Most car owners are aware of the 3,000-mile rule when it comes to changing the oil. However, this rule no longer holds, or at least not in modern cars. Most Volkswagen models, in fact, can last up to 10,000 miles between oil changes. Nevertheless, driving conditions ultimately dictate how often you need to swap out the oil. Have your car serviced by a VW auto service to determine the exact VW oil change interval for your specific model.
When to Schedule a VW Oil Change
The oil change every 10,000 miles applies to freeway and highway driving on smooth roads and under mild weather. More frequent changes may be needed for frequent city driving. ‘City driving’ means regular, short-distance commuting, typically trips under 20-minutes in duration with plenty of stop-and-go traffic. If you routinely drive short distances on city streets, then your car may need an oil change more often, perhaps every 5,000-miles or so.
Short commuting means that the car is constantly shutting off before the engine has time to reach full operating temperature. When the engine is often in a ‘warmup phase,’ contamination builds up in the oil. This happens as a result of burnt and unburnt fuel gases moving past the piston rings during the cylinders’ combustion cycle. The escaped gas eventually finds its way into the motor oil, leaving behind contaminants.
Only Use VW Motor Oil
It’s essential for the VW engine’s health that you use VW-approved synthetic motor oil. Most VW engines use an advanced fuel injection system that must be lubricated using a specific oil formula. Most generic, petroleum-based oils don’t contain the right formula and can cause premature engine and transmission wear.
Most Volkswagen models require oil with a VW 502 00 specification. For Volkswagens with a diesel engine, the oil requirement is VW 507 00.
If you’re still uncertain about the precise oil requirements, then bring your vehicle to a VW repair service for maintenance. Buttera Motors works specifically with VW, Audi and other German vehicles. Contact us to have a mechanic take a look at your car and determine the correct VW oil change interval.
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