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!)

Oh, Hail No: How to Handle a Hailstorm

hailIt’s spring in Texas, which means people are planning road trips, planting new gardens, enjoying the sunshine—and watching out for sudden storms. Everyone knows that storms in Texas can become violent, spawning tornadoes, flash floods, and hail, but do you know how to handle a hailstorm?

In an ideal world, you will never have to drive through a hailstorm. Hail falls extremely fast and can range in size from tiny little pebbles to tennis ball-sized, although most hail measures less than two inches. Still, falling from the sky gives hailstones the velocity to cause serious damage to cars.

  • If you get caught in a hailstorm, try to pull over to the side of the road. Whatever you do, stay inside your car. If hail can cause damage to a car, think about what it can do to you! And while hail damage can be costly, medical bills can be equally so, so be smart about what you do.
  • If you know a hailstorm is coming, cover your car the best you can if you can’t find shelter. Covering as much of your car as you can will help reduce the chances of dents and cracked glass. If you have nothing to cover your car, you can try using your floor mats. Something is better than nothing.
  • For people who work at a tall office building, parking on the proper side of the building may also reduce the chance of your car getting directly struck. Figure out which direction the storm is coming in and park your car in the opposite side of the building. There is some chance that the building may deflect some of the hailstones.
  • If you have to drive through a hailstorm, drive slowly and use low beams and emergency lights. Be careful for accidents and downed electrical wires. Do not park in ditches as usually hailstorms are accompanied by lots of rain, which can turn ditches into potential flood areas.

Hailstorms are scary, but even more so if you have to drive through one. Finding an awning or overhang can make all the difference. Be safe, plan ahead, and stay off the road if possible.

Winter Service Check Reminder

winter service checkWinter is upon us! It is important to make an appointment with your service department at Lewisville Volkswagen to prepare your Volkswagen for the chilled air and hazardous driving conditions. A quick check from our service department can save you thousands in repairs.

Here is a winter service checklist:

Check your antifreeze levels. Your antifreeze (the juice that goes in your radiator) is an essential part of your car’s winter protection. Your car contains a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is close to 50/50.

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