Volkswagen Thing: Maintenance Basics
Your Volkswagen Thing can go the distance if you take the necessary steps for preventive maintenance. You have to make sure that it's fed well with all the right fluids. With enough fluid flowing around the system, parts will be properly lubricated. They can operate smoothly and achieve greater efficiency. Here are some maintenance tips to keep in mind:
The engine oil should be checked regularly. Make sure that there's enough lubricant going around the system so that engine parts will work smoothly and won't get damaged due to too much heat, pressure, and friction. It's essential for this lubricant to be clean or be in good quality. If the oil is dirty, it should be replaced even before the scheduled oil change. If the vehicle seems to be consuming too much oil, you should be looking for a sign of leak. If your motor oil seems milky or foamy, this could be contaminated with coolant.
- Check your transmission fluid.
The transmission fluid doesn't require frequent change, not as frequently as the car's motor oil, but the fluid shouldn't be ignored since this helps keep the gears moving smoothly. If the transmission fluid smells burnt or it appears brownish or black, the fluid may need replacement. Don't starve your vehicle with this fluid.
- Know the condition of the brake fluid.
If the brakes aren't as responsive as before, you must check if there's still enough brake fluid. Also see if the fluid is clean or contaminated. If the brake fluid appears brownish instead of gold, the fluid has to be flushed out. The system needs to be refilled with fresh fluid. Make sure that there's no leak. Check for leaks along the brake line and other brake surfaces.
- Make sure the power steering fluid is sufficient and in good quality.
To ensure that steering will be smooth and stable, your vehicle should have sufficient power steering fluid. Otherwise, you may hear some creaking or unusual sounds in the steering wheel. Steering may also become unsteady, stiff, or loose. Check the power steering fluid of the vehicle every month.
- Have sufficient coolant in the system.
With enough coolant, engine overheating can be prevented since this fluid can help take away heat from the engine so that it'll be able to run at a safe operating temperature. Check the coolant reservoir before you drive or whenever you have time. There should be enough cooling fluid flowing around the engine. If you'll be refilling the cooling system with fresh coolant, you have to check the manual for the appropriate mixture. Don't mess up the antifreeze-water ratio.
Don't let your vehicle starve on motor oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. If you let the fluid level drop too low, you're risking damage to essential parts of the vehicle. Check the fluid level regularly and be sure to use high-quality fluid when refilling the system. The fluids should meet the requirements of the vehicle.