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VW Repair – How to save money on your vw car

Coolant : Radiator fluid, or coolant, is the most important part of your VW's cooling system, which protects your Volkswagen engine from overheating. Low coolant can lead to a breakdown and expensive repairs.

Here are the steps to follow to add coolant to a newer-model car (1970 and after):

1. Note that only much older Volkswagen models of cars (pre-1970s) require you to add coolant directly to the car radiator. Newer vehicles feature a reservoir (expansion tank) that you can access anytime. Beware: Some German and Swedish cars (and others) have a reservoir that's under pressure (pressure cap on the tank vs. a flip-off type plastic top) and these should not be opened when the engine is hot. If you're driving an older model car, see the steps below for older models.

2. Look for the plastic reservoir tank, which should at least be holding some residue of vw coolant (normally green, although there are also red versions available on the market). It's often label, is near the radiator and has a hose leading to the volkwagen radiator. The hose to the radiator is the tip off that you aren't pouring coolant into your windshield wiper reservoir.

3. Unscrew the cap and add vw coolant to the "Full" line. Coolant is a 50-50 mixture of purified (not tap and not distilled) water and antifreeze/coolant. Do not add straight water if the reservoir is completely empty as this can cause your car to overheat. Make sure to check your owner's manual to see if your car is required to use a coolant specifically formulated for VW cars.

If your VW car is overheating and the reservoir is under pressure, don't try to remove the reservoir cap. You could be seriously burned.

Here are the steps to follow to add coolant to an older model car (pre-1970s):

1. Make sure the vw engine is cool before adding coolant directly to the vw radiator. If the car has been running recently, wait at least half an hour before unscrewing the radiator cap.

2. Find the radiator cap at the very front of the Volkswagen engine near the hood latch.

3. Rotate and remove the cap using a rag. When in doubt about whether it's safe to unscrew the cap, use several rags and unscrew the lid slowly. If your car is overheating, don't try to remove the vw radiator cap. You could be seriously burned.

4. Look into the car radiator. If the fluid doesn't reach the car radiator's top just below the opening for the cap, add vw coolant. As with the newer-model cars, be sure to check your owner's manual in case your car requires a coolant specifically formulated for VWsspecialist. Coolant is poisonous but that won't stop pets from drinking it. It tastes sweet to them. Don't leave it lying around and be sure to clean up any spills.

As with many of the other fluids in your VW car, coolant does not get "used up". If the reservoir or radiator is low, chances are your car may have a leak that needs to be checked out.