Analyzing Your Vehicle's Oil with a Volkswagen Beetle Oil Dipstick
Oil's the lifeblood of your vehicle's engine, so keep it in check or you'll have a problem in your hands once you find it leaking out from your Volkswagen Beetle. A good and easy way to troubleshoot oil related problems would be to use your vehicle's oil dipstick. A lot of folks tend to overlook this small accessory, which can cost them a lot in the long run should they fail to spot a problem in their engine's oil. Apart from checking your dipstick if the oil level is too high or too low, you'd also want to check for other problems based on the quality of the oil itself. Go through our short guide and find out how.
Coolant leaking into your engine
You wouldn't want coolant mixing into your engine's oil as it could cause irreparable harm. A telltale sign that you'll need to look out for would be brown bubbles or even a dried brown residue on your Volkswagen Beetle oil dipstick. You might also notice white smoke with a sweet odor coming out from your car's exhaust, which is a bad sign that coolant might have leaked out into other parts like your vehicle's crankcase. You'll need to confirm this immediately by unthreading the drain plug and catching the oil using a clear glass or plastic bottle. Since water and coolant are heavier than oil, they should collect at the bottom of your container. Once you spot coolant in your motor oil, you'll need to have your engine serviced at once.
White foam on top of your oil
Any other fluid that mixes into your vehicle's motor oil is bad and could damage your engine in the long run. But once you find white foam in your dipstick, then you might have a leak somewhere in your vehicle. Most of the time, foaming around the oil dipstick is caused by leaking from the head gasket. You should wipe your dipstick clean and drive around for a while before checking the dipstick again in order to rule out a leak. Other signs that you might encounter that point to a leaking gasket would be a rancid smell from your oil, the presence of water, and overheating while stationary. The best solution to this problem would be to simply replace the head gasket with a new one right away.