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Old 12-27-2011, 06:37 PM
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Default MK5 2.5L Oil Change DIY.

So just did an oil change in my mk5 and decided to take some pics and throw a DIY together. Now i accept no responsibility for anyone screwing up their cars. now this was done on a 2008 2.5l jetta.

Supplies:
19mm wrench
pliers
torx 25
channel locks
oil catch pan

also need:
oil
oil filter and the new o-ring

jack up and secure vehicle. give yourself enough room to work under it.

open the hood.

begin by removing the torx 25 screws from the belly pan.

remove the belly pan and set aside. should be staring at the bottom of your engine.


take the 19mm wrench and remove the drain plug.(be sure to have your oil catch underneath)


now while that is draining you can loosen the oil filter housing. try by hand at first. if it does not want to turn loose. try this method. take a pair of channel locks and open them up far enough to catch inside the filter like so.


do not remove the filter housing just yet. revome the little retainer first.


now place the oil catch under the filter area and remove the filter housing completely.
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now set the filter housing upright and pull out the filter.


drain out the housing.

now take your pliers and remove the o-ring from the filter housing.


now grab your new o-ring and filter. lube up the new o-ring with new oil. place it in the filter housing with the tab facing up for easy removal.


place the filter in the housing. push the filter down and it should settle in place.

clean the area where the filter housing will go.

now you can add a little oil inside the filter and housing or not. some say to do it, other say not too. your call.
now begin to screw the filter housing back into place.

reattach the retainer.

now re-install the drain plug(this should be replaced every so often. usually every 2-3 oil changes.


remove the oil filler cap.


begin adding your prefered oil. in my manual it says the 2.5L take 6.3qts of oil.

put the oil cap back on and start the vehicle. check for leaks.

turn vehicle off and check the oil level

once everything is correct, re-install the belly pan.

lower vehicle to the ground and enjoy your happy vw.
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I want to start changing my own oil, but don't know where to start. What equipment do I need? And how/where do I dispose of my oil?
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Jackstands, jack, oil catch container, 19mm wrench, and hands. Most autoparts stores or even Walmart takes used oil.
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Should make this for the MKIV new kids too.
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Great write up, great pics., well done! Threads like this one should motivate folks to get more involved in their own maintenance. I will be changing my oil when the time comes, the only questions I have left are:

1) Is 5W40 the preferred viscosity?
2) What about synthetic? Better choice?
3) Is Castrol what most people run?

I realize a couple of those are subjective, but I'm a total newby with VW.

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Great Write up. Now do one for the rear brakes.
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Great write up, great pics., well done! Threads like this one should motivate folks to get more involved in their own maintenance. I will be changing my oil when the time comes, the only questions I have left are:

1) Is 5W40 the preferred viscosity?
2) What about synthetic? Better choice?
3) Is Castrol what most people run?

I realize a couple of those are subjective, but I'm a total newby with VW.
The only oil easily available around here is Mobil1 0 W -40 or Castrol Syntec.

Both are full synthetic. I wouldn't put Dino oil in.
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The only oil easily available around here is Mobil1 0 W -40 or Castrol Syntec.

Both are full synthetic. I wouldn't put Dino oil in.

Awesome write up and detail. Only thing missing is how to reset the service counter on the dash. (Flashing wrench)

and is 0W-40 the viscosity VW puts in our cars or is this the closest we can get off the shelf?
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I think it's 5w-30 from the factory. The important think is that it meets VW spec 502.

As far as resetting the wrench, it's been covered here. Use the search function and you'll find it. Click on the mkV forum and you'll see it.
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Default VW Rabbit Oil Change Video

Nice DIY! Here's a quick instructional vid on how to change oil/filter on a 2006-2009 VW Rabbit 2.5L.

2008 VW Rabbit Oil and Filter - YouTube
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