So, cars might not really be your thing. You might not know how to tell if your Volkswagen needs an oil change, and we are here to help. We’ll tell you how to do a dipstick test and what signs you can follow to see whether it’s time to bring your VW in for an oil change.
How to Do a Dipstick Test
In order to properly test your engine’s oil using the dipstick, it should be hot. Turn off your hot ending and wait a couple minutes to allow the oil to return to the pan. Open the hood and find the dipstick (usually a metal loop or grip). If you can’t find your VW’s dipstick loop, check the owner’s manual.
Pull the loop and take the dip stick out of the shaft. Using a rag or a thick paper towel, wipe the oil off of the end of the dipstick. Push the stick back into the shaft and wait a few seconds. Pull it out again and look at the end to get an accurate reading on the oil level.
Signs Your VW Needs an Oil Change
Your Volkswagen might need an oil change for two reasons. Either you have low oil levels, meaning that your engine is burning oil and needs more, or your oil is aged and dirty and can no longer do its job.
To see if your oil level is low:
- Look at the end of the dipstick and notice where the oil ends. The markings indicate where the oil should reach.
- If the oil doesn’t reach the inside of the markings, you’ll need to add at least one quart. The type of oil and how much you’ll need to add depends on the vehicle, the age of the car, and what type of driving you normally do.
- If oil consumption begins to require 1 quart of oil for every 1000 miles, then there is a problem and you’ll want to bring your vehicle in to see a trusted VW technician.
To see if your oil is dirty:
- Oil, over time and with use, becomes dirty and cannot protect your engine. Begin by taking a closer look at the oil at the end of your dipstick.
- The oil should look smooth and glossy, and mostly transparent. If the oil has sludgy deposits, is dark in color, or smells really bad, then it is definitely time for a change.
- If you are still unsure about whether your VW needs an oil change, put a drop of the oil onto the top of some water. If the oil spreads out over the water’s surface, instead of beading up like clean oil would, it is probably time for an oil change.