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Tips Maintenance and Information

// February 21st, 2018 // No Comments » // Restoring Rides, Success Stories, Updates

This is my first installment of Tips Maintenance and Information (TMI pun intended).  It will, in the future include, you guessed it, tips on maintaining your car or Information on some of the things George and I do in the car realm. RRM is about cars and car issues but it’s mainly about people because God only cares about cars as they relate to people. So let’s get started.

I want to talk about something in the engine that everyone has if they have an engine in their car ….the timing belt or chain.  The reason I picked this issue over the thousands of things that can go wrong with cars is because most of the cars we fix for people are high mileage which makes the timing belt (or chain) crucial. But why you ask? What’s the difference between belt and chain?

You can certainly get more detailed information from the web about your particular car but since you are on our site here’s what I know.

Older cars typically had timing chains that did not get replaced until the engine was rebuilt or replaced. They were mostly designed to last the life of the engine, and that is true, as well with today’s engines that have timing chains.  However, most engines today come with timing belts that may be “interference engines” meaning if the belt breaks while driving and you somehow keep going it would run until the internal damage stopped it; hence the word “interference”.  A few car makers have “non-interference engines” with a timing belt are designed to stop running or shut down before doing any internal damage, which is still annoying but preferred.

So my tip today is find out if your particular car has a belt or chain. If it’s a chain, relax, but keep up your oil changes. If it’s a belt, find out the interval and get the belt checked or replaced. It may be important to know also if your engine is interference or non-interference, especially if your replacement history is sketchy.

As George and I move in and out of the car community and car shows we’ll keep posted on what we find.  I welcome any helpful feedback and although NOT an ASME certified mechanic, I’ve fixed over 66 cars in my 62 years on this planet and some of them were doozies! My greatest joy though is seeing a person get back on the road safely because we know firsthand how hard it is to get kids to school or get to work without that trusty car, and with God’s Grace we’re here to help.


// January 24th, 2018 // No Comments » // Success Stories, Updates

Thanks to generous donors last year, we were able to repair 10 cars for families, all single women, including their 18 children. 

A reduction in grant funding impacted our ability to help more families, but we were able to spend seven thousand dollars directly on repairs.  During our 6 years, 90% of all income has gone towards repair costs.

Since our beginning in 2012, we have repaired 62 cars for families and their 125 children.

Please join us as we help families who need safe and reliable transportation to become more economically self-sufficient.  Donate today!

Watch out for our monthly updates and car maintenance tips!!

Restoration Rides Ministry’s 2013 Annual Report

// February 6th, 2014 // No Comments » // Success Stories, Updates

Restoration Rides Ministry completed a successful year despite a drop in revenue.   We are grateful for the support we received which allows us to provide safe and reliable transportation to families in need.

Ten automobiles were repaired in 2013, representing 4 two parent and 6 single parent families.  In all, 24 children were included in the families we served.

For a complete report please contact George Johnson at 602-400-9995 or email at

Since RRM is a tax exempt organization all cash donations and proceeds from donated cars are tax deductible.  We provide receipts on all donations for tax related purposes.

Restoration Rides Ministry Receives $2,000 Grant

// February 21st, 2013 // No Comments » // Success Stories, Updates

The Mission Endowment Committee from Desert Cross Lutheran Church located in Tempe recently awarded a $2,000 grant to Restoration Rides Ministry.   We are grateful for this generous gift that will go directly to the repair of automobiles for families in need of safe and reliable transportation.  We thank God for your support.

Four More Family Cars Receive Repairs

// November 19th, 2012 // No Comments » // Success Stories, Updates

Since August, Restoration Rides Ministry has been able to repair four more family cars spending a total of $2,057.  Struts, fan belts, ignition coil, oil gaskets, and control arms were replaced and brakes repaired to put the the cars back on the road safely.  Praise God for the money to meet these critical needs in the lives of families getting back on their feet.