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

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips & Tricks on Friday, February 19th, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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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.

How Often Should You Change the Oil in Your Volkswagen?

In addition to checking your oil regularly, you will need to change your oil periodically. Many owner’s manuals and service centers recommend that you change your oil roughly every 10,000 miles or at least annually. Check your Volkswagen owner’s manual to see how often you should have your oil changed or contact the Karen Radley Volkswagen Service Center for expert tips. If you check your oil regularly, it may alert you to more significant mechanical issues going on behind the scenes.

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Quick Steps for Checking Your Oil

Checking your oil is a relatively simple process and will really only take you a couple minutes. With that being said, not everyone is a mechanic or a Mr. Fix It, so we are breaking it down to a few quick steps for checking your oil that are also illustrated in the video below. We suggest that you check your oil every time that you stop for gas. This will help you establish a maintenance routine and ensure that you catch any mechanical issues become they cause further damage.

  1. Turn Off and Park Your 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI on a Flat Surface
  2. Open the Hood When the Vehicle is at Operating Temperature
  3. Locate the Oil Dipstick
  4. Pull the Oil Dipstick All the Way Out and Wipe it Clean
  5. Reinsert the Oil Dipstick and Pull it Out Again
  6. Check the Oil Level on the Dipstick — It Should Be in the Crosshatched Area
  7. If the Oil is Low, Check Your Owner’s Manual and Add Oil
  8. Check Oil Levels Again After Filling
  9. Reinsert the Oil Dipstick and Close the Hood


If you are still unsure of how to check the oil in your Volkswagen, stop in at Karen Radley Volkswagen and schedule an appointment with our Service Xpress technicians. Engine oil is the life’s blood of your new 2016 Volkswagen Jetta and without it, you will find yourself having issues down the road. Remember to check your oil regularly and have it changed annually according to the guidelines in your owner’s manual.