History Behind Porsche’s Names

Porsche drivers enjoy the sporty design and top speeds reached by their vehicles. Even the SUVs are beloved by their owners. Porsche owners are familiar with most Porsche models; they know the 911 and the 918 Spyder. Yet, do you wonder why Porsche has so many numbered models? There is a good explanation for it. Our technicians here at Reggie’s Motorworks have solved the mystery of Porsche for you.

Porsche was founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche, Adolf Rosenberger, and Anton Piëch. The first model car for the Porsche brand was the Porsche 356. The engineer for Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, designated each project and an order number. Those codes were placed on 355 different models for carmakers like Volkswagen before the Porsche was released. The 364 evolved with designed changes, and Porsche added letters to the name. The company decided to continue using this system. Whether it was a sports car or a family car, each one was assigned a number. Porsche came out with its legendary 550 Spyder in 1953.

The Porsche coding system underwent a major change with its 911 model. When making the 900 series of cars, they learned a French automaker had rights to three-digit numbers like 902 and 906. Porsche had to make a decision, so they changed the model name to 911. Switching to 911 allowed Porsche to keep using the number system. As a result, it has come up with famous model numbers such as the 718 Cayman, 911 Turbo, and the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The 911 and 718 are the longest-lasting number lines designed by Porsche.

Porsche owners enjoy the history behind their cars. The name Porsche is famous internationally, and drivers get excited when they see a 911 fly by. Knowing the name’s history adds prestige to the brand. Beyond just the names, the ASE-certified technicians at Reggie’s Motorworks in Noblesville, IN, know all about Porsche repair and maintenance. We know what it takes to your model running in top condition. Your Porsche is in good hands, and we hope our shop name is just as famous one day.

What is wheel alignment, and why is it important?

If you schedule your vehicle for a wheel alignment, your technician will put it on the rack, then rotate and adjust the wheels. They will ensure your wheels are aligned correctly for your vehicle and according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

Wheel Alignment can aid your vehicle in handling, keep it from pulling to one side, or eliminate vibrations. Also known as tire alignment, it can help your tires last longer and perform better. When you purchase new tires for your vehicle, wheel alignment is necessary to extend your tires’ life and every two to three years after that. At Reggie’s we recommend an alignment once per year, as part of our “Annual Service”. This schedule might be modified based on your mileage and or driving conditions. We also suggest you get your wheels aligned after an accident, during pothole season (which is upon us!) or if you notice uneven tire wear in general. If you are a road warrior, it may be needed more often.

Three adjustments made during a wheel alignment include:

Camber

Proper camber helps your tire’s surface stay flat and even on the road’s surface. Camber involves the inward or outward tilt of the top of the wheel. Improper camber can affect tire wear and create handling problems.

Caster

Caster involves the tire’s angle forward to backward. It helps your car have a center point and involves the tilt of the steering axis. It will ensure your vehicle goes in a straight line.

Toe

Toe refers to the left and right alignment of the wheels. Improper toe can affect the inner or outer edges of a tire’s tread. During an alignment, toe is always set last.

Choosing the Best Tires for Your Car

While buying new tires for your vehicle seems like it should be a simple task, it’s often more complicated than one might assume. If you’ve ever found yourself confused by the tire sales process, don’t worry, we’ve all been there before. To help you better understand what you’re looking for and narrow down your search, let’s take a quick look at some of the most common types of tires available.

New tire sales can be an overwhelming experience for every auto owner. Still, at Reggie’s Motorworks, we strive to make the process of finding new tires as seamless as possible for our customers. If you’re searching for new tires in Noblesville, Indiana, visit us today to find out how to help.

Why Different Cars Need Different Tires

Passenger Vehicles

Tires designed for passenger vehicles generally provide drivers with a smooth and quiet ride and a long-lasting tread life. While most cars in this category will find themselves using the same set of tires, a few passenger vehicles will require tires that offer more performance.

Trucks and SUVs

Trucks and SUVs need tires that offer more aggressive handling and can handle things such as driving off-road, as well as plenty of highway driving.

Understanding the Various Types of Tires

All-Season Tires

All-season tires are designed to deliver drivers with decent comfort and handling on the road, regardless of the season. These tires typically feature asymmetrical tread patterns and circumferential grooves for wet weather traction.

Summer Tires

Summer tires are geared for wet, dry, and hot performance. Unlike all-season tires, they aren’t designed for all-season grip, but they are optimized for warm weather and provide grip and responsive handling in summer-like weather conditions.

Winter Tires

Winter tires are designed to provide drivers with the best possible grip in harsh winter conditions, typically under 45 degrees. Winter tires feature deep circumferential grooves that remove snow and slush buildup.

Touring Tires

Touring tires are designed to provide drivers with a comfortable ride and dependable all-season grip, as well as more responsive handling. Touring tires generally have a higher speed rating than all-season touring tires and lean more toward performance than relaxation.

Visit Reggie’s Motorworks Today for Your New Tire Sales in Noblesville, Indiana

At Reggie’s Motorworks, we aim to provide all of our customers with an efficient tire sales process. If you’re looking for new tires and not sure where to start, visit us today to see how we can help you find the best tires for your car, truck, or SUV.

Holding Off Costly Audi Repair

Style, innovation, and speed are words that come to mind when people think of Audi. People who drive Audis love them, so it only makes sense they want their cars and SUVs in optimal condition. The expert technicians of Reggie’s Motorworks in Noblesville, IN, are ready to help owners keep their Audi running. We understand the ins and outs of all Audi models. There is nothing we haven’t seen roll into the shop. With that experience, we have put together the best tips to keep your vehicle running and avoid expensive Audi repairs.

Engine and Transmission Maintenance

Engine repairs are some of the costliest an Audi owner has to pay for. It is essential to have regular preventative maintenance performed on your Audi. Keep an eye on the engine’s timing belt, and gave these parts inspected when you bring your vehicle into the shop. The timing belt prevents the engine’s pistons from striking each other. A damaged timing belt causes trouble starting the car, oil leaks, and exhaust issues. It is recommended owners have the timing belts examined every 30 to 60,000 miles. To know more about your engine’s health, you can find the VIN listed on the driver’s side of the car. It will show you a list of its repairs and maintenance.

Brake System Upkeep

First, check your VIN number to get the recommended scheduled maintenance time. You will need to look at the rotor on your car. It is generally accepted that brake fluids need changing every 30,000 miles or three years. If you can get a maintenance schedule, our shop can help you set up one. Brake fluid is vital to keeping your car stopping smoothly and timely. Audis come with a warning light when your brake pads or rotors need replacing. However, these only come on for the front brakes.

Audi’s Suspension System

A general for Audi owners is that they need to get their power steering fluid flushed and changed every 30,000 miles. It will maintain safe steering. You also need to look out for signs your Audi is having steering and suspension problems. Shaking, vibrating, and pulling to one side when you drive are symptoms of trouble in the suspension system. It’s to come into the shop for repairs.

Proper inflation, temperature changes, repair

When we are on the go and thinking about getting somewhere, we are thankful to have a car to get us there. But, what really comes to mind when we are in a rush to get going?

Most people would probably think about having enough fuel, their car not starting, or having a dead battery. What about the tires? We can have all the working parts that make our car go, but what about the tires? Without them, we would simply go nowhere.

For safety reasons, it’s a good idea to make sure we not only have tires, but they are safe to drive on. Unsafe tires on a wet road can not only end in the ditch, but it can also leave us stranded or interfere with getting the best gas mileage. So what is vital in terms of tire safety?

Tread

The U.S. Department of Transportation says you should replace tires when they reach 2/32.” New tires usually are 10/32.”

Tire Pressure

Be sure your tires have the correct air pressure. Most cars recommend 32-35 psi when cold as tires heat up as you drive and increase pressure. The specifications for your vehicle can be found on a sticker inside your driver’s door or the owner’s manual.

Rotation, Balance, and Alignment

It’s a good idea to get your tires rotated and balanced about every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or whatever your brand of tire recommends. When your vehicle’s steering wheel is shaking or vibrating, consider getting your tires balanced. If your car is not driving straight, you may need the wheels aligned.

Wear and Tear

It’s essential to inspect your tires every month for general wear and tear, just like you check the oil or other fluids in your car. Make sure they have the correct tire pressure, ensure the tread is good, and get them rotated periodically. 


What great news! This year Reggie’s Motorworks (with your help) raised $1,768.20 to help support Brakes for Breasts and the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund to help make this a reality. Thank you all that supported the cause.

We’ve been voted a Neighborhood Favorite! Thank you to all that voted for Reggie’s Motorworks as Nextdoor’s Neighborhod Favorite reapair center. Stop by for yourself and see why we’ve been voted a favorite!

Top Tips To Maintain Your Transmission

Drivers choose a vehicle with a manual transmission, or stick shift, for many reasons. They enjoy the feel of shifting gears as they go down the road, or they might enjoy the drive options a stick shift gives them. However, it is easy to damage the transmission if you don’t properly drive a manual. Many drivers have come to Reggie’s Motorworks in Noblesville, IN, where we have seen our share of bad clutches and damaged gearboxes for transmission repair. Our ASE-certified technicians are giving our customers a list to keep their manual transmission in top condition.

The Right Gear Matters

Vehicles with automatic transmissions have it easy. The right gear is one move up or down away. There isn’t a decision between different drive gears. A stick shift requires a driver’s knowledge to choose the right gear. Analyze the road and traffic conditions you are in before choosing a gear. Selecting the wrong gear causes grinding and inefficient wheel rotation. Over time, selecting the wrong gears damages the transmission system.

Downshifting Matters

It’s common for manual drivers to shift into neutral as they slow down. The belief is it helps them to come to a complete stop sooner. However, this is not a good move for your transmission’s health. By continually putting your vehicle in neutral, it strains the transmission. The best practice is downshifting. Downshifting works better with the engine to promote smooth stops.

Go Easy On The Clutch

It may seem cool to ride the clutch at a stoplight, but you are hurting your car or truck. It won’t look cool if your car stalls out at light while you do this. You only need to press the clutch to change gears; any other time is needlessly damaging your clutch. Truly looking cool is keeping your vehicle working!

Pay Attention

“Practice makes perfect” applies to driving a stick shift. It’s important to pay attention to the road conditions. It will help determine what gear you need to shift into. It’s good practice to learn how your car responds to gear shifts. The more you drive, the more you will shift gears smoothly and know how to read the road.

Having a manual transmission is a fun experience. We also know that problems arise from careless driving. Our mechanics here at Reggie’s Motorworks in Noblesville, IN, are here to answer any questions or handle your transmission repair.

Top Issues Experience by Volkswagen Owners

Volkswagen owners love the quirkiness and reliability of their cars. The VW Bug and Passat have delighted drivers for decades. VW owners love to talk about their cars, and our technicians at Reggie’s Motorworks love to work on them. Volkswagens are normally great cars with a track record of reliability. However, all car makes and models have their unique issues. Volkswagens are not immune to problems. We have compiled a list of top issues that Volkswagen owners experience.

Overheating

Volkswagens are designed with a small container for coolants. Because of this, they are prone to overheating. Prolonged overheating problems can severely damage the engine. At the first signs of overheating, it is vital to get your VW to the shop.

Suspension Clunking and Bouncing

Volkswagens are well put together, but many models have defective ball joints in the suspension system. The ball joints are there to absorb shock from the road. When they are damaged, you will feel every bump in the road. You may have problems steering or hear noises when you drive. Your vehicle shouldn’t feel like a roller coaster when you drive; it’s time to head to the shop.

Smokey Ride

When you are going down the road, if you notice smoke coming out of your exhaust, it is time to stop the car. Smoke coming out of the muffler has several causes. The main culprit is likely a damaged head gasket. It could also be a cracked engine block or a defective cylinder head. None of these are safe to drive around with, and if you start smelling smoke, find your nearest auto repair shop.

Brake Light Malfunction

A common VW complaint is problems with the brake lights. If the warning light keeps coming on and your brakes were recently repaired, it’s an issue with the ABS sensor. Many VW makes and models have a defective ABS sensor that comes on even if there is no issue with the braking system.

Water Leaks

If your VW has a sunroof, the drains around it might be faulty. A rainstorm will cause that water to start leaking into your car. These tubes/drains need replacing, or the leaks will become worse. No one wants their vehicle to become a swimming pool.

Weak Batteries

The batteries in Volkswagens often have issues holding a full charge. They lose their capacity to hold a charge sooner than many other vehicle makes. If you have consistent problems starting your car, it’s time to get the battery checked. VWs have many electrical components that drain the battery faster, and you might need an entire battery replacement.

If you drive a Volkswagen and are looking for the best Volkswagen repair, look no further. Reggie’s Motorworks in Noblesville, IN, has you covered.

Reggie’s Motorworks has earned Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

To be eligible for this recognition, a company must have 75% of its automotive professionals ASE certified In addition there must be a certified technician in each area of service offered. To remain in the program, a business must renew each year and confirm its professionals’ certification status. 

Reggie’s Motorworks is a relationship-based auto repair shop, focusing on European vehicles, which are highly advanced cars with some of the most complicated systems of any car on the road. The team members have a diverse skillset and are training constantly to keep up with technology. At the same time, the company continually invests in the proper equipment to service modern cars. 

“Businesses that have earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition have gone the extra mile in support of their customers. Employing ASE-certified professionals is an important element in their overall customer satisfaction program. We salute those businesses who achieve this goal and thank them for helping promote quality automotive repair and service,” says Timothy Zilke, ASE President.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by ASE in this way. We know that there are a lot of talented technicians that may not have their ASE certifications, but we also recognize that having this uniform standard is essential. This is why we insist on and assist anyone new to our organization in attaining their ASE certifications. It’s a key piece of our culture.”

Established in 1972 as a non-profit organization, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a driving force in the transportation industry. As an independent third party, ASE upholds and promotes high standards of service and repair through the assessment, certification and credentialing of current and future industry professionals, and the prestigious ASE Blue Seal logo identifies professionals who possess the essential knowledge and skills to perform with excellence. Today, there are approximately 250,00 ASE Certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit www.ase.com.