Takata Airbag Recall Information and Check by VIN

Is your vehicle equipped with the deadly Takata airbags? Uncover the reason for the recent airbag recall and learn which vehicles are affected by these faulty airbags.

Takata recall airbags deployed during accident

autobahn-performance.com gathered information about the Takata airbag recall, its potential damage, how you can determine if your vehicle is included in this recall, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Defective Takata Airbags

Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags are currently under recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) strongly recommends that vehicle owners take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this severe safety threat.

The center of attention is the airbag’s inflator (a metal cartridge filled with propellant) which has ignited with explosive force due to long-term exposure to high heat and humidity. A breach of the inflator housing can cause metal shards to be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin. Such explosions have resulted in both injuries and deaths.

Watch this video to see injuries caused by a Takata airbag inflator explosion.

What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

Takata airbags are used throughout the automobile industry, and nearly all manufacturers have been affected by this recall. The following are the automotive manufacturers listed on the NHTSA web site.

Takata airbag inflator recall affected automotive manufacturers

Furthermore, NHTSA strongly urges consumers not to drive the following vehicles (if under recall) unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired:

• 2001-2002 Honda Civic
• 2001-2002 Honda Accord
• 2002-2003 Acura TL
• 2002 Honda CR-V
• 2002 Honda Odyssey
• 2003 Acura CL
• 2003 Honda Pilot

For further information regarding these manufacturers and vehicle models, visit nhtsa.gov/equipment/takata-recall-spotlight

Vehicle Recalls by VIN

The NHTSA recommends checking your vehicle identification number (VIN) at least twice per year for active recalls.

To check your vehicle’s VIN, first, locate it by looking on the lower left of your car’s windshield for the 17-character Number. Your VIN can also be found on your car’s registration card, and it may be displayed on your insurance card.

Takata airbag inflator recall VIN location

Once you have the number, go to nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter your VIN in the space provided.

This search tool will provide information on:

• Recalls dating back 15 calendar years.
• Vehicle safety recalls from major light auto automakers, including motorcycle manufacturers.

This tool will not provide information on:

• A vehicle with a repaired safety recall. If your vehicle doesn’t have any unrepaired recalls, you will see the message: “0 Unrepaired recalls associated with this VIN”
• Manufacturer customer service or other non-safety recall campaigns
International vehicles
• There may be a delay with recently announced safety recalls for which not all VINs have been identified. VINs are added continuously, and it is strongly suggested to check regularly.
• Safety recalls more than 15 years old (unless a manufacturer is offering more coverage)

Remember to check your VIN twice per year by setting recurring reminders on your digital calendar.

If your vehicle is identified as being recalled, contact your dealership or vehicle manufacturer immediately for instructions on when and where to take your vehicle for repairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How many cars are affected by the Takata airbag recall?
Answer: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 42 million vehicles in the United States alone are affected by the Takata airbag recall.

Question: Are vehicle recalls free?
Answer: According to the NHTSA, vehicles under recall will be fixed for free.

Question: Can a dealer sell a used car with a recall?
Answer: Yes. As long as the vehicle is listed and sold as “used,” it may be sold with a recall.
Answer: No. Dealerships are prohibited from selling new vehicles with a recall.

Question: Can a dealership refuse to fix a recall?
Answer: No. When a dealer refuses to make repairs on a vehicle under a recall letter, you should notify the vehicle manufacturer immediately. You can file a complaint against the dealer with the NHTSA at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

Question: Does it matter where I live?
Answer: Yes. According to NHTSA, the Takata inflators seem to be vulnerable to persistent high humidity and high-temperature conditions. However, several confirmed deaths have occurred in places outside of the priority recall area, this recall should not be ignored regardless of where you live.

The American states and territories have been divided into three priority zones:

Zone A – Most Critical: (hot and humid) Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Zone B – Critical: (less hot and humid) Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Zone C – Less Critical: (least hot and humid) Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

For owners of Audi or Volkswagen vehicles, recently there was also a timing chain recall, and more info can be found here: autobahn-performance.com/audi-vw/volkswagen-audi-timing-chain-settlement-recall-repair-reimbursement-information/

Takata Airbag Recall

If your vehicle is equipped with defective Takata airbag inflators, you may be driving around with an explosive device capable of inflicting grave injuries or causing your death if they deploy.

In this article, you discovered the reason for the recent Takata airbag recall, which vehicles are affected, how to verify whether or not your vehicle is included in it, and the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Your delay in getting a defective Takata airbag inflator replaced can result in severe harm or death of those traveling in your vehicle.

Sources:
https://www.audiusa.com/about/takata.html
https://www.vw.com/takata-recalls/
http://web.audiusa.com/recall/
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/takata-airbag-recall-everything-you-need-to-know/
https://www.safercar.gov/staticfiles/rulemaking/pdf/Recalls-FAQ.pdf

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Is Volkswagen Ending Production of the Beetle

It’s your last chance to own a brand new VW Beetle! The 2019 “Final Edition” marks the end of production for this 80-year-old iconic model as it steers towards its line of all-electric vehicles.

Volkswagen Beetle ending production in 2019

autobahn-performance.com looks back in time and recounts some of the significant milestones of the Beetle along with some lesser known facts.

1938 – The First VW Beetle

You may be astonished to learn that the first Beetle, known as the Type 1, was commissioned by none other than Adolf Hitler. Volkswagen, founded in Wolfsburg, Germany in 1937, was owned by the German government and originally named “Volkswagenwerk” which translates to “The People’s Car Company.”

The Type 1 rolled off the assembly line in 1938 and has had many nicknames over the years, Käfer (Beetle in German), Beetle, Bug, and many others throughout the world. One nickname it could have garnered but never did was that of its designer, the Austrian automotive engineer, Ferdinand Porsche (yes, the founder of the Porsche car company).

Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle 1938

1949 – The Beetle Comes to America

It was on January 8, 1949, that the first Beetle arrived in the port of New York. That year sales of the German manufactured car reached 2 in the US.

It was the following year, 1950, that the Beetle gained some traction in the US with 328 vehicles sold.

In 1955, the 1 millionth Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line.

One millionth Volkswagen Beetle 1955

1959 – “Think Small” Beetle Advertising Campaign

The New York advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) created and launched the now legendary “Think small” ad campaign for Volkswagen (with a tiny Beetle in a plane of white space). As a result, Beetle sales take off.

The campaign was named “the best advertising campaign of the 20th century” by Ad Age. Read more at adage.com/article/special-report-the-advertising-century/ad-age-advertising-century-top-100-campaigns/140918

1960s – The Beetle Is The Top Seller

The 1960s saw the Volkswagen Beetle become the top-selling foreign-made vehicle in the United States.

1968 – The Type 1 Is Now The Beetle

Until 1968, this vehicle was known and marketed as the Type 1, at which time, the name was officially changed to the Volkswagen Beetle in all of its North American advertising campaigns.

Also in 1968, The feature film “The Love Bug” starring Herbie – a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle – was released at the cost of $5 million and grossed $51 million at the box office.

1963 Volkswagen Beetle Herbie the love bug

The success of the production spawned 4 more feature films, a five-episode television series, and a made-for-television comedy adventure film, not to mention all of the accompanying merchandising.

In 2015, the Beetle that starred as Herbie went to auction and sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction for $126,000 then, three years later at the same auction, it sold for $128,700 making it the world’s most valuable VW Beetle for a second time.

1971 – The Super Beetle

It was in 1971 that Volkswagen introduced the Super Beetle and the Super Beetle convertible. The new model was equipped with new front suspension and more trunk space (still located under the hood).

1972 – The Beetle Sets A Record

It was on February 17, 1972, that Beetle # 15,007,034 rolled off the assembly line and into the history books, surpassing the previous record held by the Ford Model T for 40 years as the best-selling car worldwide.

1977 and 1979 – The End of US Production

5 years after shattering the Model T’s record, 1977 marked the last model-year of Volkswagen first-generation Beetle sedan sales in the United States.

Then, 1979 saw the end of convertible Beetle production in the US.

1998 – The New Beetle Comes to Market

Volkswagen (after 60 years) finally gave the Beetle its first update. Basically mounted on the Volkswagen Golf platform, the car retained lines that recalled the Type 1, and was now equipped with a 115 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a small vase mounted on the dashboard (flower-power).

Volkswagen Beetle updated model

1999 – Car of The Century Competition

It was in the 1999 Car of the Century competition (to determine the world’s most influential car of the 20th century) that Volkswagen’s Type 1 placed fourth, following the Ford Model T, the Mini, and the Citroën DS.

2011 and 2012 – Redesigned and Convertible

The Beetle underwent its third redesign in 2011, giving birth to the third-generation beetle. In 2012, Volkswagen launched the Beetle Convertible and offered 50s, 60s, and 70s tribute models.

New Volkswagen Beetle model convertible

2018 – Volkswagen Squashes the Bug

Amidst 5 years of declining sales, Volkswagen made the announcement that it would pull the plug on the Beetle. The two final models; the Final Edition SE and the Final Edition SEL are also available as convertibles.

While Volkswagen is exterminating the Beetle, it continues to innovate and produce electric vehicles with cutting edge technology. Read more at autobahn-performance.com/audi-vw/new-q4-e-tron-all-electric-affordable-suv/

If you believe this to indeed be the end of the line for the beloved Beetle, know that Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said in his September 13, 2018 announcement, “Never say never.”

With 21,529,464 produced worldwide, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured vehicle of a single platform ever made.

Watch this video to see the VW Final Edition Beetle SE and SEL.

Volkswagen Calls it Quits for The Beetle

The summer of 2019 marks the end of production for the legendary and record-setting Volkswagen Beetle.

In this article, you discovered the rich and storied timeline of the most-manufactured single platform vehicle ever made, the Volkswagen Beetle.

If you’re in the market for a Beetle, don’t delay, this may be your last opportunity to own a brand new one.

Sources:
https://newsroom.vw.com/vehicles/goodbye-beetle/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/msolomon/2018/09/14/luxury-lineage-a-brief-history-of-the-volkswagen-beetle/#188220825048
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-beetle/volkswagen-to-end-production-of-the-beetle-next-year-idUSKCN1LT315

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Top 10 Highway Driving Safety Tips

If you could avoid moving violations, an accident, or a fatality by following some simple driving safety tips, would you do it?

Poor highway driving safety habits resulting in accident

You can see irresponsible driving by taking a short drive around your neighborhood, let alone getting on the highway. The safety of your vehicle and its passengers is paramount each and every time you get behind the wheel.

autobahn-performance.com presents 10 of the most essential highway driving tips to help you arrive safely at your destination and gathered information on highway statistics.

Highway Driving Safety

By improving your driving habits, the chances of becoming a statistic are significantly reduced. The following 10 highway driving safety tips will aid you in avoiding potentially life-threatening situations, subsequently making the roadway a safer place to be.

Highway Safety Tip #1 – Seatbelts

Wear your seatbelt every time you get into a vehicle, regardless of the length or reason for the trip.

In many states, failure to wear your seatbelt is a primary offense and can result in a fine and violation points added to your license. For information about your state’s seatbelt laws, see this PDF ghsa.org/sites/default/files/2019-04/SeatBeltLaws_Apr19.pdf

Highway Safety Tip #2 – Speeding

Posted speed limits are not “recommended speeds,” they are lawful limits at which you may travel on roadways. Exceeding the posted speed limit may result in fines, court costs, legal fees, and points added to your license.

Highway driving safety speed limit and minimum speed

On highways, you will often see “Minimum Speed Limit” signs. These are posted to keep traffic flowing at a reasonable pace and are enforced the same way as “maximum” speed limits.

Regardless of the car you drive, the faster you travel, the less control you have over the vehicle and the less effective your vehicle’s safety features will be when they are employed to protect you. Read more about the dangers and consequences of speeding at nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding

Highway Safety Tip #3 – Intoxication

There is nothing wrong with going out and having fun. However, everything is wrong when you operate a vehicle while inebriated or intoxicated.

Charges for driving while intoxicated can range from misdemeanors to felony offenses, and penalties may include driver’s license revocation, fines, and jail time. It’s also costly. First-time offenders can expect to pay upwards of $10,000 in fines and legal expenses.

Some States now require offenders to install ignition interlock devices at the driver’s expense. Ignition interlock devices are breath test devices connected to a vehicle’s ignition. The car will not start unless the driver has a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) below a pre-set limit, usually .02 g/dL.

For further information about driving while intoxicated, visit nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

Highway Safety Tip #4 – Work Zones

Expect slower traffic, lane narrowing, flaggers, workers, and construction vehicles when navigating through a work zone on a highway. The fines for moving violations in work zones are usually doubled, and in some states, certain violations result in mandatory jail time.

Highway driving safety work zone flagger

When approaching a work zone remember the following:

• Obey the posted speed limit.
• Be prepared to slow down further when needed.
• Obey the instructions from flaggers.
• Change lanes only when pavement markings and traffic conditions permit.
• Watch for unexpected workers, vehicles, or equipment entering your lane without warning.

Be particularly attentive in work zones at night or in adverse weather conditions. Reduced visibility and changing traffic patterns can create extremely hazardous conditions.

For more on work zone safety for drivers, visit safety.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/fhwasa03012/

Highway Safety Tip #5 – Distracted Driving

When you operate a vehicle, you should be focused only on the safe operation of that vehicle. The more distractions you engage in, the higher the possibility becomes of being involved in or causing an accident.

Highway driving safety operator distracted by mobile phone and passenger

There are 3 types of distractions:

Visual – taking your eyes off of the road
Manual – taking your hands off of the steering wheel
Cognitive – taking your mind off of driving

Using your phone while driving is especially dangerous because it requires all three types of distraction. Taking your eyes off of the road for a mere 5 seconds is long enough to travel the length of a football field at 55mph, and plow into the car ahead of you that made a sudden stop.

Learn more about distracted driving and cell phone usage while driving at nhtsa.gov.edgesuite-staging.net/Driving+Safety/Distracted+Driving/Policy+Statement+and+Compiled+FAQs+on+Distracted+Driving

Highway Safety Tip #6 – Blind Spots

While driving, you typically have 2 blind spots which approaching vehicles may occupy. On either side of your vehicle, the blind spots are located in the area that your rear view mirrors may not cover.

Highway driving safety rear view mirror position to eliminate blind spots

The truth of the matter is that blind spots are a past issue. Vehicles produced in the last 20 to 25 years with left and right side mirrors, the mirrors can be adjusted to eliminate blind spots. Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1 – Adjust your rear-view mirror to give you an unobstructed view directly to the rear.

Step 2 – Lean your head to the left until it almost touches the window. Then, adjust the left mirror so that you can barely see the left side of your vehicle.

Step 3 – Lean your head to the right near the middle of the vehicle and adjust the right mirror so that you can barely see the right side of your vehicle.

When you return to your normal driving position, you should not be able to see your vehicle in either of the side mirrors. Since it would be challenging for your car to hit itself, there really isn’t a need for it to be in your rear-view line of sight.

Step 4 – Verify that you have eliminated your blind spots by identifying a car one lane to the left in your rear-view mirror that is coming up to pass you. As the vehicle disappears from the rear-view mirror, it should appear in the left side mirror and remain there until passing you, at which time, the vehicle is in your direct line of sight. Repeat this for the right side mirror and make any necessary adjustments once you have reached your destination.

For more information about eliminating blind spots, visit pages.cs.wisc.edu/~gdguo/driving/BlindSpot.htm

Highway Safety Tip #7 – Engine Trouble

Keeping your vehicle in good operating conditions is a primary responsibility for car owners. However, things happen and often do so without warning.

When your motor loses power or shuts down, try to get your car as far off the right side of the road as possible to avoid becoming a hazard for other drivers.

Contact your insurance carrier or the number for emergencies in your owner’s manual to get roadside assistance dispatched to your location. In many cities across the US there are DOT (Department of Transportation) sponsored emergency response vehicles for highway emergencies such as this.

Highway driving safety roadside assistance for vehicle breakdown

To learn more about engine or battery problems and roadside assistance, read autobahn-performance.com/audi-vw/my-car-wont-start-battery-dead-alternator/

Highway Safety Tip #8 – Fatigue

Highway travel can be tiring. When combined with other factors like lack of sleep, exhaustion, or stress, a dangerous situation can be created as you try to doze off. Fatigued driving is impaired driving!

Avoid potentially fatal accidents by resting before traveling, and making frequent stops (once every 90 minutes to stretch, eat, or use the restroom).

Before you reach a point in which you find yourself nodding off or losing the capacity to keep yourself awake, pull over in a safe location and rest.

Read more about the dangers of fatigued driving at nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/fatigued-driving

Highway Safety Tip #9 – Motorcycle Awareness

We share the road with cars, trucks, big rigs, economy cars, and motorcycles. There is room for everyone on the road, but extra attention should be given to the safety of those operating motorcycles.

Highway driving safety motorcycle awareness

Treat a motorcycle as if it were a regular sized car by:

• Keeping a reasonable distance behind them in traffic (3 car lengths minimum).
• Avoid cutting them off when you change lanes (refer back to tip #6 for blind spots).
• When you detect a motorcycle behind you in traffic, avoid making sudden lane changes or braking (they may be traveling at higher speeds than they appear to be).
• Always signal where you intend to go (this applies at all times).

For downloadable reading material about motorcycle awareness and sharing the road, visit trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/motorcycle-safety/motorist-awareness-motorcycles

Highway Safety Tip #10 – Windshield Wipers

Your ability to clearly see the road ahead is essential to the safe operation of your vehicle. Besides keeping your windshield clean, your windshield wipers are one of your greatest assets during poor weather conditions.

Highway driving safety new windshield wipers for unobstructed view

Wiper blades should be replaced as soon as you notice any difference in their ability to provide clear visibility. The typical recommendation is to have them replaced every 6 to 12 months.

Highway Statistics

Throughout your lifetime you’ve undoubtedly heard “Don’t become a statistic.” This article’s purpose is to preserve your life and help you avoid becoming one of those statistics.

Fatalities – According to the US Department of Transportation, there were 37,133 roadway fatalities nationwide in 2017, and according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, 1,468 of those fatalities occurred in the state of Georgia. Also in Georgia:

Injuries – Over 140,000 individuals were injured in roadway incidents in 2017.

Seatbelt Citations – 141,707 seat belt citations were issued in 2017.

Impaired Driving – 41,289 were found to be driving while impaired and cited in 2017.

Speeding Citations – 601,905 speeding citations were issued in 2017.

Highway driving safety police enforcement

Visit nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/georgia_fy2017_ar.pdf for more information about traffic statistics in the state of Georgia, and crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812629 for more national statistics.

Highway and Vehicle Safety

Replace dangerous driving habits with those that create a safe environment on the road, and live to take another trip.

In this article, you discovered important highway statistics and 10 highway safety tips that promote better awareness of your surroundings.

Your failure to drive safely can result in expensive fines, catastrophic accidents, and death. By improving your driving skills, you and everyone you share the road with benefits.

Sources:
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/highway-safety.html
https://gahighwaysafety.org/
https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html

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My Car Won’t Start – Is My Battery Dead or My Alternator?

What will you do when you turn the key, and your car won’t start? This is one of the worst sensations especially when there’s no apparent reason.

Woman stranded on roadside with dead car battery

When your car loses power and won’t crank, there can be several reasons. The battery is the usual culprit, but there may be an underlying issue. Without finding the reason, you may find yourself stranded or at the mercy of waiting for roadside assistance.

autobahn-performance.com helps you uncover the reasons a car battery can die, how to solve the problem before being stranded, and who to call when there is no one around to help.

My Car Won’t Start and Battery Needs to be Jumped

When you turn the ignition key, the expectation is for the vehicle to roar to life and all of your internal electronics to turn on. When that doesn’t happen, it can be infuriating and require a jump to get your car going again.

Jumper cables attached to car battery

When using jumper cables, the following will help you avoid electrical damage and personal injury:

• Check your vehicle owner’s manual for any special instructions or precautions before attempting to jump your or another battery.
• Align the vehicles so that the jumper cables easily reach between the two batteries.
• Inspect both batteries. If either is cracked or leaking battery fluid (sulfuric acid), DO NOT proceed! There is a serious risk of fire or explosion with a defective or damaged battery.
• Extend and inspect the cables for worn spots, frayed wires, and loose clamps (avoid using the cables if they are in poor condition)
• The jumper cable clamps are universally designated “red” for positive or a (+) sign and “black” for negative or a (-) sign. The battery posts will also be clearly identified in red or (+) and black or (-).
• With both vehicles off, attach a positive clamp to the positive post of the dead battery.
• Attach the other positive clamp to the positive post of the good battery.
• Attach the negative clamp to the negative post of the good battery.
• Attach the other negative clamp to unpainted metal on the dead battery’s vehicle, such as the frame, a bolt, or the engine block.
• Start the vehicle with the good battery and allow it to idle for 2 to 3 minutes.
• Start the vehicle with the dead battery.
• Remove the jumper cables in the reverse order they were attached: negative from the frame, negative from the good battery, positive from the good battery, and lastly, remove the positive clamp from the battery that was charged.

Car Battery Problems and Solutions

The following are scenarios in which a car battery has lost or will not hold a charge:

Scenario 1 – You left a light on in the car or forgot to turn off the headlights and running lights.

This is the most straightforward scenario to fix and the easiest to avoid. After getting a jump for the battery, operate the vehicle for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes to reenergize the battery.

Dead car battery needs jump after lights left on

Solution: Before exiting the vehicle, turn of headlights, running lights, electronic accessories, or anything requiring a power source.

Scenario 2 – The battery is faulty, old, damaged, or can no longer hold a charge.

After getting a jump, operating the vehicle, and stopping, the battery dies again or has difficulty turning the engine over (When the car is in operation, the headlights and internal console lights will burn steadily).

Dead battery car wont start needs a jump

Solution: Replace or have the battery replaced. Make sure the replacement battery is the appropriate size (BCI) and strength (CCA) for your vehicle make and model.

The two numbers associated with your battery are as follows:

BCI – Battery Council International or BCI group number. These numbers identify the physical dimensions of the battery. If the new battery is the wrong size, it will not fit properly in the battery tray or not be secured by the hold-down clamp or strap.

CCA – Cold Cranking Amps. This defines a battery’s ability to start an engine in cold temperatures. The higher the CCA, the greater the starting power of the battery.

Old Battery Disposal – Part of the cost of a new battery is a refundable core charge. Since car batteries contain toxic materials such as lead and sulfuric acid, it is encouraged to give the old battery to the vendor that sold you the new one for a core charge refund and proper disposal of the battery.

Old faulty and damaged batteries waiting to be recycled

Scenario 3 – The vehicles alternator is no longer functioning, and the battery repeatedly dies.

After getting a jump, turn on the internal console lights and/or the headlights. If the lights brighten and dim as the motor revs up or slows down, it is indeed the alternator that is no longer sending power to the battery and electronic components of the vehicle.

Defective car alternator wont recharge battery

Solution: Replace or have the alternator replaced by a trusted mechanic, then have the battery checked after replacing the alternator to ensure that it was not damaged while in use without a functioning alternator.

Some other potential reasons your vehicle may be failing to start may include:

• Fuel line interruption
• Out of gas
• Bad starter
• Failed starter solenoid
• Bad alternator diode
• Bad ignition switch
• Faulty wiring

Except for being out of gas, the above mechanical or electrical malfunctions should be addressed by a trusted mechanic.

Roadside Assistance When Your Car Won’t Start

If you find yourself in a situation where your car won’t start, and no one is around to help you or offer a jump to get you going again, roadside assistance is a mobile mechanic service that comes to your location to help fix most common mechanical issues, including the battery and electrical system.

Car with dead battery stranded on roadside

Roadside assistance is offered by most car insurance policies and is a component of most service packages when purchasing a new vehicle from a dealership (time and mileage limitations may apply).

Many states also offer roadside assistance programs. The State of Georgia, for example, provides services through programs such as Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) and Highway Emergency Response Operators (HEROs), both of which can be reached by dialing 5-1-1 from any mobile device. Visit dot.ga.gov/DS/Travel/HEROs for more information.

Why Won’t My Car Start

A dead battery can leave you in the awkward position of relying on a Good Samaritan or having to wait for roadside assistance to arrive.

In this article, you discovered several reasons why a car battery may die, how to solve the problem, and who to call when no one is around to give you a jump.

Once you are mobile again, your next stop should be to your trusted mechanic to fix your battery problem. Procrastination for this type of repair may lead to catastrophic electrical failure within the vehicle or leave you stranded in a random location.

Sources:
https://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/videoresource/fsjumpbattery.pdf
http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Travel/CHAMP
http://automotive.aaa.com/
https://www.geico.com

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The New Audi Q4 E-Tron All-Electric Affordable SUV

Audi’s all-electric lineup just got larger. With the new Q4 E-tron SUV, released in concept form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Audi looks to strengthen its presence in the – sure to be crowded – all-electric SUV market.

Audi q4 e tron all electric front view sealed grille

Scheduled to begin production in late 2020, the Q4, Audi’s 5th electric vehicle is a scaled down version of its E-tron SUV series with the same qualities and efficiencies you’ve come to expect from Audi craftsmanship.

autobahn-performance.com takes a closer look at the new Audi Q4 E-tron’s specifications, interior, exterior, and performance.

Audi Q4 E-tron all-electric SUV Specs

As Audi looks to strengthen its presence in the all-electric car market, its recent unveiling of the Q4 is a scaled down version of its already successful E-tron all-electric SUV. The following is a comparison of the two electric versions:

 

Audi E-tron

Audi Q4 E-tron

Length

16.08 feet

15 feet

Height

5.46 feet

5.25 feet

Width (with mirrors)

7.19 feet

6.25 feet

Battery Capacity

95 kWh

82kWh

Miles (per full charge)

160

280

Speed

0-60 in 5.5 seconds

0-62 in 6.3 seconds

The Audi Q4 e-tron is built on Volkswagen’s ‘Modulare E-Antriebs-Baukasten,’ which translates to ‘modular electric drive matrix.’ VW is wagering heavily that its MEB platform will serve as the foundation for the 10 million electric vehicles it projects to sell.

Intended to be an alternative to the Mercedes EQC, the new Audi Q4 E-tron is expected to hit the market in late 2020 with an estimated price tag of between $72,500 and $73,000.

Audi q4 e tron all electric SUV side and rear view

Audi Q4 E-tron Interior

Staying true to the brand’s tradition of interior comfort, practicality, and class, you can expect to find the following in the Q4 E-tron:

• Upper-class plastic molded interior.
• Floor covering made from recycled material.
• Double-stitched Alcantara covered seats.
• Spacious interior with extra front and rear legroom.
• More storage space due to the lack of engine components found in gas-powered vehicles.
• Upper section of the cabin clad in lighter materials for an airier feel.
• One 12-inch display behind the steering wheel. (speedometer, gauges, indicators, etc.)
• One 12-inch display in the center of the console. (navigation, stereo system, etc.)
• Head-up display able to project directional and other information within your line-of-sight of the road.
• In-car Amazon Alexa integration.
• Smartphone integration compatible with Apple and Android devices.
• High definition digital instrument display.
• Amplified driving experience through connectivity with the myAudi app.

The Q4 features, as outlined above, spent years in development with attention being given to every interior and exterior detail.

Audi q4 e tron all electric SUV interior

Audi Q4 E-tron Exterior

At first glance, the Q4 may appear to be like any other Audi SUV, but a closer look reveals it to be more similar to the company’s e-tron electric car, given these features:

• Sealed grille for better aerodynamic performance.
• 22-inch alloy e-tron style rims.
• Identical e-tron lower body features.
• Rear light bar illuminated in sequence when the vehicle is locked or unlocked.
• Solar Sky paint – with reflective properties – that helps keep the cabin cooler, while conserving battery life.
• And lest we forget, the illuminated e-tron insignia.

Whether for aerodynamic purposes or for aesthetic appeal, the exterior detail of every Audi model is heavily scrutinized and tested for its practicality and efficiency. As noted, the all-electric e-tron parades an attractive and technologically forward exterior that many are finding appealing.

Audi q4 e tron all electric side view

Audi Q4 E-tron Performance

When the Q4 comes to market in 2020, it will likely be offered with a variety of power options. The concept car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show is equipped with the following specifications (Nm means Newton meter and is a measurement of torque):

• Rear 150kW motor with 310Nm of torque.
• Front 75Kw motor with 150Nm of torque.
• Both motors allow the Q4 to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 6.3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 112mph.
• Driven moderately, the Q4 can get up to 280 miles on a single charge.
• With a clever four-wheel drive system, the vehicle is able to send power to whichever tire can best utilize it.
• The 1,124Lb battery pack sits low in the car’s floor, giving the Q4 perfect weight distribution and low center of gravity.

Audi q4 e tron all electric SUV performance

With such features, the Audi Q4 e-tron is much more dynamic that it may appear to be, and surprisingly agile when reining in auto body lean and turning corners.

Audi Q4 E-tron Luxury and Practicality

The e-tron series is Audi’s response to their parent company – Volkswagen Group’s push to electrify their entire lineup by 2030. The Q4 is Audi’s 5th electric vehicle, and it flaunts all of the qualities and efficiencies expected from Audi craftsmanship.

Audi q4 e tron all electric alloy rims

In this article, you discovered the Q4 e-tron’s specifications, interior and exterior features, and performance abilities.

As the auto industry turns the corner from combustion to electric propulsion, it’s no surprise that automakers are raising the bar with convenience, luxury, and dependability. Visit audiusa.com for more information on the e-tron line of vehicles.

Sources:
https://www.audiusa.com/models/audi-e-tron
https://www.gims.swiss/premieres/world-premieres/q4-e-tron-concept
https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/5/18251528/audi-q4-etron-ev-concept-geneva-auto-show-2019

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© The Verge

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Why is My Car Shaking and Engine Losing Power?

Is your car shaking rattling your nerves? Cars and trucks are engineered to ride smoothly, and when they shake, it’s an indication that something is wrong and needs to be fixed.

Shaking car and engine power loss felt in steering wheel

Vehicles in good operating conditions shouldn’t shake, and knowing how to identify the causes will aid you in avoiding unnecessary expenses when you take your car to a mechanic.

autobahn-performance.com explains some of the reasons you may experience shaking, engine vibration, and power loss.

Automotive Steering Wheel and Brake Pedal Shaking

Any time your vehicle shakes, it can be worrisome and unsettling. When that shaking comes from the steering wheel or brake pedal, here are some of the more common culprits:

Out of Round – Brake rotors can become warped either by excessive braking (riding the brakes), or by sudden braking at speeds over 40mph. This warping is known as “out of round,” and will cause your steering wheel to shake or vibrate when the brakes are applied.

Shaking car from out of round brake rotors

Sticking Brake Caliper – With similar effects to “out of round” rotors, shaking may occur when one of the brake calipers sticks on the rotor.

Unbalanced Tires – When driving at speeds between 45 and 60mph, shaking may occur in the steering wheel due to unbalanced tires or uneven wearing of the tires.

This one can be tricky because the shaking or vibration may disappear at higher or slower speeds. Nevertheless, once you have detected the problem, you should get it diagnosed and repaired as quickly as possible.

CV Axle Shaft Assembly – More commonly associated with a clicking noise while turning, a bad or failing CV axle shaft may also cause your vehicle to shake while braking.

Front Vs. Back Brakes – When steering wheel shaking or vibration is caused by an issue with your front brakes, the shaking will be more prominent when braking. Conversely, when the problem is in the rear brakes, the shaking will be felt more in the brake pedal.

Car Engine Vibration and Power Loss

Engine vibrations resonate throughout the entire vehicle and may result in power loss, indicating a need for an immediate visit to your mechanic. While there are a vast number of reasons your engine may vibrate and lose power, here are some of the more common factors (the check engine light may be triggered by any of the following):

Spark Plugs – When a spark plug fails, your motor will take on a whole new persona. In combustion engines, spark plugs fire in sequence to maintain engine pressure, and provide power to propel the vehicle.

When a spark plug stops firing, the internal pressure of the motor drops (resulting in power loss), and the remaining cylinders are left to compensate (causes vibration and possible violent shaking).

Shaking car and engine power loss caused by spark plug failure

Example: To give you an idea of how to equate the stress of the motor under these circumstances, imagine the car having 3 round tires and one square tire.

Spark Plug Wires – Sometimes called ignition coils or ignition wires, your spark plug wires are responsible for carrying the electrical current to the spark plug, so it can fire in sequence.

When one of these wires fails, the symptoms are almost – if not – identical to a failed spark plug.

If your vehicle is equipped with an RPM gauge, you can catch a failing spark plug wire before it ultimately fails. When stopped at a red light or stop sign, you may notice a slight bounce or repeated dip in the RPM needle. This bounce may also be accompanied by a slight muffling of the engine’s normal sound. This is a common symptom of a plug or wire electrical current problem.

Spark plug failure and engine power loss detectible in rpm gauge

Air or Vacuum Hose – Another common cause for engine vibration and power loss is when air or vacuum hoses come loose, begin to leak, or rupture.

The three necessities for all combustion engines are air, fuel, and spark. If any of the three are delivered out of proper proportion, your engine will struggle, lose power, and vibrate.

Incorrect Gasoline Octane – It may seem counterintuitive, but higher octane gasoline burns slower than its lower octane counterpart.

Shaking car and engine power loss from incorrect gasoline octane

If your engine is rated for an 87 octane gasoline and you use a higher octane fuel, your engine’s inability to correctly burn the fuel will result in reduced power, higher fuel consumption, and potential engine shaking.

If you’re interested in your car getting better gas mileage, visit autobahn-performance.com/audi-vw/fuel-economy-10-tips-improve-vehicle-gas-mileage/

Engine Sludge – Over time, engine oil can break down and leave deposits throughout your engine. As these deposits accumulate, they form a thick, difficult to remove sludge that can cause power loss, shaking, and can lead to expensive repairs.

Likewise, when your engine’s oil level gets too low, the engine will not be properly lubricated and can lose power, overheat, and result in complete engine failure.

This situation can be avoided by having your oil changed at proper intervals for your vehicle’s make and model. For more on this, read Why and When I Should Get My Oil Changed.

Car Shaking When Stopped or Idling

If your vehicle is shaking when you are idling at a complete stop, the problem is likely to be damaged or broken motor mounts or transmission mounts.

Shaking car and engine power loss from broken motor mount

Broken motor or transmission mounts can result in severe motor shaking and should be fixed before causing other serious mechanical problems.

Why Does My Car Shake?

A car that shakes unusually needs to be fixed. Whether it’s the steering wheel, brake pedal, or engine, be attentive because the solution may be easy or a more complex issue.

In this article, you discovered many of the causes of shaking or vibrating in the steering wheel, brake pedal, engine, or the entire vehicle. You also uncovered some of the reasons a motor can lose power.

Your failure to have your car serviced or fixed after detecting vibrations and shaking can result in further mechanical failure, seizing of the motor, and expensive repairs that can be avoided by a simple visit to your mechanic.

Sources:
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.428.9129&rep=rep1&type=pdf
https://xwebforums.com/forum/index.php?threads/possible-causes-of-car-shake-at-70-mph.11840/#post-88444
https://mbworld.org/forums/c-class-w204/424301-engine-vibration-when-stopping-halt.html

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Tips to Save Money on Your Car Insurance Premium

Lower your car insurance premiums by doing one of 8 things. When it comes to your insurance, you have more control than you may think.

Owning a car is already expensive, and when you add insurance to the cost, it can be downright ridiculous. By following simple steps, you can significantly reduce your auto insurance premium.

Lower your car insurance policy premium

autobahn-performance.com presents an exclusive look at what causes high insurance rates, and 8 easy ways to lower those premiums.

Why Is My Car Insurance So Expensive?

Your driving record is one of the main influences on your insurance premium. Even if you have a spotless record, the following may increase your rates:

• Amount of Miles Driven Daily/Annually
• Make and Model of the Vehicle
• Vehicle Use
• Zip Code
• Credit Score/History
• Age
• Gender
• Marital Status
• Coverages
• Deductible

Now that you have an idea of why your insurance may increase let’s work on ways to lower it.

1 – Compare Insurance Companies

As in any competitive market, rates from one insurance company to the next will differ. Take the time to shop several companies before committing to any one of them.

Ask them about the following:

• Policy Discounts
• Running Promotions
• Payment Plans

Cheapest isn’t always best. As you are making comparisons, pay attention to how you are treated and how your questions are answered. These are the people that may have to guide you through catastrophic live events.

Check each company’s rating at bbb.org and read what other customers have had to say. Pay particular attention to any complaints regarding policy rate increases and delayed claim payouts.

2 – Group Affiliate Plans and Discounts

Make a list of organizations you are registered with; American Heart Association, National Rifle Association, American Cancer Society, etc. Don’t forget to include your employer.

Call your insurer and ask if they offer discounts for any of your affiliations or for your employer.

If you are still deciding on an insurance carrier, contact your employer and any organizations you are affiliated with to discover which insurance companies they are working with (if any).

3 – Bundle Multiple Policies

If you have or need multiple insurance policies like homeowners, auto, motorcycle, RV, etc., you may be able to save a significant amount by bundling them with one insurance provider.

4 – Increase Your Policy Deductible

Your deductible is the dollar amount out-of-pocket you must pay before your insurance claim is paid. The higher your deductible is, the lower your policy premium will be.

If you determine this to be your course of action, make sure that you are capable of covering the increased deductible in the event of a claim.

5 – Credit Score and Credit History

Many insurance companies leverage either your credit score, credit history, or both. Two of the factors that weigh heavily on this determination are your use of revolving credit (credit cards) and your payment history.

By paying down credit cards, making on-time payments, and increasing your credit score, you may become eligible for credit-related discounts.

You can check and monitor your credit score and activity at any time without impacting your score by using a free online service like creditkarma.com

6 – Buying a New Car

When buying a new car, be aware that the make, model, year of the vehicle, and safety equipment/features will all influence your insurance premium.

New car buying and insurance premiums

Most insurance companies will give you an immediate quote over the phone, so feel free to shop around.

Vehicle safety has significant influence over insurance premiums, and listed below are 5 of the safest vehicle brands according to multiple sources:

• Genesis
• Audi
• Subaru
• Kia
• Mercedes-Benz

For a current list of top safety picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, visit iihs.org/iihs/ratings/TSP-List

7 – Reduce or Eliminate Optional Coverages

For vehicles that are financed, there are minimum coverages that must be met. That said, most coverages outside of those minimums can be adjusted.

For vehicles that are not financed, all optional coverages can be removed from your policy leaving only state required minimums.

Note: While these actions will undoubtedly reduce your policy premium, you are also increasing your vulnerability in the event of a claim.

8 – Defensive Driving Course

If your insurance company allows this discount, one of the best ways to reduce your auto insurance policy is to take and pass a defensive driving course.

Taking this test is beneficial for you as a driver as well as reducing your premium. For more information about the defensive driving course, visit nsc.org or call your insurance provider for a link with login instructions.

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Lower Your Auto Insurance Rate

Lowering your auto insurance premium can be done by using one or a combination of 8 easy tricks. Some are immediate while others may take some time, but all of them are worth the effort.

In this presentation, you discovered some of the factors that lead to increased insurance premiums and uncovered how to compare insurance companies, which discounts to ask for, how your credit history is used, what to look for when buying a new car, and how a defensive driving course can benefit you.

Your inaction, in this case, will cost you (literally) the amount of the discounts you could have had. Take control of your insurance policy and stop paying more than you should.

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