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DO'S AND DON'TS
DO: Treat your fuel for added performance
DO: Service your engine and change your oil on time.
DO: Check your glowplugs at the first sign of starting
trouble, don’t wait, below
50° it won't start without them.
DO: Replace your timing belt every four years or 60,000
miles (1992 and older), or it may break causing expensive motor repairs.
They all look good until they break.
TDI = 100,000 mile interval
DON'T: Use ether to start your motor.
Push start your diesel, you may jump your belt timing.
DON'T: Get frustrated when it won't
start.....call MARK 1
DIESEL STARTING TIPS
The duration of the glowplug light is longer when the
engine is colder to allow the glowplugs TIME to heat up.
Just because the yellow light comes on does not mean they
work. You must have them tested to be certain. We can
install a pilot light to determine if electricity is
getting to them. This would alert you to a bad glowplug
or relay. Your glowplug fuse is NOT one of the
colored fuses found in the fuse panel. It may be above the
or in the engine compartment. You should tape a
spare fuse in your owners manual kept in the car.
starting requires 4ga jumper cables for good
results. You may have to leave the jumping vehicle
connected for 15
minutes or more to CHARGE the dead
battery. Use of a jump pack may work too. Vehicles with
cold, gummed up motors
or frozen fuel lines are not going
to start. Follow the do's........
HOT: Most people think to turn their air
conditioning off when the engine is running hot. In cars
electric cooling fans it is just the opposite. If the
thermal switch on the radiator fails you can select air
and the fan runs at high speed continuously.
This will cool the engine down. If you find the engine
in traffic but cool on the highway, the switch
is bad. If it runs hot all the time, bad fan, blown fuse
AIR CONDITIONING: The price of R12 Freon is very expensive.
longer provide R12.
Most cars that need this service have other trouble with
their A.C. other than being out of
Freon. The most common
problem is a slow leak that is not detectible such as an
o-ring that only leaks at high
pressure or a hose that
leaches over a period of time. We cannot guarantee how
long a system will work after being
charged. Even after a
repair, a new leak may develop. We do have R134A and can
charge newer systems. We can also
retro-fit 85-92 systems
to work on R134A.
MOTOR OIL: Many customers with cars
1998 and older use
5w-30 and 10w-30 motor oil. Please read your oil use chart
in your owners manual. Yes it is
in the chart but look at
the temperature range! These grades of oil are only good
up to 62f and are intended for
cold climates. Use an oil
with 40 or 50 in the suffix. If you are using synthetic
oil, most brands now have 5w-40
or 15w-50. To protect in
the hotter temperatures and still be good for winter.
15w-40 is an all around good choice
for all gas and diesel
motors that don't require synthetic or 5w40.
Your car will run poorly and get poor gas
mileage if it has an exhaust leak. Let alone not pass
The fuel management system depends on
a closed system to operate properly. Especially in Vanagons,
leaks fixed immediately.
BLOWING COOLANT HOSES OR RUNNING OUT OF OIL:
insist on making it to the next exit or getting
home, you will ruin your engine. That last mile or two
you dearly. Stop and check your engine at the
first sign of trouble. You do have enough time to pull
stop. Going any further will just be expensive. A
two mile walk is cheaper than replacing your engine. Kids
pets in the car are a concern, use your cell phone or
wait for help. If you keep going chances are the engine is
going to fail, why add financial loss to your problems.
WHEN HAVING PROBLEMS: Check everything! Fuses, fluids,tire
pressure. Who knows? You may find the solution
We thank you for your support.
OIL CHANGE REQUIREMENTS:
Volkswagen of America has upgraded
the oil change
requirements of the diesel TDI engines to 5w40.
This oil is only available as fully synthetic,
for the 10,000 mile oil change interval. Gas
engine cars 1992 and older use the 056 filter (2870).The
cars 1997 and older use the 034 filter.
Gas engine cars 1998 and newer require the 06A oil filter.
CAN’T DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR CAR?
If the needed repairs exceed what you want to spend, or you just want to get rid of it, call us at
301-898-9869 and your Volkswagen will live on being used for parts in other Volkswagens. You may leave your
VW at Mark
I, with your signed title. We can also pick up your Volkswagen. Today, most old cars are taken to the salvage yard, have their
fluids drained and are crushed. They go straight to the shreader to be used as new metal. The enviromental impact of not recycling
the parts is huge. Your car should live on, providing donor parts for the cars that are still running. Replacement parts from
China are poor quality, but the used parts from your old car are better for the enviroment. It is enviromentally friendly
to recycle your old Volkswagen. Call us to pick up your old Volkswagen so that it may live on helping other Volkswagens survive
click here to request pick-up
EMISSIONS TESTS:Schedule your engine services to within 30 days of your
test date. This will allow that dollar amount to apply
towards a waiver in case your car does not pass. You
should also have an oil change no more than 1000 miles
before your test. This will help too.
BEFORE YOU BUY A CAR IN MARYLAND:Have the seller get the vehicle to an
of their or your choice. Even if the vehicle is for
sale “as is” your next step
after handing over your money
is an inspection. Do the inspection first. Offer to pay
for the inspection if the
seller does not want to. If the
seller won’t allow an inspection to be done than there may
to hide. Don’t buy the car. If the inspection
station finds a lot of needed work and you still want the
the use the repair costs to negociate the price down.
Use Carfax to check the title history. AIR CONDITIONING:
no longer recharge R12 systems (1992 and older cars).
We will evacuate and charge the system with R134. The
method is not as successful as the full conversion
method. Call for and estimate. DAYTIME
RUNNING LIGHTS:We can modify your headlight switch to have all your
lights come on
with the ignition and turn off with the
ignition. (1992 and older cars). The cost is less than
$30. No more dead
battery from leaving your lights on.
No more driving in fog or rain with them off. Other drivers
it more than you know.
Headlights are for you to be seen!
Your old metal parts are recycled by filling a car
destined for the crusher. We use your
old motor oil to
heat our shop by burning it in a furnace designed to burn
old motor oil. This eliminates us charging
you a disposal
fee on your oil change. The old filter is drained and put
in a scrap car. Cardboard, paper, plastic
and glass are
all recycled. We don’t even have a dumpster!
We stock our own parts cars. click here for list of our parts cars
These cars are called elves.
End of Life Vehicles. Bought from insurance companies,
previous owners or through
donations we keep a supply of
used parts to keep your used car on the road. A used part
on hand can put your car
back in working order the same
day. Some new parts may take days to obtain due to
shipping. We stock all wear item
new parts such as brakes
and wheel bearings etc.
You can buy a jump pack at SAMS CLUB or
many other stores
for about $50 to $80. A jump pack is a compact high output
battery with jumper cables attached.
You can keep it in
the trunk. If you have left you lights on or the kids
turned the dome light on and the next
morning your car is
dead you can get your car started again by using the jump
pack. No more jumper cables. No
waiting for someone to
come home or asking strangers for help. If you call us for
a jump start, this is what we
We have an extensive inventory of Volkswagen toys. Vintage
diecast cars dating back
to the 60's all the way to the
present. Looking for a particular VW or color? Email Mark at email@example.com
for price and availability.
INSURING YOUR CAR:
When your newer car gets older and you have finished
paying for it, do not cancel the full coverage! You will
hit a deer next week! Look into the actual costs of the
different parts of your coverage. Collision coverage
repairs your car when you are at fault. Adjust the
to save money. Comprehensive coverage is for
things that are not your fault. Such as deer, trees
hitting your car, rodents nibbling wires.
Vandalism, broken windows, stolen radios, slashed tires.
If you do not
live in a metropolitan area you can get ACV
coverage. Actual cash value, this is a zero deductible. It
cost you $30 more a year to lower your $100
deductible down to zero! After replacing that rock chipped
it really saved you money.
LOCKS AND DOORS:
When you have lost your car keys or have doors or trunk
that don’t match your ignition. We can make keys and
change lock cylinders. We need a door handle or lock to
obtain the lock code. Then a key can be made. We can
change a lock cylinder to work with another key. Have us
record your lock code on your next visit.
DON’T TAILGATE, IF YOU CAN’T
PASS. THEN YOU HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. LEAVE YOURSELF SOME BREATHING ROOM.
BACK INTO YOUR PARKING SPACE, YOU HAVE
CONTROL OF THE PARKING LANE. YOU HAVE LIMITED SIGHT WHEN BACKING OUT. YOU MAY AS WELL BACK IN. FIND A PULL THROUGH SPACE AND
YOU WON’T HAVE TO BACK UP.
CAN YOU SEE THE FOREST THROUGH THE TREES
BEYOND THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU. DRIVE AHEAD, READ THE TRAFFIC PATTERN. REMEMBER THINGS LIKE DUMP TRUCKS AND TRACTOR TRAILERS
DO NOT ACCELERATE OR STOP LIKE CARS. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE BEHIND ONE AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT. YOU DON’T WANT TO CUT
IN FRONT OF ONE EITHER, THEY MAY NOT HAVE ROOM TO STOP.
WEAVING IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC,
PASSING, MOVING UP JUST ONE SPACE? REMEMBER THE NEXT RED LIGHT IS THE GREAT EQUALIZER, SEE YOU THERE.
Once you stop for a traffic light, stay stopped, don't
edge, edging causes brake wear and wastes gas. Everyone bunches up closer together, then it takes more time to pull away!
People drive like they walk through a mall. That's why we don't give guns to monkeys or anyone under
16 a drivers license. Be a conscientious driver, don't block driveways or side streets while waiting in traffic, don't race
to a red light, and yellow does not mean hurry-up! Don't edge or creep at a red light, wait for the green light and the car
in front of you to move.
Have you ever waited "forever" for that light to change? You may
have crossed that wide white line and off of the vehicle sensor (that rectangular groove they cut in the blacktop is an antenna
for the traffic controller to detect a car waiting)
REMEMBER WHAT WE LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN, TO BE COURTEOUS,
THE TURN SIGNAL IS NOT THE REMOTE CONTROL FOR THE STEERING WHEEL, USE IT BEFORE YOU CHANGE LANES. A BLINKING TURN SIGNAL IS
NOT THE “CUT ME OFF LIGHT”.
DO NOT SPEED UP AND CUT IN LINE WHEN TWO LANES MERGE
TO ONE. KEEP PACE WITH THE SLOWER TRAFFIC. TAKE TURNS, FORM ONE LANE.
DON’T TURN THE STEERING WHEEL WHEN
THE CAR IS NOT MOVING. THIS CAUSES ADVERSE WEAR TO THE POWER STEERING AND SUSPENSION.
LUBE DOOR HANDLES AT THE FIRST SIGN OF DIFFICULTY OPENING THE DOOR, BEFORE THEY BREAK.
ARE BAD TIRES OR WHEEL BEARINGS. KNOCKING NOISES ARE AXLE JOINTS BINDING FROM LACK OF GREASE. SQUEALING NOISES FROM THE MOTOR
ARE LOOSE BELTS, GET THEM TIGHTENED IMMEDIATELY OR THEY WILL GLAZE AND REQUIRE REPLACEMENT.
TOWING IS EXPENSIVE.
JOIN A MOTOR CLUB OR
ADD EMERGENCY ROAD SERVICE TO YOUR CARS INSURANCE POLICY
(ABOUT $15 A YEAR). TOWING HAS BECOME
AN INDUSTRY. TOW
TRUCKS ARE EXPENSIVE, SO IS THE SERVICE.
USE YOUR TURN SIGNAL AS SOON AS YOU THINK ABOUT
TURNING BEFORE YOU LOOK , BRAKE OR TURN. THE TURN SIGNAL SWITCH IS NOT A REMOTE FOR THE STEERING WHEEL! WARN THE VEHICLE BEHIND
YOU OF YOUR INTENTIONS!
COURTESY IS CONTAGIOUS