VW maintenance and lights to watch out for

February 10th, 2016 by

Volkswagen oil change frequency and dashboard warning lights

There can be little doubt: the best way to extend the life of your Volkswagen is to keep it in immaculate shape. Regular maintenance helps make this a piece of cake, but sometimes parts wear down anyway. Today we’re talking about the most common car care procedure and what things to look out for as we dive into Volkswagen oil change frequency and dashboard warning lights.

Volkswagen dashboard warning lights explained

Below is a quick overview of the various dashboard warning lights and what they mean. Some of them are obvious based on the image, while others can be a bit harder to decipher. Keep in mind the color of the lights, as a green light simply indicates a feature is activated, while a yellow light indicated you should get your vehicle serviced and a red light means you should pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. If a light is flashing, this is an especially important notice in most cases, though safety functions like ABS may flash to indicate they’ve been triggered. Click on any of the images below to enlarge them.


If some descriptions appear vague, such as your check engine light, it’s because there may be a variety of causes. When in doubt, we’re always happy to help here at the Compass Volkswagen Service Center

Volkswagen oil change intervals

Rumor has it that motorists are changing their oil VW Oil changefar too frequently, continuing on under the 3,000 or 3 month interval, but is this really how often you should change your oil? Naturally, it depends on a variety of factors, including whether you are using synthetic oil or not. Synthetic oils have been developed that can last as long as 25,000 miles before they break down. You’ll want to check your owner’s manual to verify the recommendation for your particular vehicle, but you will notice that your scheduled maintenance is for every 10,000 miles. Many modern VW options have a longer oil life thanks to the use of synthetic oils, and to top it off it’s better for the environment when you change the oil less frequently.

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If you don’t have access to your owner’s manual, you can always contact us here at our service center and we’d be happy to look it up for you. We hope you found this post helpful when it comes to taking care of your Volkswagen and learning what warning lights mean. We’re frequently updating here at the Compass Volkswagen Blog with maintenance tips and tricks, so check back here regularly.

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