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Old 11-12-2006, 07:04 AM   #1
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DIY Oil Change on GTI (without Oil Drain Tool)

Just in case you guys need some help with it.
Use only for reference
Edited on 7/28/09 for a cleaner filter housing removal

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Jack & Stands (I wouldn't recommend the stock jack if your physically going under the car)
Ratchet; 19mm & 1 1/2 or 36mm


Standard 1/8":

Oil Pan
5 qts of Oil (Consult your manual for Oil requirements, I use Mobil 1 0-40)
OEM Oil Filter (Bought from dealer)

Please make sure your car has cooled off, or at least you've gave it some time to cool. Coz it really does get hot in there. Use of gloves highly recommended!

1.) Jack up car. I used the stock jack location and placed stands as so.. coz you never know


2.) Remove Undercover using standard 1/8" (4 on each side)


3.) Once removed you can see the pan and filter-housing as so:



4.) Place your oil pan near the drain plug. Use the Ratchet w/ 19mm to remove plug:


5.) Let drain until oil completely stops dripping


6.) Once all the oil has exited the pan, plug it back up:
*not required but I like to use some sort of anti-seize gunk, less strain removing the plug next oil change


7.) Unscrew the Housing "cap"


8.) Reposition your oil pan under the filter housing.

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9a.) Insert one of our allen keys into the "nipple" and push the nipple up and to the side to drain the filter housing.
Don't forget to reset the nipple once you're done draining the filter housing!

/edit

9b.) Remove Housing using Ratchet with 1 1/2" (36mm? is the "correct" fit, but I've use 1 1/2" because that's what I have and it works)


10.) Remove old filter and filter rubber washer, Insert new filter and rubber washer


11.) Replace the underbody cover.
12.) Remove stands and take car off the Jack.

13.) Re-Oil tha motherfucker I usually use 4 & 1/2 Qts to get in the middle of Min/Max (It takes 1 quart of oil to move the Oil level on dipstick from Min to Max)


Here's my procedure to check oil levels:
Put 4 quarts
Start car, let idle, turn off car
Check Oil Level
Add as necesarry to get correct level


Please dont over oil the engine, we all know that wont be too good for your cat.
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:58 AM   #2
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thanks alot for the write-up man...very detailed
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Old 11-12-2006, 09:15 AM   #3
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Good job. Did mine last week. It definitely makes a mess. Brakekleen spray comes in handy to clean it up.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:44 PM   #4
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So you didnt drain the oil out of the oil filter???
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Old 11-13-2006, 12:45 AM   #5
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So you didnt drain the oil out of the oil filter???
ummm...I replaced the filter. If you mean if I drained the oil from the housing, yes I did. There isnt much oil in there anyways
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:11 AM   #6
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I've just done my second oil change. I must say, yes, the oil from the filter housing gets very messy. mak sure you have towels on the ground or something to mop up afterwards.
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:15 AM   #7
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nice job! Great DIY!
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Old 11-13-2006, 12:46 PM   #8
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Great write up, thank for sharing.

Is it possible to pre prime the new filter before starting the engine? I don't like the idea of starting the motor with no oil in the filter housing and waiting for it to self fill.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:08 PM   #9
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Please dont over oil the engine, we all know that wont be too good for your cat.
oh.. well at least the cat lived its life..
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:57 PM   #10
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10/10! great write up!
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Old 11-14-2006, 12:39 AM   #11
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just an fyi on over filling the oil, if there is to much it will froth from the con rods and you will have bubbles in the oil when it gets pumped trough the engine it greatly reduces the live of the bearing particularly the rod bearings.
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Old 11-14-2006, 01:08 PM   #12
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So you didnt drain the oil out of the oil filter???
x2

It was my understanding that the little orange nipple in the filter was to drain it before taking it off. I thought I read that somewere. :confused:
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:54 PM   #13
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Have any of you guys ever heard of aluminum foil?



You could build an aluminum foil shield around the filter to help drain the fluid towards the oil pan rather than flinging it all over the motor.
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:56 PM   #14
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Thats why I titled it (without oil drain tool)...
That tool just removed the oil from the housing before you remove it.
If you just remove the housing without draining it first, It will still get the job done, but will cause more mess as seen in this pic:


You dont need the oil drain tool to do an oil change.
FYI most VW techs hardly use this tool anyways. Its much faster to just remove the housing. You dont need to drain the "filter" because you will be replacing it anyways... all the oil in the housing will spill once you remove it.
The filter is not a re-useable filter, so I don't understand why you guys still wonder if I "drained" it or not... if you are still wondering why, maybe you shouldnt do your own oil change
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Old 11-14-2006, 05:17 PM   #15
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LOL - I'm very capable of doing my own changes, always have. I didn't do my first on this car because it was free from the dealer. From what I've read you can use your torx driver to push the nipple in and drain the oil from the filter. The reason for doing so would be less mess.

So, you can just take it off without draining and spend more time cleaning up or drain the filter and clean up faster.

Great DIY tho, thanks for the info.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:55 PM   #16
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ok man, I didnt mean to be an ass. I was simply tyring to help folks out with their oil change. I really dont like the fact that VW went with a paper element filter and that you need a "specialty tool" not available to the public by normal means. Besides that tool is like 50 bucks for the employee's, I saw a site selling it for about 80 bucks. Too much if you ask me.

But why risk puncturing a leak in the filter housing just to drain it? I mean its not THAT messy. I just drops whatever oil is inside, like in the pic. Easily wipped up.

Anyways, GL
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ok man, I didnt mean to be an ass. I was simply tyring to help folks out with their oil change. I really dont like the fact that VW went with a paper element filter and that you need a "specialty tool" not available to the public by normal means. Besides that tool is like 50 bucks for the employee's, I saw a site selling it for about 80 bucks. Too much if you ask me.

But why risk puncturing a leak in the filter housing just to drain it? I mean its not THAT messy. I just drops whatever oil is inside, like in the pic. Easily wipped up.

Anyways, GL
No offense taken or meant bro. I'll be doing the next change myself and see what it's all about then.

Again thanks for your informative DIY, good stuff.
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Old 12-03-2006, 11:55 AM   #18
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you dont need the tool to drain the oil filter housing. you can push up the oil filter drain with the corner of a flat tip screw driver and push the nipple to the side so it stays in place. once its done draining. take the screw driver and nudge the filter housing drain back down itll click then just pull it down lightly with the screw driver till it stops. it doesnt take much pressure to move the drain and its all the tool does anyways.

hope that helps
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Old 12-03-2006, 12:53 PM   #19
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so when did you guys do your FIRST oil changes? at what mileage?
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Old 12-03-2006, 04:47 PM   #20
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so when did you guys do your FIRST oil changes? at what mileage?
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and also, how much do they charge in the dealer to get this done?

what's the cost of the filter alone?
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Old 12-03-2006, 08:23 PM   #21
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Note to everyone when doing their oil change....

I don't know if you guys do this already , but if you unscrew the oil cap in the hood ..... the oil will come out faster. I noticed it "glug" out due to no passage for oxygen...... I never had to do this with other cars........ but yeah if you take the cap off while you drain, the oil will come out faster.

btw im @ 4200 for my oil change lol....... the consequences of laziness!!
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I usually get a piece of cardboard and wedge it up in there so the oil runs down that instead of all over the motor.
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