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Understand Your Volkswagen Golf Maintenance Schedule in Los Angeles

Monday, April 16th, 2018
2018 Volkswagen Golf driving by Mural

The Volkswagen Golf maintenance service plan helps keep your car running smoothly from Venice to Silver Lake. Let’s go over what you need at each of your scheduled services — from oil changes to brake pad replacement — through 150,000 miles:

 

10,000 Miles

20,000 Miles

30,000 Miles

40,000 Miles

50,000 Miles

Engine Oil Change Your engine oil and oil filter will be changed, and the following will be checked: Engine Oil Change Your engine oil, oil filter, and dust and pollen filter will be changed, and the same components from the 20,000-mile inspection will be checked, plus:
Engine Oil Change
Engine Oil Filter Change
 
Engine Oil Filter Change
 
Engine Oil Filter Change
 
Automatic headlight control
 
Front and Rear Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
 
Brake Pad Check
 
Brake Pad Check
 
Brake Pad Check
  Battery  
Sunroof and Panoramic Sunroof
 
Service Interval Display Rest (if applicable)
 
Service Interval Display Rest (if applicable)
 
Service Interval Display Rest (if applicable)
  Brake Pads  
Ball Joints, Wheel Bearings, Axles, Coupling Rods, Tie Rod Ends, Stabilizer Bushings
 
  Brake Fluid      
 
Coolant Level and Frost Protection
     
 
Engine and Engine Compartment Components
     
  Transmission      
 
Exterior Lighting
     
 
Headlight Washing System
     
  Horn      
  Second Battery      
 
Service Interval Display
     
 
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
     
  Tire Pressure      
  Tire Repair Kit      
  Tires      
 
Windshield Wiper/Washer System
     
  Wiper Blades      

60,000 Miles

70,000 Miles

80,000 Miles

90,000 Miles

100,000 Miles

Your engine oil, oil filter, and air filter and snow filter will be replaced, and the same components from the 20,000-mile inspection will be checked. Engine Oil Change Your engine oil, oil filter, and dust and pollen filter will be replaced, and the same components from the 20,000-mile inspection will be checked, plus: Engine Oil Change
Your engine oil and oil filter will be replaced, and the same components from the 20,000-mile inspection will be checked.
  Engine Oil Filter Change Ball Joints, Wheel Bearings, Axles, Coupling Rods, Tie Rod Ends, Stabilizer Bushings
Engine Oil Filter Change
 
  Brake Pad Check Front and Rear Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
Brake Pad Check
 
  Service Interval Display Rest (if applicable) Interior Lighting
Service Interval Display Rest (if applicable)
 
    Ribbed V-belt    
   
Sunroof and Panoramic Sunroof
   
    Underbody    
    Transmission    

110,000 Miles

120,000 Miles

130,000 Miles

140,000 Miles

150,000 Miles

Engine Oil Change Your engine oil, oil filter, and air filter and snow filter will be replaced, and the same components from the 20,000-mile inspection will be checked, plus: Engine Oil Change Your engine oil and oil filter will be replaced, and the same components from the 20,000-mile inspection will be checked.
Engine Oil Change
Engine Oil Filter Change
 
Engine Oil Filter Change
 
Engine Oil Filter Change
 
Ball Joints, Wheel Bearings, Axles, Coupling Rods, Tie Rod Ends, Stabilizer Bushings
     
Brake Pad Check
 
Brake Pad Check
 
Brake Pad Check
 
Front and Rear Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
     
Service Interval Display Rest (if applicable)
 
Service Interval Display Rest (if applicable)
 
Coolant Pump Toothed Belt Check
 
Interior Lighting
     
  Ribbed V-Belt      
 
Sunroof and Panoramic Sunroof
     
  Underbody      

How to Check Brake Pads for Wear and Tear

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
auto mechanic at car suspension repair work

Schedule Brake Repair

A vehicle’s brake pads are an important part of its overall safety, and Santa Monica drivers need to rest assured you know when to replace brake pads. If you don’t do this at the right time, your brake pads could be so worn away that they do not provide you with the same stopping power, which leaves you and your passengers at risk. Instead of doing this, follow the information below to learn how to check your brake pads and keep your new or pre-owned model running efficiently with safety in mind.

Steps to Check Your Brake Pads

Most service centers include a brake inspection with their general service, but some do not. As a Beverly Hills driver, it’s important for you to know how to check your brake pads so you can keep your vehicle working properly. In addition, a brake pad change cost is much lower than a full brake replacement, so checking them often is recommended.

  • Feel your brake: When driving, pay attention to how your brake feels to your push. If the brake pad is worn out, your brake may send a vibration from the brake to your steering wheel.

  • Look at the wheel: When your brake pads start to wear, it will create a dust on your wheels. If you notice there is no dust on your wheels, it could mean your brake pad is completely worn out, which is a big safety risk.

  • Look at the brake pad: Some vehicles allow you to see the brake pad by looking through the wheel. If it seems to be very thin, then it’s a good idea to replace it.

  • Listen: When your brake pads are worn down, you’ll notice your brakes make a squeaky sound when pressed. If you notice this, have your brake pads replaced.

Get Service Help from Volkswagen Santa Monica

If you’re interested in having your brake pads replaced or in the market for a new vehicle, check out Volkswagen Santa Monica. Our team offers incredible vehicle service , whether you need your brake pads replaced or you notice a service warning light on your dash. And if you’re in the market for a new Volkswagen model , we have a great selection to choose from. Visit us today!

What Does RMP Mean in Cars?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
2017 Volkswagen GTI

What does RPM stand for? RPM in your auto is, quite simply, revolutions per minute. On vehicles equipped with a tachometer, that information is displayed on the dash, usually just to the left of the speedometer. The gauge, labeled RPM or r/min, tells drivers how fast the vehicle’s crankshaft is spinning as the vehicle accelerates or decelerates. Each number on the gauge corresponds to roughly 1,000 revolutions per minute, so if your gauge’s needle is pointing at 3, your engine is spinning at about 3,000 revolutions per minute.

Why RPM is Important in Cars

For vehicles with standard transmissions, this can be a good indication of when it’s time to shift into a higher or lower gear. Shifting up before the vehicle hits redline prevents damage to the engine and can ensure a smooth transition to the higher gear. Likewise, shifting down before the RPM gets too low will prevent the vehicle from “bogging” or hesitating as the vehicle slows.

If, however, the dial on your tachometer is rising and the vehicle fails to shift into the next gear as it should, that could be an indication of serious transmission issues that require immediate repair. Delaying service under these conditions could lead to catastrophic transmission failure — usually when it is least convenient for you.

Golf R Engine on White Background

Learn More from Volkswagen Santa Monica!

From “what is RPM” to “where can I get an oil change in Santa Monica,” our team is here to answer your VW and general automotive questions. For more information about your vehicle’s features or to see RPM in action for yourself, contact the experts at Volkswagen of Santa Monica near Beverly Hills and Brentwood.