In the Garage

It's been a while since we last posted something from "In the Garage."

If you didn't already know, Ehrlich Motorwerks is servicing the public with vehicle maintenance and repairs. With the Ehrlich team, Mike Rooney and Daniel Davis, we can service your HONDA, ACURA, TOYOTA, LEXUS, and PORSCHE. If you have a different make/brand, we would be glad to see if we are able to help you with your vehicle needs. 

Latest Cars Through the Shop

Daniel replacing a bad alternator in this 2005 Honda Accord.
2012 Cayenne S - 50K service, oil change and a multi-point inspection
1992 Porsche 911 - Annual oil service and inspection. 

Battery Talk

Most of us don't think much about inspecting or servicing the battery in our everyday vehicle. At least, not until the day the car is slow to start. Those of us that rarely drive the car out of the garage know how challenging battery maintenance is. We'll just pull a battery tender out to keep a good charge on the battery. Depending of the type of battery you have in your car, it still a good idea to inspect/service the battery.

Some basics: 

  • Check the fluid level in the battery
  • Make sure cables are tight and clean
  • If you have a battery with a vent port that a ventilation tube is connected and venting outside the car. If you battery is located in a well vented space this is not as much of a concern, but a vent tube is still a good idea.

Below are some visuals showing the cosmetic hazards of an improperly vented battery:

Old battery removed. This image shows how a poorly ventilated battery can start corrosion on metal surfaces. 

Old battery removed. This image shows how a poorly ventilated battery can start corrosion on metal surfaces. 

Toxic gases from the battery can be harmful to it's surroundings.  A battery that is housed in an enclosed area needs a vent tube to let the gases escape. 

Luckily on this car, the corrosion was very minor and only needed cleaning and some touch up. 

Work on our own cars, and cars that came through:

2002 Nissan Xterra -- no photo -- brought in for a non start issue. We found failed distributor and did several other service items so the car will run well for many more miles. 

2002 Porsche Boxster -- no photos -- routine maintenance, oil service, door latch and more. 

The 1979 Ferrari 308 is back together and running. Not ready for a long drive, but it will be in the near future.

The Jaguar XKE is one of our slow service projects. We say slow, because the parts come in slowly. We had to wait over a month for one item. 

Found and fixed several fuel leaks. 


Wish we took a photo of the rear end assembly while it was out. A beautiful design. Rear end had several leaks and needed new seals. 


If you would like to stop by and talk about your car needs, just give us a call. 


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