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2015 Business Meeting Schedule

All members are encouraged to attend monthly Business Meetings.  They’re  casual with light snacks and beverages provided by the Club.  Emphasis is on events and programs conducted and fresh ideas are always welcome. Please attend and discover for yourself how much fun a business meeting can be.

Date Location
Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 FASTCO – Fowler Automotive
Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 AutoPalace  (moved for AutoShow)
Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 Sewickley Car Store
Thursday April 9, 2015 FASTCO – Fowler Automotive
Thursday, May 14, 2015 Sewickley Car Store
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 AutoPalace
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 Chez Patterson
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 FASTCO – Fowler Automotive
Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 (moved for Mid-O) Sewickley Car Store
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 TBD
Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 TBD
Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 TBD

Typically they are scheduled for 2nd Thursday each month and promptly start 7:30PM (unless noted otherwise).  Occasionally they move  due to “competing events” such as Pgh Auto Showor DEs in 2015… but any moves are already noted so this schedule is final (until it changes – haha).  Mark your calendars now and check back for  location (posted at least 30 days in advance).

Minutes are published in each monthly issue of Rundschau.  See you at the next meeting!

Proper Storage of Your Porsche

P-car Storage
 
By Duane Smith ( Service Manager at Sewickley Porsche)

It is getting to that time of the year when we start thinking about putting our toys away for winter.  Here are some suggestions for doing so properly:

A question I get asked from time to time is:  “Should I change my oil before I put my car away or when I get it out in spring?”  I recommend putting any vehicle away with fresh oil.  Changing your oil before storage ensures you get contaminates out which would otherwise likely be covering your critical engine components such as crankshaft and bearings during extended periods of non-use.  It is also one less thing you have to worry about after a long winter when the weather breaks and you want to start driving your baby again.

My next suggestion would be to thoroughly wash and put a good coat of wax on your car.  Start by washing the car then prepping the paint for wax by clay barring the exterior paint.  The clay bar process strips any old wax plus it removes any contaminates on the surface of your paint.  Make sure to follow up with a good coat of your favorite wax.

Now we want to protect our tires.  It is best to clean the tires really well.  We want to remove any kind of tire shine as most products contain chemicals which extract the agents in your tires designed to prevent dry rot.  Movement from rotation and heat which occurs while driving on your tires helps to keep them healthy and ply-able.  Driving on your tires helps counter-act tire shine chemicals from drying out the rubber making up your tires.

After cleaning your car, wheels, tires, and waxing it; take it for a final drive.  Drive at least 15 miles to get the engine up to operating temperature.  This also ensures we get any excess water out from the cleaning process.  Towards the end of your drive, stop at a gas station and fill up to help prevent condensation from forming in your gas tank.  Buy a bottle of gas stabilizer and add it to your tank when you return home.

Once the tires are clean we want to pump up the pressure to 50psi.  Over inflating tires decreases the size of contact patch and helps minimize flat spotting (from not being driven).  I also recommend during storage to push the car forward or back an inch every other week.  Doing so also helps to prevent flat spots.

Porsche strongly recommends NOT starting your car unless it is going to be driven at least 15 miles.  Starting your car and just letting it idle creates condensation inside the engine.  It takes at least 15 miles of driving to get enough heat into the engine to burn off that condensation.  So if you do not plan to drive your car do not start it.  Otherwise you will be doing more harm than good as the condensation will just be sitting in your engine.  Not good.

Now that you have your tires inflated to 50psi, move your car into its storage location in your garage.  Do one final wipe down with a damp chamois or California Duster.

Next, plug in a Porsche Battery Maintainer.  There are many different kinds of battery maintainers out there but I have found Porsche ones work best.  Aside from being extremely simple to use, they plug into the cigarette lighter socket and have a long thin cord which fits between the door and door seal (so you do not have to leave a window down).  Then plug the maintainer into a wall outlet and it will turn on and off as needed.  Just set it and forget it.

Finally put a cover on your car and she is ready for hibernation!

Business Meetings

Everybody is welcome to attend the monthly ARPCA Business Meeting… they’re pretty casual meetings with some limited snacks and beverages provided by the Club.  Emphasis is upon the events and programs conducted by ARPCA and fresh inputs are always welcome.  Please attend and discover for yourself how much fun a business meeting can be.

Our business meetings are typically scheduled on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Though our local Porsche dealerships (specifically Sewickley Porsche) have a standing invitation we will also move the meetings to member’s homes – particularly for summer and holiday parties.  The agenda and meeting minutes will be posted here on the site.  Please see the calendar for specific dates and details.