Gearing Your Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup for More Miles Ahead
Amidst the sea of heavy haulers and cargo carriers, it's rare to see a pickup with the Volkswagen name in it. In the 1970s, the pickup version of the Volkswagen Rabbit was manufactured in America. It later came to be known as the Volkswagen Caddy. It seemed like Volkswagen wanted to address the market's thirst for a handy, compact pickup that delivers great mileage figures. The Rabbit Pickup proved to be the delivery man's dream because of its impressive fuel economy. A little gas can go a long way. It's no power monster like many of the vehicles in its class, but it has proven to be a reliable vehicle for most tasks. A well-maintained Rabbit Pickup can indeed take you to places. Here are some key tips on how to add more mileage to the handy and reliable Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup truck.
- Never underestimate regular tune-up.
The Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup, like any other vehicle, must undergo faithful inspection and maintenance in order to keep it running properly. Take the Rabbit Pickup to your local dealer at least once a year and have all systems checked. Follow the regular maintenance schedule of the oil and oil filter change. Bleed out the oil and replace with a clear and fresh supply every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. Check the amount of the all the fluids—transmission, cooling, power steering and brake. Verify if they are sufficient and whether topping up is needed. Inspect the condition of other important parts such as the timing belt, the spark plugs, the fuel shock absorbers and the like. It can be tempting to procrastinate but remember that following regular maintenance will save you from spending more time and money for repairs in the future.
- Drive and store with care.
Unlike when you just purchased a vehicle, driving your Rabbit Pickup for a long time can make you take things for granted. Start disciplining yourself in practicing good driving habits. This is to enhance the vehicle's performance and comfort as well as its safety. Remember to slow down when driving over bumps. Avoid sharp brakes and strive to drive at a steady acceleration. The same goes with parking practices. Your parking choices will also inevitably affect the vehicle's lifespan. Park the Rabbit Pickup in a dry and enclosed space. Avoid vapor and humidity since they encourage rust formation and corrosion of the parts. Use a car cover if you must. In cases when you will need to store the Rabbit Pickup for a long time, make sure that all systems are checked and there is at least half a tank of gas in the tank. Jack up the vehicle in order to prevent tire deflation.
- Give your tires some attention.
If your Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup has proven to be a reliable workhorse taking you to places, then special attention must be given to its tires. At least once every two weeks, make time to check the inflation. Both overinflation and underinflation are harmful not just to the tires itself but also to the engine. Improper inflation will trigger the engine to exert more effort, thus increasing the chance of wear and tear. Not to mention, it is also scary to drive around with unsafe tires. Also, check the tread depth and make sure it does not reach 2/3 of an inch. Otherwise, it is already considered legally worn out. Always replace the tires when necessary and rotate them on schedule.