1959 Volkswagen Beetle Restoration Project

The day is May 31, 2018. We are dropping a customer’s car off at their house, and we stumble upon a VW fan’s paradise.  5 Classic Volkswagen’s parked in a driveway a few houses down. They looked a little tired, and could use a really good cleaning and restoration. We approached the homeowner to see what his plan is for the vehicles.  His first words: “Which one?” We get to talking, and he proceeds to […]

5k, 8k, 10k… How often should you change your oil?

Many people seem to be confused. 5k, 8k, 10k… How often should I change my oil?? This is a very good question, and one that we get asked quite often. Oil and engine technology has come a long way in the recent years. Some people are still living by the 5,000km oil change interval regardless of the oil they are using. So, let’s discuss oil change intervals, and why you could be wasting your money. […]

Premium fuel… is it worth it?

We have been having a lot of people asking us, “Steve, do I really have to put premium gas in my Volkswagen?” (or Audi, or BMW, or anything German or has a turbo, or is direct injected).   “It costs too much”. This is the most common complaint of having to put premium fuel in your vehicle. If you drive a premium vehicle, or a sporty vehicle (GTI, Golf R, WRX, Focus RS etc…), you […]

Do you hear a noise?

Don’t ignore those little noises. Usually simple, small fixes can turn into large and extensive repairs. In this case, the issue was caught before any serious damage occurred. It could have been a lot worse. The customer brought their vehicle in with a slight noise coming from the vehicle, almost un-noticeable. Upon inspection, we found the cam chain tensioner had begun to weaken, and wasn’t holding the chain tight enough. The effects of such you […]

VW 2.0TSI Rear Main Seal failures

Another day, another job. Today we present to you a somewhat common issue with 2009-2012 Volkswagen Tiguans, and that is failing rear main seals. Now, we say 2009-2012 VW Tiguans, but the issue can occur on any 2.0TSI Volkswagen, Audi or Porsche (2014+ Macan).   Common Symptoms: Do you have a pesky oil leak that just won’t seem to go away? The leak can range from a couple drops on the driveway to a pool. […]