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Where can I check for and remedy recalls on my vehicle in Elgin, IL?

Sunday, May 24th, 2020
Two human arms work on the underside of the vehicle. A yield sign reads, "Safety First". Text reads, "CHECK YOUR VEHICLE SAFETY RECALL STATUS NOW!"

Vehicle Recall Remedying Service in Elgin

Nobody’s perfect, and that includes automakers. Models frequently have recalls issued for defective parts. Sometimes the problems are small, but sometimes they’re large and even life-threatening.

If there’s been a recall on your vehicle, it’s important to get it addressed as soon as possible. This can be done at a service center that addresses recalls. Where can one get a recall addressed in the Elgin area?


Can I get my car serviced from home during quarantine in Elgin, IL?

Friday, April 10th, 2020
Mechanic in a blue uniform looks under the hood of a vehicle.

Free Maintenance Pick-Up and Drop-Off Serving the Elgin Area

As all services except the necessities are put on hold due to the COVID-19 quarantine, a fair amount of confusion has arisen among the populace. This is to be expected with any circumstances so unprecedented as the current ones. One key piece of confusion held by individuals is the question of which service are considered “essential” and which are not.

Luckily, car service centers are still deemed essential by the state of Illinois, as individuals continue to require functional vehicles. But going out to a service center still feels a risky, and even irresponsible, move. Is it possible to get service and maintenance done on your vehicle from home?


How do I reset the ABS warning light on my vehicle?

Sunday, March 15th, 2020
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The ABS light represents your Anti-Lock Break System. This system will pump your brakes if things get hairy, in order to prevent your ride from going into an uncontrolled skid. If something’s wrong with the system, the ABS light should turn on.

Once you fix the problem with your ABS system (if there is one), you’re probably wondering: how do I reset my ABS dashboard light?


Do tires need to be balanced when rotated?

Friday, January 24th, 2020
A man performs a tire rotation on a white vehicle in a shop.

Reasons For and Against Tire Balancing

You hear it all the time: “tire balance and rotation.” Heck, we’re guilty of it all over the service pages (and corresponding blog posts) of this website. When talking about tire service, balance and rotation are two words that are almost always uttered together. What is the difference between these two procedures, specifically? And is it absolutely necessary to balance tires when they’re rotated?


What should you do if you overfill the oil in your VW?

Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Oil pours into an engine.

While overfilling your engine oil may not sound like a big deal, it can actually cause serious damage to your internal engine parts. An overabundance of oil can actually lead the flow of oil to be cut off, which can eventually lock up the engine. So what should you do if you put too much oil in your vehicle?


Where can I get wiper blades installed for free in Elgin, IL?

Friday, January 3rd, 2020
A single windshield wiper stands at vertical position as it wipes a windshield, viewed from inside the car.

Finding the right windshield wipers, and then installing them on your vehicle, can seem much more difficult than it should be. Not only are there different kinds of blades, but different blades have different methods of attachment. You also have to keep track of several pieces and make sure they all fit together in the right way. It’s clear that windshield wipers simply love being unnecessarily complicated. We often find ourselves wishing a president would pass a law that forces all windshield wipers to be standardized.

As things stand, many would rather just pay a service shop to take care of the whole process for them. And if the price of the installation is free, so much the better. Where can one get wiper blades installed at no cost by a service shop in Elgin, IL?


What does the light bulb with the exclamation point icon mean in my Volkswagen?

Monday, November 4th, 2019
A Volkswagen dashboard with all warning lights illuminated, including the lightbulb with the exclamation point.

Volkswagen Light Bulb with Exclamation Point

Figuring out the meaning of dashboard warning lights can sometimes feel like attempting to crack a secret code. While once you learn the meaning they may seem straightforward and clear, before you do so that symbol may appear to mean anything.

One VW dashboard light we get a lot of questions about is the light bulb with an exclamation point inside it. What is the meaning of this dashboard warning light? (more…)

What does EPC stand for in a VW?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
What is the EPC Warning light

What is the Volkswagen EPC light?

See a strange light on your VW dash? If it says EPC then we may be able to help. Keep in mind, there are many other lights that could illuminate your dash. What is the Volkswagen EPC light? EPC stands for Electronic Power Control. (more…)

Volkswagen exclamation warning light meaning

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
checking tire pressure

What does the Volkswagen TPMS light mean?

Are you trying to figure out what the orange exclamation light means on your Volkswagen dash? It could be your TPMS light. What does the Volkswagen TPMS light mean? We can help! We will walk you through the meaning of the TPMS light and what you can do to turn it off in your VW. (more…)

Get Your Oil Change for Summer at Elgin Volkswagen!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
car mechanic performing oil change

Oil Change Service in Elgin, Illinois

With summer finally in full swing here in the Midwest, drivers are busier than ever. Whether you’re planning a family vacation this summer, or just enjoying more outdoor activities around town, you’re likely getting plenty of use out of your vehicle. To ensure your vehicle’s engine stays in top-shape, our service experts at Elgin Volkswagen recommend having your vehicle’s oil changed approximately every three months and before any major road trips. (more…)

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