Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

How to Protect Your Vehicle’s Engine

Monday, April 11th, 2022
Changing Oil

3 Ways to Protect Your Vehicle’s Engine

Most of the time, people do not consider their automobile engines. They get in the car and drive to their destination. However, when people start hearing noises from the vehicle, it’s a sign that the engine is failing. One thing to remember that prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, engines must be well-maintained so that it does not malfunction. They need to be checked out now and then, and they also need to be maintained regularly to stay in good working order. Keep reading 3 strategies posted by Karen Radley, Woodbridge, VA, to proactively protect your vehicle’s engine.


What Kind Of Tires are Best For Me And My Vehicle?

Thursday, January 30th, 2020
Set of four winter tires in black background

What Is The Difference Between Winter And All-Season Tires?

Now that winter is here and the cold has hit, you may be wondering what the difference between all-season tires and winter tires is. The truth is choosing the right tires can improve the overall safety and performance of your vehicle. Do you want to know why? Keep reading and you will find out the difference between the two tire types as well as which ones are right for your car as the temperature drops.


What are the differences between AWD and 4WD?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
two rows of tires standing up going closer toward each other

When shopping for a new vehicle one feature you often have to consider is the drivetrain. The drivetrain is what provides power to the driving wheels using mechanical power to rotate the axle. There are four different drivetrains: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The type of drivetrain you need depends on where you live and what conditions you commonly face. A common misconception is that all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) are the same thing. While they are similar, they do have their differences. Keep reading to learn how they are different.


How to tie a Christmas Tree down on your car

Monday, December 10th, 2018
toy car with christmas tree figurine tied on top of it

Securing a tree on the roof of your car

No home will be complete this holiday season without a Christmas tree. While some may opt for an artificial tree, most know that the best way to celebrate the Christmas season is with an authentic tree, complete with needles and that fresh pine smell. If you plan on visiting a local tree farm, here are a few tips and trips that will make transporting your tree home easy and safe. (more…)

Tire rotations are likely the most overlooked service

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
How often should you get your VW tires rotated

How often should you get your VW tires rotated?

Everyone knows to get their oil changed regularly, sometimes more often than is even necessary for modern vehicles. Brake pads? You’ll want to ensure those never wear too thin or you’ll put yourself in danger, plus they start squealing as a reminder. Modern cars also warn you when tire pressure is low, to avoid a sudden blowout. These are all common services that most motorists know to keep up to date, leaving tire rotations as one of the most overlooked of regular maintenance. How often should you get your VW tires rotated, and what are the benefits? We’re here to help. (more…)

Keep Clean With These VW Accessories

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Top Accessories for Keeping Your Volkswagen Clean

Top Accessories for Keeping Your Volkswagen Clean

We all know how difficult it can be to keep our cars clean sometimes. Even when we don’t notice it, we are constantly dragging in dirt, dust and other unwanted things that make our vehicles look not-so-new. That’s why we’re here to highlight some of our top picks for accessories you can use to keep your Volkswagen clean. These items are easy to use and will surely enhance your vehicle experience. Let us know which ones you plan to get for your VW in the comments section.


Keep Your Volkswagen Running Smooth and Learn How to Check Your Oil

Friday, February 19th, 2016
Learn How to Check the Oil in Your Volkswagen at Karen radley Volkswagen-Woodbridge VA-Happy Mechanics Give Your Car the Thumbs Up

Learn How to Check the Oil in Your Volkswagen

You may not realize it as you cruise around town in the new and improved 2016 Volkswagen Passat, but the oil in your engine is an integral part in the performance of your vehicle. Engine oil lubricates your engine, keeps your engine cool and will remove impurities. Without proper oil levels, you risk damaging the mechanical components of your new Volkswagen and will negatively impact performance. Avoid this dilemma and more significant damage to your vehicle and learn how to check the oil in your Volkswagen here at Karen Radley Volkswagen. (more…)

How to Check Tread Depth and Wear Patterns on Your Volkswagen Passat

Friday, February 12th, 2016
Learn How to Check the Tires on Your Volkswagen at Karen Radley Volkswagen-Woodbridge VA-Repairman with New Tires

Learn How to Check the Tires on Your Volkswagen

When it comes down to driving safely on slippery roads, traction is a major component and it starts and stops with your tires. High-quality tires that are in good condition can have more of an impact on performance and safety than the innovative Volkswagen 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive system of your new 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan. Learn how to check the tires on your Volkswagen and ensure peak performance and safe driving down the road. (more…)

Why is Your Check Engine Light On and How Can You Fix It?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Reasons Why Your Volkswagen Check Engine Light is On at Karen Radley Volkswagen-Woodbridge VA-Lit Check Engine Light on Dashboard

Reasons Why Your Volkswagen Check Engine Light is On

Have you ever been driving your 2016 Volkswagen Golf and had your check engine light flicker to life? In an instant, you can go from calm and collected to paranoid and perturbed. An impending feeling of doom often accompanies this little dashboard warning light and you are left wondering whether or not your car will explode.

It is not as bad as all that, but if not addressed can lead to more serious issues down the road. Take a look at the top reasons why your Volkswagen check engine light is on and avoid the nervous sweats that often go hand in hand with a check engine light. (more…)

Do You Know What to Do if Your Volkswagen Gets a Flat Tire?

Friday, December 18th, 2015
How to Change a Tire on Your Volkswagen Passat at Karen Radley Volkswagen-Woodbridge VA-Woman Trying to Change a Flat Tire

How to Change a Tire on Your Volkswagen Passat

Knowing the ins and outs of your new 2016 Volkswagen Passat is an important thing and can save you some major headaches in the future. A headache that you may encounter in the future is a flat tire. It is important that you know how to change a tire on your Volkswagen Passat — or any vehicle for that matter. It is an intimidating process that when you boil it down to the basics it really quite simple. Follow the steps below to find out what to do when you get a flat tire. (more…)