How can I check my fluid levels and how often should I check them?
VW Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Check the Fluid Levels in My Volkswagen? How Often Should I Check Them?

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Your Volkswagen has a number of fluids, and they all should be checked. This guide will help you learn more about the list of car fluids to check and how to check them. Of course, if any of the fluids are showing signs of trouble, it's best to bring your vehicle in to a certified Volkswagen service center for a full inspection.

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Engine Oil

The engine oil plays an important role in your Volkswagen, and it should be checked regularly--at least once a month, but preferably every time you stop to get gas. While you're at it, you should probably check the other fluids, as well. The dipstick will have a mark on it indicating how high the oil should be. To check the oil levels, pull out the oil dipstick and wipe it clean. Put it back in, then pull it out again. If the oil goes all the way up to the mark on the dipstick, you're set. If you continually have to refill oil, you might have an oil leak, which requires expert attention. Contrary to popular belief, simply looking at the oil can't always tell you when it needs to be changed, so be sure to stick to the schedule for regular oil changes.


Checking the coolant is a different process--but it's important to check it regularly, too. The coolant tank is clear with a blue lid, and it will have minimum and maximum marks on it. If the coolant level falls between these two lines, the levels are acceptable. Make sure to get regular coolant system flushes help keep your engine functioning at its best.

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Brake Fluid

The brake fluid is also in a clear tank with minimum and maximum lines. If the fluid is low, you should bring it in for service as soon as possible, as this could indicate a problem with the system.

Power Steering Fluid

Sometimes power steering fluid is in a clear tank, while other times it's opaque. Visually inspect it if it's in a clear tank, or use the dipstick if not. Make sure that the fluid levels are where they should be, and inspect the color, too. If it's brown or black, there could be a problem with contamination. Be sure to bring it in for power steering service if this is the case.

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Windshield Washer Fluid

Windshield washer fluid is easy to overlook, but you do so at your own risk! Fortunately, replacing it is quick and easy: simply pour more fluid into the tank. It's a good idea to always have spare windshield washer fluid around.

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