- ENGINE OIL
- LIQUI MOLY ENGINE OIL
- BRAKE FLUSH
- CARBON REMOVAL
- FUEL FILTER
- AIR FILTER
- CABIN AIR FILTER
Your vehicle is one of your most important investments. Perhaps it is your most important investment.
There are two ways to treat your vehicle: invest money into servicing it and receive longevity, or drive it with the least amount of service hoping for the best. The former rather than the latter is how the majority of V-Dub owners feel about their investment.
If you’re uncertain about the recommended service your vehicle needs, contact us. If you don’t see your service needs listed above, contact us. Let us help you maintain your vehicle for the journey ahead.
When it comes to your vehicle, the most critical component most often overlooked is the engine oil. It is the lifeblood, and the first line of defense to engine failure. Most of our service intervals are 5000 to 10000 miles. We recommend checking your engine oil every 1000 miles at a minimum. Our turbocharged engines can consume half of a liter in 600 miles! One of the benefits of our services is the Liqui Molly fluids we offer.
Another commonly overlooked component is the transmission. Prior to 2009, the manufacturer did not recommend a service interval for conventional, automatic transmissions. As a result the “sealed for life” units were more susceptible to failure. In recent years the manufacturer has begun to recommend service intervals for the automatic transmission that is in your vehicle. Direct shift gearboxes, or DSG transmissions have always had a 40,000 mile interval for fluid and filter. We recommend servicing your transmission at 50000 miles with a drain and fill. At a 100,000 miles we recommend a filter replacement as well. We also recommend servicing your manual gearbox every 100,000 miles.
Two systems that generally receive more attention are the cooling system and the hydraulic brake system. We recommend servicing the brake fluid every 2 years regardless of mileage. We also recommend servicing the cooling system every 4 to 5 years. These 2 fluids are easily viewed and checked at every service. It can be easily determined when the fluid in these systems is beginning to degrade, or is in need of service.
Today’s direct inject fuel systems found on the FSI & TSI engines are modern technology at its best. Power and perfomance in a small displacement engine. One side effect, however, is carbon build up. There are many factors involved in this process: fuel quality, oil quality, oil level, and the engine’s design. When carbon build-up becomes extreme it can cause the engine to misfire for extended periods of time during warm up. This can cause damage to the catalytic converter. In some instances the carbon needs to be physically removed from the intake valves. We recommend performing induction services at 30,000 miles as a preventative precaution. Most importantly we recommend using top tier fuel and maintaining an appropriate oil level with quality oil.
Other essential maintenance items include your filters. Not all models are equipped with external fuel filters, but with the exception of the diesel platforms there has never been a factory recommended service interval for gasoline platforms. We disagree highly! We recommend a fuel filter at every 30,000 miles. We prefer to regularly check an air filter as all road/driving conditions are different. At a minimum we recommend replacing it at 60,000 miles. Small holes developed in the air filter will allow debris to enter the engine which can result in damage to turbochargers/superchargers.
All of our gasoline engines operate on the principle of allowing air into a cylinder, adding fuel, compressing the mixture, and igniting it at the correct time. You can’t ignite it without a spark plug. Depending on your engine, the spark plugs are required to be replaced at 40,000 or 60,000 miles. When this service is not performed at the appropriate time it can allow for severe driveability problems. We use the O.E.M. manufacture spark plug, or on modified engines, the correct temperature range performance spark plug.