1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Scheduled Maintenance

Scheduled Maintenance for Your 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon

What is the recommended maintenance schedule for the 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon?

Your Guide to 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Scheduled Maintenance

Take care of your Volkswagen Vanagon and it'll take care of you. With the right maintenance at the right time, your Vanagon has a good chance of hitting 200,000 miles or more. So, you want to care for your car, but you’re not sure when to get certain services. It can be overwhelming, but fortunately, there’s a resource that takes the guesswork out of routine Vanagon maintenance. Just follow your 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon maintenance schedule!

The recommended maintenance schedule is put together by Volkswagen, your vehicle manufacturer. Depending on driving conditions and climate in your area (as well as other contributing factors, like your personal travel habits), your car’s scheduled maintenance needs may vary; however, recommended maintenance usually includes services like fluid exchanges, filter changes, new brake pads, oil changes, and tire rotations. Keeping up with routine service appointments is a great way to keep your Vanagon running for longer, keep you safer on the road, and maybe even save you the headache of dealing with common 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon problems in the future.

Learn About Vital Maintenance Needs for Your Volkswagen Vanagon

Come to Firestone Complete Auto Care for manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance on your 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon and an expert technician will begin by performing a Courtesy Check. A Courtesy Check helps "set the stage" for your service and catch any small problems before they turn into big repairs. Every Courtesy Check will include a visual inspection of your Vanagon. We’ll check your head and tail lights, fluid levels, filters, tires (and their alignment!), and windshield wiper blades. We’ll also perform a free battery check to determine your battery’s charge level.

Could your 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon be ready for a new battery? In general, car batteries only last three to five years. Yours may need to be replaced sooner depending on your driving habits and climate. Taking short trips or exposing your car to extreme temperatures (like in the dead of winter or heat of summer) could reduce the life expectancy of your Volkswagen Vanagon battery. While you could wait until your battery fails and you hear the dreaded "click," you're better off replacing it before then! If you keep driving on a battery that can't hold a charge, you run the risk of being stranded when your battery finally gives out (and no one can predict where that might be!). Your Volkswagen Vanagon could quickly go from being a trusty ride to a source of stress in a matter of minutes.

Staying on schedule for battery replacements and motor oil changes can prevent premature wear on your 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon engine. To learn how often Volkswagen recommends you have the oil changed in your 1986 Vanagon, check out the information table at the beginning of this page. Remember, things like average outside temperature or frequency of trips could increase or decrease this interval for your specific vehicle. A Firestone Complete Auto Care technician will be happy to help you determine the best oil change frequency for your car’s needs. We'll also help you understand what type of oil to use for your 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon.

Periodic service to the steering system in your Volkswagen Vanagon can improve ride comfort and help you maintain control of your vehicle. When it comes to steering and suspension, you want to catch small problems before they turn into big (and expensive) ones. Bring your car to Firestone Complete Auto Care, where our technicians can check your car’s steering components and, if necessary, perform Volkswagen Vanagon suspension and steering services. These might include wheel alignment, power steering fluid flushes and replenishments, ball joint lubrication, wheel bearing replacement, and strut replacement. Prevent damage or premature wear and tear on your Volkswagen Vanagon's steering system with regular maintenance.

If you skip recommended Volkswagen Vanagon services, you (and your engine) could quickly lose your cool when there's a problem on the road–especially if that problem is an overheated engine or broken A/C. Don’t sweat it, though! Our technicians can take care of those issues, too. At Firestone Complete Auto Care, we have what it takes to provide top-notch service for your Volkswagen Vanagon engine heating and cooling systems, as well as your air conditioning. Need a new Volkswagen Vanagon radiator? We got it. A/C smelling musty? We'll fix it. Firestone Complete Auto Care is the place to go for 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon maintenance.

So visit us regularly, or visit us urgently. Many locations are open on weekends and in the evening.

1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Maintenance Questions

Take an active role in maintaining your 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon. Get answers to common Volkswagen Vanagon maintenance questions and learn more about caring for your vehicle.

  • What should I do after hitting a pothole in my Volkswagen Vanagon? Check your car for pothole damage! If you’ve recently hit a pothole (or even if you don’t remember hitting one… they can be sneaky!) check your tire treads, tire sidewalls, and wheels for damage. Potholes can also knock your car out of alignment, so have your alignment checked if you suspect you’ve driven over a rough patch of road lately.
  • When should I switch my Volkswagen Vanagon to high mileage oil? Got 75,000+ miles on the odometer? Consider high mileage motor oil. High mileage oil is formulated to address the specific problems encountered by high mileage vehicles, or those with more than 75,000 miles. It can help reduce oil consumption, smoke, and emissions from older Volkswagen Vanagon engines.
  • Can Volkswagen dashboard warning lights wait? Because there might be a problem under the hood. Those warning lights are there for a reason! As soon as you notice that one’s illuminated, take your Volkswagen Vanagon to Firestone Complete Auto Care so you can address any small problems long before they worsen.

Get Top-Notch Volkswagen Vanagon Maintenance Service

Your Volkswagen Vanagon isn’t just a car. It’s a part of your lifestyle. Keep it running newer, longer and schedule your routine maintenance appointment today.