Critical Vw Parts And Essential Tips For Maintaining Vw Brakes

The most important aspect of your car is not how fast it goes from 0 to 60 but how fast it goes from 60 to 0. Good brakes aren’t important; they are absolutely critical. Here are a few tips for maintaining these VW parts.

Check The Brake Fluid

Brake fluid should be checked routinely to ensure both its level and condition. If the reservoir is low, add brake fluid to fill up the system. Use the same type of brake fluid you used before but don’t use old fluid. Open up a new container even if that means you will be throwing most of it away. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water, and old brake fluid will have degraded.

Note the color of the fluid in the reservoir. It should be clear. If it is cloudy, then it has absorbed moisture and may be dirty. In that case you must flush the braking system?-a procedure that replaces the brake fluid. If you have ABS brakes, then there are many delicate VW parts involved and this is probably an operation you will need a qualified mechanic for.

Know Your Brakes

As you drive your car you will get a feel for how your brakes work. When you drive someone else’s car one of the first things you probably notice is that their brakes are different. They may require more pressure or less and it often takes a bit of driving before you are comfortable with them.

The first person who can diagnose brake problems is you, not your mechanic. You know how the brakes feel. If they suddenly start to feel different, that’s a sign that something is wrong. Inspect your brakes or take the car to a mechanic immediately. These are not VW parts you want to ignore.

Listen To Your Car

Contrary to popular belief, squealing does not necessarily mean you have a problem with your brakes. In could be that the brake pads are dirty or perhaps a stone is caught between the pad and the rotor. The next time you wash your car, spray a little water on the brake pads. This will wash off the dirt and the squealing will probably go away. Be cautious though. Squealing can also be a sign of seriously worn brake pads or harmful vibrations so it?s a good idea to take a look at your braking system. If you?re not skilled enough, have your technician take a look right away.

A pulsing noise on the other hand is often a sign of trouble. Instead of a long squeal you will get a rhythmic noise and sometimes you can feel a pulsing through the brake pedal. This can mean a warped rotor and that means it’s time to contact a VW parts specialist. A pulsing can also indicate pad transfer which is easier to remedy.

In the same vein a harsh grinding sound or a squeaking sound that is constant rather than just as you stop can both be indicators of more serious brake problems. Don’t delay. If you suspect brake problems, get the car inspected right away.

An Honest Appraisal Of The 2006 Bmw 330i

I have to reveal up front that I own an older 3-series BMW, so I am quite aware of its abilities and drawbacks. And as many different types of cars that I drive, I am always happy to return to my baby. But when I got behind the wheel of the new 330i (Edmunds pricing at $39,184) I could tell that this machine was a sharp step up in performance within a quarter mile.

At my first ride in the driver’s seat, I couldn’t get over the ergonomics of the steering wheel. Every car has one, and I’ve handled a few unusual ones, but my grip has never felt more at home than with this 330i. (Unfortunately, it wasn’t a heated steering while like the 7-series, and it was quite cold outside.) Then BMW mates this steering wheel with very precise steering for a sedan-level car.

The German automobiles avoid the low-end torque that American makers’ design, instead they offer a slower launch, but smoother, linear acceleration. And the silky 6-cylinder engine is particularly noticeable with a manual transmission in this car. BMW finally added a 6th gear for the stick shift, and I say it is overdue. My old one has 50,000 miles and the gearing still makes me look for 6th when I run up through the gears – but sadly there are only 5 to be had. Since the 330i generates 255 horsepower, far more than I am used to for daily driving, I may have to upgrade my radar detector.

Yes, the car basics are spectacular – engine, ride, steering (even the steering wheel), but the electronics controls are a comical disappointment. Anyone that has driven this car has a story about turning on the turn signals from one side to the other and back again, during a vain attempt to turn them off. I know people in the area gave me a wider berth, thinking I was a confused and lost driver. The turning signal lever doesn’t ‘click’ into place as the rest of the world has come to commonly expect turn signals to function. With the 330i, you tap the signal, such as for passing, and it automatically flashes three times and then turns off. But you can hold the lever a little longer, and you get your normal-action from the turn signal. But on a soft turn, where the signal doesn’t turn off, you have to flick it the other way to turn it off. But in the hurry of the moment, if it is more than a flick, then you just indicated from your signals that you are turning in the opposite direction. And this goes back & forth every once in a while until you get accustomed to it.

Other electronic oddities are the Navigation/Radio controls. There are many models of cars where you can intuitively muddle your way to what you want to get done. I couldn’t generate that kind of luck while I was driving. My passenger had to repeatedly go through the owners’ manual that didn’t offer much guidance to get the map or radio station the way we wanted. And we didn’t even have the added i-drive option that so many customers complain about. I’m at a loss to explain the miss-timing of the automatic windshield wipers. I love that Jaguar has this feature down pat, but the 330i wipers were always going too fast or too slow; so kept having to manually adjust the automatic windshield wipers. An electronic improvement over the prior 3-series model is the traction control system. The old model would cut the power to the wheels in an obvious fashion, while this model is a seamless experience of artificially superior driving skill.

So while the driving experience is a quantum level improvement over the last generation change at BMW, their electronics package gives me some hesitation in buying one of these machines. In bumper to bumper traffic, the electronic gadgetry of the 330i becomes more annoying; and only on curvy roads without traffic or law enforcement can you experience the thrill of what this car can offer.