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2001 volkswagen golf oil change



Tools Required
4.6 Quarts of Motor Oil (my car takes 4 exact)
1 Oil Filter
Filter Tool
torx sockets
3/4" wrench
New Drain Plug Washer
Something to Catch the Oil
Jack Stands and Hydraulic Jack

First off let me start by saying this do not do an oil change on your car while it is cold. there is a very good reason for this as oil when it is cold is not as viscious as when it would be when it is hot. (oil cold = like smoothie oil hot = like water). so with that said if you are doin this with the car cold go take it for a quick spin around the block and get it up to temp i.e 190 Degrees.

remove your oil cap and pop open the dip stick tube dont have to take the stick out just make sure its not seated all the way in there. this is to let air into the oil pan as the oil is draining.

after you have your car all warmed up jack it up and put jack somewhere on the subframe.

after you have secured your car and made sure it wont fall on you u can now go under it and start taking the skid plate off.


if you have a stock skidplate you have to remove these 4 torx bolts


after you have the skid plate off look for this bolt

loosen the oil drain plug make sure u have the catch can underneath as oil will begin dripping from the plug as you begin to loosen it.

after you have removed the plug let all the oil come out of the pan till it starts to drip. after its dripping replace oil plug and new gasket. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN the drain plug your oil pan is aluminum and will strip out very very easily. once it begins to feel tight tighten it another 1/4-1/2 turn to seat the new gasket onto the pan.


Note. 2.0 and 1.8t have different filters and different locations. some 2.0 have a paper filter and require a special tool to remove the filter housing.

now that you have drained the oil out of your car the next thing to do is to remove the oil filter. once again have your catch can right underneath the filter housing.

using a band wrench aka oil filter tool loosen your oil filter. oil will begin to drain off the side of the filter let it drain off till no more is comming out. then take a rag and unscrew your filter all the way out. with a flashlight shine it on the filter mount and look for a gasket. some times the old oil filter wont take the gasket with it and you land up double gasketing your new oil filter and have a huge mess. anyways back on topic clean off the oil housing with a rag to remove all the excess oil and dirt.

take your new filter dip your finger in the fresh clean oil and put a light film around the gasket / seal of the new filter ,then screw it onto the housing once it begins to tighten tighten it another 1 to 1-1/2 times around BY HAND. DO NOT USE A BAND WRENCH or ull never be able to get your oil filter off the next time you do an oil change.


now your all set to add oil but before doing this and before putting your car on the ground i usually clean up the bottom of my engine with some engine degreaser and a hose then i blast it dry with compressed air. most people just wipe down the excess oil with a rag.

go ahead using a funnel add 4 quarts of oil. once you have filled the oil and put the oil cap back on go ahead and start up your car.

let it run for at least 20-30 seconds before turning it off to ensure that new oil has traveled through your entire motor.

take the dip stick out clean it off with a rag put it all the way back into the tube and seat it. take it back out and check the level if its low add oil.

go back underneath your car and check for any oil leaks at the filter and at the drain plug. if you dont see any go ahead and put your skid plate back on to the car and lower the car.

now is also a good time to check coolant levels washer fluid levels and power steering levels if any of them are low top them off.

i hope this guide helps someone i worked in a lube shop for over a couple of years this is pretty much an idiots guide to replacing your oil.

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