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How To Diagnose Failing Shocks On Your Volkswagen

Is your Volkswagen showing symptoms of worn shocks? Here's how to know.

What Are Shocks and Struts And Why Are They Important?

Learn more about the shocks or struts on your Volkswagen, and how to maintain them.

VW Brake Rotors Buyer's Guide

Need to replace your VW rotors? This buyer's guide has all the information you need.

How To Replace Volkswagen Brake Rotors

If you’re looking to replace your brake rotors, this guide will take you through the process step by step.

Are Aftermarket VW Rotors a Good Investment?

When it's time to replace your rotors, you'll have to decide between OEM and aftermarket. Here's why OEM is always a better choice.

How To Diagnose Failing Brake Rotors

It's best to check your rotors as soon as you recognize the signs of wear. Here's a guide to help you do that.

What Are Brake Rotors And Why Does Your VW Need Them?

Learn all about your VW rotors, and what to do if yours need need to be replaced.

A Door Handle Buyers Guide For Volkswagen Owners

This guide covers the most common questions Volkswagen owners have about troubleshooting and replacing door handles.

What's Better For Your Volkswagen - OEM Or Aftermarket Door Handles?

If you're trying to decide between an OEM or aftermarket replacement door handle for your VW, this article is for you.

How To Replace An Exterior VW Door Handle

If you find yourself with a broken VW door handle, use this step-by-step tutorial to replace it.

Tools And Tricks For Repairing Your VW Door Handle

Got a broken door handle on your Volkswagen? Here are some of the options for replacing or fixing it yourself.

The Ultimate Oil Filter Buyer’s Guide for VW Owners

Planning to start handling your own oil changes and filter replacements? This guide is exactly what you need.

When and How to Replace the Oil Filter in Your Volkswagen

This guide will help you determine how often you should replace your VW's oil filter and how to do it at home.

VW Oil Filters: OEM Vs. Aftermarket

Which oil filter option is better for your Volkswagen: OEM or aftermarket? Here's the answer.

What an Oil Filter is and Why Your VW Needs a Good One

The oil filter plays a big part in how long your engine will last. Find out more about its important job here.

VW Valve Covers and Gaskets: A Complete Guide

Learn about the function of your valve cover and valve cover gasket, and what to do if you need to replace this part on your VW.

How to Replace a VW Beetle Valve Cover and Gasket

Replacing your valve cover and gasket doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here's how to do the job yourself at home.

How to Spot a VW Valve Cover Gasket Leak

Need to confirm you have a leaking valve cover gasket in your VW? Here's how to identify the tell-tale signs.

What is a Valve Cover and How Does it Help Your VW Engine?

A bad valve cover or valve cover gasket is one of the most common causes of an oil leak. Here's a comprehensive explanation of how a valve cover works.

A Guide to Volkswagen Bumper Cover Replacements

This guide covers all the information you need to know about replacing your Volkswagen bumper cover.

Should You Paint Your New VW Bumper Cover Yourself?

If you replace your bumper cover, you'll likely paint it to match your car. Or, you may decide to install an unpainted one. Here's the pros and cons of each.

How to Change a Front VW Passat Bumper Cover at Home

If your Passat front bumper cover needs to be replaced, it's fairly easy to do it at home yourself. Here's how.

How Much Stuffing Can You Stuff Into A Tiguan?

It's not likely you'll be transporting stuffing directly on the seats of your Tiguan - but we thought we'd do the research anyway, just in case.

The Truth About OEM and Aftermarket Volkswagen Bumper Covers

Need a replacement Volkswagen bumper cover? You have 2 options: OEM or aftermarket. Here's the reason OEM is always a better choice.

A Guide to Water Pumps For VW Owners

The water pump is the heart of the cooling system, and the more you know about it, the better.

How to Replace a Water Pump on a Beetle

Replacing a water pump may seem intimidating, but it’s easier than it sounds. Here's a step-by-step guide to get you started.

Replacement Water Pumps: OEM or Aftermarket?

Wondering whether you should get an OEM or aftermarket replacement water pump? Here's why OEM is the better choice.

How to Diagnose a Failing Water Pump

An underperforming water pump can lead to serious engine damage. Here's how to diagnose the problem in your VW.

What Is a Water Pump Assembly and Why Is it Important?

Your water pump is the heart of your Volkswagen’s cooling system. Learn more about what it does and why it's important.

A Complete Guide to GTI and Golf R Performance Brake Systems

This guide offers all the information you need to know about VW GTI and Golf R performance brake system components, repairs, and more.

An All-in-One Guide to Replacing Your GTI or Golf R Brake System Components

Here’s a complete guide to replacing the key components of your GTI’s or Golf R’s brake system.

Everything You Need to Know About the Golf GTI and R Performance Brake System Components

The more you understand the superior braking system in the high-performance versions of the GTI and R, the more you’ll appreciate it.

Are OEM GTI/Golf R Brakes Better Than Aftermarket?

Going with OEM VW brakes, even if you’re looking for performance brakes, is always a better choice. Here's why.

How to Diagnose Failing GTI/Golf R Brake Calipers

Brake calipers are subject to extreme heat and sometimes wear out. Luckily, it's a problem you can diagnose on your own with a few basic tools.

2018 Amarok Diesel v 2018 Colorado Diesel Comparison

If you love diesel trucks you'll want to take note of this new infographic comparing the 2018 VW Amarok and Chevy Colorado diesels.

OEM VW Brake Pads Vs. Aftermarket Brake Pads: Which is Better?

When it comes to buying brake pads for your VW, the choice comes down to this: OEM or aftermarket? We can help you decide.

Must-Read: Volkswagen Coolant Guide

Engine coolant doesn’t get as much attention as motor oil and transmission fluid, but it’s just as important. Here's your ultimate VW coolant guide.

The 10 Most Brilliant Volkswagen Commercials You’ll Ever See

Volkswagen is the king of advertising wit, and they have these ads to show for it.

See How The Backside Of The Volkswagen Beetle Has Evolved Since 1949

The VW Beetle’s backend started out small but steadily evolved into a wider, more aerodynamic design. Check out this infographic detailing evolution of the Beetle backend.

What We Know About the New VW Microbus

What's so great about the newest electric VW concept van? Only everything! Find out more about the I.D. BUZZ.

4 Ways to Give Your VW’s Wheels a Fresh Look

Have damaged or outdated wheels on your VW? Here are some upgrade ideas that will turn heads.

8 Cool VW Accessories You Can Buy Online

Looking for a good way to show your V-Dub love? Start with these 8 must-own accessories.

Don't Miss These Five Surprising TDI Engine Swaps

Many car and off-road enthusiasts remain fans of the VW TDI engine - and are willing to go the extra mile with unconventional swaps to prove it!

How the Price of the Passat Has Changed Since 1974

Check out how the price of the luxurious-yet-affordable VW Passat has evolved since the 70s.

In-Car Tech to Look Forward to In Future Volkswagens

Volkswagen’s current technology is pretty cool, but wait until you hear what they have in the works!

Volkswagen Engine Codes - P0441

Find out the mechanical problem indicated by Volkswagen OBD-II code P0441, and how to fix the problem on your VW.

3 Common 2013 Volkswagen Passat Fuel System Problems

When fuel pumps fail, there's a good chance other parts of your VW will be damaged, too. Learn to look for failure indicators before major damage occurs.

The 5 Most Collectible VWs of the Last 10 Years

VW continues to produce collectible models year after year - and here are our 5 favorites from the last decade.

11 Awesome Vintage VW Ads

Check out these vintage ads showcasing the kind of humor that made VW the darlings of the ad world.

A Farewell to the Two Door GTI

Calling all fans of the 2-door VW GTI: Act Fast! The 2017 model will be the last time the 2-door variant is available.

Beetle Hacks

Maximize the all-around reliability and the fun factor of your VW Beetle with these awesome hacks!

Do I Need to Fix My VW’s Power Steering?

Find out how a power steering failure could be a symptom of a greater problem, and what to do about it.

OEM Brake Pads vs After-Market Pads - What You Need To Know

OEM brake pads are almost always the best option when replacing your VW brake pads - Find out why here.

Are OEM VW Parts REALLY Better?

The simple answer: Yes, OEM parts are consistently the best option - and here's why.