Category Archives: Tips

Tips and tricks for maintaining your VW.

I’m ConFUSEd

Why oh why would someone do this? Fuses are made that if a short occurs in a wire going to the fuse box the fuse is “tripped” to disconnect the flow of power and stop an overheat. It may have … Continue reading

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Oil, Oil everywhere but not a drop in my engine!

Hopefully you’ve never been one of the ones that have either heard a terrible metal crashing noise coming from their engine or your VW just comes to a slow and horrible stop never to restart again. Why the horror? NO … Continue reading

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What Not To Do: Forgot your pop-top hold downs

I know it seems a pain to do after you’ve had your pop top up. Those three or at least two hold downs (I know many of you are missing the center hold down) look unimportant. Those rubber hold downs … Continue reading

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Getting Bent

… Or trying not to. There’s an old saying you get what you pay for. Sometimes you find out this saying is truer than most. Case in point, tools. A 99 cent screwdriver is bargain, and it even gets the … Continue reading

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What Not To Do: Do not chop up your chassis

Volkswagen got away with having very small engines for their old models by having very light vehicles. The Beetle, in fact, has no traditional body frame at all – the sheet metal top is welded onto a floor pan. That … Continue reading

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A Breath of Fresh Air

It sits ignored inside your engine compartment. Your air cleaner is the lungs for the heart of your engine. Like all of the parts of your car, it needs maintenance, too. Foremost, your air cleaner filters the air entering your … Continue reading

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What Not To Do: Driving/Towing on Flat Tires

You’re stuck somewhere with a flat tire, you don’t have a spare – if you’re an old VW owner, it has happened at some point – and don’t feel like calling for an overpriced towing service. We understand. Do it … Continue reading

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Checking Your Wires

The little clips that hold all of your vehicle’s wires together aren’t perfect – far from it. They do get loose sometimes, and you should inspect the car at the first sign of trouble. The good news is that it’s … Continue reading

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Fuel Filter Follies

How often do you think about your fuel filter? At oil change time? At tune-up time? Never? Well unfortunately, most VW owners never think twice about one of the most important maintenance items inside their engine compartment. First question most … Continue reading

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What Not To Do: Fixing important bits with Bondo

This customer had broken hinges on his deck lid. His solution: Bondo and wire. Bondo’s great for fixing up body panels and such, but not so much for things that move. Especially this thing: as soon as it gives out, you’re … Continue reading

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