When it comes to keeping your Volkswagen properly maintained, it's difficult to overstate the importance of regular oil changes. And while it may be the most basic service item, it's also the most critical for ensuring your vehicle's safe performance and longevity. A car engine contains many fast-moving metal parts that slide against each other thousands of times per minute. And without adequate lubrication, excessive heat buildup and metal-on-metal scoring will cause catastrophic engine failure in a matter of minutes.

Mitigating friction isn't the only thing engine oil does. It also absorbs heat and removes contaminants like dirt, soot, and metal particulates by carrying them to the oil filter. However, oil doesn't last forever. While the filter is able to corral most of the contaminants, residual debris accumulates in the oil over time and, along with the high heat of the engine, causes the oil to break down. That's why oil changes at regular intervals are so imperative.

When to Change Your VWs Oil

Thanks to advances in both engine and oil technology, modern vehicles can travel much farther between oil changes than in the past. Volkswagen's official recommendation is to "change the oil and filter in Volkswagen vehicles every 12 months or 10,000 miles, whichever occurs first."

Where to Change Your VWs Oil

If your VW is due for regularly scheduled maintenance, you can book an in-person or service valet appointment with Ourisman Volkswagen of Bethesda using our handy online service scheduler. But if you just need something fast like an oil change or tire rotation, our Volkswagen Service Xpress makes it easy to get in and out and on your way, no appointment necessary. Don't forget to check out our latest service and parts specials for extra savings on your service visit. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us by phone or via our website at your convenience. We'll be happy to assist you.

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