One fact that both owners and enthusiasts alike agree with is that Volkswagen cars are pretty reliable. They are well-known for their outstanding build quality, attention to detail and durability.
In some ways, that fact can also be a problem for some folks. Those people believe that their VWs can last forever with little to no maintenance. But, of course, they are quite wrong. All cars, regardless of brand, need regular maintenance.
Without the proper care and maintenance that your Volkswagen needs, you will soon end up stranded on the side of the road. If you want to avoid such a situation, find out how to do so by carrying out these weekly checks:
When you get behind the wheel of your Volkswagen, you might not think much about your car’s tires. They are anonymous-looking pieces of vulcanized rubber that wrap around your wheels.
Without tires, your car would not be able to handle well in different weather and road conditions. They help you to brake quicker and smoother. And they provide traction in the rain and snow.
As they are all made of rubber, they will “wear” over time. Each week, you should do a quick walk around of your VW. Examine each tire and check that there are no rips or sags in the sidewalls. Another thing you should do is ensure each tire has plenty of tread. The legal limit for tread wear is 1.6 mm. New tires have a tread of 8 mm, in case you wondered!
Be sure to check each tire’s pressure, and pump them up to the correct amounts according to the size of tire your car uses. You can check your Volkswagen’s tire pressures at your local gas station.
Your Volkswagen’s heart, the motor, uses many different fluids to remain operational. Oil lubricates the internal parts of the engine. Brake fluid gets used for your car’s hydraulic brake systems. And coolant ensures your motor doesn’t overheat when it’s working hard.
Check these vital fluids each week, and top them up where necessary. But beware that regular topping-up can mean you’ve got a leak somewhere.
Sometimes the cause of a leak can result in an expensive repair job at your local auto shop. In those situations, take a trip to your local Motorpoint. Find out whether you could afford to buy a newer Volkswagen that doesn’t have the problems your car has. Click here for directions to Motorpoint Chingford.
Do your VW’s brakes make weird noises when you put your foot down on the brake pedal? If so, the back of your brake pads might need greasing up. NOT the front part that makes contact with the rotor, in case you wondered!
And what if your Volkswagen takes longer than usual to stop? It might be that your brake pads or rotors are worn. A quick check from your local auto shop will confirm whether this is the case.
Please don’t avoid any problems with your brakes for obvious safety reasons! Thanks for reading today’s article.