Posted on: July 1st, 2021 by NEAT
Back again with a blog on common seat Ibiza issues! The Ibiza’s popularity hasn’t really stopped growing however, its best to know where issues may arise and how to stop them!
We’ll discuss the bigger issues first, starting with the coil packs! Not too much of a costly repair however they can cause a lot of different problems. From the easiest to spot, a rough idle and running to a noticeable lack of power. You may also experience a significant drop in RPM’s whilst accelerating for no apparent reason. As well as the active gas waning light appearing on the dash when the vehicle has plenty of fuel!
The Ibiza is also common for having gearbox issues. Sticking in gears and lots of clunking noises! You’ll find that if your clutch is on its way out, it may be noisy in neutral but quiet when the clutch is pressed. Grinding noises, noisy in acceleration, struggling to get it into gear and a squealing when the clutch pedal is pressed. Generally there are a lot of symptoms to recognise if you think you may have a clutch on its way out! It’s a good excuse to look at upgrading to a RTS clutch kit which you can purchase here: RTS
Slightly more complex is having issues with your ECU. There are a few signs to look out for including, engine stalling or misfiring, Performance issues, car not starting and of course the warning light appearing on the dash. If you do think you may be experiencing some of the above issues, you can get your ECU tested prior to purchasing a new one. Depending on the issue you can get it repaired by companies such as ecutesting.com. However, the first port of call would be to get a diagnostic test carried out to determine the issues so your not changing parts without the knowledge its correct!
Less complex issues
Less complex issues include window regulator issues and door latch problems. New units are generally the only option to fix the issue and they both have very noticeable symptoms. The window would struggle and jump to go up and down if your having issues with the regulator. Issues with the door latch would include the door not staying closed as well as the door not opening on the first try.
So hopefully this has simply lined out some issues with the Seat Ibiza’s and any potential problems! You can get in touch with us on 01642 613852 if you are wanting vehicle inspection/diagnostic test. We carry out a full report on the vehicle which you can also keep for your records!
You can also get in touch via the contact page here: https://www.northeastautotech.com/contact/ or our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/northeastautotech/
Common seat ibiza issues
Posted on: June 2nd, 2021 by NEAT
Adding a Racingline Carbon Fibre brace?
So this one is specifically for the MQB vehicle owners! (Golf 7 & 7.5 / Leon / Octavia). This may not be a mod you have even seen before, never mind knowing the benefits to your vehicle and overall drive! The Racingline Carbon Fibre Rear Brace reinforces the bodyshell at its weakest point for a more precise and pleasurable drive.
The MQB platform vehicles have a pretty stiff bodyshell. Between the front end suspension the chassis is very rigid however, at the rear the chassis has much more flex. This means that with hard driving the handling of the vehicle is much harder. You can upgrade the suspension underneath and try to strengthen and secure however it won’t affect the flex of the body up top! VW have acknowledged this and the Clubsport S Golf gets a factory rear brace!
How does it work?
Adding a Racingline carbon fibre brace creates a stronger, stiffer rear body. It solves this issue by locking the crucial hard points together. Despite the added stiffness, this improved handling performance comes without sacrificing any ride quality or introducing any additional noise, vibration, or harshness into the cabin. Solid billet aluminium mounts are used and secured into beautiful, ultra-stiff carbon fibre link bars drastically stiffening the rear of the chassis.
Easy to fit?
All you need to fit the brace is a set of triple square drive sockets! The brace comes in pieces, with instructions on how to put together and fit to the vehicle. That’s another pro of this performance part, you can easily fit it yourself! The clever design means that installation is simple, using existing body mounting points with no drilling and no removal of trim required, and is completely reversible. You can use the brace with the back seats up or down and it doesn’t really take up any boot space!
You can purchase the Racingline Carbon Fibre Rear Body Brace here at our sister company. ‘VAG performance’ You also have the option to pay conveniently with Klarna!
If you have any questions regarding the fitment or whether its for you, pop us a message ‘Here’. We always have someone available and happy to help with any queries.
Posted on: May 26th, 2021 by NEAT
Thinking of upgrading to a REVO Air intake kit? You’ve come to the right place! We’ll go through the benefits of upgrading and the hardware/software options to go along side. Air intake kits are a complete replacement of the OEM standard already fitted to your vehicle. Initially you may be thinking about having a Stage 2 remap, in which an upgraded intake kit is required. This is because the standard kit cant allow enough air through the engine to allow for the stage 2 power, Therefore it becomes a restriction on power. Upgrading allows the engine to access enough air and reach the turbo as quickly as possible whilst minimising turbulence and restriction.
What does it do?
So as a result of the air being able to travel through the engine effectively, there are many benefits. Boost can be maintained for longer which will give you access to more power through the rev range. You will experience a more aggressive sound, which is why upgrading the Air intake is usually the first port of call for hardware upgrades. You can also gain a lot from just upgrading this one part. They are also not too complex to fit, and usually only take half an hour with a specialist.
REVO have worked alongside some of the biggest names in the Air Filter industry. Therefore, engineering and designing one of the highest flowing kits available. They carry out extensive testing and use the highest quality materials to enable their products to be top of the market.
Where to buy?
You can purchase the REVO Air Intake Kits through our sister company: VAG-performance. If you require any information on fitment, best software and hardware to go hand in hand, you can email us or fill out the contact form here: Contact
Posted on: May 12th, 2021 by NEAT
What are the benefits of upgrading to a Superpro Anti Roll bar on your VAG Vehicle?
As most people should know now, we are a Superpro performance dealer. Therefore, any Superpro bushes, anti-roll bars and control arms, you can purchase through us or our sister company ‘VAG Performance’ https://www.vag-performance.co.uk/
We get a lot of enquiries for Superpro upgrades. However, a lot of people don’t actually know how the parts actually benefit your car. To start with lets find out how the anti-roll bars affect your vehicle!
What does it do?
Anti-roll bars or Sway bars help keep the vehicle structure and contact to the road when turning. The Bar will distribute your vehicle’s weight over all four tires to keep your vehicle as flat as possible through a turn. Sway bars improve a car’s handling around turns and corners by controlling the vehicle’s weight transfer, including body roll. By working to keep the wheels on each side of the car as even as possible, they help keep the car more planted and maintain a strong contact patch between the tires and the ground.
Certain vehicle models struggle more with poor traction and road handling therefore would massively benefit from having an upgraded Super pro anti roll bar. The most common vehicles we fit these too are Golf R’s and Audi S3’s. It reduces under steer in quattro vehicles having the upgraded rear anti roll bar fit.
What are the differences?
So what are the differences between stock anti-rollbars and upgraded ones? Aftermarket bars are often solid rather than hollow stock bars, with wider range of adjustment. They are largely beneficial for performance vehicles or vehicles that carry or tow loads. That being said, anyone can benefit from an upgraded Anti-rollbar as it will give an overall better driving experience.
You can contact us here: https://www.northeastautotech.com/contact/ to enquire or get a free no obligation quote.
Upgrading to a Superpro Anti Roll bar?
Posted on: April 30th, 2021 by NEAT
Common Skoda Fabia issues… what to look for? Following on with our monthly study of a popular vehicle; We thought we’d move onto a slightly more standard daily driver, the Skoda Fabia.
What to look for?
One of the most common issues we come across is with the Windscreen washer pump. The pump itself either packs up or (throughout the winter months) the pipes block up and split. Water then leaks in the passenger footwell. Because of this people usually assume it’s their door seals and the water pump is overlooked.
The next problem they have is with Suspension. The Fabia suspension is known to be quiet stiff and a firmer drive. Due to this, its prone to failure. When buying a Fabia always do the bonnet test. Push hard on the bonnet and if takes more than 1-2 bounces back to get back to normal, have the suspension checked over by a specialist.
Skoda Fabia’s (1.4ltr Petrol engines) have a reputation for being one of the most oil dependent cars out there. If you are looking to purchase a Fabia and the oil is low, we would question the service history. We would also double check the rest of the vehicle. Purely because, if the oil has not been checked regularly, maintenance on the rest of vehicle may have been neglected.
Window regulator issues.
Window regulators are also a common part for failing on a Fabia. If your windows aren’t going up and down properly, sticking or falling to one side; these are all symptoms of your window regular being faulty! There are a couple of tips to try and prevent the regulator from failing. Once the window is up, don’t hold the button as it puts extra pressure on the motor. Also try using rubber care products. This will stop the seals from going hard and will allow the window to go up and down freely.
The Skoda Fabia electric power steering pump is very common to fail on all models. What starts off as intermittent loss of power steering, usually leads to total failure if left to progress.
Common Faults include:
1. Intermittent loss of steering.
2. Steering heavy on idle & on revs.
3. Noisy power steering pump.
4. Blowing fuses.
5. Steering warning light on.
Last but not least the DSG gearbox. Certain 7 speed Fabia’s suffered serious issues with the VW manufactured 7 speed gearbox. Most cars with this gearbox were recalled. However, check when buying that the gearbox is nice and smooth and there aren’t any pre-existing issues. You will get also get a fault on the dash come up when selecting gear if there is a fault with the gearbox. This will simply say ‘PRNDS’. If this warning light occurs, we would advise getting a diagnostics test done asap.
You can get in touch with us on 01642 613852 if you are wanting vehicle inspection/diagnostic test. We carry out a full report on the vehicle which you can also keep for your records!
You can also get in touch via the contact page here: https://www.northeastautotech.com/contact/ or our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/northeastautotech/
Common Skoda Fabia issues
Posted on: March 4th, 2021 by NEAT
What’s the difference between Petrol RON?
We’ve been having a lot of enquiries recently regarding REVO re-mapping which is great! However, a few customers have been running their petrol vehicles on 95 RON. A low RON petrol shouldn’t be used on high performance vehicles, you should be using a Petrol RON of 97+.
Many people may not know the difference between the Petrol types and what it means by using a higher-grade. RON refers to the octane rating. This is a measure of how easily the fuel will ignite within the engine of a car. The higher the octane rating is, the harder it is for the fuel to ignite because the fuel requires greater compression in order to do so. However, because high octane fuel burns much hotter, it can burn more efficiently, and therefore performs better for higher-performance car engines that require it.
Your vehicle manual will advise you on which grade you should be using, you can also find the information on the inside of your filler cap.
Using a higher RON petrol offers benefits such as:
Improved lubrication throughout the pistons and Higher performance/slightly more power.
When REVO carry out their on the road testing, they actually specify the gains based on 99+ petrol. Therefore, you cant expect the same sort of gains if your not running the right Petrol.
Whether your vehicle is high performance or standard please make sure you are running the correct fuel for your vehicle.
If you are wanting some performance related information, whether it be REVO software or hardware parts you can find out more here: https://www.northeastautotech.com/performance-and-tuning/
To buy any Performance hardware, go to our sister company: https://www.vag-performance.co.uk/ Here you can find parts from Superpro performance, Racingline, Revo and more. For advise on parts or software call the office on 01642 613852.
Posted on: February 3rd, 2021 by NEAT
Our brake fluid servicing starts at £55 with the option to upgrade to Millers Oils Racing Brake Fluid.
We recommend carrying out a brake fluid service every 2 years, regardless of mileage. This is a preventative measure to ensure the correct running of your vehicle. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture. As you can imagine that does not do your vehicle any favours. With many parts of the braking system being metal. It can lead to corrosion of the metal components if not regularly maintained.
Over time the brake fluid also becomes contaminated with metal particles, reducing the boiling point of the fluid and in turn reducing the braking power of the car.
The upgrade to using Millers Oils is beneficial as the it has a dry boiling point of up to 310 degrees. As opposed to the standard fluid minimum of 230 degrees. This in turn provides exceptional resistance to vapour locking and good compressibility for an improved brake feel. Brake fluids play a key role in driver experience and vehicle feedback. Therefore Millers Oils motorsport brake fluids maintain their viscosity even at high temperature and are robust against water absorption to ensure consistent performance.
Upgrade to Millers Oils for an extra £25.
Alternatively, you can purchase Millers Oils Racing Brake Fluid direct from our sister company VAG Performance here: https://www.vag-performance.co.uk/product/millers-racing-brake-fluid-300/
In addition to the above, find out what other services we carry out as well as Brake Fluid Servicing. Have a look through our additional services page here: https://www.northeastautotech.com/additional-services/
Posted on: January 15th, 2021 by NEAT
Heater Matrix Replacement
We are carrying out many Heater Matrix replacement’s at the minute. I assume with the weather being as cold as it is, customers are noticing the lack of heat from the blowers a lot more. Heater matrix faults are common within the following vehicles: Mk7 Golf, Audi A3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia.
They all suffer with a problem where the heater matrix blocks up. The core in the heater matrix is very very thin so any sediment and contaminants in the antifreeze system unfortunately causes the heater matrix to block.
The first problem you will normally notice is the blowers on the passenger side are warm, but the driver’s side are cold. This is because sediment blocks the far end of the heater matrix which blows cold air to the driver’s side of the dashboard. Other signs your hater matrix has gone are;
- You’re fogged out…
- There’s a sticky sweet smell…
- You’re going through a lot of coolant…
- Your vehicle has overheated.
Again, a very common problem which we are seeing lots of at the minute. Probably more noticeable now with such cold weather!
As always we replaced with a brand new Genuine Heater Matrix replacement as shown in the pictures on our facebook below!
Posted on: December 18th, 2020 by NEAT
We have been undertaking plenty of ASNU Classic GDI injector cleaning recently in the workshop. We advise getting your injectors tested and cleaned along with a carbon intake valve clean. These two jobs go hand in hand. When your valves get a build up of carbon, they in turn start to block the tiny holes on the injectors. When the holes on the injectors get blocked up, the spray pattern becomes irregular between each injector which causes the vehicle to misfire/run lumpy along with various other issues.
The ASNU Injector Cleaning system allows the us to visually examine the injectors, on an individual cycle or in sequential mode. We can then compare the injectors performance under a range of simulated Millisecond & RPM driving cycles, already programmed in to the ASNU system.
Injector cleaning machine
Here’s a slow motion video showing the spray pattern on 4 injectors. As you can see the spray pattern is exactly the same on each injector. This shows that the holes on each injector must be clear of dirt particles.
The injectors also get a flow test. To do this, test fluid is pumped through the injectors to make sure they allow the same measurement through. We can safely allow a 10% difference between the least measurement, and the most. As you can see on the picture below, this test has shown each injector is working to exactly the same level.
ASNU Classic GDI Injector Cleaning
Once they come out of the ASNU Classic GDI Injector Cleaning system, they sit in the built in Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath. As a result, this will clean the outside of the injector and pulse through any particles of dirt.
In conclusion this is just one service carried out by ourselves. One of many that our current and future customers may not know about. Find out more on our services page here: https://www.northeastautotech.com/additional-services/