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Checking the engine coolant (also known as antifreeze) level in your 2012 Volkswagen Passat is pretty easy. In order to get an accurate reading, your 2.5 liter engine should be cool to the touch when you check it. Engine coolant circulates through your engine to keep it cool in the summer but won't freeze in the winter. The video above shows you where the coolant reservoir in your Passat is located and how to check the coolant level. If you need to add anti-freeze, be sure to check your owners manual to determine the correct type of coolant to add - in Volkswagens, it usually located in a section titled Fluid Capacities towards the end of your manual. See our video on how to add engine coolant for tips on adding coolant to your Passat.
Always wear safety goggles when working on your Passat. Taking off the coolant reservoir cap on a warm engine could cause the cap to up explosively and fluid to spray out of the reservoir. If you notice an oily surface in your coolant, immediately have your mechanic inspect your Passat for head gasket leakage.
Coolant hoses wear out over time and need to be replaced - check 'em early and often2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
If your brake fluid is a little low, learn how to add some here. Ignoring a low level leads to big problems2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
White light when you back up - yup, they burn out and you can replace them with bright LEDs2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
Many cars will burn or leak a little bit of oil. Over time, this adds up and you might need to add some - learn how to here!2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
Is the clock in your car ahead or behind? Learn how to set it here!2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)
Small bulbs that burn out regularly - did you know you can replace these with LED lights?2012 Volkswagen Passat S 2.5L 5 Cyl. Sedan (4 Door)