Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Engine oil and filter renewal (Every 10 000 miles (15 000 km) or 12 months)
Routine maintenance and servicing / Engine oil and filter renewal (Every 10 000 miles (15 000 km) or 12 months)


Oil renewal
1 Before starting this procedure, gather together all necessary tools and materials.

Ensure that you have plenty of clean rags and newspapers handy to mop up any spills.

Ideally, the engine oil should be warm as it will drain better and more built-up sludge will be removed with it. Take care not to touch the exhaust or any other hot parts of the engine when working under the vehicle. To avoid any possibility of scalding and to protect yourself from possible skin irritants and other harmful contaminants in used engine oils, it is advisable to wear gloves when carrying out this work.

2 With the vehicle standing on level ground, position a suitable container under the sump drain plug (see illustration). Remove the drain plug from the sump.

18.2 Sump drain plug
18.2 Sump drain plug

3 Allow some time for the old oil to drain, noting that it may be necessary to reposition the container as the flow of oil slows to a trickle. Work can be speeded-up by removing the oil filter, as described below, while the oil is draining.

4 After all the oil has drained, wipe off the drain plug with a clean rag and on 1.6 and 1.8 litre models, renew the O-ring. Clean the area around the drain plug opening and refit the plug. Tighten the plug to the specified torque setting.

5 Depending on engine type, refer to the following sub Section and renew the oil filter.

6 Remove the oil container and all tools from under the vehicle.

7 Refill the engine with the specified type of oil. Pour in half the specified quantity of oil first, then wait a few minutes for the oil to drain to the sump. Continue adding oil a small quantity at a time until the level is up to the lower mark on the dipstick (see Weekly checks). Adding a further 1.0 litre will bring the level up to the upper mark on the dipstick.

8 Start the engine and run it for a few minutes while checking for leaks around the oil filter seal and the sump drain plug.

9 Switch off the engine and wait a few minutes for the oil to settle in the sump once more. With the new oil circulated and the filter now completely full, recheck the level on the dipstick and add more oil as necessary.

10 Dispose of the used engine oil safely.

Filter renewal
11 On 1.05 and 1.3 litre engines, the oil filter is located on the front of the engine beside the alternator.

12 On 1.6 and 1.8 litre engines, the oil filter is located on the side of the crankcase beneath the distributor. It is screwed onto a mounting bracket attached to the crankcase. On fuel injection models, an oil cooler is fitted between the mounting bracket and filter cartridge.

13 With the engine oil drained, place a suitable container beneath the filter then, using a suitable tool, unscrew the filter (see illustration). Empty any oil in the old filter into the container and allow any residual oil to drain out of the engine.

18.13 Using a chain wrench to unscrew oil filter
18.13 Using a chain wrench to unscrew oil filter

14 Check the old filter to make sure that the rubber sealing ring has not stuck to the engine. If it has, then carefully remove it. Wipe clean the sealing face on the cylinder block.

15 Smear the sealing rubber on the new filter with clean engine oil, then fit and tighten the filter by hand only.

16 On completion, replenish the engine oil then wipe clean the filter body. When the engine is restarted, check around the filter joint for any signs of leakage.


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