Component Protection


Component Protection is part of the security strategy on some Audi and VW vehicles. It is designed to stop the exchange of components between different vehicles, without authorization. In other words, control modules must be matched to the vehicle’s VAG online database.

When Four Rings Performance replaces a control module or computer on your Audi or Volkswagen, the procedure is called Component Protection. We do this with a diagnostic scan tool and at a more affordable cost than a dealership!

We proudly serve Agoura Hills, Agoura, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Calabasas, Malibu and greater Los Angeles and Ventura County. Call today at: (818) 889-1245

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What is Component Protection?

Each control module is locked with Component Protection data, and stores a crypt code of the model and the matching CAN Gateway of the original vehicle. When a part / module is installed in another vehicle, the code contained in the new CAN Gateway does not match. This triggers an anti-theft feature and Component Protection Fault / DTC. As a result, the part will now be limited to being partially operable — until the CP has been removed and reconfigured for the current vehicle.

Here are some modules with component protection :

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  • Power Seat Memory
  • Transmission Control
  • Engine Control
  • ABS Control Module
  • MMI Controller
  • CD Changer / MP3
  • Comfort / Convenience Module
  • Airbag Module
  • Can Gateway
  • Steering Lock
  • HVAC Control
  • Air Con Control
  • Driver ID Module
  • Amplifier Modules
  • Instrument Cluster

What Is VAG Component Protection?

Component protection is a security lock applied by the Volkswagen group to lock each module to a specific car which stops stolen parts to be installed in another vehicle.

Models We Repair Include:

Audi – A3, A3 E-TRON, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, TT, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, TTS,RS3, RS4, RS5, RS6, RS7, TTRS, Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8, SQ5, SQ8 and R8

VW – Passat, Taos, Tiguan, Arteon, Atlas, Golf GTI, ID.4, Jetta, Touran, Toureg, Beetle and Up!

Experienced and Trusted Mechanic

As a trusted and reputable Agoura Hills repair shop, owner Brian May is certified at the highest possible level known as “Master Guild.” You’ll enjoy the experience of communicating directly with Brian, along with receiving the finest quality of workmanship.

Contact Brian in Agoura Hills, CA at (818) 889-1245 or  Click to email here.

What our customers are saying

“Last week I paid over $1200 for repairs related to coolant leaking from underneath the intake manifold on my 2010 Q5. So, why a 5 Star review? Because Brian took care of the extensive repairs at a fair price and is a genuinely nice person to work on your car! He is an Audi professional, and diagnosed my issues quickly… While it is never pleasant to pay for unplanned car repairs, I know Brian does outstanding work and I trust him to keep my 12-year old car running great. Thank you, Brian!”
– Darlene S., Oak Park, CA / 5 Stars Yelp

“Brian takes his time to do the job right. My car runs great, I’m permanently going back to him for my vehicle upkeep.”
— Mellisa L. / 5 Stars Google My Profile

“Brian is the real deal: reliable, conscientious and above all straightforwardly honest with necessary repairs. A dollar of Brian’s diagnostic prevention will save you a payload of future repairs..”
— Wayne H., SoCal / 5 Stars Google My Biz

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We serve the following greater Los Angeles County cities: Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Malibu and Westlake Village.

Four Rings Performance

28118 Dorothy Dr.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301