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Here are the facts.

Dawn the Office Manager here and I have some advise for anyone looking for a mechanic.

1. How long has this person been working on your type of vehicle. Is he self trained or worked under a master mechanic.

2. If he’s doing a motor rebuild how many has he done. Learning motor rebuilds from a book only is not a good sign. Your mechanic should have build several motors under supervision to learn the dos and don’ts. Books are great but learning from someone is a better tool.

3. How long has he been in business. I mean doing mechanical work not a accountant now running a vw shop.

4.Does he have a business license. A valid license for your state. I’ve heard of several accounts of “vw shops” opening, the guys taking in motors and money and then disappearing. With a license you have some recourse if the guy rips you off.

5. Does he charge and pay sales tax. (If not be wary might be a fly by night business). If he doesn’t want to provide you with a receipt with details for the work performed and charging sales tax for parts be VERY CAREFUL! Lack of paperwork will make it hard to prove he did anything and he is working illegally because no tax may equal no license.

6. If he has to consult a book doing your tune up RUN. Seasoned mechanics don’t have to look up the small stuff. If he doesn’t know how to gap valves without looking it up you maybe the first car he’s done.

7. If he is a mobile mechanic and doesn’t have a mailing/business address. If he won’t provide you with an address he doesn’t want you to find him if something goes wrong.

8. If he comes to your home and has to borrow all or most of your tools. Seasoned mechanics should have all the tools they need for most simple jobs. If he doesn’t have wrenches and sockets for a simple tune up or carburetor job he may not know what he’s doing.

9. Can’t answer simple questions. If he knows what he’s doing he should be able to answer your questions without consulting a book or calling you back ( a sign he has to look it up).

10. Finally call around. Asking questions of others shops in your area is a great way to gauge cost and experience.

If you have any questions for Jay or myself please feel free to email or call we’d love to hear from you.

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Need a tow give this guy a call

We have a great deal with Tango at EASTSIDE TOWING. So if your Vanagon or Bug breaks down no matter where and you need a tow to our shop Tango can save the day. He’s very knowledgeable about how a VW should be towed and will make sure your baby makes it without a scratch!

Tango can be reached at 520-795-5920 or direct 520-272-8954.

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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 are more important than you realize. Even though your pop top seems heavy enough to stay down, it’s NOT. Case in point this poor bus. The owner didn’t bother to check them before he had his bus towed, and unfortunately the tow truck driver didn’t make sure the top was secure. The driver loaded the bus rear first exposing the back edge of the pop top. Without the hold downs the wind grasped the pop top, ripping the canvas, destroying the hardware and fiberglass top, and breaking the windshield. So save yourself ALOT of time and money, USE THOSE HOLD DOWNS!

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Thanks!

We had a great time at Bugtoberfest. We met a lot of new faces and got to catch up with a lot of old faces.

Didn’t have time to take pictures too busy selling a bunch of parts at low prices.

And don’t fear if you miss us we still have TONS of good used parts for sale.

We’ll see all of you again at Bugtoberfest 16!

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SEE US AT THE 15th ANNUAL BUGTOBERFEST

Once again we’ll be at the swap meet at Chirco’s Bugtoberfest.

So if you have the time Sunday October 17th 2010 come on down. We’ll have some great deals on used parts!

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Click, print and SAVE

10% off ANY SERVICE

Just present this coupon at time of service and receive 10% off your bill.

Must be presented at time of service will not be honored after services are rendered or for a cash refund. Not good for parts purchase.

No cash value

ERNEST’S OLD VOLKSWERKS 17625 W. REDROCK LN. MARANA, AZ 85653

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What’s happening at Old Volks

Well were finally settled in and getting caught up on updating the website.

We got cars for sales and we’re getting pictures posted. Right now if you click vehicles for sale we have a beautiful 1973 standard bug you’ll fall in love with. The parts pages is still a work in progress since we have so many parts for sale it would take days to list them all.

Don’t forget the Old Volkswerks has reconditioned and rebuilt engines available. So if you need a dual port 1600cc, old school 40, or I looking to have something custom built give us a call.

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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 job done.  However a great bargain on a hand tool can cost you in the end.

We had a bus come in with a axle nut that would not move. It was tight and tight is always good, but over tight is BAD. First we tried the breaker bar we had on hand, one I had for years. OOPPSS. Bent, I mean BENT! So I bought a nice socket wrench from a local tool supply house and BENT. Third purchase and SNAP. Finally I purchased a American made breaker bar for $83.00 bucks SUCCESS. So it took $130.00 and lesson learned.

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Towing and mobile repair

One great feature of our new location is we are providing mobile repair and towing. So if you can’t get to us for any reason and need a repair or tune up no worries. For easier repairs we can work from your home and for the major issues we can tow to and from our shop.

So feel free to give me a call 24/7.

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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. VW Bus engine support with notches cut in it Close-up of VW Bus engine support with notches cut in it
That doesn’t keep people from chopping up some pretty important parts of their cars, however. For our first example, the owner of a VW had experienced some trouble getting his engine to line up with his transmission. This person should have brought it to us to fix – it was a broken bolt, and wouldn’t have been a big deal to fix. Instead, he lowered his engine to line up with the transmission by cutting notches into the engine mount bar.
We’re a bit amazed that someone with the specialized tools necessary to cut notches into hardened steel would do such a thing, but you can see it for yourself.
Later on, this person was surprised to find that his engine had fallen unceremoniously onto the ground, and had pulled most of the transmission with it.
The repair was much more expensive than installing a new bolt.

A hole cut into the deck of a VW bus

Though this is a less severe example, this is the rear deck of a VW Bus. It’s the area just above the engine, and is taken from the inside of the vehicle. On one hand, we understand that it would be nice to access the engine from another angle than the back. But chopping a hole into your interior? Isn’t it hot enough in Arizona without having noxious fumes pumped into your cab? If they had wanted to die of carbon monoxide poisoning, sure they’d have been better off not doing it while driving…

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