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Volkswagen Service

We have all heard it before – check fluids regularly, rotate tires every 5,000 miles, change oil every 3,000 miles – but are service intervals still important for contemporary automobiles?  In a word: yes, but the unique features of your Volkswagen may require adjustments to the classic interval formulas.  A phone call or visit to a local Scottsdale Volkswagen dealer can provide valuable insight regarding your vehicle’s service and the special concerns brought on by driving in the desert.

In the meantime, here are some general tips to follow:

Engine oil replacement.  Volkswagen’s Carefree Maintenance program suggests oil changes every 10,000 miles.  This is a significant deviation from the conventional every-3,000-miles wisdom of old – a fact which can be explained largely by the precision of contemporary engineering and dramatic improvements in the quality of synthetic oils in recent years.  Engine oil helps to lubricate internal moving parts in addition to trapping and removing dust and other debris which works its way into the engine over time.  Skipping an oil change can cause premature wear to engine seals and other parts, as well as having a notable impact on fuel economy.

Tire rotation.  Volkswagen recommends tire rotation at least every 10,000 miles, although the frequency and nature of the service varies among models.  Some models are designed with unidirectional tires and have smaller tires on the front axle, so rotation is best handled by a Volkswagen service center.  Tire rotation extends the life of tires and can improve fuel economy – tires with improper air pressure can have a significant impact on fuel mileage.

Fluids, filters, and wiper blades.  Particularly in hot and dry climates, fluids, filters, and disposable rubber parts like wiper blades tend to wear out quickly.  Brake fluid, power steering fluid, radiator coolant, and wiper fluid should all be checked regularly: not only are these fluids important for the safety and function of your vehicle – they can serve as early indicators of larger problems (like leaky brake lines or worn-out gaskets) which may cause dangerous system failures or expensive repairs in the future.

Paying close attention to service intervals is important for the performance, safety, and longevity of your automobile.  From timing belts to water pumps and everywhere between, locating problems before they grow is the best way to avoid expensive repairs.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding service, the knowledgeable personnel at Chapman VW can help, and they’re only a click, phone call, or short drive away.