Do It Yourself Session at Martens Volvo

  • November 10, 2012 · 8:00 AM
  • Martens Volvo Service Department

The Washington Volvo Club (WVC) continues the 2012 DIY series with a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technical session at Martens Volvo in Bethesda, MD from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Their service department’s location is 5206 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816. Please note that Martens’ service department is NOT located in the same building as their main showroom on Wisconsin Avenue in DC!

Martens Volvo does not have Saturday service for their customers, and extends their hospitality to WVC for this annual DIY. WVC will have the use of a sizeable number of their lifts. We hope to attract an active group who will accomplish normal maintenance tasks. Martens master technician Rick Deitz will be on hand to answer our questions and give us guidance as we work on our own Volvos with our own tools. Martens technicians are NOT there to fix your car. They offer guidance only.

Martens’ parts department will be open during the DIY session, and WVC requires you to use it for the parts you need during the session. Remember that Martens grants a generous discount on genuine Volvo parts to all WVC members showing a current membership card. We strongly recommend that you contact their parts department at least a week in advance of the DIY session, to ensure that they’ll have all the parts you’ll need, and/or to allow for any parts that have to be special ordered to be delivered in time for the DIY.

This DIY is not intended for major repairs that cannot be completed within the allocated time period. All Club members must bring their own tools, and do their own work. We encourage our Members who are not yet on the lifts to help out when an extra pair of hands is needed, and we’re always happy to show newcomers the joys of simple maintenance activities.

Participation is on a strict preregistration basis through WVC only; please do NOT contact Martens for this purpose. You may preregister by completing all items on a registration form and mailing it, along with a non-refundable fee of $20, or registering on this page and paying by PayPal.  The registration period is October 11 to November 3, with late registration from November 4 thru 9. Keep in mind that we cannot guarantee there will be room for you if you register late, and if we can accommodate you, the registration fee will be $35. If you mail your payment, your check should be made payable to Washington Volvo Club. Remember that WVC is no longer allowing walk-up registrations at DIYs, so if you want to participate, then it's in your best interest to get your registration in post haste!

This is the only DIY at Martens Volvo this year. Please think of your maintenance requirements, preregister early, and join us at this great location. WVC has set a limit on preregistration and we will be giving preference to those who get their registrations in early. Alan Marsh is the WVC Officer of the Day for this event.

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  • David

    Learned how to replace a water pump, which I'd never done before. I also found two other things that'll go on next month's to-do list.

    November 10, 2012

  • David

    A corrected mail-in registration form has been posted in the files section for those who want to register by postal mail. Remember that the mail will probably be bogged down with mailers for the election, so get your registrations in sooner rather than later!

    October 24, 2012

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