Keep your Volkswagen running like a Volkswagen Take care of your Volkswagen properly and it will give back lots of miles, years, and great memories. Here are some tips on how to maintain your Volkswagen.
- Check the thread depth and pressure of your tyres on a regular basis to ensure that they are in good working order. If your tyres are worn, replace them with Volkswagen-approved tyres for maximum performance in both dry and wet conditions.
- Make sure that your car lights (headlamps, brake lights, etc.) and even your horn and power windows are properly tested.
- Using Volkswagen genuine fluids, such as windscreen fluids, will provide optimum performance of different functions and systems of your vehicle. For example, inadequate or inferior windscreen fluids can smudge the windscreen and affect visibility considerably.
- While the two wiper blades may look simple, close attention should be paid to them especially during the rainy season. Skipping, streaking, splitting or squeaking wipers may leave bands of rain, which will compromise your vision on the roads. If your wiper blades are not of optimum condition, they should be replaced. Also, wiper blades may last up to two years at the most but it is good practice to renew them once a year.
- When a vehicle brakes, the brake pads are pressed against the spinning brake disc. Over time, the brake pads and brake discs are worn down. If the brake pads are completely worn down, metal rubs against metal and increases the heat build-up. This produces deep scars and cracks on the brake disc, which will reduce your braking performance immediately. As such, you should check your brakes regularly to ensure they are in good working condition.
- If you find yourself in a flooded street, stay in the middle portion of the road where it has the least water buildup. If floodwaters are too deep, pull over or park somewhere. Don't risk submerging your car in floodwater and compromise on your engine's lifespan.