Winterize Your Vehicle

Cold weather can affect the roads and driving conditions, so it is important to get your Volkswagen in for a winter service check. If you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, it’s high time to call the Lewisville Volkswagen service department to make an appointment!

We provide a no charge winter check for any Lewisville Volkswagen vehicles to make sure our customers stay safe. A winter service appointment will check:

  • Antifreeze levels in your radiator to make sure they are full and your water to antifreeze ratio is close to 50/50.
  • Wiper blades, so you can always see through your windshield clearly. The added precipitation will mean your wipers need to work overtime, so we make sure they are ready for the task. If not, we have plenty in stock for a quick change-out.
  • Windshield washer fluid, so it is ready to get any dirt, ice and sludge off your windshield. Visibility is lower in winter months, and we want to make sure nothing gets in your way.
  • Tire tread depth, which needs to be at least 3/32” to be considered safe. Any lower and it’s critical that you replace your tires. (Tires with a tread depth of 3/32” are considered legally worn out!)
  • Tire pressure to make sure you don’t have low air pressure, which can can cause your car to slip and slide on wet or icy roads. We make sure your tire pressure is at the right level to prevent accidents.

While you are at Lewisville VW for your no charge winter check, we can get your annual maintenance done as well. This way you will be ready to enjoy your Lewisville VW year-round!

Even after your winter service check, it is smart to be prepared. Keep an emergency kit in your car that includes an ice scraper, flashlight, jumpers, flares, and tape. To give your car more traction on icy roads, sprinkle salt or cat litter over icy patches. (Some of these items are available in our Driver Gear Shop!)

3 Warm Weather Tire Care Tips

tire.jpg__685x325_q85_crop_upscaleSpring has finally sprung in North Texas! While you’re out enjoying the warmer weather, take a bit of time to prepare your car’s tires for the rising temperatures. You can start by reading on for more of our warm weather tire care tips.

The warm Texas heat can add stress to tires, causing them to deflate quickly. Not only
are tires with low pressure less safe, low tire pressure can also reduce gas mileage.
Before you head out on a spring or summer road trip, have your tires checked. Hot
weather, long road trips and heavy loads can spell disaster when it comes to your tires.

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When to Change Your Filters

Knowing when to change filters is among the most important aspects of maintaining any vehicle.  The oil filter comes to mind immediately, but many drivers are not aware of additional filters that need to be checked and changed at regular intervals.  Of course, when it is time to change filters, your Volkswagen dealership is ready to help!

Oil Filters

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend an oil filter change every 7,500 miles in passenger cars or light trucks.  However, if you frequently travel fewer than ten miles or travel in stop-and-go city traffic on a regular basis, the benchmark of when to change your filters will be less than 7,500 miles.  Most self-serving oil companies recommend changing oil and oil filters every 3,000 miles, or every three to six months, regardless of driving habits.

Air Filter

When to change the air filter on a vehicle is a bit more complicated as it often depends on the type of driving, the climate, and the surface of the roads often traveled.  Driving on dusty, gravel roads will require an air filter change more frequently, while expressway driving requires changing the filter less often.  A common recommendation is to change the air filter every 15,000 miles as a precaution.

Fuel Filter

For high mileage vehicles, most mechanics recommend changing the fuel filter annually.  When cars reach six or seven years old, they often accumulate a fair amount of debris in the fuel tank, so to keep the debris from getting sucked into the engine, change the fuel filter regularly.

Air Conditioning Filter

One filter that many vehicle owners don’t think about is the air conditioning (or cabin) air filter.  These filters remove allergens and dust from air entering the cabin of the vehicle. Mechanics recommend replacing cabin filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles.  If drivers or passengers develop headaches or experience breathing problems, that may be a clear indication of when to change this filter.

For regular vehicle maintenance, including changing filters, consider Lewisville Volkswagen.  This dealership has serviced the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over a decade, selling used and new cars, and offering excellence in customer service before, during and after every sale. Visit our website to learn more, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

What to Do When It’s Time for a Belt Change

VW-Timing-BeltVehicle engines include several different types of auto belts, all of which provide a crucial function to the engine, and it is sometimes difficult to know when it is time for a belt change.  In some cases, a broken belt can do irreparable damage to the engine, so replacing them is especially important.  Your Volkswagen dealership is ready and able to help with any belt replacement!

Timing Belt

The timing belt, which connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, is one of the most important belts in the engine.  This belt rotates around the crankshaft and camshaft sprockets to ensure proper timing while the engine is running.  In some cases, the timing belt also drives the water or oil pumps, which means if the timing belt breaks, the engine does not get the liquid it needs to operate smoothly, often resulting in significant damage.  A licensed technician must inspect a timing belt.  Most manufacturers recommend inspecting or replacing the timing belt every 60,000 miles.

Serpentine Belt

Normally found in newer vehicles, serpentine belts are not very thick and have a wide surface area.  Because this belt drives most of the accessories in the vehicle, it should be inspected twice each year.  If the belt shows any signs of wear, it is time for a serpentine belt change.

V-Belt

There are two types of V-belts – the standard v-belt and the cogged v-belt.  The v-belt is even narrower than the serpentine belt with tapered sides that fit between pulleys or gears.  Engines designed for light loads have a standard v-belt, while high-load engines have a cogged belt.  A cogged belt has a grooved base in order to provide a firmer grip on gears.  Technicians recommend that both standard and cogged v-belt changes be done every three years or 36,000 miles.

When it is time for a belt change, consider Lewisville Volkswagen.  This dealership has served the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over a decade, selling used and new cars, and offering excellence in customer service before, during and after every sale. Visit our website to learn more, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

DIY Car Maintenance

Do It Yourself Car Maintenance:

DIY Car Maintenance

Some aspects of car maintenance are relatively easy, take little or no time and incur minimal cost, yet many drivers pay extra money out of pocket to an expensive repair shop or a local mechanic to take care of these matters. Here is a list of quick and easy car maintenance solutions that you can do yourself and keep your hard-earned cash where it belongs.

Air Filters

A good rule of thumb is to change the air filter every 12 months or 12,000 miles – whichever comes first. Replacing the air filter takes about five minutes and costs $10-$15.

The filter is housed in a black rectangular box with metal clips on the sides. Check your owner’s manual if you don’t see it when you open the hood.

Pull out the old filter and make a note of which direction it was facing. Replace it with your new filter, close the lid, snap the clips back into place, and voila!

Windshield Wipers

Wipers follow the same general formula as filters: locate, remove, replace once you notice smearing or streaking. Wipers, however, differ more from car to car, so have your owner’s manual ready for easy reference.

Lift the wipers as though you were cleaning them and remove the old blades. Usually there’s a screw or bolt holding them in place. After that, repeat the process in reverse, replacing the bolt afterward.

Spark Plugs

This repair is a bit more in-depth, but with a bit of practice it can become second nature. The owner’s manual is required for this repair because the plugs need to be installed in a specific order, which can vary from vehicle to vehicle. Usually spark plugs need to be replaced every 30,000 miles.

The plugs are attached to thick, rubbery wires protruding out of the engine block. There are four, six, or eight spark plugs, depending on how many cylinders are in your engine.

Remove the wire to the first plug ONLY. Don’t remove all of the wires at once because the plugs need to be in a certain order. Use a spark plug extension on a ratchet to remove the plug. Install the new one by first screwing it in by hand, then using a wrench to tighten it until snug. Reattach the wire and repeat the process for the other plugs.

These are three of the most common routine car maintenance items someone can face, and now you no longer have to spend time and energy bringing your car to an expensive mechanic. Car maintenance, like everything else, requires practice, but with enough of it you can easily fix any problem that arises.

If you have any questions about car maintenance or the signs that you need to repair something in your vehicle, head over to our Facebook or Twitter pages to connect with other drivers.