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This oil change DIY is just for reference, there is more information around, but I felt that there were not enough pictures of the critical steps (if you can say that).
This is not a guide and I am not resposible for any damage to your car caused by following this DIY.
I did my wife's 2005 2.5L Jetta first oil change at 5K miles and this is what I did:
1. Raise the front of the car by either using ramps or a jack stands.

2. I used Mobil-1 0W-40 since it complies with VW standards.

3. You need to remove the lower cover, a standard torx bit would do.

4. Here is a picture of the rear drain plug and the oil filter housing

5. Remove the oil cap on the top of the engine. Drain the oil by removing the drain plug, be careful since it can be hot. To make this easier, run the engine before hand, since hot oil will flow easier.

6. This is the drain plug, notice the washer is part of it and can not be replaced. The dealer told me the drain plug can be reused and should be replaced every third oil change.
Screw back after the oil has been drained out of the engine.

7. To make my life easier, I bought a 74/76mm oil filter cup. It works like a charm

8. Drain the old oil by pushing in the little nob on the filter housing (you have to remove the small cap to see it)
9. Remove the filter housing using the filter cup

10. Replace the o-ring inside the filter housing, the new oil filter should come with it.

11. Insert the new filter cartridge.

12. Screw back the filter housing to 25Nm tq.
13. Pour new oil (6.2qts)
14. Check oil level
15. Start engine and check for leaks.
16. Have a

Let me know if the pictures are too big and need to be resized.


Modified by edisonr at 5:31 PM 4-25-2006
 

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FAQ'd- thanks for taking the time to write this up.
 

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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (edisonr)

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Gotta love Juan Pablo on the Mobil!
Great DIY - Keep up the good work!
 

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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (BrianGriffin)

Grear DIY, out of cusriosity how much would you spend for oil, and filter rather than take it to the service
-Yev
 

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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (Yevi)

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Grear DIY, out of cusriosity how much would you spend for oil, and filter rather than take it to the service

Filter is about $10-11 (www.germanautoparts.com)
Oil, for Mobil1 0w-40, about $30-35 depending on where you get it (Autozone, walmart, whatever)
Dealer will charge between $70-90 for the same service.
Plus... on my GTI... did my first oil change 2 weeks ago, put Mobil1 0w-40 in... and I'm getting better gas mileage than I was on the factory oil http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
Good DIY, intersting that the filter housing is different than the GTI's... but I do believe the filter element is the same!
Also, for anyone who wants to put a magnetic drain plug in... the drain bolt is 14x1.5mm


Modified by digitalhippie at 2:38 PM 4-24-2006
 

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Re: (BRM10984)

Thanks, this is great. I'm going to reach 5K miles soon and bought Motul 0W-40 oil. I am wondering if it is a stupid idea to get the tool in the attached picture because it is $79.50.
Obviously you should drain the filter housing prior to removal but I am concerned about getting oil all over the place without using this drain tool but I really don't want to spend the money.
 

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Re: (Shrek2005)

The tool is a TOTAL waste.
Use a screwdriver to push the center piece of the drain valve up-and-over... you can catch it on the lip of the housing and the oil will drain straight out. Once done, just push it up again, and let it snap back into place. No big mess, not worth $70-90 for that tool.
 

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Quote, originally posted by digitalhippie »
The tool is a TOTAL waste.
Use a screwdriver to push the center piece of the drain valve up-and-over... you can catch it on the lip of the housing and the oil will drain straight out. Once done, just push it up again, and let it snap back into place. No big mess, not worth $70-90 for that tool.

Yeah but does the oil run down the screwdriver and drip all over your hand?
 

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Yeah but does the oil run down the screwdriver and drip all over your hand?


Nope. You don't leave the screwdriver there while draining, just a quick push to open the valve... then another push to close it... as I already said, no real mess. That tool is a waste of $80.
 

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Quote, originally posted by digitalhippie »
The tool is a TOTAL waste.
Use a screwdriver to push the center piece of the drain valve up-and-over... you can catch it on the lip of the housing and the oil will drain straight out. Once done, just push it up again, and let it snap back into place. No big mess, not worth $70-90 for that tool.

Yeah but does the oil run down the screwdriver and drip all over your hand?
 

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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (digitalhippie)

Quote, originally posted by digitalhippie »

Filter is about $10-11 (www.germanautoparts.com)
Oil, for Mobil1 0w-40, about $30-35 depending on where you get it (Autozone, walmart, whatever)
Dealer will charge between $70-90 for the same service.


My dealer charged $59.95. for the service with Castrol Syntec 5w-40, plus a wash, top off washer fluid.
Worth it!

Modified by camjr at 12:23 PM 5-6-2006


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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (camjr)

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My dealer charged $59.95. for the service with Castrol Syntec 5w-40, plus a wash, top off washer fluid.
Worth it!

Modified by camjr at 12:23 PM 5-6-2006

Modified by camjr at 12:23 PM 5-6-2006

x2 personally
 

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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (edisonr)

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6. This is the drain plug, notice the washer is part of it and can not be replaced. The dealer told me the drain plug can be reused and should be replaced every third oil change.

Is this really necessary to change the complete drain plug? It does not look any different than a MKIV plug and what we did when I worked for VW as a tech was to take a pair of *****, cut the original washer off and put a replacement washer on. The dealer should have replacement washers to do this. Replacing the whole plug seems a bit excessive to me.
 

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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (camjr)

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My dealer charged $59.95. for the service with Castrol Syntec 5w-40, plus a wash, top off washer fluid.
Worth it!

Modified by camjr at 12:23 PM 5-6-2006

Modified by camjr at 12:23 PM 5-6-2006

ehh...we've all heard too many horror stories to allow anyone but ourselves do something as seemingly simple as change the oil
 

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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (gotta_jet)

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ehh...we've all heard too many horror stories to allow anyone but ourselves do something as seemingly simple as change the oil


Plus letting the dealer wash your car is dangerous! Don't get Thread or Brian started....
 

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Re: DIY: 2.5L Oil Change with Pictures (edisonr)

I read on another thread that the oil filter cap threads are reversed ie. to remove the cap have to be twisted in CW rotation. Is that true or the guy who said it was just trying to screw anybody up?
Does the filter unscrew CCW or CW?
 
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