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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Guide for Buying a Used Volkswagen Jetta

Without knowing what to look for, you could be buying someone else’s problem instead of your transportation solution.

Volkswagen Jetta’s can be full of hidden and costly maintenance issues, so before purchasing one, you need to know what to look for, how to find it, and if it is worth fixing.

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autobahn-performance.com assembled the following guide and common problems to look for when inspecting and test driving a used Volkswagen Jetta.

Used VW Jetta Common Problems and Buyers Guide

Before making any decisions about purchasing a used VW Jetta, use the following guidelines to ensure that you are getting a safe and mechanically sound car.

Test Drive During Daylight – Check panels for rust or repair. If you notice color variations between panels, chances are the vehicle has had bodywork.

Confirm Up-to-Date Maintenance – Look for Jetta models with complete service records and that the owner’s manual maintenance schedule was followed.

It is a commonly reported problem that previous Jetta owners failed to follow the recommended maintenance schedule.

Check Over the Engine – Inspect the engine, looking for wear on the engine’s belts, and rust or corrosion on the engine and its parts.

Confirm High-Quality Oil Changes – This is crucial for Jetta models with turbochargers. The quality of the oil and proper interval of oil changes is key to the turbocharger lasting the lifetime of the vehicle.

Verify the Automatic Transmission Performance – For Jetta models with “DSG” Direct Shift Gearbox or dual clutch transmission, mechanical problems, rough shifting, and noises have been reported.

GLI or 2.0T Turbo Charged Performance – For these gas engine Jetta models, there is no visual inspection for valve gunk or engine sludge without engine disassembly.

Indicators for this are sporadic performance and a check engine light. However, when using an OBD reader, you can look for the error code. There are times that it won’t trigger the check engine light.

Inspect the Fuel System – Specifically for the Jetta TDI, there have been reports of leaks that could occur from the sending unit, fuel pump, high-pressure lift pump, or in the fuel lines themselves. Check to ensure that nothing is leaking.

Listen for Knocks and Unusual Sounds – While operating the vehicle, turn off the fans, radio, other devices, and listen for any unusual sounds at different speeds, while idling, accelerating, and during startup.

Then turn the fans inside the vehicle on and listen to them for anything that may signal trouble.

Listen to this video to become familiar with sounds that indicate major car trouble.

Operate the Sunroof – Fully open and close the sunroof repeatedly and listen for either metal or plastic grinding noises. These noises indicate debris on the track and can strain the motor to the point of failure.

Test the Windshield Wipers – Regardless of the weather, turn on the windshield wipers and run them on each setting. Some owners have reported possible bad electrical wiring or bad wiper motors.

Inspect the (Alloy) Wheels – Look for any damage, corrosion, or wear to the finish. Some owners have reported poor durability of the finish.

Verify that the vehicle has a valid VW rust and corrosion warranty to potentially have them replaced.

Check the Tires – If they are worn and in need of replacement, replacing them can cost $700 to $900 for new ones.

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Look for uneven wear which may indicate trouble in the vehicle’s suspension.

Verify Recall Campaigns – The Jetta is no stranger to recalls. Make sure to have a dealer run the vehicle’s VIN number through the computer system to ensure that there are no outstanding recall campaigns.

If there are, have them addressed. Recalls are issued when the safety of the vehicle, driver, and passengers may be put at risk.

Verify the Factory Warranty – When purchasing a used Jetta, verify the status and limitations of the factory warranty.

Have a dealer service department or authorized VW auto shop like Autobahn Performance document all potential issues for potential warranty claims.

Autobahn Performance advises that:

“The best way to buy a used Jetta is to take it to a Volkswagen specialist and have a pre-purchase inspection done. You need a lift to get it up in the air to really see what’s going on. It may cost $100 or so but it is always worth it.”

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“Or to take it to an auto parts store to have them do a free engine scan (with an OBD reader) to see if it has any codes in the system.”

Used Volkswagen Jetta Test Drive and Buying Guide

Avoid buying a “lemon” by knowing what to look for when test driving and inspecting a used Volkswagen Jetta.

In this article, you discovered an informative guide with helpful tips to assist you during the test drive and inspection of a used VW Jetta.

If you purchase any vehicle without knowing what to look for, its maintenance history, or having it inspected, you could be throwing away hundreds if not thousands of dollars on repairs. More importantly, your safety on the road may be at risk.

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Volkswagen and Audi Timing Chain Settlement Recall and Repair Reimbursement Information

In re Volkswagen timing chain product liability litigation settlement

Attention, you may be entitled to up to $6,500 and time is running out! Volkswagen and Audi owners and leasers can get reimbursed for specific repairs made on certain vehicles between 2008 and 2014. Discover if your vehicle qualifies and how to start a claim.

Audi and Volkswagen owners and leasers with a settlement class vehicle that paid to have certain repairs made may be entitled to a full reimbursement of those expenses.

Autobahn Performance collected settlement details, eligibility requirements, important deadlines, and created this guide for how to participate in this settlement.

Timing Chain Settlement and Eligibility Details

On June 14, 2018, the Court granted preliminary approval for the Volkswagen timing chain settlement known as “In Re Volkswagen Timing Chain Product Liability Litigation, Civil Action No. 16-2765 (JLL)(JAD).”

Volkswagen timing chain product liability litigation settlement

This settlement addresses these parts:

• Timing chain failure and/or
• Timing chain tensioner failure and/or
• Engine replacement as a result of the failure of a timing chain or timing chain tensioner.

Eligible Class of drivers:

Anyone who purchased or leased one of a specific model of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles either in the United States or Puerto Rico manufactured between 2008 and 2014.

Eligible Class of vehicles:

The following vehicles by year and model (with VIN numbers registered in the VIN lookup database) are recognized as qualified Settlement Class Vehicles:

Eligible Volkswagen Vehicle Models Eligible Audi Vehicle Models
Certain 2012–2014 Beetles Certain 2008–2012 A3’s
Certain 2012–2014 Beetle Convertibles Certain 2009–2012 A4 Avant’s
Certain 2009–2012 CC’s Certain 2009–2013 A4 Sedans
Certain 2009–2012 Eos’s Certain 2010–2013 A5 Cabriolets
Certain 2008–2012 GTI’s Certain 2010–2013 A5 Coupes
Certain 2008–2010 & 2012–2014 Jetta Sedans Certain 2012 A6’s
Certain 2009 Jetta SportWagen’s Certain 2011–2012 Q5’s
Certain 2008–2010 Passat Sedans Certain 2009–2012 TT Coupes
Certain 2008–2010 Passat Wagons Certain 2009–2012 TT Roadsters
Certain 2009–2013 Tiguan’s  

You can look up your vehicle identification number (VIN) at https://timingchainlitigation.com/CheckVIN The webpage will indicate whether your vehicle is included in this settlement or not.

Volkswagen Payment Terms, Warranties, and Limitations

For qualified vehicles, warranties on timing chains and timing chain tensioners have been extended by Volkswagen to 10 years or 100,000 miles.

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If your vehicle qualifies for reimbursement, the following charts detail factors that may influence the amount you receive.

Service Required Authorized Audi / VW Dealer Independent Repair Service Center
Timing Chain Tensioner within 10yr / 100,000 mile Covers 100% Parts and Labor Covers Parts and Labor up to $1,100
Timing Chain within 10yr / 100,000 mile Covers 100% Parts and Labor Covers up to $1,500 for combined Parts and Labor
Timing Chain Tensioner and Timing Chain within 10yr / 100,000 mile Covers 100% Parts and Labor Maximum Refund for Both Timing Chain Tensioner and Timing Chain Repair or Replacement to be no more than $2,000

For engine repair or replacement due to damages caused by either the the timing chain tensioner or the timing chain, the following benefits with time/mileage restrictions have been established by the VW class action settlement terms:

Time from In-Service Date 60,000 miles ≤ 60,001 – 75,000 miles 75,001 – 85,000 miles 85,001 – 100,000 miles
5 Years 100% 70% 60% 45%
5 to 7 Years 70% 60% 50% 35%
7 to 10 Years 60% 50% 40% 25%

The maximum amount recoverable by qualifying individuals who have their engine repaired or replaced at an independent service center is $6,500. This amount is represented as “100% in the above mentioned time/mileage percentages.

How to File Your Volkswagen Timing Chain Claim Online

Be ready to provide your contact and vehicle information – including the vehicle identification number. You will also be prompted to provide information regarding each type of repair made to the vehicle.

ONLINE Claim Forms must be submitted on or before January 25, 2019

Before Beginning Your Online Claim Form – Verify that your vehicle is eligible through the VIN lookup database, and gather legible receipts and documentation to prove your out-of-pocket expenses.

Filing Your Claim Online – Go to https://timingchainlitigation.com/Claim and begin filling out the Claim form.

Note: The claim form is 5 pages long, you cannot save and go back to it, so make sure you have ample time to complete the Claim.

After You Have Filed Your Claim – Save all of your supporting documentation. All Claims are reviewed and processed by a Claim Administrator, and you may have to provide further information to validate your claim.

Failure to provide requested information may result in the rejection of your Claim.

How to File Your Volkswagen Timing Chain Claim by Mail

MAILED IN Claim Forms must be postmarked on or before January 25, 2019

Download the Claim Form – Settlement and Court documents can be found at https://timingchainlitigation.com/Home/Documents

Fill Out the Claim Form – Provide the required information as completely as possible, and attach copies of all supporting documentation which prove your out-of-pocket expenses.

For further Claim form clarifications, visit https://timingchainlitigation.com/Home/Faq

Sign, Date, and Mail the Claim – Once you have completed the Claim form, sign, date, and make a copy of it for your records.

Mail the Claim form with all supporting documents to:

Volkswagen Timing Chain Settlement

Claim Administrator
P.O. Box 3656
Portland, OR 97208-3656
1-855-206-9873
info@TimingChainLitigation.com

Important Court and Filing Dates

OCTOBER 12, 2018 – Unless your class vehicle is registered in the state of New Hampshire, this is the deadline to either exclude yourself from or object to the settlement.

DECEMBER 3, 2018 – For those in New Hampshire, this is the deadline to exclude yourself from or object to the settlement.

DECEMBER 12, 2018 – Fairness Hearing which decides whether or not to approve the settlement as fair.

JANUARY 25, 2019 – Mail-in and Online Claim filing deadline.

Volkswagen timing chain product liability litigation

Your Case and Claim

Don’t let time run out on your ability to be reimbursed for your losses. If you had to pay for timing chain and/or timing chain tensioner repairs, and/or paid to replace your engine as a result of their failure, and your vehicle qualifies, submit your claim as quickly as possible.

In this article, you have discovered the eligibility requirements for your vehicle, important filing deadlines, and a how-to guide for you to participate in this settlement.

By not filing your Claim, you could be missing out on reimbursements of up to $6,500. Take the time to verify that you and your vehicle qualify to participate in this settlement and file it on or before January 25, 2019.

Sources:

https://timingchainlitigation.com
https://topclassactions.com

https://plus.google.com/113049509479264030696

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Defensive Driving Tips

Auto insurance rates seem to keep going up! Are you aware that by taking a defensive driving course, your insurance carrier may lower your premium? In some states, taking one of these courses may even help you remove points from your driving record.

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A defensive driving course can help you save your time, money, and the lives of others by avoiding bad driving habits and understanding that you cannot control everything on the road. All drivers should take a defensive driving course once every few years. If not for the discounted insurance premium, at least to remain aware of lifesaving driving techniques.

With your vehicle and driving safety in mind, Autobahn Performance collected the following defensive driving tips, unsafe behaviors, and answers to help you become a better driver.

Defensive Driving Definition

Defensive driving is: Driving to save lives, your time, and money regardless of the road, weather conditions, and the actions of other drivers.

What Are Unsafe Driving Behaviors?

Driving behaviors that result in, YOU, being in less control of yourself and your vehicle are considered unsafe driving habits. The following are some of the most unsafe driving behaviors:

1 – Improper Speed – Driving at the improper speed is the number one behavior that contributes to tickets and accidents. In a recent year, speeding contributed to nearly 30% of all collision deaths.

Improper speed can be defined as driving too fast for road or weather conditions, as well as driving in excess of the posted speed limit.

2 – Violating Right-of-Way – It is essential to understand that NO ONE has the right-of-way. Traffic regulations only mandate who must YIELD the right of way.

In a situation where a driver is required to yield the right-of-way but fails to do so, it becomes your responsibility to stop or yield as necessary for safety.

Note: More than half of all collisions happen at intersections. Likewise, rural intersections can present just as much danger as those in an urban setting.

3 – Following Too Closely – Commonly known as tailgating, is considered aggressive driving and is a ticketable offense.

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The risk of a collision is increased by tailgating because: the distance needed to stop your vehicle is dependent on the speed you are traveling, the condition of the driver, the vehicle, and the road.

Use what is known as the three-second rule to give yourself the proper time to see hazards, react to them, and stop, slow down, or turn to avoid a collision.

4 – Passing Improperly – When passing another vehicle, there are risky behaviors that should be avoided. Some of these behaviors include:

  • Accelerating beyond the speed limit to pass.
  • Cutting off another driver.
  • Passing in no-passing zones (lane or roadway with a solid line (white or yellow), school zones, school buses when stopped and signaling the boarding or discharging of students, railroad crossings, bridges, tunnels, posted no passing zone)
  • Weaving in and out of traffic.
  • Passing when there is not enough time or space to do so.

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Passing improperly is very dangerous, violates the law, and could result in a deadly head-on collision. Protect yourself and other drivers by not doing this.

5 – Turning Improperly – Making improper turns is another contributing factor to collisions and violations. Improper turns occur when:

  • You turn from the wrong lane.
  • You turn into the wrong lane.
  • You make a U-turn from a lane not designated as such.

Making safe and legal turns is as simple as:

  • Entering the correct turn lane in advance of the intended turn.
  • Using your turn signal to show your intent to turn.
  • Turn into the proper lane.

Note: It is a ticketable offense to change lanes or turn without using your turn signals.

Seatbelt Use – It’s the Law

Wearing your seatbelt every time you operate a vehicle is one of the most essential safety mechanisms you can employ. Seatbelts will increase your chances of surviving a collision by:

  • Preventing ejection from the vehicle.
  • Keeping passengers from flying around inside the vehicle.
  • Keeping the driver in the driver’s seat where he or she can maintain or attempt to regain control of the vehicle.

Follow the link to find out the seatbelt law where you live.

Hands-Free Systems and Distracted Driving

Nearly everyone has a cell phone. Using or manipulating that phone while driving takes your attention from the road, and many states are now responding with strict usage laws.

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While the utilization of a hands-free system may appear to be safer, it is not. The use of your phone in your hand, through voice commands, or other hands-free methods while operating a vehicle are all equally unsafe, as they reduce one’s cognitive awareness to the road.

Follow the link to find out the cell phone usage and text while driving law where you live.

How Does One Become A Good Defensive Driver?

From the time you begin using defensive driving techniques and avoid unsafe driving behaviors, your safety is already improving. As with any skill set, the more you know and the more you practice, the better you will be.

It is essential to remain aware of the following defensive driving habits every time you get behind the wheel:

Decisions – Every driving decision you make should be legal and safe.

Personal Space – Your personal driving space in and around your vehicle should be maintained safe and stress-free.

Arrive Safely – Reach your destination safely without a ticket or collision, and without affecting the safety of other drivers.

Share the Road – Always use common sense, cooperation, and be courteous.

Pay Attention – Recognize in yourself and other drivers, the risks of hazardous driving behaviors and conditions.

Improving Driving Skills and Awareness

The tips above are intended to assist you in understanding what it means to be a defensive driver and reduce the risk of a collision or getting a ticket.

In this article, we have defined some unsafe driving habits, discussed how to properly change lanes, the dangers of cell phone use, and simple measures to be a defensive driver.

The more you learn and practice good driving habits, the better driver you will become. The better driver you are, the less likely you will be to receive a traffic violation or be involved in an accident.

Sources:
https://www.nsc.org/

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