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Checking the brake fluid in your 2012 Volkswagen Passat is easy and should be done once a month. On some Volkswagens, the owners manual suggests pumping the brake pedal 25 times before looking at the fluid level, be sure to check your owners manual to see if this applies to your 2012 Passat. In addition to checking the brake fluid level, you want to look at the color of the brake fluid in your Passat - if it is dark in color or it has been more than 2 years since you have changed it, you should consider having it changed - this will help make the internal components (which are expensive) last much longer.
If you need to add fluid to your Passat, it is important to check your owners manual for the correct type to add - it likely be either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5, also known as silicone brake fluid. Be sure to discard bottles of brake fluid that are over a year old - brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and the water vapor in the fluid can quickly rust out the brake lines in your Passat.
Leaking coolant is usually a sign that your water pump needs to be replaced. This video shows you how to quickly plug it2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
There's no reason to check the washer fluid level without adding some - see how to do it here!2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
Dirty cabin air filter cause undue wear on your car's heater and AC and can cause bad odors2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
If your car is leaking a small amount of power steering fluid - see this video on how to fix the leak2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
If you are leaking oil and parking on your oil spots each night, the oil is breaking down your tires' rubber2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
On many cars, the high beam bulb runs at reduced power during the day - check 'em and change 'em!2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)