Even though it’s not a mechanical part, engine oil is a critical component of your vehicle’s engine. It’s an additive that keeps your engine running smoothly and performing at peak levels. Without it, your engine would quickly cease operating and result in costly damage. Ottohaus Volkswagen mechanic shop technicians are experts in checking and replacing your engine oil as part of your routine maintenance.

There are four important ways that oil plays a role in your vehicle’s engine:

  • Oil lubricates the constantly moving parts of your engine, reducing the wear that comes with friction and heat.
  • Oil provides an insulation barrier for your engine’s parts to help maintain temperature along with other additives in your vehicle’s cooling system.
  • Oil helps to reduce the build-up of dirt and sludge that accumulate in your engine and cause corrosion.
  • Fuel efficiency and longevity. Oil increases your overall fuel efficiency because a well-oiled machine will not have to work as hard, which will extend the longevity of your vehicle.

It never hurts to periodically check your engine oil level and color, which we’ll gladly do for you at our Volkswagen mechanic shop staffed by trained technicians. Oil can be checked when the engine is hot or cold, and the color should always be a clear amber. The cleaner the oil, the clearer it will appear on the dipstick.

It’s very important to address any warnings that may display on your dashboard regarding your oil. Waiting to address them may result in unnecessary damage to your car’s engine and result in unnecessary costly repairs at a Volkswagen mechanic shop.

The certified technicians at Ottohaus are happy to answer any questions you may have about your vehicle and its components. Contact us today to schedule your next oil change at one of our two convenient locations.