While the Volkswagen name may not carry quite the same image of luxury as a Mercedes-Benz, Audi or a BMW, it’s still a premium car that’s no less deserving of good care!
That means breaking it in properly, getting issues fixed the moment they first appear, and of course, taking it to a Volkswagen specialist in Melbourne instead of a generalist mechanic for regular servicing.
Of course, that isn’t all you can do – outside of its annual service, there are plenty of other things you can do to get even more miles out of your Volkswagen…
1) Give your VW a chance to warm up in winter
What happens when you strap on your runners and take to the gym without a proper warm-up routine? An easily avoidable injury.
While they’re mechanical and not flesh and bone, your Volkswagen operates on a similar principle, especially in winter.
Essentially, temperature affects the viscosity of the motor oil in your Volkswagen. This in turn influences its ability to lubricate your engine – if your oil isn’t at its optimal viscosity, your VW may not perform as well as it should.
By giving your Volkswagen a couple of minutes to run before you head off, you will warm up your engine – and by extension, your engine oil.
We get it, sometimes a cold start can’t be avoided. Maybe you’re late for work or a reservation, and you can’t give your car the time it needs to warm up.
That’s fine, so long as you don’t make a habit of doing this regularly!
2) Avoid running on empty
Some motorists try to go as long as they can without topping up, waiting for petrol prices to drop that little bit further. Others treat the fuel gauge as more of a suggestion than a hard-and-fast rule.
Unfortunately, there are two problems with this:
- You increase the chances of accidentally finding yourself stranded on the freeway without a drop of petrol in the tank.
- It can also potentially cause problems with your vehicle’s fuel delivery system
Each vehicle contains a fuel pump, which is responsible for pumping petrol from the tank into the engine. What many motorists don’t know is that leaving your tank until it runs empty can potentially damage not just the pump, but other components in the fuel system such as the injectors, fuel regulator or filter.
As with many of the other systems in your Volkswagen, temperature is crucial in ensuring that your fuel pump functions properly. Unlike other parts of your engine however, the fuel pump doesn’t have its own dedicated cooling system, instead relying on the fuel itself to maintain its temperature.
Naturally, a tank that runs dry leaves very little petrol to lubricate the fuel system – something that can often lead to premature failure of these components.
Additionally, sediment and debris often settles at the bottom of the tank. If you regularly drive with an empty tank, this sediment can end up clogging your fuel filter, which can also cause a whole host of issues and necessitate an urgent trip to a Volkswagen mechanic in Melbourne!
3) Drive gently
That means no more hard corners, sudden acceleration or sharp braking!
Rough driving is rougher on your Volkswagen, as simple as that. Over time, it can cause wear and tear on the engine, suspension and brakes among other things, as well as damage from sudden and unexpected stress.
All of which can lead to more frequent – and potentially, more expensive – Volkswagen servicing and repairs.
While Volkswagens are well-engineered cars, they’re still passenger vehicles at the end of the day – they aren’t designed to sustain that type of driving or rough handling, so do your best to limit them.
Just to be clear, this doesn’t mean that you should slow down to a snail’s pace and drive like your Volkswagen is stuck in limp mode – just be sure that you take a bit more care while you’re on the road.
Not only is it less rough on your car, but it’s also safer overall!
4) Don’t overload it
You’d be surprised how many times our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne see this issue pop up!
We mentioned above in point #2 how driving too hard can prematurely wear out your Volkswagen.
However, that isn’t the only way your driving habits can accelerate wear on your Volkswagen – another thing to keep an eye out for is accidentally overloading it.
Overloading your Volkswagen can accelerate wear-and-tear on your suspension, brakes and tyres. What’s more, it can also negatively affect your fuel-efficiency as well, as your engine will have to move more weight than before.
Thankfully, this isn’t something that most of us have to worry about – after all, the most we’ll fill our cars up is the weekly grocery run, or the occasional road trip.
Just be sure that you don’t use a Passat for a job where a Transporter or Amarok would be better suited!
5) Follow a regular maintenance schedule
This should be a no-brainer – however, you’d be surprised at how many motorists forget, or delay Volkswagen servicing as much as possible!
The first one happens from time to time – you lead a busy life, and it’s only natural that some things occasionally slip through the cracks. It’s unfortunate that it has to be the wellbeing of your Volkswagen.
For the second camp however, there’s no excuse – not following your service schedule or delaying Volkswagen servicing is a recipe for disaster.
Based on the manufacturer’s recommendations, most Volkswagen vehicles should be serviced once a year, or every 15,000kms – whichever comes first. Every minute you spend driving once you pass these milestones could potentially worsen hidden issues, and lead to a more intensive (and costly) Volkswagen service later.
During service, our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne check all the fluid levels in your VW, and assess the condition of your vehicle’s parts and systems. If necessary, we will provide fixes and repairs for any issues we uncover.
By keeping up with your maintenance and servicing needs, you can stave off future problems, saving you a lot of money (as well as the struggle of living without your car for an extended period of time!)
For a better Volkswagen service in Melbourne, call VW specialist
Whether you drive a second-hand Golf, brand-new Touareg or a well-used Caddy, entrust it to Ammstar Autohaus.
We’re a mechanic with a difference: unlike others, our team works exclusively on German brands.
It may not sound like much, but this is a major difference!
- Our Volkswagen mechanics in Melbourne have years of experience with VW models, from brand-new models to well-loved examples
- We’re able to identify brand-specific issues, as well as the proper fixes
- Our specialisation means a better Volkswagen service than a general mechanic
This is how we’re able to offer a better service for your vehicle than a general mechanic, without the cost that dealership service usually comes with!
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