Changing VW Air Filter on 1.4T and 1.5T Engine

In this article, we highlight how to change the air filter on 2019-2021 VW Jetta or Golf 1.4T models. This air filter DIY replacement also applies to the 2022 VW Taos and Jetta models with the 1.5T gasoline engine. The 2022 Taos and Golf airbox will have some slight visual differences, but the general air filter change process is still the same. We also briefly discuss our recommended air filter change interval and the basic function of the air filter for the engine.

VW Jetta Air Filter Replacement 1.4T

Volkswagen air filter replacement instructions apply to the following models:

  • 2019-2021 Volkswagen Jetta air filter replacement - 1.4T engine
  • 2019-2021 Volkswagen Golf air filter replacement - 1.4T engine
  • 2022- onward Volkswagen Taos air filter replacement - 1.5T engine
  • 2022- onward Volkswagen Jetta air filter replacement - 1.5T engine

How To Step 1

Begin by accessing the engine bay and locating the airbox location. On the 1.4T VW Jetta models, the air filter is located on the driver's side left of the engine.

How To Step 2

Loosen the eight T-25 airbox cover mounting screws in a counterclockwise direction. Keep in mind that these are encased screws and will not need to be fully removed from the airbox cover.

How To Step 3

Once the screws have been loosened, guide the top side of the air box upwards and remove the old VW air filter. Be careful not to stress any of the surrounding plastic hoses or electric plugs.

How To Step 4

Inspect the airbox for any debris. If any exists, use a vacuum cleaner to clean and remove dirt and debris from the airbox.

How To Step 5

Slide the new VW air filter into the airbox confirming that the outside foam sealing edges of the air filter is seated to the bottom side of the air box.

How To Step 6

With the new VW air filter installed, guide the top side of the airbox onto the VW air filter confirming that it's aligned and seated correctly to the bottom portion of the air box.

How To Step 7

Begin tightening the eight T-25 air box mounting screws in a clockwise direction. Leave each screw loose until all screws are started. Last, evenly tighten all 8 T-25 screws.

Helpful VW Air Filter Replacement Information and Reminders

What Does Your VW Jetta Air Filter Do?

Your VW Jetta engine air filter is responsible for the removal of dirt, particles, dust, and soot before entering the engine's air intake system. This prevents accelerated internal engine wear or damage and sensitive electronic component damage. Regular air filter changes can extend your VW Jetta engine life and reduce long-term maintenance costs.

VW Jetta Air Filter Replacement Intervals for 1.4T Engine

We recommend replacing your VW Jetta air filter once a year or every 30,000 miles - 40,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Vehicles that drive down dirt or gravel roads should have the engine air filter replaced more frequently, such as 30,000 miles. Those spending more time on clean roads can change their engine air filter less frequently, such as 40,000 miles.

Something to also consider is that forced induction engines ingest a higher volume of air into the intake system when compared to a non-forced induction engine. This gives increased opportunity for dirt to clog the VW engine's air filter. Forced induction engines with turbochargers or superchargers should have the air filter changed more frequently such as every 30,000 miles.

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