Warmer temps are certainly here, and we have received many calls regarding A/C systems that are not working.  Either it takes a while for the A/C to get cold or the air coming out of the vents is ambient temp = not good when it’s 85 degrees outside.  Take a look at a recent A/C repair on our customer’s 2006 VW Jetta TDI.  His compressor failed internally so the system was flushed and the condenser/drier was replaced as well.    His diesel is ICE cold now and ready for Summer !

Self-leveling headlights, cars that park themselves, back-up cameras and sonar to help you stay on the road.  As cars become more and more technologically advanced, you cannot expect a “general repair” automotive shop to be capable of meeting your car’s repair and service needs. 

Every day, you drive by shops that recommend low $$ oil changes, super cheap brake jobs, and flushes of EVERY kind.  It does not matter what kind of car you drive, they will gladly take your money and who knows what their service will do to your car in the long run.  They honestly do not care because you are helping them meet a quota for the day and their “one size fits all” mentality is engrained in them from the day they are hired.

Benefits of taking your car to a mechanic that specializes:

  • The process is more efficient.  A shop that deals with the same vehicles over & over can more easily identify problem areas, thereby leading to more accurate diagnosis and repair
  • The quicker an Automotive Mechanic can diagnose your vehicle, the less money you will spend
  • A specialty shop is more apt to be up to speed on the latest technology, training and equipment
  • You build a relationship & your mechanic knows the history of your vehicle = he/she knows what parts were previously replaced, what your driving patterns are and how to stay in front of problems

Das Autohaus specializes in the service and repair of Volkswagen and Audi.  We do work on other vehicles as well.  We are an excellent alternative to the dealer and take pride in our work & your vehicle.   Call us at 520-8523 to schedule an appointment.  Thanks for supporting our business !

Timing chain or timing belt ?  Do you know what runs the engine in your vehicle and if so, do you know what the maintenance interval is on it ?

Automobile manufacturers are steadily migrating to timing chain motors and while there is no “maintenance” for the timing chain per se, there are things to consider if you have this type of motor in your vehicle.  Whether you drive a Volkswagen Jetta or VW Passat, Audi A4 or a Honda / Toyota, there are many factors that determine the life of your vehicle’s engine.  The most important of these is OIL.  It seems that we tend to harp on oil a lot, but it really IS the lifeline of your vehicle.

If you look in your Owner’s Manual at the manufacturer’s suggested oil service interval on your VW or Audi, you will see that a 10,000 mile interval is what they recommend.  Many other manufacturers are following suit with extended oil change intervals.  We Strongly Disagree and recommend 5,000 mile intervals in VW and Audi.  Though the composition of some synthetic motor oils may be able to last 10k miles, extended oil intervals can lead to the vehicle burning oil (low oil = CEL), timing chain tensioner failure, timing chain stretch, camshaft wear, oil build up in the motor, etc.  Add to that oil from many quick lube establishments that do NOT meet VW or Audi spec and the lifespan of oil is shorter and problems greater.

Know your vehicle and what oil spec goes in it (5w40 is NOT a spec)….that is a huge start to keeping your motor in proper running order and extending the life of it.