I've got a 1999 A3 TDi, currently on the variable servicing. I plan to
service it myself, and reset the indicator as per the supplement in my
owners manual. I've read that if you do this with a VW, the car switches
back to fixed 10k mile servicing. Does anyone know if the A3 will do this?
My understanding was that you still need to reset it at every oil change,
whether you're on variable or fixed interval. The switching from variable
to fixed and modifying the value of fixed is done through a VAG tool only.
I believe it will. The only way to manage variable servicing is to invest in
a VAG-COM. It comes in handy for all manner of things.
Also it is worth renting the service manuals, you can be selective, from VW
I've already got some of the manuals from erwin. It's a great idea.
I was hoping to not need VAG-COM. I do want to get a copy, but as I'm
servicing the car myself to save some cash, it will have to wait. Since
another poster said the switching can only be done with VAG-COM (or
presumeably a 1551/1552 tool), I think I'll just reset it and see what
happens. The worst that can happen is having to change oil again in 10K
miles, which isn't so much of a problem.
Just to confirm it in case anyone else is wondering: I've looked in the
factory manuals (from erwin) which I already had, and if the car is set
up for variable servicing, and you reset the indicator from the panel,
rather than using VAG-COM or a 1551/2, the car reverts to 10K file
fixed intervals. Looks like I didn't need to buy SLX Longlife II after
ummm forgive me if I'm wrong but why do you have to change your oil every
10k miles? why not just reset it after 10k and then drive it to 20k like a
long life service is?
The whole point of variable servicing is for people who do mostly motorway
miles, if you are one of these people you don't need a screen to tell you.
yeah you would, either 10k miles or once per year if you only do short
journeys or 20k miles if you do mostly motorway miles. It should still be
serviced every year, which ever comes first.
I was originally replying to this post
Which I would have assumed meant he only wanted to do long life services :)
Well, I meant 'variable'. I don't know if 'variable' = 'long life'. Not
sure what the range of possible oil change intervals is with 'variable'.
Can it be less than 10K miles under certain circumstances? Is time factored
in? For example, if someone drives very little, can the variable service
indicator come on after 1 year anyway?
For my Passat PD the limits are entered as 50,000Kms and 730 days. Those are
the maximiums, so you could go two years between services.
The actual service interval is computed from time, distance, driving style
and oil condition(allegedly). I guess it could result in a service in less
than 10,000 miles though if that was the case maybe the oil changes should
be even more frequent!
I have been given to understand that a variable service interval will
never be earlier than a fixed interval service. I believe that a VSI
service becomes due after 24 months in any case, so yes, it is possible
that it will be at less than 10k miles.
Peter Bell (Note Spamtrap - To reply, replace 'invalid' with 'bellfamily')
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