clutch cable bracket broken on 1981 VW rabbit   Leave a comment

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Posted September 30, 2014 by jayauto in Uncategorized

Autobahn Performance has new diagnostic exuipment   Leave a comment

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Autobahn Performance has recently purchased the Verus Pro d10 the top and latest diagnostic platform from Snap-On tool Inc.

VERUS PRO Diagnostic & Information System Features
  • Stay connected to the vehicle and the internet while moving freely around the service bay 
  • Ready faster – less than 30 seconds for VERUS PRO software suite to load
  • New thin-edge profile display tablet is 3 lbs lighter than previous model
  • Modular, dockable scope/meter with 9 ft USB cable for extended reach and portability
  • Exclusive SureTrack™ interactive community provides diagnostic experience, repair timesavers and parts replacement records from actual completed repairs
  • Genuine Windows® operating system for true multitasking
  • Shared vehicle ID – select the vehicle once for all diagnostic functions
  • Easy navigation – shows exactly the systems and tests available for the selected vehicle
  • Built-in browser and Wi-Fi to access your choice of web resources – parts suppliers, technical forums, repair information systems, OEM websites
  • Exclusive Snap-on Fast-Track® Troubleshooter provides millions of vehicle-specific code tips, symptom tips and timesavers for a faster repair
  • Industry-leading functions, tests and coverage previously found only in expensive factory tools
  • Avoid unnecessary parts replacement. Exclusive Fast-Track Guided Component Tests, component locator, known good values, and waveform library help verify good/bad components.
VERUS PRO Specifications
Display Tablet
  • Thin-profile tablet with 10″ high-resolution 1024×600 touch screen for a detailed view
  • On-screen touch keyboard
  • Built-in camera to save and share photos for your repair records
  • User-programmable shortcut key for frequently used actions
  • Bluetooth® wireless and Wi-Fi to access your favorite web resources
  • High-energy lithium-ion battery pack for hours of continuous operation
  • USB, audio and auxiliary ports make it easy to add accessories
  • Big 250GB hard drive to save data and install your own applications
  • Exclusive ShopStream™ integrated diagnostic suite with one-touch access to all major functions: scanner, scope, guided component tests, online expert forum, vehicle records, and the optional ShopKey® Repair Information System
  • Genuine Windows® multi-tasking to view multiple applications side-by-side
  • Configure display options, set triggers, record and playback results with the touch of your finger
  • Powerful data manager saves vehicle records, photos, technician notes, screen images, scanner and scope data
Scanner Module
  • Single keyless adapter for OBD-II vehicle applications – saves time
  • Connects wirelessly to the display tablet with Bluetooth® for remote operation
  • OEM-specific coverage for over 40 makes, as far back as 1980 (European optional)
  • Codes, live data, functional tests, relearns and adaptations for dozens of vehicle systems
  • Exclusive Fast-Track® Troubleshooter with millions of validated code tips, symptom tips and timesavers
Scope Module
  • More flexibility with the new hot-dockable scope module with 9 ft USB extension cord
  • High-speed 4-channel lab/ignition scope and digital/graphing meter
  • 6 megasamples/second sample rate and glitch capture detects faults other scopes miss
  • Scale range: 0-100mV to 0-400V, 50kV secondary ignition
  • Sweep rate: 50 microseconds to 20 seconds (5 min in GMM mode) so you don’t miss a thing
  • Exclusive Fast-Track guided component tests for 40 domestic, Asian and European makes
  • VDC, VAC, ohms, frequency, duty cycle, pulse width, diode test and more


Posted September 6, 2013 by jayauto in Repair

cold solder joint repair on Mercedes module   Leave a comment

At Autobahn Performance we can sometimes save money and time for customer by repairing cracked or cold solder joints. Manufactures seem to use too little solder at times and joints with high current / heat tend to crack over time. We are experienced at repairing these circuits. Here are some images of a recent circuit repair.Cracked_Solder_Joint

Posted September 5, 2013 by jayauto in Repair

Removing broken axle stub with welding rod.   Leave a comment

2013-09-05 12.49.182013-09-05 12.49.352013-09-05 12.52.122013-09-05 12.52.27It’s been a while since I needed to use this trick and it saved me (and the customer) about 8 hours of labor. This 2010 Mercedes C300 204 chassis vehicle broke the rear axle shaft (1/2 shaft). It sheared clean off where it comes out of the side of the differential. Vehicle was in a minor accident and somehow the axle twisted and broke. We used a miller stick welder and the largest diameter welding rod we had around. We let the rod get a good molten puddle going in the center of the broken axle stub and then pushed the electrode straight into the weld puddle stopping the arc. We quickly unclamped the rod and shut the welder off. After allowing the rod to cool we used a slide hammer with a vice-grip attached to the pulling end (This is also a neat and usefull trick / tool I made). I tightly clamped the vice grip to the end of the welding rod and with one good pull of the slide hammer the broken stub popped out still attached to the electrode. The new axle went in fine and everything worked good without removing and disassembling the differential.2013-08-06 15.55.36

Posted September 5, 2013 by jayauto in Uncategorized

Porsche Cayenne coolant tee failure (plastic)   Leave a comment

Porsche Cayenne coolant tee failure (plastic)

We are working on a 2008 Porsche Cayenne V8 Turbo. The vehicle developed a coolant leak behind the engine against the firewall. After painstakingly gaining access, we found that a cheaply made plastic coolant tee connector had become brittle and failed. We obtained a parts schematic from Porsche but nothing in the diagram looks like this. This part is probably a Volkswagen part as the Touareg is built on the same platform. We could install a brass tee with hose barbs on it in place, but will give the dealer more time to produce the correct part. We may find that the part is available only as a hose assembly. We will add the correct part number and a picture of the new part when we find it.

Posted January 17, 2013 by jayauto in Porsche

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Volkswagen 2.0l TDI engine BHW oil pump / balance shaft modification to gear drive assembly   Leave a comment

Old style chain drive balance shaft / oil pump assembly

The VW TDI (Diesel) engine of 2005 is prone to problems with the oil pump assembly. The oil pump that came in the car is chain-driven and the pump also drives the balance shafts that smoothes the engine vibrations. VW has updated the balance shaft and oil pump assembly to a gear-driven unit. The chain and chain-tensioner of the original style assembly wears and creates slack, lowering oil pressure. This can eventually break and cause no oil pressure and severe engine damage. The oil pan needs to be removed to gain access to the assembly. (This also requires lowering of the sub-frame assembly.) The front lower timing cover / crankshaft seal fixture needs to be removed and the factory chain-driven gear pulled off the front snout of the crankshaft with a special puller. Ours came right off with the special puller. We’ve heard of difficulties removing the gear and having it break and needing to be chiseled or cut off. The new crankshaft drive gear needs to be heated to the proper temperature and it will slide right in place. There is no key-way for the drive gear. The balance shaft assembly is timed with a special lock tool. The oil pan and lower timing cover are sealed with sealant only — no gasket. Special VW-approved Diesel oil must be used in these engines.

Posted October 31, 2012 by jayauto in Repair, VW

Ken Satterlee Memorial / Celebration Party at Autobahn   2 comments

Ken Satterlee Life Celebration Party

Autobahn Performance Inc.

698 ne 45th st Oakland park Florida 33334

954-771-5181  ask for Bob Or Jason

Saturday 7/28/12

Starts at 1:00pm

Please RSVP with the number of people attending.  Anyone that knew Ken is welcome with their Guest also.  Bob or Jason

Casual attire (Hawaiian shirts and ripped blue-jeans a plus)

From I 95 get off at the Commercial Blvd exit (exit 33) go East on Commercial 3 traffic lights to Dixie Highway. Make a Right (South) at the first traffic light make a right on NE 45th street also called Floranada (just on the opposite side of Dixie from Kens old shop) Floranada winds to the right and then the left keep following the road to the west and west and we are on the south side (about 500 yards west of Dixie highway.

A Celebration of Life


Ken Satterlee

1/21/1945 – 6/20/2012

Survived by,

  • Mother, Gladys Read
  • Brother, Peter Satterlee
  • Sister, Joy Satterlee
  • Daughter, Kelley Satterlee
  • Son, Ken Satterlee Jr.
  • Grandchildren, Amberlyn and Kaleb Satterlee

Ken Satterlee was born January 21, 1945 and grew up in south Florida. In 1962, Ken joined the US Army and was assigned as a medic to the 101st Airborne division. In May of 1973 Ken became a father to his daughter Kelley and in September of 1975, his youngest child, Ken Jr., was born. Ken also became a pilot in 1975. Through the eighties, Ken was an engine builder and company pilot for a NASCAR Winston Cup team, incorporating the two hobbies he loved. In the late eighties, Ken and his then wife Nina, took a second mortgage on their home, and built what we all knew as Dixie Precision — once again, turning what he loved to do, into a way of living. Building high performance race engines, Ken worked on everything from local stock ears and Harley Davidson’s, to road racers and vintage Ferrari restorations. The legacy of his talents will be sorely missed and always honored by all of those in his personal and professional life. Ken is survived by his mother Gladys Read, brother Peter Satterlee, sister Joy Satterlee, daughter Kelley Satterlee, son Ken Satterlee Jr. and grandchildren Amberlyn and Kaleb Satterlee.


Posted July 6, 2012 by jayauto in Our shop