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German Auto Podcast by Dub Autowerks
30 minutes | Feb 9, 2015
The difference between the cost of owning a German Car, or any other vehicle, why you can’t rely on the manufacturer for maintenance intervals, and how CRP strives to sell you the correct parts for the job.
As a shop owner, I'm often asked if or why German Vehicles cost more to own, I provide some insight into why that's not necessarily true. I also shed some light on why the manufacturer isn't the best source of information about what needs to be maintained on your vehicle, and when. And I explain how CRP goes above and beyond to make sure you receive OEM quality parts with their Pro Series Timing Belt Kits, even if it means some of the components aren't theirs.
26 minutes | Jan 13, 2015
Explaining the family issues behind our hiatus, forming a relationship with ONE auto specialist, intro to body filler repairing an Epiphone Guitar.
In this episode, I talk a little bit about my son that was born December 20, 2014. I explain the birth defect that Richie was born with, and why we're lucky to live in the day and age that we do. I'm very appreciative for fans that have stuck by me through this time. We talk about the problems that are created by letting non qualified mechanics work on your German Auto, and why you should form a working relationship with only one auto repair shop. We discuss Continental accessory belt replacement kits with the accessory belt tensioner included, why it's usually necessary to do them in a pair, and how to check them. This is an alternator one way clutch, it should rotate freely in one direction, but lock solid when trying to rotate the opposite direction. Use a small pocket type screwdriver to lock the rear of the alternator to test, be very careful or you can break the inside of the alternator. I speak a little bit about the oddity that is people who want to play mechanic but think they can avoid spending the money on the proper tools. And lastly, I demonstrate how to apply and sand body filler on an Epiphone guitar. The process is relatively the same as on a car, and I thought this would be a neat project to show. This is just a fairly quick video I shot with little production showing off a project I was doing. It's not really nearly up to the quality of the other videos that have accompanied the podcast, but it was more of a cathartic thing I was doing to take my mind off what's been going on.
32 minutes | Dec 8, 2014
How to become a professional mechanic, CRP’s Quality, Loyalty, Trust mantra, Diagnosing Starting and Charging System Problems
This week we're talking about the best route to becoming an auto mechanic. We also talk about how CRP avoids the "race to the bottom" of auto parts prices, instead opting for making quality parts and serving the industry with loyalty and trust. Our lesson of the week walks you step by step through diagnosing the starting and charging system on your VW and Audi vehicles. The video that accompanies episode 5 can be found online at http://youtu.be/fDdgs5bqzZg
30 minutes | Dec 1, 2014
Secondary air systems explained, preventing winter axle failure, and direct injection carbon buildup.
This episode discusses why carbon buildup is inevitable in direct injection engines, how secondary air injection systems function, and why winter will make your axles fail more quickly. This episode has an add on video to help explain how secondary air systems function and how to diagnose them. I felt that the description of operation and diagnosis both needed visual aids, and was too long to fit into the podcast.
34 minutes | Nov 24, 2014
German Auto Podcast by Dub Autowerks Episode 3
In this episode we're talking more about winter. We explain how flushing your heater core on your Passat or Audi can help you get back your heat. The video is up on Youtube here. Also, did you know snow socks or textile snow chains are approved in lieu of chains in many areas and offer a much easier to install and less likely to damage your vehicle option to snow chains? We also talk about the common flatspotted camshaft issue on VW Pumpe Duse diesel engines, and why you shouldn't believe the manufacturer's extended maintenance interval claims. Please email any questions or comments to Danny@DubAutowerks.com, and call Danny with your German automotive issues at 888-477- 9912 extension 3.
29 minutes | Nov 16, 2014
German Auto Podcast by Dub Autowerks Episode 2
This second installment of the German Auto Podcast by Dub Autowerks is sponsored by CRP industries and talks about the unique challenges winter can bring. Did you know that starting your engine and allowing it to idle up to temperature is not only bad for the environment, but also bad for the vehicle? Engines need to get to operating temp as fast as possible, and then stay there for the fueling to be correct. Does the temperature gauge on your vehicle move around after it makes it to its normal reading in the center for most vehicles? Does your car warm up fully within a couple miles of driving? If not, your wallet and comfort may both be suffering. Find out why it's a bad idea to try an roll your window down when you first get in it if it's frosty out. And, hear why Contitech Pro Series Timing Belt Kits ensure that you're doing your timing belt job correclty. Often times, inexperienced techs will change only the timing belt, but it's the tensioners that are most often the culprit of timing belt failure, resulting in engine damage that must be repaired, or even worse, require the engine to be replaced. Please email any questions or comments to Danny@DubAutowerks.com, and call Danny with your German automotive issues at 888-477- 9912 extension 3.
47 minutes | Nov 10, 2014
German Auto Podcast By Dub Autowerks Episode 1
Welcome to the first episode of the German Auto Podcast by Dub Autowerks. Today's show is sponsored by CRP Industries, manufacturer and distributor of Continental drive belts, rein cooling system components, and Pentosin factory coolant and lubricants. I'm your host Danny Maiorani, I hope you enjoy the podcast. I've looked around for something similar to this, and I haven't found much, especially for German Cars. On today's show, we talk about what attracted Danny to Volkswagens over other vehicles, some of Danny's first cars, and his Army service. We touch on why auto manufacturers should be thought of more like automotive assemblers, and the difference between OE, OEM, and Genuine. Did you know many mechanics who work in general automotive shops that specialize in all makes and models don't really like working on German Cars? Find out why you should always take your vehicle to a shop that specializes German Cars, or in remote areas or areas without a German Auto Repair Facility, a European specialist at the very least. Did you know an auto repair shop can legally charge you labor for repairs they complete regardless of whether or not the repair was successful? Many shops view this as an unavoidable occurrence in their business. Find out why your transmission may fail immediately if it is having problems and you attempt to change the fluid and filter, and how to perform a transmission service on a high mileage vehicle properly. These are what Evap Purge Solenoid or N80 valves look like. Is the old tale of it being bad to add more fuel to the vehicle after the pump cuts off true or false? Have you ever wondered if it's worth it to buy OEM parts instead of just buying the cheaper parts at the autoparts store? Find out why aftermarket parts are never cheaper in the long run. What did you like about the show, what could have been better, what was your biggest take away from the episode? Please email us feedback at Danny@DubAutowerks.com.
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