From the Tech Support Archives: VW - No Heat when on "Vent" setting

Applies to the following Volkswagen vehicles: 
2005 > Jetta, 2009 > Jetta Sportwagon, 2006 > GTI/Rabbit, and 2007 > EOS

Audi announces Roadside Assistance mobile application

Audi announced Tuesday that it will launch a Roadside Assistance application for mobile devices. The application will be available for iOS, Android and some Blackberry devices. Audi's announcement follows the release of similar applications by BMW and MINI. Note that roadside assistance for all three brands is provided by Allstate, and it's more than likely that the mobile application is simply rebranded for each make.

AAA also offers a mobile application for it's roadside assistance.

Here's Audi's Press Release: 

Euro Diagnostics moves to new location

Greeting to all, and I hope everyone is doing well. I myself have been moving the Euro-Diagnostic Resources office to a new location. And boy it's been a fun trip all the way! (insert cynical laughter here)!

I have been in the process to find a little bit bigger of an office, as EDR has grown over the years, and I have too much "stuff" in the office. With all of the computers, software, manuals, and phones...I just grew out of the facility (home).

So I have been rolling around in the attic laying data and phone lines. Painting, painting, painting....then moving, moving, moving.

Yet another recall for Toyota

Holy Cow, Toyota issues ANOTHER recall! This time for 2008 Highlanders and 2007-2008 RAV4's. In these vehicles the curtain side airbag roll over sensor(s) might malfunction.

FIAT? Did I hear that right?

Now wait just a friggen minute. Did you say FIAT? As in the Fiat that we all know and love from our childhood? The funky little italian jobbies that were always broken down on the side of the road, or waiting hopelessly at the shop for another fruitless repair? Yup, THAT Fiat. Coming back to the US! Starting with the 500 sedan, but rumor has it that a 500 convertible will be here too. Built in Mexico (global economy, remember?), and to be sold in about 150 Chrysler dealerships.

BMW and Mercedes outsell Lexus

USA Today reports that BMW and Mercedes outsold Lexus in the first quarter, this for the first time in 5 years. The article doesn't offer specifics, but assuming the report is accurate this could mean that Toyota's recall problems are beginning to have an effect on it's luxury car sales.

Add the troubles that Toyota is experiencing from the March earthquake, and the outlook might be dismal for the Japanese carmaker. Toyota just announced severe cuts in production, and it's dealers are bracing for a shortage of cars to sell this spring and summer.

VW Introduces New Beetle with more better muscles

No longer a "chick car"? According to Volkswagen, the redesigned New Beetle should appeal to more men, "without turning off it's female fans". A little over 3 inches wider and 6 inches longer than it's (eleven year old) predecessor, it has a "powerful appearance with muscular tension", according to VW marketing folks. You're playing with us again you wily Germans!

Sacramento Tour

Fun stuff everyone. The new Volkswagen TDI Seminar went well, and we all had a great time. I feel so lucky to find such great techs that are so receptive to learning all the new technology for these newer generation cars. I found that the new VW-Audi Tech, Todd, is a great addition to the group and to the seminar training team. We rocked the house on Saturday, and tomorrow will be the hands-on portion of this class in which I am looking forward to two things:


Portland Seminar and the City

I love Portland, OR! I am staying in the city itself, and it is so cool. The transportation system here is light years ahead of any city I have been too. Gary and Todd (my VW-Audi Trainer) have been enjoying the various "brewskies" in the local area. For me it has been the food.

From the Tech Support Archives: DTC P1297 in VW's with 1.8T

Pressure Loss Fault Code P1297 in VW's with 1.8 liter Turbo Engines

Fault code P1297 may be set if the car is driven under load or revved up and then returned to idle. Fuel mixtures may go lean as well. If these symptoms occur, check the pressure relief valve in the crankcase breather system. If the valve is NOT moving freely, you found the problem. Replace it.