At Meister Werks in Renton, Wa, we understand the importance of European car repair for owners of high-performance vehicles, and we take pride in providing top-notch services to keep your car running at its best. Our experienced technicians have the knowledge and expertise to handle everything from routine maintenance to complex repairs on European cars such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volkswagen. We use only high quality parts and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure your vehicle receives the best possible care. We are committed to providing exceptional service and building long-term relationships with our customers, so you can have peace of mind knowing your car is in the hands of trusted professionals. At Meister Werks, we are passionate about European cars and are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your investment. Contact us today to schedule your next service appointment.
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1960 Porsche 356b Shifter Rebuild
Last week our tech Jonathan and I were able to repair Craig’s (Rennfilms), 1960 Porsche 356b shifter. When driving this beautiful Porsche, It was difficult to find gears and made very sloppy shifts. This was due to the fact that it was missing the main lower ball pivot. It also had some poorly fabricated sheet metal, installed from the previous owner, which was not helping the situation. We had talked to Craig about this concern the last couple times he was in for service and seat bracket fabrication. We decided now was the time to do this.
Starting the project
First, I found a photo off the internet of the exact part we needed. This is really all we had to go by. Since we only had the shifter itself. The other measurements I had were the spring size and the dimensions for opening of the lower stick. I brought the photo into Adobe Illustrator and resized the photo so the hole size slightly larger that the known lower stick size of 20mm. Based off of that, I extrapolated the degree in which the photo was taken. After that, I calculated the outer ball perimeter, ball height and overall height.
Next, I opened up Fusion 360 to start drafting our CAD file. Using our notes from the internet JPG image dimensions, I was able to come up with this drawing.
The 3d Printer
Since we print replacement parts with high temp resin, we must calculate the shrink rate. This is typically between 1-3%. Using a little simple math, that number needed to be around 103%. For safe measure, we printed 100% through 104%. Furthermore, there was going to be some margin of error. It takes about and hour to print these, so we wanted every option when we started assembling the shifter.. The 104% part fit best, although the 103% would have worked, we wanted some tolerance.
After the part came out we post processed it in a wash / cure station. Washing it with 99% isopropyl alcohol for 10 minutes and curing it with high intensity UV light for 6 minutes. This will harden the resin and prevent it from failing in the future.
While I was drafting and printing the parts, Jonathan media blasted the shifter housing and put a light coat of satin epoxy paint on it. We would have powder coated this in house, but the customer was picking up the same day. Powder coating will add a few hours to the project. If we need to make any adjustments in the future, we will powder coat it. Disassembly is fairly simple so it shouldn’t take too much addition time.
After post processing the parts, Jonathan and I took them to the bench to test the sizes and fitment. You can see from this photo that the fit was spot on at 104%.
From here, we performed a dry fit before lubricating the mechanism. They dry fit felt night and day better, and that was without any grease. We removed the shifter for the last time, greased up all the components and reinstalled the shifter assembly. The feel was 100% OEM and each gear was defined, with no lateral movement while in gear. Reverse felt so much different than before, which might take a little getting use to for the customer. (In a good way)
Overall we were very pleased with how this shifter turned out. The customer was very pleased with the results. Considering the short wait time to make the part and its functionality, It’s pretty amazing that we can replicate parts like this. 15 years ago, this was mythology.
Since we have six different 3D printers (SDA resin and FDM filament), we have the ability to print polyurethane and other synthetic components. With build plate dimensions from 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ x 6″ tall all the way up to 16″ x 16″ x 17″ Tall – The possibilities are almost endless.
Information / Schedule
For more information on how to get your classic European vehicle or Porsche repaired, please call 425-254-0627. You can also email us by clicking here. Meister Werks European & Import is located one block south from The Renton Landing in Renton, WA, across the street from the former Boeing Store and on the westside of the Paccar / Kenworth plant.
2019 GT3 RS Supercar Service
Today we performed an oil change service on a 2019 GT3 RS supercar. Our customer requested the type of oil we use, which is always in stock for these applications. The oil for this application is Liqui Moly Synthoil 0w40. This oil is used in many high-performance supercars such as 911 Turbos, GT2 and GT3 vehicles.
While we waited for the oil to drain for 20-30 minutes, we inspected for any issues or notable items. We did notice that the tires are getting low on tread and will need to be replaced in the not so near future. Fortunately, this is all we could find and do not see anything to be concerned.
Once we fully drained the oil, we replaced the sump drain plug seal and replaced the factory oil reservoir with an LN Engineering magnetic drain plug for good measure. We always have these in stock. The drain plug will catch any metallic particulates that the filter will not catch. This will keep the oil-free from harmful debris.
After each drain plug was properly torqued and the oil was filled, we topped off all the fluids. We also performed a quick detail on the Porsche to maintain it’s natural beauty.
To make an appointment for your Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, classic or modern supercar, please call 425-254-0627. You can also email us by clicking here. Meister Werks European & Import is located one block south from The Renton Landing in Renton, WA, across the street from The Boeing Store and on the westside of the Paccar / Kenworth plant.
Service Treat of the Week – November 14th, 2019 – Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars.
Book your service appointment today. While you wait, enjoy our freshly baked goods and a cup of gourmet coffee while you wait for your vehicle service.
To make an appointment,click here, call 425-254-0627 or email us. Meister Werks European & Import is located one block south from The Renton Landing in Renton, WA, across the street from The Boeing Store and on west side of the Paccar / Kenworth plant.
1973 Porsche 914 1.7L
In the shop this week: This sweet 1973 Porsche 914 1.7L. Our customer brought this In for some much needed maintenance and repair. The car was having issues starting and running rough. After discussing the symptoms with our customer, we knew right away that the ignition switch and ignition coil needed to be inspected tested. We tested the ignition coil with a multi meter and it was producing over four times the resistance it should have been on the terminals and plug wire terminal. We then pulled the ignition switch and sure enough, a big crack down the side. We replaced those with new plug wires, breather and vacuum hoses. Now this Porsche fires up on the first crank every time.
To make an appointment for your car’s vehicle service or repair, call 425-254-0627 or email us. Meister Werks European & Import is located one block south from The Renton Landing in Renton, WA, across the street from The Boeing Store and on west side of the Paccar / Kenworth plant.
Porsche 911 / 996 Headlight Refurbishing
Our customer brought in his set of Porsche 911 / 996 Turbo for headlight refurbishing. The lens were oxidized and dull when they arrived. This is cause from the sun light’s UV breaking down the surface of the lens. We wet sand all the contaminants out, clean and spray with our special clearcoat. This clearcoat is the same acrylic makeup as the lens which bonds with it down to the molecular structure. Not only that, but the clear coat adds a layer of protection against fading or oxidation. The clear coat also dries very glossy and there is no need for wet sanding or buffing after the clear coat dries. However, we can do this and is an additional option if you upon request.
Note: Some imperfections are within the inside of the lens area and are unable to be removed. New housing would be an alternative to getting brand new headlights.
Meister Werks Repair, 24-7
At Meister Werks, we are always available for our customers if you have an urgent repair. To message us after hours you can go to our google page on your mobile devise, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also email us and we will reply as soon as possible.
If you are towing in your vehicle, you can use google messaging, email or contact us via our contact page. No need to get an approval. Just tow or bring in your vehicle and drop it off in front of our shop. We would be happy to look at your car the next business day and get you back on the road.
To contact us during business hours just call on our main line, 425.254.0627 or email us. If we don’t pick up, please just leave a message and we’ll get back to you promptly.
To make an appointment, call 425-254-0627 or email us. Meister Werks European & Import is located one block south from The Renton Landing in Renton, WA.
The owner and of our company, Dave Meister, has always been a car enthusiast. Since age 16, he has had a passion for modifying and working on European cars. What is now Meister Werks began in 1997, with Dave manufacturing and selling custom gauge faces to fellow car enthusiast and friends with VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles.
As our business has grown over the years, our products and services have expanded as well to keep up with customer demand. Now a full service shop, we will take the time to explain your vehicles’ needs to ensure you have a confident and positive experience. To provide you with the best experience possible, we only hire staff with the widest knowledge and best work ethic. Our passion for excellence has resulted in satisfied customers. Customer service is our number one goal—if you’re not happy, we’re not happy. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, make us your go-to shop for European automotive service and repairs.
Today at Meister Werks we have a 2014 Porsche Cayman S in for factory recommended maintenance in preparation for an upcoming Porsche Club of America track day event. The factory recommended 40,000 mile service for this Porsche Cayman includes replacing maintenance items such as the air filter, cabin air filter, spark plugs, and an oil change. For a little added performance, this Porsche Cayman is also getting a brake fluid flush with a high boiling point performance brake fluid.
This performance brake fluid has a higher boiling point, which will prevent brake fade and allows for better braking at a high speeds. This brake fluid has a dry boiling point of 280ºC / 536ºF, which is higher than the standard DOT 4 SL brake fluid, this allows for better performance at higher temperatures.
Performing maintenance items at the Porsche factory recommended intervals is crucial to keep your vehicle operating at peak performance and to prevent other components from failing. Neglecting factory recommended maintenance results in the hardest working components not operating at their best, which forces other components to work even harder. This can lead to catastrophic failure of major components which can be very costly to repair. At Meister Werks our mission is to keep your car in top operating condition while preventing catastrophic failure and saving you money.
To make an appointment for your Porsche, European or import car, call 425-254-0627 or email us. Meister Werks European & Import is located one block south from The Renton Landing in Renton, WA.
A Quality Oil Filter is Important
At Meister Werks, we only use the highest quality oil filter on your vehicle. In this demonstration you can see the difference between high quality and low quality oil filters.
Both filters were removed from the same car, using the same oil. However the interval was drastically different. The one on the top left is a quality oil filter manufactured by Mann, a German company. The other filter pictured has clearly collapsed, which makes it much less effective at filtering oil. These lower quality oil filters can also start disintegrating and get in your oil system, which creating larger problems down the road. The bottom right filter was only used for 1,000 miles, while the other one was used for over 5,000 miles.
Despite what the dealer or manufacturer recommends, we suggest changing your oil and filter at 5,000 miles on all your vehicles. Some manufacturers recommend changing the oil and filter every 10,000 miles, this is a national average and does not take into account our local climate, the driver’s driving style, or the manner in which the vehicle is used. For example, a vehicle that is used mostly for short trips in stop and go traffic means you may need your oil changed more frequently, such as 3,000 miles. Some people who do a lot of long distance freeway driving might be able to go longer than 5,000 miles. Our standard recommendation is 5,000.
At Meister Werks, we help you keep track of your vehicle’s oil service intervals and make sure your vehicle is in tip top shape with our courtesy 30 point inspection. We also use the highest quality oil and filters on the market for your European or import vehicle. Sometimes a quick change oil service company seems convenient, however they might not use quality parts or proper oil which can result in damage or breakdowns and they may not perform inspections which could uncover additional maintenance and repairs your vehicle needs.
Contact us today and get your oil and filter service appointment. To make an appointment, call 425-254-0627 or email us. Meister Werks European & Import is located one block south from The Renton Landing in Renton, WA.
Porsche Cayenne – Getting all the Flushes
The other day this Porsche Cayenne received an oil change, brake flush, and coolant flush. When this Porsche Cayenne was in for an oil change we did our courtesy 30 point inspection on it. We found that the coolant was only good down to 0ºF, but it should be -22ºF or lower. We also found that the brake fluid had a moisture content of 4% and over, which should be much lower, around 0-2%. This means that the antifreeze and brake fluid needed to be changed ASAP before the upcoming winter.
We started by draining all the old coolant / antifreeze out of the Porsche Cayenne. We then hooked up our coolant machine and flushed good coolant though it until it was a nice pink clean color. This Cayenne uses a special coolant that is imperative to use, or else other damage may occur. Green over the counter coolant / antifreeze should never be put in these Porsches. If the wrong coolant is used, the chemicals can eat away the aluminum in the cylinder head, radiator and heater core, this will cause corrosion. Using the wrong coolant / antifreeze will cause problems down the line such as clogged radiators, damaged heater cores and damage the water pump, among other things.
Next, we flushed out the brake fluid. This fluid should be the color of honey and not be dirty what so ever. If there is dirt or moisture in the system, it will decrease braking performance and brake down the seals in your brake master cylinder and calipers.
If you need your coolant or brake fluid flushed, call us at 425-254-0627 or email us to make your appointment. Meister Werks European & Import is located one block south from The Renton Landing in Renton, WA.