Any Volkswagen owner knows that these vehicles are workhorses that can last for decades. However, if you want to ensure that your car does not stop working at its peak then you need to know how to maintain it. This does not mean that you need to know how to fix the engine (use a VW service centre for that), but you should learn about some of the things that you can do to ensure your vehicle is functioning correctly.
Check The Fluids
One of the best ways to ensure that your vehicle is running smoothly is to check the fluids. This will include the oil, coolants, brake fluids and transmission fluids. It is easy to check the oil levels, but make sure that you have parked the car on a level area otherwise your readings will be incorrect. Your user manual will be able to give you more information on how to check the other fluids. These checks will only take a few minutes to complete and could save you time and money in the long-term.
Know Your Tire Pressure
If your tires are not working correctly then your car will not be working correctly. This is why you need to ensure that they are always inflated correctly. Poorly inflated tires can cause poor performance and are a safety issue. You should make a point of visually inspecting the tires regularly to see if any of them look low and you should check the pressure every couple of weeks with a meter.
It is possible to buy a small handheld meter from any auto store and they generally have a LED display which tells you the tire pressure. The correct pressure you should have will be listed in the manual.
Look At Belts And Hoses
Rubber components in the engine will start to wear because they operate under extreme conditions. It is recommended that at least once a month you take the time to visually check them for signs of cracking or wear. If you are unsure about their condition then you should take your car to a mechanic for them to check. It is better to replace a slightly worn belt or hose than to have it break when you are in the middle of nowhere.
Another way that you can tell that belts and hoses need to be replaced is through the noise they make. A squealing noise will generally indicate that one of the belts in the engine needs to be replaced. If you hear this noise then you should take your car to the mechanic.
Keep It Clean
Cleaning the interior and exterior of your car will help it last longer. When you keep the car clean you reduce the damage which could be caused by corrosion or dirt build ups. Corrosion around certain components of your car such as the battery will cause poor performance and could lead to an electrical failure.
There are a number of different tasks that you should know about in terms of maintaining your Volkswagen. If you are ever unsure about any components in your car then you should take it to a mechanic.