Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

How to change VW key battery?

Monday, January 20th, 2020
2020 Tiguan driving down city street

Step-by-Step Guide for Changing Out the Battery in a Volkswagen Key FOB

Maybe your FOB doesn’t have the range it used to. Or perhaps you have to press the button multiple times to get the doors to unlock. This may be due to a dying battery. If so, a battery change is in order. The process is pretty straightforward.

Here’s how to change VW key battery.


Is it safe to buy a used Volkswagen with an emissions fixed TDI engine?

Friday, October 25th, 2019
Red 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen parked outside under trees

Safety of the Volkswagen TDI post-Emissions Modification

You may remember ‘Dieselgate,’ the recall issued for turbocharged diesel engines on select German automobiles like Audi and Volkswagen. It was a scandal that caused Volkswagen to issue a buyback policy for various 2009-2015 models. Many of those models have now found their way back to used sales lots. For environmentally conscious drivers and diesel engine enthusiasts alike, the question remains…

Is it safe to buy a used Volkswagen with an emissions fixed TDI engine? (more…)

Can alloy wheels be painted? Polished? Chromed?

Monday, October 7th, 2019
A row of four alloy wheels for a Volkswagen Arteon against a white background.

FAQs about Alloy Wheels

Alloy wheels are the most common type of wheel out on the road today. But for those who like to customize their rollers, many questions have come up. Let’s take a look at whether or not alloy wheels can be painted, polished, and chromed. (more…)

Is the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta a Good Winter Car?

Monday, September 30th, 2019
White 2019 Volkswagen Jetta parked by curb

How well does the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta handle winter?

Here in Milwaukee, the winter months can get pretty rough. Last winter we got about 56 inches of snowfall. The average high temperature for January 2019 was in the high 10s, and that’s without windchill. If you park your car outside or even just stay for a few hours at a friend or family member’s place, then you know the mad dash outside to quick start your car (that invariably fills your shoes with snow), turn on the defroster, and crank up the heat, followed by either running back inside so your car can warm up enough to scrape the snow and ice off of it or waiting in your frigid car, hoping your excessive shivering somehow vibrates the car into warming up faster. If snow is falling, then you have ample time to contemplate the upcoming trip, hoping the roads are fit for driving.

How does the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta winter conditions? Let’s take a look. (more…)

Where is the transmission located?

Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Cutaway side-view of a transmission, showing it's mysterious inner workings.

Where to Find the Transmission on a Vehicle

The transmission is an important part of any vehicle- after all, it ensures that the right of power is sent to the wheels to keep speed where you want it to be, and maintain the ratio of power to efficiency in its sweet spot. It shifts gears, basically, whether you’re doing so manually or your vehicle is automatically taking care of things.

If you want to take a look at your transmission, do some work on it, or are just curious, you may be wondering: where is the transmission located? (more…)

How can I get my seat belt to retract again?

Monday, June 24th, 2019
A girl sits in a car seat with a seat belt buckled around her, trailing off behind into the abyss. Text in front says, "Fixing the Seat Belt Retractor" in cursive writing.

How to Fix a Seat Belt Retractor

Has your seat belt ceased to return to its seat belt-land within the depths of your vehicle once you unclip it? Do you have to manually feed the belt back into the retractor, or just leave it lying out in a sloppy fashion?

It may seem that the issue must be with the seat belt retracting mechanism itself, but the actual culprit in 99 out of 100 cases is a bit closer to a home (and a bit more gross); a non-retracting seat belt is usually caused by the fats and oils from your neck and hands accumulating on the belt and making it too thick to be pulled back into its hidey-hole.

So what can you do about this? Our body is going to keep oozing fats and oils whether we like it or not. How can a seat belt retractor be fixed? (more…)

Where can I get a vehicle emissions test near Milwaukee, WI?

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
A mechanic in a blue uniform bends over an open hood while holding a clipboard.

Test Your Emissions and Register Your Vehicle near Milwaukee, WI

To be legally registered and driven, a vehicle has to be tested and confirmed that it’s under a certain harmful emissions limit. This regulation is put in place to protect both the environment and our human lungs (they’re quite it important, it turns out). As vehicles age, they can begin emitting larger amounts of toxins, which is why it’s important to keep your vehicle in good condition and make sure the emissions are not getting out of hand.

Whether you’re renewing your registration or registering a vehicle for the first time, your ride must be tested to confirm that it’s below that harmful emissions limit. Where is a good place to get emissions testing done near Milwaukee, WI? (more…)

Do I really need transmission fluid in my vehicle?

Thursday, April 18th, 2019
mechanic fixing vehicle under the hood

What will happen if I drive without transmission fluid?

Your car is filled with fluids that work in conjunction with each other to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Failing to properly maintain these fluids will cause you to run into problems down the road. Transmission fluid is one of these essential fluids. What happens if you drive without transmission fluid? Take a look below to find out! (more…)

Need new tires?

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
two people looking at a tire in a store

When should I replace the tires on my Volkswagen?

Volkswagens have a lot of perks. As a premium automaker, Volkswagen is considered by many to be a step above conventional brands while not being quite to the level of the high-priced luxury vehicles. Maintaining your Volkswagen takes a lot of work, and one of the most important components are the tires. Don’t ignore the signs that it may be time to replace them. Learn more here on our blog! (more…)

How to replace windshield wipers in your Volkswagen

Friday, March 29th, 2019
driving through rain with windshield wipers activated

You don’t need to be an automotive expert to perform tasks like changing windshield wipers. It’s a relatively quick and easy process, but doing so can make a world of a difference the next time it rains. For ultimate clarity, it’s recommended you change your windshield wipers once they start leaving streaks or if they look warped. Take a look at the video below to learn how to change the windshield wipers in your Volkswagen! (more…)