Volkswagen Golf Parts And Volkswagen Golf Accessories
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The Volkswagen Golf is a small but amazing car. One of the many award-winning vehicles under the esteemed Volkswagen brand, the Golf is known for its high degree of reliability with only periodic maintenance required. But despite its reputation as a dependable commuter vehicle, the Golf does need to have its oil changed regularly. Even the best engine oils in the market will go bad over time, usually within 5,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on its chemical composition and frequency of use. And once it starts to spoil, it must be changed as soon as possible to ensure proper lubrication of the Golf engine\'s internal components.
Thankfully, the design of the Volkswagen Golf makes it easy for car owners to do an oil change at home. Here are some pointers on how to change the oil safely and properly:
Volkswagen engines are designed to use only small amounts of oil when running, so it\'s important to check the oil level often. Start the engine until it reaches its optimum running temperature and shut it off again. Wait for at least five minutes-this will give the oil enough time to drain to the crankcase-and carefully pull out the dipstick from the engine and wipe it clean with a rag. Reinsert the dipstick, pull it out again, and check the level and appearance of the oil. If the oil level is less than halfway of the indicators on both ends of the dipstick, it needs to be changed. Also, if the oil appears cloudy, dark, or contaminated with particles, it too must be changed even if it is within recommended levels.
If the oil has gone bad, the next step is to drain it completely from the engine. With the engine still warm, engage the parking brake and slide a drain pan directly beneath the engine oil sump plate where the oil is stored. Depending on the model year of your Golf, the sump plate may or may not have a drain plug in the middle. If it has, draining the engine may be as simple as pulling out the plug and letting the oil flow out. However, if the sump plate does not have a plug, you will need to remove the plate and the screen inside to drain out the oil.
Note: Make sure not to let your skin come in contact with any of the engine or exhaust components. Even a \"warm\" engine can still cause burns. Wear protective gloves and clothing and keep a safe distance away from the sump plate and drain pan while the engine oil is being drained.
Used engine oil is a highly toxic substance that should be disposed properly to avoid polluting the environment. In fact, several states impose serious penalties for dumping engine oil improperly. Check with your local Volkswagen dealer or DMV on the proper procedures in disposing your vehicle\'s used oil. Many dealerships today have a disposal program that can safely process the used engine oil for you.