8 Maintenance Tips For Your Volkswagen Van
If your Volkswagen van fleet is critical for your business, poor maintenance can make a significant dent in your profitability. You must do periodic checks to reduce downtime and keep operating costs low. The key to keeping your vans in top condition is a combination of good maintenance combined with regular service at a specialist Volkswagen garage like the Volksmaster Van Centre.
Volkswagen has a range of van models for your commercial needs. The list of models is pretty impressive and you are sure of finding one that matches your needs. Here are some of the latest models.
- Caddy Kombi.
- Transporter Kombi.
- Caddy Panel van.
- Transporter Panel van.
- Crafter Panel van.
- Single Cab Transporter.
- Transporter Shuttle.
Whether you have these latest models or older vans, the common requirement is the need for regular care and maintenance. Due to high duty cycles, commercial vehicles need a lot more attention than personal cars. A large part of the essential maintenance involves simple checks that you can do yourself. Here are some useful tips to keep your fleet running smoothly.
1. Read The Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual gives a lot of information about your van, including a list of DIY checks and maintenance requirements. It also gives information about minor problems that you can fix yourself.
2. Check The Engine Oil
Engine oil should be changed or topped up according to the manufacturer’s recommendation at periodic intervals. Use oil of the right specifications. This will maintain engine performance, fuel efficiency and avoid unnecessary wear and tear.
3. Check The Air Filter
The frequency of air filter replacement is given in the manual. But, if your operations require frequent driving through dusty areas, check the air filter at least once in a month. If it’s too dirty, it may need earlier replacement.
4. Check Transmission Fluid Levels
Gear problems are often caused due to low transmission fluid levels. This can happen if the fluid is not being topped up or is being lost due to leakage. Check the level by pulling out the dip stick. If it is low and your van is regularly serviced, it could mean a leak. Get it checked as soon as possible.
5. Check The Battery
If the battery installed in your van needs topping up, check it every week. Evaporation and electrolysis can cause a fall in electrolyte levels. Always used distilled water to top up batteries. While checking batteries, look for salt deposits or signs of corrosion on the terminals. Clean any deposits on the terminals.
6. Watch Out For Symptoms Of Brake Problems
Squealing sound while coming to a halt, smoke or burning smell near the wheels after stopping are all problems related to the braking system. If you notice any of these symptoms or degradation in braking performance, stop using the van until it is checked by a mechanic.
7. Check The Tyres
Tyres of commercial vehicles tend to wear out a lot faster than private cars. This is due to the frequency of use and usage conditions. Using any vehicle with worn out tyres is dangerous. Check the treads periodically and lookout for uneven wear. Rotate tyres as recommended in your tyre manual and get the wheel alignment checked when you get your van serviced.
8. Keep The Exteriors In Good Condition
Aesthetics are very important for commercial vehicles. Your van is a moving advertisement for your business. Don’t send out the wrong message. Wash your van thoroughly with water at least twice a month to remove dirt, bird droppings and leaves. They can leave permanent marks if they remain on the body for a longer period.
While washing your van, lookout for scratches and areas where there is paint damage. They can rust and create larger problems, which can prove costly. Wax once in six months to keep your van attractive. Be careful not to polish or wax plastic parts. Waxing in a dusty environment can damage the paint. Use a glass cleaner to clean the windscreen and windows from inside and outside.
The best way to keep your fleet in top condition is to get your vans serviced regularly at a specialist garage. If you are in or around Manchester, bring your vans to the Volksmaster Van Centre in Oldham or contact us via the form or telephone numbers below. We will keep your fleet in top condition and help you get the most out of your investment.