To keep your vehicle in top working order, service your VW at regular manufacturers selected intervals, this may include 15,000 mile service, 25,000 mile service, 35,000 mile service and on, depending on the year make and model of your VW.
Vw service can mean so many things.
Basic VW service may include changing your brake pads rotors and sensors, changing your Cabin filter, Air Filter, and fuel filter, cleaning out your fuel injection, replacing the spark plugs, coils, or simply changing your motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid.
It can also include cleaning out your EGR valve, or replacing the cracked breather hoses for your secondary air system.
One of the best advantages to bringing your car to an honest experienced Volkswagen specialist is that we can asses your VW, and generate a customer service list that is focused and prioritized on the most important services for your specific car.
The service timeline we create for you will help to keep your repair bill low and allow time to budget for a planned VW maintenance or service plan.
CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS
Check engine lights on VW’s aren’t always a big deal. Rest assured what we routinely see is an engine light caused by a loose gas cap, cracked breather line or weathered vacuum hose. (An inexpensive and quick repair in the right hands).
While VW diagnostic tools are readily available to the everyday consumer it’s still best to take your car to a shop you can trust, and here’s why. When an air leak is present in your car, the codes your Volkswagen may give you are “engine running lean”, inefficient catalytic converter”, or “oxygen sensor”. What you won’t get from just reading the codes is that all these issues more often than not stem from a simple air leak in your engine caused by a $2.00 vacuum hose , not a $200.00 oxygen sensor. So be smart and avoid playing the parts guessing game by taking your car to a VW specialist for service.
Some of the overlooked but equally important VW services include:
Cleaning out your passages
Incorporated into the body of your Volkswagen is a whole system of channels and drains designed to allow rainwater from the roof of your car and windshield down to the road below.
When these channels and passages get clogged, the water backs up winds up in places it’s not meant be i.e. your electrical system or your cars interior cabin. Be smart, keep the leaves off your car and have your passages cleaned once a year.
(This is especially important if you park under a tree).
Rotating your tires and checking your alignment
Maintaining the tires on your Volkswagen is a cheap and easy thing to accomplish. By keeping your tires inflated to the optimal level your gas mileage will increase. It will also extend the life of your tires by reducing wear. A properly inflated tire has less friction with the road. (Think of pedaling a bicycle with underinflated tires).
Ensuring your alignment is good and routinely rotating your tires will help ensure an even wear and safer travels.
All of this results in longer lasting tires and lower maintenance bills.
Changing the oil on your VW every 4k-5k miles in New York is essential. Much of the driving done in New York is stop and go traffic, which results in lots of running hours on your engine without many miles to show for it. Oil is the lifeblood of your VW. It keeps your engine running smoothly. Without this essential fluid metals rub on metal without any lubrication causing your VW engine will stop working in short order. Much like the 35 miles per gallon gas mileage promised on new cars, this statistic is only true during highway driving. Oil is the same way. While the VW factory maintenance schedule on your car may recommend changing the oil every 8-10k, that statistic does not account for the many hours your engine is running without accruing miles in the stop and go driving climate of N.Y. Using an original German oil filter during your oil service is also vital.
Oil is pumped by your engine at a certain pressure. Oil filters are built to filter out the dirt from the oil while maintaining optimal pressure to ensure constant lubrication in your VW’s engine. Using the correct oil and original filter ensures proper oil pressure and lubrication for your VW’s engine. Using the type of oil (i.e. synthetic or blended) (10w30, 10w40) as well as and keeping it clean with frequent oil changes will ensure a better running longer lasting engine.
A timing belt is replaced on average every 60k-90k. When replacing your timing belt, it is often wise to replace your camshaft seals, crankshaft seals, tensioners, belts and waterpump. The reasoning behind changing these additional parts is labor. Getting to the timing belt is a labor intensive job where the entire front end of the car may be removed. Many of these additional parts are in the same area and have similar lifespans to the timing belt. You’ll pay no additional labor to replace them.(Just the cost of the parts). Basically it’s a simple way for you to maximize the money you pay for service on your VW by getting several of the most expensive services for the price of one.
VW service and maintenance for brakes
- Inspecting proper brake pad and rotor wear for evenness and thickness.
- Checking calipers are functioning properly both electronically and mechanically
- Brake fluid level
- Brake fluid type
- Coolant level
- Coolant type
- Transmission fluid level
- Transmission fluid condition
VW&service and maintenance for oil
- Oil level
- Oil condition
- Oil type
- Oil filter
VW service and maintenance for transmissions
- Electronic TCU scan
- Transmission mount inspection
- Transmission fluid level inspection