Category Archives: Salisbury MD Volkswagen Service

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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.

Any other questions? Ask our service team!

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.

Where can I get a free tire rotation in Salisbury, MD?

Free Tire Rotation in Salisbury MD

Tire rotation is an important routine service to perform on your vehicle. Without periodic rotation, your tires receive undue amounts of wear in specific areas, causing them to completely deteriorate more quickly and cry out for replacement sooner. And no one wants to buy new tires more often than necessary.

But it’s not a lot of fun to pay big bucks for a tire rotation either. If you’ve found yourself on this page, you’re probably wondering: where can I get a free tire rotation in Salisbury, MD?

View Our Current Service Specials

Pohanka Volkswagen is currently holding a special offer for a free tire rotation. This offer expires on October 31st, 2019 (spooky!). If that day has already passed as you read this, however, feat not: a full list of current specials can be perused on our specials page. The free tire rotation offer may even have been renewed!

Keeping an eye on service specials in general is a great way to save money on routine maintenance costs. To get the value of the free tire rotation, present the coupon prior to the service write-up.

Maintenance and Service Center at Pohanka Volkswagen

Here at Pohanka Volkswagen, we offer a wide variety of services for your vehicle to ensure its every whim is catered to. This of course includes the aforementioned tire rotation. As an official Volkswagen dealership, we are proud to provide Volkswagen factory-certified service and repair, although we will also perform work on all makes and models. It doesn’t even matter whether you purchased your vehicle from us- we won’t judge!

One of our most popular benefits for customers is the ability to relax in our comfortable lounge area while the maintenance team does its work. It can be hard to get some time for yourself these days, but we provide it to the best of our ability with amenities such as Wi-Fi, fresh coffee, soda, snacks, televisions and more. If you have questions about the free tire rotation offer or anything else, feel free to contact us today.

Why You Shouldn't Drive While Low On Gas


Everyone knows keeping gas in your tank is an imperative part of getting you and your vehicle from point A to point B. However did you know letting your gas level get too low can actual cause detrimental damage to your car? Here are some parts of your vehicle that can be negatively affected by letting that little gas light shine:


Engine Problems

Your fuel tank holds your vehicle’s gasoline (or diesel) and uses fuel lines to pump it to your engine. When you have a low amount of gas in your tank sediment begins to sit and gets fed to your engine when there is nothing left to give it. This could cause severe engine malfunction and could also clog your fuel lines both of which are costly repairs.


Fuel Pump

The less gas in your tank the harder the fuel pump has to work to keep your car going.Your fuel pump has to work longer and harder if your tank doesn’t have much gas. This is unnecessarily over working a much needed system. Your fuel also keeps this pump lubricated and having little fuel can cause it to stall. If your pump begins to fail it will need to get repaired or replaced which is often very costly. These problems can be easily avoided by keeping your tank satisfyingly full of fuel.


Fuel Filter

The fuel filters primary job is to filter air before it gets to the engine. Any seidments that get sent from the fuel tank to the engine will go through this filter. If the filter is clogged, damaged or overused it can fail completely causing even more dirt and excess sediments to get into your engine and fuel lines. Some cars have replaceable fuel filters but others don’t. Therefore it’s even more important to cater to the fuel filter because it can be a major and costly repair depending on the type of car you drive.


Experts recommend not letting your tank get below the ¼  marker in order to prevent any of these catastrophes. Next time you think you have x more miles to go before running out of gas think of the costly repairs we talked about above; It might be worth pulling over at the next station.


Have you been a little too loose with filling up your gas tank in a timely manner? Our service department would be happy to take a look at your vehicle and make sure it is fit for the road. Click here to make an appointment today.