The most common repairs and services we offer.
Oil & Filter Service: We use only MOTUL 100% fully synthetic oil with a rating of VW 502.00 and
505.01, 504 & 507. These are the only grades of oil engineered to meet the Volkswagen and Audi engine warranty requirements. When lower grades of oil are used the " the engine sludge problem"
could occur. At VDUB Auto Repair an oil and filter service also includes a full mechanical inspection of your vehicle. Our technicians will check over multiple items including the condition of your
timing belt, suspension & steering, cooling system, charging system, brakes, all fluids etc. This inspection helps identify potential problems before they actually become problems.
Timing Belt Replacement: One of the most important services that should be performed on your VW or Audi vehicle is a timing belt inspection or replacement. If the timing belt is neglected and allowed to break, thousands of dollars of damage could occur to your engine. The recommended intervals for timing belt replacement varies between 60k and 100k miles depending upon the year and model of the vehicle. When your vehicle is brought to VDUB Auto Repair for an oil change, a scheduled service or any repairs, our technicians check the condition of your timing belt (this is an easy procedure, often overlooked by other mechanics). When it becomes necessary for a timing belt replacement our technicians follow the vehicle manufacturer's factory recommendations, this includes also replacing the idler roller, tensioner roller, water pump, thermostat and accessory drive belt.
Diesel cars: TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) diesel engines have become very popular over the last several years. Usually found only in the Jetta TDI, Golf TDI, Beetle TDI and Passatt TDI they are now becoming very popular in several models of Audi vehicles. The TDI timing belt, fuel filter and air filter should be replaced at more frequent intervals than on a gasoline engine and the TDI battery should be tested if need to replaced with PROPER type for easier cold weater engine start up. If you maintain the proper TDI service schedule, your car will deliver impressive fuel efficiency and longevity.
Automatic Transmission: Most problems with the CVT, DSG and Tiptronic transmissions for Volkswagen and Audi vehicles are electrical and not the transmission's internal hard parts. Dealers and manufactures say these transmissions are called sealed units and filled with lifetime fluid and no service required. We find this information to be incorrect and suggest having your transmission fluid & filter replaced every 60k miles to extend the life of transmission and avoid premature transmission failure from disintegrated fluid. The VDUB Auto Repair technicians have the specialized scanning tools and training to quickly diagnose transmission problems without the guess work. We can repair many common transmissions problems without having to perform a complete rebuild. This can save a customer thousands of dollars.
Scheduled Maintenance Service: One of the best things you can do for your Volkswagen or Audi vehicle is to have your scheduled maintenance performed on time. The VDUB Auto Repair technicians will inspect, adjust and replace parts according to manufacturer's recommended specifications and intervals. By using only original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) replacement parts, stamping your vehicles warranty book and maintaining an accurate service history, VDUB Auto Repair will keep your cars warranty intact.
Oil and Coolant Leaks: Volkswagen and Audi vehicles are exceptionally well engineered but like all motor vehicles they can occasionally develop an oil leak or coolant leak. When fluid leaks are not properly diagnosed or repaired, overheating or major engine damage may occur. The technicians at VDUB Auto Repair are experts on these vehicles and will usually find a leak long before it becomes a problem.
Brakes: The brakes on a VW or Audi vehicle are larger and more powerful than most full-size cars. When new the brake pads are only about 15mm-17mm thick, so a lot of non-VW / Audi specialist think the brakes need replacement when you still have 2/3's (5-6 mm) of the pad life left. When we services your vehicle, we check your brakes on every visit and inform your on when it's time to have the brakes serviced. We only use high quality OEM parts to ensure your brakes are always in proper working order and can stop the vehicle in that panic moment without possibility of overheating & fading.
Electrical System: The most common repairs of VW & Audi vehicle electrical systems are replacing window regulators, headlight bulbs, sensors, starters and batteries. Changing the battery on a VW or Audi vehicle is more involved than you might think. Depending on your model and year you may need to reprogram the vehicles onboard computers and reset the radio code. Whenever we replace a battery, we also test the alternator and perform a complete charging system inspection.
Air Conditioning: The air conditioning climate control in late model Volkswagen and Audi vehicles are sophisticated systems requiring specialized knowledge and tools to properly service. The VDUB Auto Repair technicians have the required specialized scanning tools, training and experience to quickly diagnose and repair even the most complicated AC problems. To keep your air conditioning system at peak performance and help avoid costly repairs, it is recommended to have your AC serviced every 2 years.
Struts and Strut Mounts: When strut mounts are worn they will usually make a rattling noise when going over bumps, cause your car to drive harsh and wear the front tires unevenly. VW and Audi vehicles like any other vehicle requires strut/shocks & its hardware like mounts, bump stops, bushings & etc. replacement around 100k miles especially in our cold weather climate and rough roads. Many repair shops and even new car dealer service departments might just replace struts/shocks only to save a customer few $$ now but not in long and don't replace other wear out parts like shock/strut mounts, bump stops, control arm bushings, ball joints, tie rods & etc. that are very critical in vehicles handling performance ride comfort and safety.
Control Arm Bushings: When control arm bushings wear out, your car will tend to wonder a little on the highway, not hold a proper front end alignment and wear the tires unevenly. Replacing the control arm bushings will restore the tight and precise handling Volkswagen and Audi cars are know for.
Shifter Bushings: Depending on your driving style shifter bushings wear out gradually over several years, this will cause internal gearbox parts to wear more quickly and make the shifter feel sloppy and less precise. This is an inexpensive repair that will make your manual transmission car fun to drive again! On newer models of VW and Audi vehicles (2000 and up) a cable shifter is used, these are also an inexpensive item to repair.
Except for factory warranty work and recalls, you will not need to visit your VW dealership for any necessary service or repair.