If you are the proud owner of a Volkswagen then you probably want to do everything you can to ensure that your European vehicle will go the distance. In order to help with the longevity of your vehicle then you will need to make sure your vehicle is getting routine maintenance over the years. The more proactive you are now, then the longer lifespan you’ll get out of your car.
Here are some tips to help keep your Volkswagen running like new for years:
Checking the Battery
You will want to make sure that your battery is working properly and strong. Ensuring that you have a strong battery connection is vital in keeping your Volkswagen running smoothly every day. You can easily inspect your battery visually and should inspect it every once in a while. If you start to see a crunchy white residue then you will want to clean or replace the battery, as this can prevent your vehicle from starting properly. You can also come and get you battery checked by a professional. You don’t want to ignore any battery issues. No one wants to be stuck not being able to start their car.
Check the Oil:
No matter what make or model car you have, it is important to have the oil changed regularly. This will keep your engine well lubricated and efficient. You will want to schedule an oil and filter change every 5,000 miles. Should also be checking it yourself in between visits. You shouldn’t assume that they levels are okay just because it’s not technically time to bring the car in or because the car hasn’t hit 5,000 miles yet. Take the time to check the levels every month or so to make sure the levels and coloring are looking good.
Check the Wiper Blades:
Most people simply wait too long to change out their wiper blades. Don’t wait till one of them snaps, or you hear a scraping noise against your windshield, or there’s an unexpected downpour. Your wiper blades play an important role in ensuring clear visibility on your windshield. If you don’t have the proper blades on there, this can result in dangerous accidents.
Signs you need to replace your wiper blades include:
- Streaking or smearing on the window
- A clacking noise against the windshield
- The rubber squeegee looks damaged or you notice rust on the blades
Inspect Your Tires
Most of the time people only check on their tires when they have a flat or when they are getting at the end of their life. Tires are actually integral to the overall driving quality and car health. It is important to healthy tires if you want to get the longest lifespan out of them. You want to be able to identify when your tires need replacing before you run the risk of a blowout or accident. Here are ways you can ensure your tires are up to snuff against the Volkswagen brand:
- PSI levels: Keep PSI levels between 30 and 35. Check often.
- Don’t under or over inflate your tires: Under-inflation places stress on the engine because the car needs more energy to move. Over-inflation may make the tire expand beyond its limits and even explode if heat is present.
- Check the tread: You can do this with a quarter. Stick the coin in head first. If you see George’s head, the tread is too shallow and worn, and the tire should be replaced.
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