Timing Chains: Do They Have To Be Replaced ?

One of our recent posts showed pictures of a timing belt that needed to be replaced.  In that particular instance, our customer was lucky that the belt had not entirely separated, which would have led to major engine damage.  The above pictures show timing chains on a Volkswagen Jetta with a VR6 engine and are proof that timing chains DO require replacement.  You will notice that between the two gears, the timing chain should be taunt with no slack.  In this [...]

Constant Velocity: Axles

In simple terms, a vehicle’s axle is what holds the front and rear wheels on the vehicle.  The design of an axle is relatively simple yet it is responsible for a tremendous amount of weight and is relied upon to keep the vehicle moving.   A clicking and popping noise prompted one of our customers to bring his Audi S4 in for inspection & repair.  A clicking and popping sound could mean that a boot has ripped and lost all of its grease, which [...]