Going Deutsche

This is what life should look and feel like everyday.  Wake up. Brush your teeth. S, S, S.  Grab a bite to eat. Then pull out of the garage and hit the track in any one of these nicely appointed German suits.  

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Oh the Europeans and their posh customized lifestyle!  

No shade or hate, as I’ve told I have a little British man hiding inside of me.

Video courtesy of VWHome

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Audi TT Mother’s Day repair

I would like to use this post to say thank you.  Thank you to the internet (Google) and YouTube for all of the helpful information that can be found with a quick search.  I belong to a few automotive forums and truly appreciate all of the individuals that have gone before me and fixed or customized something…anything.  Whether it is a light switch, garbage disposal and especially a car.  Your help has been tremendous throughout the years.  Enough cannot be said about these brave souls that dive in head first, cameras rolling and post up a step-by-step tutorial (with pictures), how-to and even how-not-to videos.  I myself am a do-it-yourselfer and have found myself in need of some technical support at times and last weekend was no exception. 
This past Mother’s Day Weekend, my son and I headed out last minute to buy some cards for his mom and grandma on Saturday.  We made a few stops here and there, checked out a CLEAN black Audi A4 S-Line (my next vehicle? Hmmm).  After that we returned home.  My wife was not back yet from running her errands, so my son and I pulled into the garage and went into the house.  We needed to start getting ready for a surprise 70th birthday celebration.  Before I headed upstairs to change I hear the garage open up.  It was the Mrs.  She pulled into the garage and walks in the house and immediately ask “Did you do something to your car?” Fear ran down my spine because on a number of occasions, I have tried to pull a fast one over her and do a modification whenever she left the house.  I had a perplexed look about me as my brain scrambled to think.  Did I do something and not tell her…again?  Ok, no mods…whew!  Rather unsure sounding, I so No and asked why did ask.  She tells me that all of my brake lights are on and obviously there is no one in the car.  Now I am really confused.

I head out to the garage and sure enough red lights are reflecting off of the inside of the garage door.  I played around with the brake pedal, the emergency brake.  Opened up the garage and started the car, shut it off.  Enabled and disabled the alarm and nothing was working.  Crap!  Of all the days for this to happen.  We needed to leave soon for the surprise party and tomorrow was Mothers Day.  It would be hard to have a part ordered and shipped on Sunday.  With quick thinking, I pulled the brake light fuse and let my little TT sit there dormant until I can do some research and figure out what was wrong. 

With my trusty phone, I was able to do a quick search before we left the house and discovered that a faulty brake light switch could be the culprit…if I was lucky.  Older VW’s and Audi’s are notorious for electrical problems and after dealing with my daughters 2001 Beetle, I was really concerned.  Later that night I hit the internet forums, YouTube and read more articles from people who shared the same issue over the years and how expensive it would be for the dealer to replace a $5 part.  Luckily it turns out to be and easy fix, I was just hoping that I could find the part on a Sunday.

The good thing about owning an older Audi is that the local auto parts store may have the part.  The bad is that it’s a German car and may need to order the part.  After some searching, I was able to find a replacement part for $4.95  at O’Reilly.  Lucky for me they have late weekend business hours.  After spending the day with my mom I headed to the parts store and I was able to buy the LAST one they had in stock.  Here are some pics of the 20-minute repair job.

Had to pull the lower dash off.  Yes the panel under the steering wheel.  Check out the seats side bolsters that hold me in place when taking freeway on ramps 🙂

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This is what it looks like under your dash right above your pedals.  That little purple thing on the lower right is the switch.

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You can see here, the old part and the replacement part side by side.  The green one is the new replacement part.

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A simple twist and click.  Plug the electrical clip back in, replace the fuse and voila!  

Now the kicker is that when I pulled the original switch out and put it back in to test it, the brake lights functioned perfectly.  SMH.  Replaced it anyway with the new part so I wont have to worry.

Again thank you Google, YouTube and the VWVortex forum.  You have saved me $100 in labor.  Now what to do with that $100? Hehe.

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Audi appreciation day

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I saw this and had to show it to my audience.  The artwork is fresh, and I love how the photographer took this shot.  I am a fan of Audi A3’s in general, and this particular Euro Sportback is worthy of some praise.  Its just too bad the US does not have this model…yet.  To the builder of this A3 and to Audi, I say job well done.  Well done indeed!

M. Perkins

Going Topless

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Here is where I stand or shall I say sit today. 2002 Audi TT Quattro 225 6-speed 3 pedal…oh yeah!. I was sitting at work looking thru our companies internal car buying service on a Friday when this I came across the ad for this little TT.  It was not the baseball leather edition, but it still caught my eye. That Sunday after church, my wife asked what were my plans for the rest of the day and I thought this was the invite for a honey-do list day.  I told her, “going to check out a car.” I anticipated the usual WTH glare she gives whenever I mentioned the C- word. To my surprise she asked if she could go with me. Whuuuuuuuut? Happy dance, happpy dance!  Wait, what did you do with my wife?  I took this rare opportunity and ran with it.  So we headed down to northern OC, but just to look at it because my mind was already made up about this CLEEEEAN Blue Graphite Pearl B6 Passat – Wolfsburg Edition…euro💓. In my mind I. already had this thing bagged on Accuair, tucking something 3 piece and polished at all four corners with an APR tune and custom 3″ Magnaflow turbo back exhaust. I was trying to negotiate a lower price on the Passat that week when I decided to go take a look at the TT.

The TT was stock, but super clean with low miles for being such an old seasoned car. Garage kept and pretty well taken care of except for the slight rear bumper ding from either a backing incident or someone not respecting the sexy backside of the little Audi.  I always had a thing for roadsters, S2k’s, Miata’s especially, but the TT…who doesn’t want to pull the top down and show off their TTs ;). I told myself “just leave it stock and save the mods for Bubba (my NA BRG Miata I was building)”, but Self said…”SCREW THAT!” and you just can’t argue with Self…that’s just crazy talk.  Well I got a big beautiful smile from the Mrs when I put the top down to check it out.  The price was right, so the deal was done and the date night car was bought.

Now here she is, sitting low and fitted with a staggered set of Privat Cup wheels – 18×8.5f and18x9.5r.  Rubber comes in the form of Sumitomo’s measuring 215/40 up front and 225/40 out back, giving just the right amount of stretch.  These german vehicles have crazy factory hub spacing and fitting aftermarket wheels can be a challenge so the addition spacers is very necessary without custom built wheels.  I picked up some 12mm and 15mm spacers help the TT achieve just the right amount of pokage so that I can be “culturally” accepted.  The gravitational pull is courtesy of German built ST coilovers. The saying goes, “if you ain’t rubbin, you ain’t dubbin!”  That too can be said for Audi’s as well. No performance upgrades…yet.  Right now its simple and clean!
Photo by M Perkins

Intro to the Past

Welcome to Perks Garage! This blog will be used to discuss my passion for all things automotive. I will share my views, opinion and perspectives on cars, tuning, specs and events that I attend throughout the year, and yes there will be pics as well.  Now I admit that I am not the greatest photog, but in my head I am just as good as a Marcel Bischler or a Jeremy Cliff, look them up if you don’t already know.  I will be interviewing other enthusiast and showcasing builds along the way.
Now that we got that out of the way, let me start by introducing myself. I’m Mike and have been in love with cars since I was about 10, which was a looooong time ago. I am not afraid to work on my own cars, from regular maintenance and stereos to installing custom suspension and body kits.  My first memory of driving was in my sisters Honda Civic when I was about 12 or so.  At that moment I was in love and knew driving would be my sanctuary.  My first automotive love was the 88 Honda CRX SI.  When most boys were drooling over their dads dirty mags, I had the Honda car brochure spread eagle on my bedroom wall with the CRX centerfold enticing my dreams.  I would rush home and thumb thru the brochure everyday, going between the CRX and the Prelude.  It was torture since driving a car was years away…legally that is, and owning one was even further.  In my years, I have owned a number of vehicles and I have modified every last one of them with the exception for my 85 CRX (funny story about that one). Needless to say my  hobby drove drives my wife crazy, as I am sure it would most wives.  In the last 2 years, I tried to convince my wife that owning 5 vehs for 2 drivers with a 2.5 car garage was a great idea.  With that, I am now banned from buying another car for quite some time now 🙂  I’ve gone from Tercels with big wheels to slammed Accords.  From RonJon kitted TL’s to stretched and poked Quattro TT’s.  In the words of the great philosopher of this new generation imported direct from Canada “Started from the bottom, now we here!” – Drake 2014  lol

Now with that brief intro, I give you Perks Garage!

Welcome and enjoy the ride.