Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Lexus Recall Notice - Broken Valve Spring
One of my customers drove in with her 2006 Lexus LS350. It’s a really nice looking car. She likes me to do her maintenance work because I’ve known her for a very long time so after the initial freebies at the dealer are over she brings her vehicles into me for service. Whenever I get a customer returning to me with their new vehicles for service I always keep track of recalls and tech service bulletins for them. Because of that, this particular visit didn’t catch me by surprise, but it was a little embarrassing. Ms. LS got out of her Lexus with panic on her face. The car was running rough and making metallic noises in the engine.
Because Recalls are something the car makers send notices out on, every owner gets one. I had run across the recall for broken valve springs on the 2006 – 2008 Lexus only a few months back, although it had been issued in July of 2010. With recalls such as this, I normally work it into a conversation with the customer after a service, asking them if they’d gotten their recall notice for whatever recall I’ve become aware of. With Tech Service Bulletins, the vehicle has to actually be exhibiting the problem. This was a recall that they would have done without the problem being in evidence.
“Bernie! Listen to this!”
I’m already waving my hands in a calming motion as I walk over to her driver’s side door and reach in to shut off the car. “Did you get a letter in the mail from Toyota about your Lexus? There’s a recall on the valve springs breaking on-”
“Shit!” Ms. LS dives in to retrieve an unopened envelope from her glove box. She pops back out with it in hand. She hands it to me for opening. It’s the recall notice. “I forgot all about it. I knew I should have opened it, but I was on my way out the door when the mail was delivered so I stuck it in here. Is that what the letter’s about?”
I’m reading it over quickly and nodding my head. “Yeah, it is. Come in the office. We’ll get the dealer on the line and see if they can get you in today.”
Yes, I’m being helpful because I probably should have sent her a notice myself and not assume she got one from Toyota or read it. I was worried her next question would be-
She read my mind as we’re walking in the office. “I wish you would have reminded me when you heard about the recall, Bernie.”
“Yeah, me too, Ms. LS. I’m sorry.” No, I’m not ignoring the fact she received the notice and inadvertently ignored it. I’m apologetic because if she were having her Lexus serviced at the dealer they would have noticed she was supposed to have the recall addressed when she brought it to them for any service. They were luckily able to take her in right away for the recall service. I promised to keep her updated on anything I found out on her Lexus, even if it was only a rumor. What can I say… my bad.
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