VW Oil Change Information

NEW! Step-by-Step VW Oil Change Instructions

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Wondering how to change the oil and oil filter on your VW? Unsure what type of oil to use an VW? What is the oil fill capacity on the VW? Blauparts is here to help! Your VW oil change questions are answered in the video and instructions below.

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Extended VW Oil Change Intervals

How Often Should I Change My VW Oil?

How Driving Style Can Affect VW Oil Change Intervals

Basic Overview On How To Change VW Oil

Extended VW Oil Change Intervals

There have been increased requirements for vehicle manufacturers worldwide to reduce emissions, minimize their carbon footprint, and improve fuel economy. A benefit associated with these international requirements is extended VW oil change intervals. Modern VW's are now designed to reach 10,000 + mile oil change intervals.

Extended VW oil change intervals have been attained using advanced engineering technologies applied to the development and manufacturing of synthetic motor oils. Using the wrong motor oil will likely damage internal engine components, reduce fuel mileage, increase emissions, and can void applicable vehicle warranties. Consequently, it's imperative to use VW oil that meets your corresponding VW oil quality standards.

Most German automotive owners want only the best fluids. Blauparts also believes in only providing oils that are formulated and engineered to meet your car's stringent specifications. High quality Ravenol of Germany long life synthetic VW oil formulations are the right choice!

Since 1946, Ravenol of Germany has been at the forefront of innovation, creating high quality oil formulations which meet advanced VW engine demands. Classified as advanced high performance and energy conserving, Ravenol VW oils contain the highest quality synthetic base along with proprietary additives that offer unique profile characteristics specifically formulated for the advanced engine requirements of European cars. Their oil is engineered and manufactured in Germany, the playground of high performance automobile manufacturers including VW. All of this results in formulations that meet VW oil quality standards and can be used to achieve long life VW oil change intervals.

How Often Should I Change My VW Oil?

As an independent Audi and VW service and part specialist we've performed hundreds of VW oil changes over the last 24 years on both our own R&D product development test vehicles and customers' cars. We've seen VW oils subjected to a wide variety of conditions. A few factors to take into consideration are geographic location, environment, and driving style. They all have a significant impact on how the VW motor oil works within the engine. Below are several driving styles that should be considered when determining how often to change your VW oil.

How Driving Style Can Affect VW Oil Change Intervals

Short Distance City Driving

We define "city driving" as a lot of regular short distance driving. Continuous city driving is one of the most stressful types of driving to subject a VW engine to. A considerable amount of time could be devoted to discussing the adverse affects of this type of driving on your engine. However, it's more important to understand how it affects your VW engine's oil.

Those who drive short distances should change their VW oil more often than the recommended service intervals. City driving accelerates and increases VW oil contamination. The following are two reasons why:

  1. Short distance city driving typically doesn't allow the engine to reach full operating temperature. The majority of the trip is spent in a "warm up phase." When the engine operates in this "warm up phase" there's increased coefficient friction within the engine, which requires a richer (greater) amount of fuel.

    When not at full operating temperature, and as a result of the engine's internal combustion process, there is an increase of engine "blow by." Engine "blow by" is when both burnt and unburned fuel gases (exhaust) slip past the piston rings during the combustion of each cylinder. When this happens, the escaped gases end up in the motor oil sump or oil pan and motor oil.

    Repeatedly driving in the "warm up phase" (not allowing the engine to reach its normal operating temperature for a significant period of time) results in engine "blow by," accelerating the contamination of the oil sump and motor oil. Short distance city driving in colder winter temperatures compounds these problems.

  2. The repeated engine warming up and cooling down that takes place with short distance city driving creates condensation within the engine. This condensation is often significant, typically forming and coating the inside of the engine's valve cover and valve train areas. This condensation mixes and contaminates the motor oil, diluting it, and reducing the oil's ability to lubricate the engine properly.

An abundance of short distance city driving accelerates contamination of the VW motor oil and shortens oil change intervals. Conversely, running the engine for longer distances at normal operating temperatures (for 20 minutes or longer) results in cleaner motor oil and longer oil change intervals. Blauparts recommends a shorter VW oil change interval from 3,000-5,000 miles for short distance city drivers. Shorter oil change intervals should help extend your engine's life, making the best out of poor driving conditions.

Highway Driving

Highway driving allows the engine to reach and maintain normal operating temperatures for a longer period of time. This results in less VW oil contamination. At highway speeds, the engine operates at higher RPMs for a longer period of time, allowing for higher combustion chamber temperatures and more efficient fuel burn in each of the engine' s cylinders. Moisture in the form of condensation along with unburned gases have the opportunity to "burn off," thereby keeping the motor oil cleaner for optimum motor oil lubrication. With each operating revolution the engine runs cleaner and produces lower emissions, resulting in improved fuel economy.

When the majority of driving is done on the highway, VW oil intervals can be anywhere from 6,000-15,000 miles (depending on the manufacturer's recommendation). Extended VW oil change intervals are only recommended when using high quality synthetic VW oils. Some synthetic VW oils are designed for extended oil drain intervals and can be ran for up to 15,000 miles. If your VW oil recommendation is for extended long life oil change intervals, always use VW oil that complies with the manufacturer's oil quality standards.

Race and Spirited DrivingVW Oil Change - Changing VW Race Oil

Spirited performance driving or racing is when high RPMs, revving, "red line" conditions, and above normal operating engine temperatures are common. Often, aftermarket engine modifications significantly enhance the horsepower of spirited driver's vehicles. Some engine performance modifications can put arduous stress on internal engine components. These types of modifications and driving styles subject normal motor oil beyond its intended use, causing it to break down quickly. Off the self conventional motor oils shouldn't be used under these conditions. A higher weight or viscosity (i.e. racing) oil is recommended. Racing oils are engineered and formulated for extreme loads and high temperatures.

With race and spirited driving conditions, it's recommended to change the oil more frequently. Typically the oil change interval is around 1,500-4,000 miles, or after each race competition.

Ravenol racing motor oils are fully synthetic and produced from the highest grade PAO (Polyalphaolefins) base stocks combined with unique additive packages. These formulas are specifically engineered to lower friction under extreme high RPM racing conditions to increase reliability. European race teams have successfully used Ravenol RSS VW racing motor oil to gain the competitive edge.

Ravenol RRS Application: Manufactured in Germany to exacting quality standards and utilizing advanced German oil refinement processes, Ravenol RRS (Racing Rally Synto) 5W-50 can be used for on and off road race car applications. It is also excellent for high performance street vehicles that are either partially or highly modified and see occasional track time.


Basic Overview On How To Change VW Oil

Refer to the owner's manual and factory manual for VW oil change instructions.
Blauparts recommend having an A.S.E. certified VW mechanic perform vehicle maintenance.
Warning: Be careful when handling hot engine oil. Always wear gloves and wear safety goggles when handling VW fluids!

Example Vehicle 2007 VW Jetta V 2.0T FSI

VW Oil Change Tools Needed
- 1/4" Socket Screwdriver with T-25 Torx Bit (For the under-body splash pan.)
- 19mm Wrench (For the oil pan drain plug.)
- 1/2" 36mm Socket and 6" Extension and Ratchet
- Oil Drain Pan Container
- Pouring Funnel

How to change VW oil Step 1

How To Step 1

Allow your engine oil to warm up. Drive it for approximately 5-10 minutes, allowing the older used motor oil to warm up for optimal oil flow and thorough drainage.
How to change VW oil Step 3

How To Step 2

The under-body splash pan is typically held in place by several T-25 screws. With 1/4" socket screwdriver and T-25 Torx bit, remove the under-body splash pan. Once all of the screws have been removed, firmly pull the under-body splash pan to the rear of the vehicle.

Place a suitable container or oil drain pan below the engine's oil pan drain plug.
How to change VW oil Step 4

How To Step 3

Open the hood. Locate the oil fill cap, loosen it, but don't remove it. This will minimize crankcase pressure, creating an easier flow and drainage of the old oil, while minimizing oil splashing.

How to change VW oil Step 5

How To Step 4

With a 19mm wrench, loosen and remove the oil pan drain plug. [On the 2007 Jetta V 2.0T FSI the oil pan drain plug is located on the rear side of the oil pan.]

Allow the oil to drain from the engine into the oil drain pan container.
How to change VW oil Step 6

How To Step 5

While the oil is draining, inspect the oil pan drain plug and sealing washer. If the threads on the plug look worn, replace the oil drain plug. Reinstalling a worn oil drain plug may lead to the damage of the internal oil pan's threads, causing replacement of the whole oil pan. A worn oil drain plug can also inhibit the factory torque causing a poor seal and possible oil leaks. If the washer looks crushed it should also be replaced. Failure to do so could allow for oil leaks. While the oil is draining, inspect the oil drain plug. Blauparts recommends a new drain plug and washer every 4-6 oil changes (depending on condition).
How to change VW oil Step 7

How To Step 6

Clean any excessive old oil from the oil pan. Install the engine oil drain plug and washer. Torque drain plug to 21 ft. lb.

How to change VW oil Step 8

How To Step 7

Place the oil drain pan container under the area of the oil filter to prepare for oil filter removal. [On the 2007 Jetta V 2.0T FSI this is located on the front side of the oil pan.]

NOTE: Recommended VW T40057 VW oil drain adapter tool allows for a complete draining of oil through the oil filter housing. By following the next step [How To Step 9] and allowing the oil to lightly stream before removing the filter and housing, you can save yourself the cost of purchasing VW T40057 oil change tool.
How to change VW oil Step 9

How To Step 8

Unfasten the oil filter housing drain access cover and allow to hang. With a 1/2" 36mm socket, 6" extension and ratchet, loosen the oil filter housing in a counter clockwise direction. It's best to be gentle with cartridge oil filter housings due to their being plastic. Ease off the oil filter housing just until the oil begins lightly streaming from it. Allow the oil to lightly stream from the oil filter housing for approximately 30 seconds or so, minimizing a big rush and resulting oil mess. Soon after, completely remove the oil filter and housing to finish draining the oil.
How to change VW oil Step 10

How To Step 9

Remove the oil filter and o-ring from the oil filter housing.

How to change VW oil Step 11

How To Step 10

Clean the oil filter housing and install the new o-ring seal which is supplied with your new oil filter. Lightly lubricate the new oil filter housing seal with new oil. Pop the new oil filter into the oil filter housing.
How to change VW oil Step 12

How To Step 11

Thread the new oil filter and housing back into place. Torque oil filter housing to 17 ft. lb.

DO NOT OVER TORQUE! Over-torqueing may break the oil filter housing and can make the next oil change and removal of the oil filter housing extremely difficult.
How to change VW oil Step 13 - Filling VW oil

How To Step 12

Remove the oil fill cap and begin filling with approved VW oil. In most cases it is best to use a funnel to minimize oil splashing and spill over onto and under the decorative engine covers.

How to change VW oil Step 13 - Max Oil Fill

How To Step 13

Fill the engine with 0.5 liter to 1 liter LESS then full capacity. Using the dipstick check the oil level, being careful not to over fill the engine. Add the oil until the proper oil level is obtained on the dip stick. The oil level should never be above the maximum oil level indicated on the dipstick. When the engine oil is overfilled, excessive engine oil burn and damage to the catalytic converters can occur. If the oil level is over the max dipstick level, the excess oil needs to be removed from the engine. [The VW oil capacity on a 2007 VW Jetta 2.0T FSI is 4.6 liters.]
How to change VW oil Step 15

How To Step 14

Install the VW oil fill cap. Start and run the engine for about 30 seconds. This will allow the oil filter housing to completely fill with oil giving you the opportunity to check for oil leaks. Observe the oil filter and oil drain plug sealing areas for leaks. Turn engine off. If no leaks are found, install the under-body splash pan.
How to change VW oil Step 16 - Checking VW oil level

How To Step 15

With the vehicle back on a level surface, make a final oil level inspection. Add more VW approved oil as needed.

NOTE: The oil level should never be above the maximum oil level indicated on the dipstick. When the engine oil is overfilled, excessive engine oil burn and damage to the catalytic converters can occur. If the oil level is over the max dipstick level, the excess oil needs to be removed from the engine. [The VW oil capacity on a 2007 VW Jetta 2.0T FSI is 4.6 liters.]
How to change VW oil Step 17

How To Step 16

Dispose of waist oil responsibly by taking it to a certified recycling collection center.

Note in your records the current mileage at time of oil change, as well as, when you'll need to change your oil next. For help determining the correct VW oil change interval for your vehicle, see our "How driving style can affect your VW oil change intervals" section. You may also wish to reset the vehicles oil change interval system for future oil change indication. Keeping detailed service records is a must for proper vehicle maintenance and future resale value.