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Volkswagen Servicing & Repair

If your Volkswagen has broken down or you need an important Volkswagen milestone service or general maintenance in the Birmingham area it can be quite stressful choosing a mechanic familiar with your Volkswagen model or type of Repairs repair if you haven't had time to build up a relationship with a local garage
Use the form to find a local garage to repair and maintain your Volkswagen

If your Volkswagen needs an urgent repair, a new timing belt , brake pads or just a general service and oil change and you're looking for a garage or mobile mechanic in the Birmingham area then use our simple form to arrange a quote; Perhaps you need a specialist mechanic or a garage in the Birmingham area experienced with diagnosing common Volkswagen problems or with the OBD equipment to identify & reset factory service faults and take care of those service warning lights
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Volkswagen Birmingham Repairs

Volkswagen Repairs Birmingham

We can help source most Volkswagen Parts for local fitting

Volkswagen Exhausts
Volkswagen Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Volkswagen Exhausts fitted & welded

Volkswagen Body Panels
Replacement Volkswagen panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Volkswagen Panel damage repairs

Volkswagen Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Volkswagen paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Volkswagen different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Volkswagen Alternators
Replacement Volkswagen alternators fitted

Volkswagen Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Volkswagen Performance Spares
OEM Volkswagen parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Volkswagen Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Volkswagen Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Volkswagen Suspension System
Volkswagen replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Volkswagen Starter Motors
Replacement Volkswagen Starter motors installed

Volkswagen EGR Valves
Replacement Volkswagen EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Volkswagen - The EGR valve helps your Volkswagen burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Volkswagen engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Volkswagen Brakes
Routine Volkswagen servicing, replacement Volkswagen brake pads & discs fitted, Volkswagen hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Volkswagen Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Volkswagen model

Volkswagen Engines
Volkswagen Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Volkswagen Gearboxes
Volkswagen Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Volkswagen gearbox

Volkswagen Timing Belt - Volkswagen Cambelt
Volkswagen Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Volkswagen service or if the Timing Belt on your Volkswagen has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Volkswagen Electrical Components
Volkswagen electrical faults repaired using Volkswagen OEM components - Volkswagen sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Volkswagen Cooling System
Replacement Volkswagen radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Volkswagen engine at its optimal operating temperature

Volkswagen Clutches
Volkswagen clutch repairs Birmingham - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Volkswagen Clutch kit

Volkswagen Autoelectrics
Volkswagen electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Volkswagen engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Volkswagen Service - Volkswagen Braking Systems - Hydrauic Brake Maintenance

Volkswagen brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

Modern Volkswagen braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

Birmingham Volkswagen Brake Repairs

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Volkswagen rear wheels

Volkswagen disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Drum Brakes are an older system than Volkswagen disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Volkswagen Brakes - Volkswagen Brake Servicing and Maintenance

If the Volkswagen brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

if the Volkswagen brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

Volkswagen brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

The brake pads on your Volkswagen should wear first

Volkswagen Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

Volkswagen Brake Inspection Elements

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Handbrake function and travel

Wheel cylinder condition

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Hand brake linkage condition

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Brake pipe Condition

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Brake calliper operation

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

General brake disc condition

Brake drum condition

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

And carry out the following maintenance of your Volkswagen braking system:-

Adjust handbrake

ABS warning light operation

Volkswagen Steering System

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

Common symptoms of Volkswagen steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Volkswagen tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Volkswagen steering system is uneven tyre wear

Volkswagen Steering, Wheels & Tyres:-

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Steering Condition

Volkswagen Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Volkswagen Brake Servicing: Brake Discs, Pads & Hydraulics

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Volkswagen Timing Belt or Cambelt

Generally Volkswagen belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Volkswagen that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Volkswagen Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

Since Volkswagen Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Volkswagen

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Volkswagen parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Volkswagen timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

Volkswagen Clutch Operation

The Volkswagen clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theVolkswagen transmission system

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

Volkswagen Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Volkswagen clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Volkswagen Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Volkswagen Clutch kit:-
Volkswagen clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Volkswagen clutch slave cylinder

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

Volkswagen Fuel Injectors - Fuel Injection

Volkswagen Re-Mapping Birmingham
The Volkswagen ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Volkswagen fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Volkswagen Engine Mapping
The Volkswagen ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Volkswagen vehicles

Volkswagen Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

Volkswagen Maintenance - Oil & Filter Change Birmingham

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Volkswagen motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Volkswagen engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Volkswagen engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Volkswagen performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Volkswagen engine increases

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Volkswagen recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Synthetic Oil Change - Birmingham
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Oil & Filter Change
A new Volkswagen oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Volkswagen engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Volkswagen engine fails

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Volkswagen running smoothly

Volkswagen Exhaust Fitting Birmingham

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

The Volkswagen exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

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Volkswagen Models

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Birmingham Tyre Fitting

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    Volkswagen Tracking adjustment
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Volkswagen ABS - Anti-lock Braking System

  • ABS Ecu
  • ABS Sensor
  • ABS Modulator
  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Control Unit

Volkswagen Aircon (Air Conditioning)

  • Volkswagen AC Condenser
  • Volkswagen AC Evaporator
  • Volkswagen AC Fluid Top Up
  • Volkswagen AC Receiver Drier
  • Volkswagen AC Pump
  • Volkswagen AC Compressor
  • Volkswagen AC Radiator

Volkswagen Filters

  • Volkswagen Fuel Filter
  • Volkswagen Transmission Filter Kit
  • Volkswagen Oil Filter
  • Volkswagen Air Filter
  • Volkswagen Cabin Air and Pollen Filter

Volkswagen Electronic Sensors

  • Volkswagen Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Volkswagen Oxygen Sensor
  • Volkswagen Temperature Sensor

Volkswagen Electrical Components

  • Volkswagen Electronic Control Unit
  • Volkswagen Parking Light
  • Volkswagen Tail Lights
  • Volkswagen Lambda Sensor
  • Volkswagen Oxygen Sensor
  • Volkswagen Heater Blower Motor
  • Volkswagen Antenna
  • Volkswagen Window Motors
  • Volkswagen Headlights
  • Volkswagen Spark Plugs
  • Volkswagen Starter Motor
  • Volkswagen Alternator
  • Volkswagen Eibach Pro Kit
  • Volkswagen Ignition Coil
  • Volkswagen ECU Mapping Remap
  • Volkswagen Fog Lights
  • Volkswagen Bulbs
  • Volkswagen Thermostats
  • Volkswagen Heater Core
  • Volkswagen Spark Plug HT Leads
  • Volkswagen Fuel Pump
  • Volkswagen Cooling Fan
  • Volkswagen Water Pump

Volkswagen Wheel & Axle

  • Volkswagen Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Volkswagen Ball Joints
  • Volkswagen CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Volkswagen Tyres
  • Volkswagen Axle Assembly
  • Volkswagen Control Arm

Volkswagen Brake Parts

  • Volkswagen Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Volkswagen Brake Servo
  • Volkswagen Brake Discs
  • Volkswagen Brake Compensator Valve
  • Volkswagen Brake Master Cylinder
  • Volkswagen Brake Calipers
  • Volkswagen Brake Drums
  • Volkswagen Brake Pads
  • Volkswagen Brake Rotor

Volkswagen Clutch Fitting

  • Volkswagen Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Volkswagen Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Volkswagen Clutch Kit
  • Volkswagen Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Volkswagen Clutch Cable
  • Volkswagen Clutch Pedal
  • Volkswagen Flywheel
  • Volkswagen Clutch Slave Cylinder

Volkswagen Exhaust Systems

  • Volkswagen Exhaust Manifold
  • Volkswagen Silencer
  • Volkswagen Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Volkswagen Exhaust Box
  • Volkswagen Exhaust Pipes
  • Volkswagen Oxygen Sensor
  • Volkswagen Exhaust
  • Volkswagen EGR Valve
  • Volkswagen Muffler
  • Volkswagen Tailpipe
  • Volkswagen Exhaust System Complete
  • Volkswagen Lambda Sensor

Volkswagen Engine Repairs

  • Volkswagen Timing Chain Kits
  • Volkswagen Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Volkswagen Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Volkswagen Fuel Injector
  • Volkswagen Engine Mounts
  • Volkswagen Ignition Coil
  • Volkswagen Pistons and Cylinder
  • Volkswagen Timing Belt Kits

Volkswagen Gaskets

  • Volkswagen Valve Cover Gasket
  • Volkswagen Cylinder Head Gasket

Volkswagen Lubrication System

  • Volkswagen Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Volkswagen Oil Filter
  • Volkswagen Fuel Cap
  • Volkswagen Oil Pump
  • Volkswagen Oil Cap
  • Volkswagen Oil Sump and Plate

Volkswagen Misc

  • Volkswagen Steering Rack
  • Volkswagen Wiper Blades
  • Volkswagen Radiator Pipes
  • Volkswagen Throttle Body & Cable
  • Volkswagen Tie Rods
  • Volkswagen Power Steering Hoses
  • Volkswagen Hood Emblems
  • Volkswagen Shock Absorbers
  • Volkswagen Struts
  • Volkswagen Windscreen Wipers
  • Volkswagen Serpentine and V Belt
  • Volkswagen Power Steering Pump
  • Volkswagen Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Volkswagen Radiator

Volkswagen - Suspension & Springs

  • Spring Condition
  • Sway Bar
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Suspension Struts
  • Volkswagen Additional Suspension Components
  • Ball Joints
  • Volkswagen Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Idler arm
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Volkswagen bush wear
  • Tie Rods
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Struts

Volkswagen Problems

  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Volkswagen Check Engine Light On
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Volkswagen Radiator fan not working
  • Slipping when cold
  • Warning Lights On
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Volkswagen check engine light on
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Heater Not Working
  • Window stuck
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Engine Misfires
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Volkswagen Lights not working
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Vacuum Leak
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Can't get into gear
  • Engine Stalls
  • My Volkswagen Does Not drive Straight
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Judder when braking
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Volkswagen Headlights not working
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Volkswagen keeps stalling
  • Knocking sound
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Volkswagen Immobiliser
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • My Volkswagen Won't Start
  • Coolant Leaking
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Clogged Volkswagen air filter
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Engine Overheating
  • Spongy Brakes
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Clutch juddering
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Leak in coolant system
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