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The Volkswagen Passat: Built to be Safe

The Volkswagen Passat is one of the more popular models from Volkswagen. This mid-sized sedan has plenty of room, and it is luxurious enough to impress your friends and colleagues. The Passat is designed for safety, having received a five-star ranking from the NHTSA.

One feature that helps to make the Passat a safe vehicle is electronic brake-pressure distribution. If you have to put on the brakes fast and hard, this system helps apply the brakes with sufficient stopping power. 

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Volkswagen Jetta: Technology For Function and Safety

The Volkswagen Jetta has geared some of its technology towards driver comfort and passenger safety. The effects are combined to create a functionally and fun ride.

Volkswagen integrated a Digital Cockpit on a more than 10-inch high-resolution screen. The display is completely customizable, and the preferences can be stored for up to four people. Some features that you can display are miles per gallon, travel time, elevation, and speed. 

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Don't Forget the Brake Fluid

We all know our vehicles need regular maintenance such as oil changes, replacement bulbs, windshield wiper replacements and tire rotations. What many drivers forget is to check or replace brake fluid. Our brakes tend to get neglected until they’re no longer working as they should. Let our Volkswagen service experts take care of your brakes for you. Stop in today.

Our brake fluid is the one thing that helps us stop our vehicles. Over time, it gets diluted with moisture and also collects debris. 

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Tire Sizes are Easy to Read

We here at Hatfield Volkswagen often get asked how to read tire sizes, and we're happy to announce this isn't nearly as difficult as it seems. Check the beginning of the size number for a letter or two. If it starts with a P, then this is a standard passenger vehicle tire. LT-type tires are made for light trucks.

The digits before the forward slash indicate the width of the tires measured in millimeters. For instance, if you had a P200 tire then your tire is 200 millimeters wide. The next two digits represent a ratio of the…

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Understand What the Viscosity of Your Motor Oil Means

You have probably seen some numbers and letters on a bottle of motor oil at some point. For example, you may recall a particular brand of motor oil being listed as 10W-30. These numbers actually mean something. They refer to the property of the oil, more specifically, the viscosity.

Viscosity is a measure of how slowly the liquid moves or flows. A high viscosity indicates that a liquid is thicker and moves more slowly. 

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An Alternator Keeps You Fully Charged

Modern vehicles are full of technology and electronics. All of these new devices require a source of electricity in order to operate properly. Your battery also requires a recharge after each start or it will not work the next time you go to start your car. So where does all of this power come from? Your vehicle's alternator.

The alternator has always been one of the most important parts of any vehicle, but with the increased demand for electricity in modern vehicles, they have become more important than ever. 

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The Role of Your Tire Pressure Sensor Light

Air does not stay permanently locked inside of a tire. Normal use, damage to the tire or change in temperatures can all lead to a loss of tire pressure. In some cases, a tire may be deflated to an unsafe level. This is when your tire pressure sensor will light up on the dashboard.

Most vehicles have sensors within the tire itself that will send reports to the car's internal computer. 

Cooling Tube Clogs and Overheating

Your engine cooling system has many things in common with a biological circulatory system. It has a pump, liquid-carrying vessels, and even virtual capillaries. These capillaries are actually called radiator core cooling fins. These relatively tiny members of the cooling system family combine their forces to help remove heat from the surface of radiator cores. While not easily accessible, these small parts can be damaged, and this can lead to overheating.

Two common sources of cooling fin damage are physical trauma and clogs. 

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Can Brake Pad Noise Indicate Severe Wear?

Brake pads are small, sometimes rectangular components that fit around your rotors, which are spherical metal parts attached directly to the wheels. While brake pads might be physically small, they have big jobs to do in keeping you and your family safe during your Columbus, OH adventures.

When you press your brake pedal, brake fluid surges down your lines to your brake calipers. The calipers then transmit this pressure to the pads, which then transmit friction to the rotors. This cascade of events works to slow your vehicle down. 

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Schedule Timely Maintenance of Your Car's Filters

If you had a chance to visit us at Hatfield Volkswagen, then you understand how valuable cabin and engine air filter replacements are. In order for your cabin to maintain its dust-, debris-, or pollutant-free state, you will have to ensure that a working air filter is in place. The same concept applies to an engine filter that is protecting your motor.

Both of these filters are replaceable once your car has endured 20,000 to 30,000 miles. 

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