Importance Of VW Coolant

Your Volkswagen has many important parts, but none of them are quite as important as engine coolant. It's this coolant that keeps your radiator from freezing or overheating in certain conditions. It's commonly known as antifreeze, but there are many different types of coolants that work on different engine types. And you can check your engine coolant whenever you suspect that you're running low and might need a refill. VW owners are welcomed to review this brief tutorial on how to check your engine coolant.

How to check my car's engine coolant

How To Check Engine Coolant in my VW

As you'll see, it relatively easy to check the engine coolant in your VW. And remember, you can also consult your owner's manual for a more thorough review of just how, and why, you should perform this check from time to time. Antifreeze is especially important in severe weather months, and it's during these times, as your VW ages, that you'll want to be especially diligent about performing this check. Volkswagen has a very helpful indicator warning when you're having trouble with your engine coolant. It lights up "Engine Coolant Warning Lamp," and that lets you know that it's time to get your VW down to our dealership. To check your engine coolant, follow these easy steps.


  1. Always make sure that your vehicle is off and the engine has cooled.
  3. Open the hood.
  5. Find the Coolant Expansion Tank (Round tank with blue cap)
  7. If you're not running on maximum coolant, you can add a suitable coolant to the tank.
  9. Remember not to overfill!

That's it. You're all done. Millions of people every year perform a simple check on their engine coolant levels and find that, yes, you need a little more. Sometimes the tank can develop a leak as well, which will have its own set of symptoms, but it's recommended to keep it full even if there's a leak until you can get the cause of the leak repair. And remember, running a vehicle without enough coolant can cause serious and sometimes disastrous damage to your engine, and that's something that no Volkswagen owner want to face. You paid for your vehicle. It serves you well. Don't let general maintenance like coolant checks go untouched. This is a simple way that you can show some TLC to your VW that gives you such enjoyment year after year.

Learn More About Engine Coolant

Engine coolant is one of the oft-overlooked parts of general Volkswagen maintenance. Locating your coolant tank - which sometimes has a hot coolant warning to let you know to wait until things have cooled down - is one of the most important basic maintenance routines you can go through. Just making sure your beloved VW has enough engine coolant is a small way that you can maintain and take care of your VW so that it continues to serve you year after year. Running your vehicle with a leak or letting it run on low engine coolant will eventually damage your engine and take years off the life of your vehicle. Don't let it happen! Call us today if you'd like to learn more about this simple maintenance check that can keep your VW running healthy and smoothly for years to come.

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