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Knowing What the Problems Are

Over time, all parts of a vehicle will need repair. Different vehicles, and models, will come with their own typical hassles that will need attention and can be specific to that particular make. Knowing what these typical problems are can help you avert a disaster and plan ahead to ensure a smooth driving experience.

What to Anticipate with a Volkswagen

The VW, as with other vehicles, has several problematic aspects of its own. Here are a few that, with knowledge of them, allows you to attend to the VW repair timeously ad efficiently.

Oil leaks are quite common in Volkswagens if oil changes are not done regularly. Condensation and moisture can then build up causing the area to clog up. This can inhibit the engine's proper ventilation and in turn create a build-up of pressure, creating oil leaks in the weakest sections.

Coolant leaks are also a common issue and can be due to weak seals or bearings. Coolant hoses are often the culprit due to deterioration with age, so it is important to check the health of these hoses. Problems with the coolant system can be serious as it could cause your VW to overheat and cause several other problems as a result of the overheating.

Cam and timing belts will need replacing where you can see wear and tear on the belt, or where you hear a slapping sound before it breaks. Cam and timing belts should be replaced at the same time as the tensioner, water pump, and rollers.

Faulty ball joints relating to suspension can also be another common issue where you may hear knocking when going over a bump or clicking when turning. These noises could also be from the control arm with worn-out bushes or from the hinges that connect the wheels to the frame of the vehicle, and the steering wheel.

Smoke coming from the exhaust is another typical problem of the VW. This will typically be due to a coolant leak. Other causes could be a warped cylinder head, a faulty head gasket, or even a cracked engine block.

Worn or warped rotors may cause steering wheel vibrations which can be very uncomfortable when breaking. Having the rotors slightly straightened will assist where your rotors are worn but if the VW is still new or the rotors have been recently replaced, a more detailed and thorough check will be necessary during your VW repair to determine the cause. Steering wheel shaking can also be caused by unbalanced wheels while driving at high speeds.

At times the maintenance, brake light, and check engine light may be faulty. Should any of these occur, it is always advisable to simply take the warning seriously and have your vehicle checked, or stop the engine as soon as possible.

Battery and electrical problems are also common hassles that need attention. These problems could be due to a damaged starter or alternator. Sometimes even electrical drains from other areas in the vehicle, such as the clock, may cause the battery to drain during times when the vehicle is not turned on.

The power window regulator may also become faulty, making it difficult or impossible to move the window up and down. Debris can often get caught in the mechanism which places more strain on the movement thereby causing damage to the mechanical part itself as well. Where the window moves up and down very slowly, this may also be due to an electrical fault in the mechanism.

Knowing these common VW problems can save you heartache and expense before there is a problem, and can avoid the necessity of the repair. Be mindful of these aspects and check them regularly to keep your VW on the road.

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