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What do the new 2022 Golf R Drift and Special modes do?

New Drift and Special Driving Modes on the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R

The 2022 Golf R was recently revealed, and driving aficionados are pretty darn excited. This machine enjoys 315 horsepower, 310 pound-feet of torque, and can sprint from 0 to 62 miles-per-hour in just 4.7 seconds.

The 2022 Golf R also boasts two new driving profiles, which join the four profiles of past Golf R models. These new modes are known as “Drift” and “Special.” How do these set-ups work, and what can they accomplish?

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Who wrote “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive”?

“How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive; A Manual of Step-By-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot” Author and Cultural Relevance

One interesting sidepiece in the history of Volkswagen is a unique guidebook. “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive; A Manual of Step-By-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot” became the VW maintenance bible for not only a generation of 1960s-addled off-the-gridders but also for dedicated VW enthusiasts up to the present day. Who wrote this now-legendary guide? Continue reading

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Where can I buy a VW online in Salisbury MD?

Modern technology has changed our lives in innumerable ways. One of these ways is how we shop; over the past two decades, more and more consumers have been won over to the likes of Amazon and eBay, not to mention the online offerings of individual stores. The old line that, “I don’t feel comfortable buying something without seeing it in person,” has steadily fallen to the wayside, as shoppers realize they can get about as good of an idea about what an item is online as they can in the store.

The automotive world has been a bit slower than most to embrace the online shopping experience. Even customers comfortable with getting their clothes and furniture through Amazon tend to feel a bit more reluctant about purchasing an entire new vehicle from the comfort of their couch. Slowly but surely, however, these resignations are also dropping away, and the pure convenience and ease of the online experience is winning out.

Where can one buy a car online, and have it delivered to their residence, in the Salisbury area? Continue reading

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What’s the difference between tire balancing and tire rotation?

The phrases “tire balancing” and “tire rotation” are often uttered in the same sentence. Even here at Pohanka VW, we use the phrase all the time, to the point that it almost sounds like the whole procedure is one and the same. But the truth is, tire balancing and rotation are two separate processes. They’re just often performed during the same service procedure.

So what’s the difference between tire balancing and tire rotation? Read on to find out.

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Tire balancing and rotation are two separate procedures that are almost always performed together. This is just for the sake of convenience; tires have to be removed to be balanced, and they’re most commonly removed when they’re being rotated. So this is a good chance to balance the tire before it’s re-applied to your vehicle.

What is tire balancing?

Tire balancing refers to the adjustment of small metal weights attached to the tire that help even out any differences in mass distribution. That’s right; tires come with generally three metal clip-ons that can be moved along the rim of the tire to change the distribution of weight.

The reason this is done is that no tire has an even distribution of mass throughout. At the very least, the area with the filling-spigot is different than elsewhere. Though the differences in mass may be minute, even these small alterations can have big effects at high speed. The result of an unbalanced tire is shaking and vibrating in the vehicle, which also causes damage to the ride.

What is tire rotation?

Tire rotation is more well-known than its balancing counterpart. This procedure refers to the tires being removed and shuffled to different wheels of the vehicle. Following specific “rotation patterns,” this procedure helps tires to contact the road with different parts of their surface than they had been previously, evening out wear across the tire and making the most of the rubber at hand.

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How often should you change the oil in a car you rarely drive?

Getting an oil change is important to keep your car running. But what if your car is seldom running anyway? Lots of humans out there own a vehicle that they rarely take out of their garage. Maybe it’s a collectors item, or maybe it’s only used for long-distance road trips.

Whatever the reason, owners of such rarely-driven machines commonly find themselves wondering, “how often should I get an oil change in this vehicle I hardly ever drive?” Today, we’re finally going to lay that long-standing question to rest.’

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Even if you don’t often drive your vehicle, you should still get your oil changed regularly if you ever drive it at all. To be on the safe side, it’s good to do so every four to six months. If your vehicle is newer, or you’re using synthetic oil, requirements may be lower than this. The best source, as always, is your instruction manual. These days, instruction manuals can be found online, so even if you’ve lost the physical copy, give Google a shot.

Why should you change oil in a car that you don’t use often?

Even if oil is not being used, it’s aging. And oil doesn’t get better with age. It’s classified as “hygroscopic,” which means it absorbs water vapor from the air that then dilutes it. Such diluted, degraded oil is not going to do a great job lubricating your engine when you fire it up. And inadequate lubrication will result in all sort of serious issues in your powertrain.

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I don’t like changing my oil. Where can I have it done?

If you don’t want to change the oil in your car yourself, take it to a service center. We happen to know a great one- our own shop here at Pohanka Volkswagen of Salisbury! This is especially pertinent if you actually live in the Eastern Maryland area. But we don’t discriminate. Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you (and that rarely-driven car of yours) soon!