?

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2016 Amelia Island Concours Ferrari spectacular

DSC_1823Just back from this year’s phenomenal Amelia Island Concours. Each year this show is better than the last, now 20 years old. Narrowly dodging late afternoon showers, there was a huge turnout of classic, antique, sports and exotic cars. We’re sharing photos of some of our favorites. If you haven’t been to this show, please add to your bucket list. Hope to see you there next year!

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2015 Fall exotic car rallies

exotic car rallies - photo: G. Garcia

photo: G. Garcia

Taking advantage of El Nino’s effect on the Fall weather in NJ we hosted a couple of Ferrari and exotic car rallies during the height of seasonal fall foliage. If the warm weather persists, we’ll be doing this again soon! Stay tuned by signing up for our Newsletter which gives a head’s up when we’re holding a gathering, sometimes at short notice to take advantage of a sunny dry weekend. Special thanks to Bob Szelag for photos from the last drive.

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Going mobile

click to install Exoticars USA mobile app

click to install Exoticars USA mobile app

We’re excited to present our new mobile app for Exoticars USA. With our app you will receive Loyalty VIP Benefits for services and oil changes.

Check in at Exoticars USA using the app and we’ll give you $5.00 for your next cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Use the app to:

Call us with one touch

Call for roadside help*

Map directions

Receive oil change reminders

See our great specials

Send photos of parts you need

Request appointments

Record engine, bearing, belt, etc. diagnostic noises

And much more!

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* Towing services performed by Exoticars USA or one of our affiliates. Limited to exotic cars such as: Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Porsche.

 

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Ferrari clutch rebuild

remanufactured Ferrari clutch rebuild assemblyClutch problems on your Ferrari? Considering a Ferrari clutch rebuild?

Give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide clutch rebuilding service for your Ferrari,  Lamborghini or Maserati, for both F1, E-gear, Cambiocorsa and stick transmissions.
Ferrari clutch pressure plate blanchard groundAt Exoticars USA we can install a factory new clutch kit from Ferrari but we also offer an excellent, longer lasting and lower cost alternative.
Ferrari 360 with Hill engineering bearingWe re-manufacture the clutch assembly and re-install it for a much lower price.
Ferrari reman kevlar clutch

 

rebuilt Ferrari clutchThe flywheel and pressure plate are inspected and resurfaced (Blanchard ground), the clutch disk is re-lined with Kevlar friction material (of the correct thickness to compensate for flywheel and pressure plate re-surfacing and the whole assembly is tested in a special machine for correct engine torque capacity.  We have delivered this Ferrari clutch rebuild service for over 25 years with excellent results and customer satisfaction.

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