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Where can I get an oil change for my Volkswagen in Santa Monica CA?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
Automotive oil getting poured into a car engine

Volkswagen vehicles have a much-deserved reputation for durability and reliability, and an important part of keeping your Volkswagen running strong over the long haul is to follow its regular oil change schedule. Here at Volkswagen of Santa Monica, you can count on our first-rate service center to give your Volkswagen a high-quality oil change! (more…)

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!

How to Jump Start a Car

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
mechanics fixing car

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It’s an unfortunate situation, but it happens to almost everyone: You’re stranded with a car that won’t turn on because the battery is dead. Use this guide to figure out how to jump start your car, which will require:

  • Jumper cables

  • Another vehicle

  • Patience

  • A little know-how

Figure out how to jump start your car battery, and count on the team at Volkswagen Santa Monica for a range of automotive tricks and tips .

A Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to get your car running and back on the road:

  1. First, make sure the problem is with your car battery. If you turn the key and the engine fails to turn over at all, chances are the issue is a dead battery.

  2. Track down a second vehicle or a portable generator. If you have a portable generator with jumper cables, then you’re all set. If not, you’ll need to find a working vehicle and take out a set of jumper cables.

  3. Put the two cars nose to nose, then make sure both vehicles are in park. This positioning allows the jumper cables to reach both batteries. If that’s not possible, having them side-by-side should be fine as well.

  4. Attach the red clip to your vehicle’s positive terminal. The positive terminal is larger and likely has “POS” or “+” on it.

  5. Attach the red clip to other vehicle’s positive terminal.

  6. Attach the black clip to other vehicle’s negative terminal.

  7. Attach the black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t located near the battery.

  8. Turn on the working vehicle and wait a few minutes.

  9. Turn on your vehicle, and try again in a few minutes if it doesn’t work right away.

Avoid a Dead Car Battery

You can help diminish the chances of getting a dead battery by bringing your vehicle in for service and having it replaced in a timely manner. Volkswagen Santa Monica has car batteries on hand, and we provide quick, high-quality auto service. In addition, we’re happy to help with basic car care and maintenance advice . Come see us at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA, or contact us with any questions at (855) 729-5243.

How to Repair Scratches on a Car

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

More Tips and Tricks

Repairing scratches on your car involves abrasions, priming, coating, and retouching as needed. Read on to learn about each step and how Volkswagen Santa Monica can help take this job off your hands if you don’t feel like fixing car paint scratches.

The Supplies You’ll Need

Before starting, you’ll want to assemble these supplies:

  • Prep solvent.
  • Rubbing compounds.
  • Sandpapers of many grits.
  • Rubber gloves.
  • Tack rag.
  • Primer, base coat, and clear coat cans.

The Scratch Repair Process

The repair process can be broken down into three steps: abrasion, priming, and coating. Let’s go through each step so that you can understand the exact approach:

  1. First, you need to grind your scratch down with 180-grit sandpaper. This may feel wrong to you, but your car is going to look worse before it looks better. Don’t be afraid to get in there and grind it down to bare metal so that you can begin the process of making it look great again.
  2. Next, you’ll use sandable primer to fill what remains after you use the sandpaper. You’ll typically need to add around three coats and wait around 10 minutes between each spray. It’s actually pretty relaxing!
  3. Finally, you’ll use a base coat and sand with 1500-grit sandpaper. With each spray and wet-sanding, you’ll really start to see the end product.

Does this sound like too much work? We can help. Read on to learn more about Volkswagen Santa Monica’s service department!

Volkswagen Santa Monica Can Help

Whether you need to repair some scratches on your vehicle or you need us to investigate one of the many warning lights that may have come on, Volkswagen Santa Monica can help. Our team of factory-trained technicians bring decades of collective experience to bear on some of the most complex automotive problems. Be sure to check out our service specials to make sure you get the best possible deal on your next service appointment. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with our service center, click here to contact us online or over the phone. We look forward to having the opportunity to help you get back on the road!

Why You Should Service Your Car at a Dealership

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Schedule Car Service in Santa Monica

If you’re looking for a reliable and worry-free way to service your car, take it to a dealership. There are a number of important reasons why dealerships are often a better choice over independent mechanics and repair shops. Here are a few of the most important reasons you should consider choosing a dealership:

  • Dealerships like ours encounter thousands of unique problems every month — and our technicians and mechanics have decades of collective experience solving even the most complex problems.
  • You don’t have to speak carnese to have your service done at the dealership. Our advisers will meet with you to understand the issue, and then we’ll let the boffins do their thing!
  • If you own a Volkswagen vehicle, you’ll definitely want to take it a dealership like ours that specializes in servicing this brand in particular. We’re your neighborhood Volkswagen experts!
  • Our technicians are factory-trained, which means they have real, tangible experience in a factory setting. They understand the ins and outs of these vehicles and can rebuild them backwards in their sleep – while blindfolded. Ok, maybe they will have a tough time doing that, but they’re the resident experts.
  • We achieve tremendous customer satisfaction by delivering client vehicles back with time to spare at affordable prices. We’re not here to take advantage of you — we want your repeat business and to become your trusted repair and service partner!

Common Volkswagen Service Issues

If you’re experiencing issues with your Volkswagen, we have a special guide designed to walk you through all of the dashboard warning lights that you might see. Be sure to read it to understand what your vehicle is trying to tell you. As always, remember to keep up with regular oil changes and other preventative maintenance to save money in the long run!

Contact Volkswagen Santa Monica Today for Top-Notch Service!

Volkswagen Santa Monica is your go-to source for comprehensive, affordable service from the best-trained team in the business. Contact us today to learn more about our Volkswagen service offerings!

How Often Should You Have Your Vehicle’s Oil Changed?

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
Oil Change

Schedule Oil Change

Depending on your daily commutes, you can wait between 5,000 miles up to 10,000 miles to have your oil changed.

Automotive technology is moving forward, and the advancements in engineering have made changes to the timeline of needing your oil changed. Rather than sticking to the hard rule of getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles, you can now go longer as engines work more efficiently.

Sometimes, Oil Changes Can Wait

Like many people, you may have been taught that a vehicle’s oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles. However, as engines are built to last longer and with better quality materials, it takes longer for oil to get dirty enough to need to be drained and swapped out. With better engine filtering and less chances of materials like lead sullying up your oil, the engine’s oil doesn’t get dirty enough to need to be changed.

If your daily commutes are longer and mostly spent on the highway, you can even lean toward the longer end of the spectrum, waiting to hit the 10,000 mile marker before having your oil changed. This is because long-distance, normal driving conditions warm the engine oil up to its optimum temperature and allow it to lubricate the engine efficiently. However, if most of your commutes are short, your engine isn’t necessarily heating up to the target temperature, and you may need to have your oil changed every 5,000 miles.

Car Knowledge that Helps You Save on Oil Change

It’s important to check your vehicle’s owner manual, as automakers have updated guides to reflect the longevity of oil expectancy with their own innovations in vehicle design. This information is much more accurate than the advertising of chain mechanics that encourage you to come in every 3 months or 3,000 miles — as they hope to see you more often to cash in on your frequent maintenance.

Schedule an Affordable Oil Change in Santa Monica Today

To alleviate the burden of this routine maintenance even more, you can have affordable oil changes in Santa Monica performed at Volkswagen Santa Monica. Learn why it’s okay to wait a little longer below, and then schedule a service appointment online or call us at 855-459-9651.

Get VW EPC Warning Light-Related Service at Volkswagen of Santa Monica

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Volkswagen EPC Warning Light Service Santa Monica CA 

In order to ensure that your vehicle is working properly and is in a safe condition, Volkswagen created a multitude of dashboard warning lights that notify you about various vehicle functions and problems. One of the more confusing dashboard indicators for Volkswagen owners is the EPC warning light.  (more…)

Keep Your VW Running Strong with Affordable Service at Volkswagen of Santa Monica

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
2017 Summer Volkswagen Service Specials Santa Monica CA

2017 Summer Volkswagen Service Specials Santa Monica CA

Volkswagen vehicles have a much-deserved reputation for reliability and durability — and the best way to keep your VW model running strong for many miles and years to come is to keep it well-maintained. Here at Volkswagen of Santa Monica, we make this a more affordable proposition for Los Angeles-area VW owners with our pocketbook-friendly 2017 Summer service specials. (more…)

Volkswagen Bumper-to-Bumper Transferable Warranty for 2018 Atlas, Tiguan

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
2018_tiguan_warranty

The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the redesigned 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan will be arriving to dealerships across the U.S. in the next few months with an all-new warranty. It’s the best transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty among SUVs in the country offering coverage for six years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first, for the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. (more…)