Four Basic Ways to Care for Volkswagen Quantum Wheels
Rugged roads are strenuous for your wheels and high speeds can even endanger them. Mud and dirt may end with galvanic corrosion. But you can always do something to prevent these and many other wheel problems from giving you headache simply with proper maintenance. You can leave the task to other people and to experienced mechanics, but what it really needs is enough care from no other than you. As the one who drives your Volkswagen Quantum almost everyday, you are the most qualified person to give the most attention it can get. Check these four basic ways:
- Wash your wheels regularly.
Washing the wheels neither works to merely remove unsightly mud and dirt nor to simply make them look nice and clean. It is meant to prevent environmental elements from ruining the finish, much like how washing benefits the car's exterior panels. Besides mud, dirt, salt, and other nasty road elements, the wheels can also suffer from the brake dusts generated every time you hit your brake pedal. When left to settle on the wheels, they can get baked, start galvanic corrosion, and damage the finish. And so, give your wheels regular washing, but make sure they aren't hot.
When washing your wheels, be wary of the type of cleaning agents to use because there are some that could leave the wheels' finish damaged. Carefully choose non-abrasive wheel polish as well, especially if you got chrome wheels.
- Never run with low tire pressure.
The tires serve as the shield protecting the wheels of your Volkswagen Quantum from the strain brought by the combined weight of the vehicle, force from acceleration, and braking pressure. You let your wheels' guard down when you run with low tire pressure. Not enough air allows the mentioned components to penetrate the shield and cause the wheels to get deformed. Checking the tire pressure before each travel should save the wheels. And while travelling, keep your senses sharp for any change in balance, traction, braking, and even for the sound of air pressure escaping.
- Make sure the nuts are tight.
Loose nuts will make the wheels wobble. What could that mean for your Quantum? Danger. In an instant, you could find your wheels trundling off, and then you lose control. Unless you ran through gutter, there is a very slim possibility for that to happen when the nuts are tight. Thus, when you change tires, make sure to carefully tighten the nuts. It would also be wise to check tightness along with checking air pressure.
Your wheels can be a victim in minor accidents. Your beautiful and well-kept wheels can either get a ruined finish or be deformed the moment your vehicle is faced with untoward incident. Unhealthy driving also shortens their lives. You should immediately get replacements for damaged wheels, and pile the ones removed in the garage or storage area. But, don't you know that you can still have your wheels back through repair? Depending on the damage incurred, an expert wheel repair shop can still make your wheels look as good as new.
Volkswagen Quantum: It Came in Almost Unnoticed and Left Unmissed
The Quantum was made to be Volkswagen Dasher’s successor, but its introduction broke no fresh ground nor indicated a beginning of a new line or model. It was basically a 2nd-generation Passat that was marketed in the U.S. as the Volkswagen Quantum and offered in three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and wagon models. According to the Car and Driver magazine, the Quantum seemed to be aimed at the buyers of GM’s J-car and X-cars as well as Chrysler’s K-cars. The magazine also said that it was slotted in the middle of the budding group of front-drive family sedans, which included the Audi 4000, Nissan Stanza, Honda Accord, and Renault 18i.
1982: Quantum’s introduction in the market
Introduced in 1982, the first Quantum to arrive in the market rode on a 100.4-inch wheelbase and was fitted with a longitudinally mounted engine that was sourced from Audi/VW SOHC four family of powertrains. But the first Volkswagen Quantum failed to draw much interest, so Volkswagen wasted no time. A year after the Quantum’s release, the automaker offered a turbocharged diesel as an option.
1983: The Quantum GL5 sedan
In mid-1983, Volkswagen offered something to those who were seeking for a hunch of performance with the launching of the Quantum GL5 sedan and wagon that shared the same five-cylinder engine with the Audi 5000. This drivetrain was able to displace 2.1 liters and crank out 100 hp. While that doesn’t sound much of a power, during that time, this was Volkswagen’s most powerful engine to be fitted on a car sold in the U.S.
Because of weak sales, Volkswagen decided to axe the three-door Quantum coupe from its 1984 line up. The rest of the vehicles in the lineup were carried over from the previous year. For 1985, the five-cylinder engine’s displacement was increased to 2.2 liters, therefore boosting its output to 110 hp. However, only the sedan was fitted with the five-cylinder; the wagon still carried the four under its hood.
1986: Syncro—Quantum’s all-wheel-drive version
For the 1986 model year, the Volkswagen Quantum wagon was dropped, leaving the sedan the only Quantum model to be offered in North American market. But in mid 1986, Volkswagen released an all-wheel drive version and named it Syncro. This model was basically a rebranded Audi Quattro AWD system. In 1987, VW brought the wagon back with the five-cylinder engine and offered it with Syncro system.
1988: The last year for Volkswagen Quantum
Nothing much changed for Quantum’s final year in the market, except for the retuned engine that was able to produce 115 hp. However, that retuning still wasn’t enough to make people want to buy the car. The low sales lead to Quantum’s demise after the 1988 model year.