Most people know that Volkswagen cars are among some of the most reliable vehicles in the world. Some folks think it’s just down to superior German build quality. While others state the company do more stringent quality control checks on their vehicles.
Regardless, you will spend less time stranded on the side of the road in a VW than you would in other car marques. But, having said that, Volkswagens are only “bulletproof” to some extent. You still need to maintain your VW to ensure its longevity!
Most people take their cars to a local Volkswagen dealership and have them maintain their cars. But did you know that there are plenty of things you can do at home to keep your pride and joy in tip-top condition? Here are a few examples that any competent DIYer can do:
Your Volkswagen, as with all cars, rely on many different fluids to keep things running smooth (and I mean that in a literal sense). All motorists should check the fluid levels on their VWs on a regular basis. Here are the most common ones you need to check:
- Engine oil;
- Transmission fluid;
- Power steering fluid;
- Brake fluid;
- Windshield washer liquid;
- Coolant (i.e. antifreeze).
Your car’s owner’s manual will tell you where to check fluid levels for each of these items and how to do so. It’s only a five-minute job at best, and it’s something the guys at Thames Motor Group reckon will save you cash in the long run.
Top up any fluids that are low. If you find that you have to keep topping up each week, it may show a problem that an auto shop needs to sort out. The exception to this rule is the windshield washer liquid, as that’s something you will use all the time.
When tires are new, they perform to the best of their abilities. But as they age, they “wear” and start losing their effectiveness. After you’ve checked your fluid levels under the hood, walk around your Volkswagen and check its tires.
You will need to get them repaired or replaced if they show signs of damage. Examples include cracking on the sidewalls, as well as bulges or tears. The tread depth of your tires
should be no less than 1.6mm. 8mm is what they were when they were brand new.
Checking windshield wipers
Something that gets overlooked quite often are a car’s windshield wipers. The ones your VW uses are the same that all cars use. Although the “arms” are made from steel, the blades are made from rubber.
We all know that rubber gets brittle over the course of time, especially when it’s exposed to the elements. I recommend buying and fitting new wiper blades every three to six months. One telltale sign your wiper blades need replacing is when they start to streak or smear your windshield.
Despite what you might think, wiper blades are quite easy to replace. There are numerous YouTube videos to show you how, just in case you still aren’t sure.