Welcome to the Dubwerx Blog! Here, you’ll find interesting articles about auto repair, auto-related events around Cincinnati, automotive technology, and advice from our team of auto mechanics regarding Audi, Porsche, and VW vehicles.

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ASE-Certification and Vehicle Specific Training: What it Means for You

It can be a challenge to find an auto repair facility that can service your Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche. Fortunately, it can be helpful to keep an eye out for a few things when looking for a facility: ASE-Certification and vehicle-specific training.  ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence. Since 1972, the organization has focused their sights on continuing to stay on the cutting-edge of automotive technology. In order to become part of this organization, technicians need to obtain a certain amount of hours of work experience, along with passing a series of rigorous exams. When you consider an automotive facility, make sure the technicians are ASE-Certified. Our technicians possess an in-depth knowledge and understanding of vehicles.  Along with being ASE-Certified, our technicians are intimately familiar with Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche vehicles, which means our service is precise and pinpointed to your make and model. They utilize OEM parts to ensure your Audi, V ... read more

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Independence Day Events in Cincinnati, OH

Independence Day Events in Cincinnati, OH

Independence Day is almost here, which means it is almost time to start celebrating. If you are trying to figure out your plans for the day, the team at Dubwerx is here to give a helping hand. We are fortunate to live in a region that takes celebrating Fourth of July to hear. Here are Independence Day Events in the Cincinnati, OH region:   Saturday, June 29: Liberty Center  – Red, White & Brews; 12 - 9 PM. Loveland Firecracker Festival; 12 - 10 PM. West Side Fireworks; 7 - 10 PM. Wednesday, July 3: 4th of July Spectacular in Colerain; fireworks begin at 10 PM ... read more

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How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer Heat

Just like how we need to prepare for summer -- breaking out the swimsuits, sunscreen, and everything in between -- we need to do the same for your vehicle. The rising temperatures can take a toll on your Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche. However, the team at Dubwerx is here to ensure your vehicle is ready for whatever comes its way, including summertime fun.  Here is how to prepare your vehicle for the summer heat:  Let’ start with your tires. Your tires are one of the most critical components for the safety of you, your car, and your passengers. Worn or under-inflated tires can seriously impair your ability to handle and brake, which can lead to blow-outs. Also, the heat makes your vehicle wear down much more quickly.  Brakes are important too. Winter traffic is usually much slower than summer traffic, which means your brakes are generally working extra hard during the colder months and will need to inspected generally during summer time.  We can’t forge ... read more

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10 Reasons to Choose and Trust the Team at Dubwerx

Dubwerx is the independent specialists for the service and repair of Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen vehicles in Cincinnati, OH. We are trusted to handle both major and minor services for our clients throughout the community, as our honest and integritous approach to auto repair has won us many hearts.  Here are ten reasons to choose and trust the team at Dubwerx:  Because of their hands-on experience with Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche vehicles, our team is intimately familiar with these brands, which means our service is precise and pinpointed to your make and model.  We offer an exceptional 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on every repair.  Our technicians utilize OEM parts to ensure your Audi, Volkswagen, or Porsche vehicle is repaired with only the finest and highest-quality parts.  Our team is ASE-Certified and has vehicle-specific training, which provides in-depth and knowledgeable service.  We have BBB Rating of A+ and are a Green Shop.  With o ... read more

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Importance of Preventative Maintenance for Porsche, Audi, and VW Vehicles

Your vehicle is one of the most significant investments you will make in your lifetime; most likely, second to only your home. At Dubwerx in Cincinnati, we can’t stress the necessity of preventive maintenance for your Porsche, Audi, and VW enough. You may be wondering why exactly is preventative so essential? Let’s break it down for you.  We are all taking steps in our daily life to avoid dangerous health conditions. For instance, we try to eat healthily, exercise for 30 minutes a day, and visit the doctor at least once a year for a check-up. All of those actions are examples of preventive maintenance for you and your body; you are taking measures designed to prolong your health and happiness while avoiding dangerous health conditions and subsequent treatments. The same goes for your vehicle.  Preventive maintenance performed by the specially-trained technicians at Dubwerx is the automotive equivalent of munching on a carrot, riding your bike, and visiting ... read more

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Take the Scenic Route: 6 of the Best Back Roads in Cincinnati

Take the Scenic Route: 6 of the Best Back Roads in Cincinnati

There is almost a no better way to spend a Saturday, jamming out to your tunes and escaping the realities of daily life just for a minute while you traverse through a picturesque route, only you and your car. We are fortunate that Cincinnati is home to some of the best back roads. If you are looking for a way to spend your weekend, we suggest starting here.  Here are 6 of the best back roads in and around Cincinnati, in no particular order:  US-52 - Cincinnati to Ripley: This back road places you right up next to the Ohio River. There are also plenty of places to shop, have a snack, and of course, snap an Instagram-worthy photo.  Cliff Road: Start at the William Henry Harrison Memorial at the corner of Brower Road and Cliff Road in North Bend. After exploring the history of this memorial, continue down Cliff Road for some incredible views. Your endpoint will be up at the Shawnee Lookout, another lovely place to explore.  Indiana 56 - Aurora to Rising Sun: As the ... read more

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5 Ways to Show Your Car Some Love this Valentine’s Day

5 Ways to Show Your Car Some Love this Valentine’s Day

It’s easy to take our vehicles for granted, as we rely on every day to get us safely to and from our destination. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we think it is the perfect opportunity to show our appreciation and gratitude toward our trusty sidekicks. Just think, your car puts up with your brake-slamming, horn-honking, and even your out-of-pitch tunes… Your vehicle deserves a little TLC this holiday, and here are five ways to show your car some extra devotion: How about a detailing service or a car wash? Bring your vehicle to its version of a spa, and let all that grime and dirt accumulated from the winter wash away. Don’t forget about the interior, as your vehicle’s interior is prone to getting just as dirty as the outside. Practice excellent driving habits, such as going easy on the brakes and the gas pedal. Not only will your vehicle thank you, but you will find your fuel economy becoming much more efficient. Who doesn’t lov ... read more

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Audi and Volkswagen 2.0TSI Timing Chain Tensioner Failure

Audi and Volkswagen 2.0TSI Timing Chain Tensioner Failure

    If you have a 2008-2013 Audi A3/A4 or Volkswagen Jetta/GTI/Passat with a 4 cylinder turbo charged engine, there is a design flaw with serious consequences that we want you to be informed about.   Modern vehicles are equipped with either a timing belt or timing chain that connects that top half of the engine to the bottom half and keeps them synchronized. Failures in this system can result in very expensive repairs or engine replacement. Most timing belt systems are suggested to be replaced at 70,000-100,000 miles. Vehicles with timing chain systems can be maintenance free.   To determine if your 2008 to 2013 vehicle is affected, feel free to call us. Or, you can open your hood and if you see the letters "TSI" on your engine cover then it's very likely your engine is affected. The TSI engine produced by Volkswagen/Audi Group between the years of 2008 and newer is equipped with a timing chain system. The lower tensioner in this engine has been re ... read more

5-STEPS TO FINDING A GREAT AUTO REPAIR SHOP

5-STEPS TO FINDING A GREAT AUTO REPAIR SHOP

I often have friends ask me where a good place would be to take their vehicles. After years of owning an independent repair shop and consulting, I can definitely say that there are indicators that you've found a good place. Honesty is key of course but it's not nearly as much of an issue as some would think. There are many honest auto shops out there that still don't do their customers any favors. Here are 5 steps to help you choose a place to have your vehicle serviced should you have the need. 1. REPUTATION: The information revolution has made this task easier. Google and Yelp are currently the top online sites for reviewing automotive service shops. The number of reviews is important as any business can get 5-10 friends to review them. The more reviews there are, the more likely that rating is true. Everyone can have a bad review but how bad reviews are responded to is an excellent indicator of how a shop handles it's business. Recommendations from people you know ... read more

Three Ways To Winterize Your Car

 Three Ways To Winterize Your Car

Three Ways To Winterize Your Car There are approximately 87,032 auto maintenance services and auto mechanics in the U.S., and they all generally agree on one thing: winterizing cars is absolutely critical, whether you own an Audi, Volkswagen, or any other vehicle. And winter is just around the corner, even if some (or most) of us don’t want to admit it. Make sure to watch out for these things and make adjustments as necessary in the next few weeks, before winter truly arrives. Check Your Anti-Freeze And Coolant VW repair shops suggest that owners bring in their cars for new anti-freeze at least once a year; this is a good rule of thumb for all cars and trucks. Similarly, car owners should carefully check on — or ask car repair shops — to check on their coolant levels before snow and ice become major problems. “Coolant with ethylene glycol protects your engine from corrosion. Your car’s owner’s manual or your mechanic will tell you the correct coola ... read more

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