How to change the oil in a 2010-2014 VW GTI (TSI)


Changing the engine oil in a sixth generation Volkswagen GTI is a quick and simple process. Doing it yourself can save you both time and money and requires only basic tools available at your local auto parts store. The following is a guide on how to change the oil and filter on a 2010-2014 GTI.

NOTE: The process is similar for certain models of the Jetta, CC, Passat and Tiguan equipped with 2.0l TSI engines.

Tools required:

  • Jacks/Jack stands or ramps
  • 5L of oil
  • Oil Filter
  • Filter removal pliers
  • Oil catch pan
  • Funnel
  • 19mm socket and wrench
  • Drain plug

Step 1: Raise the front of the vehicle using ramps or a jack and jack stands. NEVER go underneath a vehicle supported only by a jack.


Step 2: Locate the drain plug underneath the vehicle and place your oil catch pan underneath it. Cover the surrounding area in newspaper or garbage bags to avoid spills on your garage floor.


Step 3:Remove the drain plug using a wrench and a 19mm socket. Use your hand to unscrew the bolt once it has been loosened with a wrench. If your vehicle has recently been driven be careful not to burn yourself as the oil will be extremely hot.


Step 4: Allow the oil to completely drain out into the catch pan. If the engine is cold, this may take a little longer.


Step 5: Open the hood and locate the oil filter towards the left side on the top of the engine bay. Use oil filter pliers to loosen and remove the old filter from the vehicle.


Step 6: Lubricate the rubber gasket on the new filter using your finger and a drop of new oil.


Step 7: Reinstall the new filter by screwing it clockwise into the housing. Hand tighten the filter only.


Step 8: Reinstall a new drain plug and washer


Step 9: Tighten the drain plug until snug using your 19mm socket and wrench. Do not over tighten as it may damage the threads in the oil pan and cause leaks.


Step 10: Add approximately 4.5L of new oil using your funnel to avoid spills. Lower the vehicle and start the engine for 1-2 minutes to allow oil to circulate through the engine.


Step 11: Remove the dipstick and add oil as necessary. Note the Max and Min reading on either side of the ribbed area of the dip stick. Oil levels should always be somewhere within the indented region. Add enough oil so that the level reads full on the dipstick (in this case 0.4L was added for a total of 4.9L).


Check for leaks underneath the car and if none you have successfully completed your oil change!

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