I'm having trouble with my Volkswagen Dasher. Gear shifting has been a little bit rough. The vehicle just won't go smoothly. What should I do? What could be the issue here?
Problems with gear shifting can be blamed on a faulty vehicle transmission. This can be caused by broken gears, insufficient transmission fluid, or even a clogged transmission filter. To correct the problem, the transmission assembly should be thoroughly inspected for proper diagnosis. Check for leaks and see if the fluid isn't contaminated. Also check for any faulty transmission part and a clogged filter. When dealing with transmission problems, repair is usually best done by specialists since this requires special tools. It can also be a bit tricky to fix the transmission. This requires extensive automotive know-how and experience.
I noticed that the steering wheel of my Volkswagen shakes whenever I apply the brakes. What could be wrong with my vehicle? What causes this?
If the steering wheel becomes shaky or vibrates when you apply the brakes, you have to check the brake rotors. This usually indicates wear. The rotors may already be badly warped. As rotors get heavily exposed to high temperatures over time, they'll wear out and may require resurfacing or replacement. Whenever you have your brakes checked, you should have the rotors' condition assessed along with the brake pads' to determine whether or not it's time to shop for new ones.
When I stepped on the brake pedal, I've noticed that it has gone too soft that it's somewhat spongy. What kind of a brake problem am I dealing with here? I need to know.
Air may have gotten into the brake system and fluid, causing spongy brakes. In which case, the brake system needs to be bled in order to remove air. As the brake system is bled, you'll also need to change the brake fluid in order to fix brake pedal issue.
If I'll have the brakes of my Volkswagen Dasher checked, what would be a good brake service package? What kind of brake service should I get?
Older vehicles need more thorough inspection. A complete brake check should include front and rear brake pad wear measurement. Rotor wear and drum wear should also be analyzed, while the brake fluid should be tested. Upon inspection, the kind of brake service your vehicle needs will be determined. The service may include brake bleeding and brake fluid change. If needed, new brake pads or shoes may be installed. The brake rotors or drums may need resurfacing or replacement if the damage is already severe. Brake lines, hoses, and other brake components may be assessed as well for replacement or repair.
When should I have the wheels aligned?
Wheel alignment should be adjusted whenever you replace the old tires or got some work done on the steering and suspension like when you have to replace the rack and pinion unit or other steering components of the vehicle. If you have driven over a deep pothole or severe bumps, this can knock the vehicle out of alignment. It'll be a good idea to have the wheel alignment checked every 30,000 kms. or whatever's recommended by the manufacturer.