This is going to be a very basic post about how to do an oil change on a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfburg Edition. I was right at the 117k mark and due for the next oil change, below is a step by step guide on how to do the job yourself. I’m pretty sure the procedure will be the same for any other vehicle equipped with the 2.0T TSI engine.
The first thing that you need to do is get the oil and filter that is required for the job. You will need to pick up 5 quarts of 5W-40 oil. Castrol is the brand that I use and I have not seen any other oil of that weight besides the Mobil1 diesel motor oil, I’m sure this will work but I continue to use the Castrol. You will also need to pick up a filter; the two that I have been using regularly are the STP filter (10600) and the Purolator filter (L35895). I would use the PureOne filter, but they do not make one for this car.
What I like to do is jack up the passenger side of the car just high enough so that the oil catch funnel can slide underneath the car. Once this is accomplished, I remove the Oil cap, put the catch can in place, and undo the 18mm drain plug. I will back it out until I can easily turn it by hand and then do it by hand so that it does not fall into the container that I’m using to catch the oil. Once removed, oil should be draining out of the Oil pan.
Jack Up The Passenger Side
Undo The 18MM Drain Plug
Oil Is Now Draining From The Car
Next I will use a pair of channel locks to loosen the oil filter. I would use an oil filter wrench, but the one I have does not fit very well in the space that the filter is in, and since I’m not re-using the filter, Channel locks work just fine. Once I loosen the filter, I will take it off by hand and clean the mounting point so that it is free of debris. Open one of the oil containers and take off any covering on it. Then put the cap back on and flip it over to get some oil on the inside of the cap. Remove the cap and set it aside. Open the oil filter and put some of the oil in the cap around the rubber seal on the outside of the filter. I use my finger to accomplish this. Now you can install the new oil filter in the car. Simply screw it on, do not use any tools, and just tighten it as tight as possible by hand.
Use Channel Locks, Or Oil Filter Wrench, To Loosen The Oil Filter
Dirty Oil Filter Mount
Clean Oil Filter Mount
VW 2.0T TSI Oil Filter
New Oil Filter Installed
Check to see if all the oil has drained out of the car, I usually wait until I can count a full second between drips of oil to call it done. You’ll be there forever if you wait for it to completely be done dripping. If you want to make sure you get ALL of the oil out you can wait, but who has that kind of time! Once you call it done, you can reinstall the oil drain plug. Make sure that you wipe off any debris that has accumulated on the threads before you put it back.
Clean Oil Drain Plug
Once the drain plug is put back and the oil filter is on, you can now put the new oil in the car. The Volkswagen takes 4.5 U.S. Quarts of 5W-40 synthetic (I haven’t seen non-synthetic 5W-40) motor oil. Just pour the oil into the oil fill hole and measure it when you are done. The oil fill level should be between the MIN and MAX lines on the dipstick. Put the Oil cap back on and you’re done!