One of the most common services that your car or SUV needs is a Volkswagen oil change. But why is it so crucial? This process, which involves replacing your dirty oil and Volkswagen oil filter with new materials, helps limit friction between engine components. Clean oil also absorbs heat to help prevent engine damage and can form a protective layer against oxidation. For all these reasons and more, look out for the following signs that your vehicle needs maintenance.
How often you get a VW oil change depends on several factors. Your car’s owner’s manual should recommend a service window (usually between 7,500 and 15,000 miles), but if your equipment experiences a leak or your morning commute involves a lot of short starts and stops, it can move up the timeline. Take your car in for maintenance if you notice:
You can also check your oil for yourself. After removing the dipstick, see if the oil is up to the appropriate level. When wiping the residue onto a clean cloth, it should ideally be amber. Dark brown or black oil with a gritty texture needs to be replaced.
When taking care of your car, preventative maintenance is always better than a cure. In some circumstances, you might want to seek out an oil change before your dashboard light has a chance to go off. For example, if you’re planning a long road trip, having your car inspected by our team can ensure it’s in good shape for the journey ahead.
You should also consider your VW oil type. Modern Volkswagen vehicles require synthetic oil, which is more refined than conventional oil. However, there are still many varieties available. Your car could often benefit from a thicker oil in the summer and a thinner oil in the winter to compensate for how this material responds to temperature.
If you see your “Check Oil” light come on, you should read that as a “Welcome” sign to visit our dealership. Our service center is determined to maximize your vehicle’s performance while connecting you to competitive deals.
In addition to offering oil changes, we can address other issues to ensure that your vehicle is safe. For example, if we notice the treads on your Volkswagen tires are wearing unevenly or are too thin, we can perform a tire rotation, tire balancing, or tire replacement.
If your car has had trouble coming to a quick stop or the pedal makes a squealing noise or vibrates when compressed, we can perform VW brake service. Need new VW batteries? We can help you there, too. Our goal is to support you on your journeys as much as possible. Call or use myVW to make an appointment today.