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Driving tips: Safety in the rain

Driving tips: Safety in the rain Some of us love it…some of us can do without it. The best thing you can do is wait for the rain to either simmer down or completely come to a stop before you can get behind the wheel. However, if you do not have the time to wait,

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Cylinder heads
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Cylinder heads

Cylinder heads:    In an internal combustion engine, the cylinder head, also referred to as the head, sits above the cylinders on top of the cylinder block. In most engines, the head also provides space for the passages that feed air and fuel to the cylinder, and that allow the exhaust to escape. The upper

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rotary engine vs piston
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Rotary Engine vs Piston Engine.

Rotary engine vs Piston engine: Know the differences.   The internal combustion engine has always been the beating heart of a car, the majority of cars you see on the street will have one thing in common, a traditional inline 4-cylinder engine with anywhere between 1.4 and 2 litres or more, performance-oriented or larger vehicles

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intake valves
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Intake Valves and Exhaust Valves

Intake Valves and Exhaust Valves.   Engine valves are located in the cylinder head. The main function of the engine valves is to let air in and out of the cylinders. That air is used to help ignite the fuel which will drive the pistons up and down. There are two types of engine valves; intake and exhaust valves. The intake

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ignition coils
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Vagspec Randburg

5 Signs that your Ignition Coils might be faulty.

  Ignition Coils: 5 Signs of faulty coils.   Ignition coils is an induction coil in an automobile’s ignition system that transforms the battery’s low voltage to the thousands of volts needed to create an electric spark in the spark plugs to ignite the fuel. The purpose of the ignition system is to generate a very

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dsg gearbox
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DSG Gearbox- Direct Shift Gearbox

DSG Gearbox- Direct Shift Gearbox.   A direct-shift gearbox commonly abbreviated to DSG is an electronically controlled dual-clutch[2] multiple-shaft gearbox in a transaxle design, with automatic clutch operation and with fully automatic[2] or semi-manual gear selection. The first actual dual-clutch transmissions were derived from Porsche in-house development for their Model 962 racing cars in the 1980s. In simple terms, a DSG gearbox automates two separate “manual” gearboxes (and clutches)

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Audi
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Vagspec Randburg

Audi: 5 Unusual Facts

Audi: Did you know?   Audi have a long history of excellence, and the name will bring different associations to everyone, so to celebrate the wonderful diversity of the company, here are a few little-known facts you may not have known: The first company to crash-test their cars. While you may think of Volvo when

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Vw golf
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Top 5 Facts about the Vw Golf

Vw Golf: Did you know these 5 fun facts?   Behind the shadow of the popular “VW Bug” is the VW Golf. It was built as the front-engine version of the Beetle and now one of the most popular models ever. To recognise the importance of this lovely little hatchback, we compiled a list of

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warning lights
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Warning lights: Snowflake on cluster

Warning lights: Snowflake on cluster.   No need to stress about this warning light flashing on your cluster.  Here is why the snowflake appears:  All VW products will display a snowflake symbol in the instrument cluster whenever the outside air temperature is 4° C (about 40° F) or less. If the outside air temperature drops

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Volkswagen dsg gearbox with mechatronics
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Expert advice: Dsg & S-Tronic Mechatronic failures

If you are a VW or Audi owner then you are familiar with the two names DSG and S-Tronic.  Both these transmissions have made a name for themselves in the last 8 to maybe 10 years. They are super smooth and changes gears extremely fast. In fact so fast that some reckon they are faster

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Brake pads and disks
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Vagspec Randburg

Brake pads & disks replacement

Is it better to change the brake pads and brake disc at the same time?   This is one of the most frequently asked questions. The answer is YES!! Have you ever thought, “Brake discs do not need to be changed because they are metal, and only the brake pads need replacement.” or, “I don’t

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Engine overheating
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Vagspec Randburg

Engine Overheating: Expert advice

Engine overheating? Most Common Signs and what you should do   There are many reasons for engine overheating. In general, it’s because something’s wrong within the cooling system and heat isn’t able to escape the engine compartment. The source of the issue could include a cooling system leak, faulty radiator fan, broken water pump, or

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5 Most Common Signs Of Cylinder Head Defects.

You can find all sorts of information about the head gasket, and many car owners are aware of the functions of it, but much less know about the cylinder head itself.   The main task of the cylinder head is to close the combustion chamber of the engine from the top. The upper part of the

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Thought a timing chain is not important? Think again !

Timing chains are the conductor of your engine. Through a series of guides and tensioners, the chain links the crankshaft to the camshaft and is responsible for keeping the valves of the cylinder head in sync with the pistons of the combustion chamber. If the timing chain becomes loose, either by stretching or a failed

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Vagspec Randburg

What is DSG Mechatronics?

Intelligent shifting in all conditions !! The clutches and gearbox units in the DSG are operated hydraulically. This function is performed by the gearbox mechatronics module, housed in the DSG. The term “mechatronics” is derived from combining the words “mechanics” and “electronics”. And this is exactly how the mechatronics module is structured with the electronic

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Vagspec Randburg

Is that a water leak?

Worried about your vehicle leaking water?   Water leaking from under the car can be normal, especially on hot days when you’ve been cranking the Aircon at full blast. Car Aircon systems are actually designed to allow water to drain out of your vehicle. The system cools the cabin by pulling humidity from the air,

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Vagspec Randburg

Have you ever wondered what the purpose of control arms, control arm bushes and ball joints are?

Control arms, bushings, and ball joints may not be common household terms for many vehicle owners. You may have never even heard of them, but they are critical components of your vehicle’s suspension system that allow your tires to smoothly go up and down in a controlled fashion. Without them, your ride probably wouldn’t be

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Vagspec Randburg

At Vagspec we love them all. Young and old

At Vagspec we really care about your vehicle.  We are the specialists when it comes to out of warranty Vw, Audi, Mercedes, BMW and even SEAT vehicles. We have the equipment and knowledge to diagnose and repair these amazing vehicles. Even if it’s a Golden Oldie like the one in the picture. We love them

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We are VAGspec

It took one man’s vision in 2009 to have a reputable repair and service centre for out of warranty customers. One where they know they will get the same if not better service as they did the day they drove that car of the sales stand. VagSpec Centre is a reputable service and repair centre

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Vagspec Randburg

We are VAGspec

It took one man’s vision in 2009 to have a reputable repair and service centre for out of warranty customers. One where they know they will get the same if not better service as they did the day they drove that car of the sales stand. VagSpec Centre is a reputable service and repair centre

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