Category Archives: Volkswagen Repair

COMMON VOLKSWAGEN REPAIRS

WILL YOUR VW NEED THESE SERVICES? As an expert service provider for German vehicles, Stein Automotive is familiar with the needs and downfalls of the Volkswagen brand. While these vehicles are engineered to the same standards as every other competitive manufacturer, that doesn't mean that they aren't susceptible to a handful of minor problems. All vehicles have their unique service needs! Our team wanted to share what we know about Volkswagens to help drivers prepare for potential repairs. Will your car need one of these repairs throughout its lifetime? Oil Leak Will your VW experience a fluid leak? It depends on the regularity of its oil changes and maintenance service. If you don't visit a professional routinely for fluid service, it's likely that a leak will form. Driving in extreme climates or at low RPMs (such as in heavy traffic) often can also create leaks. Oil leaks from the weakest part of the system, and in most VWs, that's the crankcase, valve cover gaskets, camshaft seals ... read more

UNDERSTANDING VOLKSWAGEN’S DIRECT-SHIFT GEARBOX (DSG)

HOW DOES IT WORK? The DSG, also known as a dual-clutch transmission, is an automatic transmission system that shifts gears faster than any other transmission system currently out in the market. Originally created and marketed by Volkswagen, this product can now be found in other brands like Audi, Hyundai, and Porsche. The system utilizes two different gearboxes — one for odd numbered gears and another for even-numbered gears. While your vehicle shifts gears, these gearboxes will predict and pre-select the next gear in the sequence based on your speed and behavior. Once you shift gears, the transmission uses the clutch for an almost instant switch, with the switches timed at only 8 milliseconds! THE HISTORY Before the DSG, there was the sequential manual transmission (SMT). The SMT was designed to provide automatic transmission drivers the same performance a manual, stick-shift driver experiences. Although it allowed 100% of the power to be transferred from the engine to the wheel ... read more