Changing the oil in a Volkswagen Passat (1999-2005) is an easy task for the DIY home mechanic.
A VW Passat uses special European synthetic oil that should be changed every 5,000 miles.
The majority of Passat’s built (1999-2005) use the 4 CYL 1.8L motor be sure this is what your Passat uses as this post uses the 4 CYL 1.8L motor.
Some basic tools are needed including a socket set with a ratchet to remove the oil plug.
There are special tools to remove the oil filter if it is hard to get off, but most often it can be removed by hand with a tight grip.
If the last person who installed the oil filter tightened to much than a cheap universal oil filter wrench can be used.
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Lisle 57030 Standard Oil Filter Swivel Wrench
A pan to drain the oil into will also be needed.
Oils and Parts Needed
Volkswagen Passat’s that have the 4 CYL 1.8L motor use 504.00 spec, which is 5W-30 European grade synthetic oil.
The the 4 CYL 1.8L engine uses 4.22 Quarts of oil.
The two brands in the United States that are the most popular are the Mobil 1 synthetic and Castrol European synthetic oil.
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Mobil 1 94001 5W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil – 1 Quart (Pack of 6)
An oil filter will also be needed to replace the old dirty one.
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Mobil 1 M1-301 Extended Performance Oil Filter
A step-by-step video is at the bottom of the page if needed.
How to Do a Volkswagen Passat Oil Change (1999-2005)
- Remove the bottom splash guard.
- Use a jack and blocks if necessary but there is usually enough room to get to the drain plug without a jack.
Using socket or a wrench remove the drain plug. Have your drain pan ready for the oil to drain into.
- As the oil is draining remove the Coolant Reservoir which is held in place with three screws. It is in the way of getting to the oil filter.
- The reservoir has a wiring harness that needs to be unplugged and than just lean it out of the way.
- There is a vacuum line that can be pushed to the side for easier access to the oil filter.
- The oil filter can be removed by twisting it counter-clockwise. Here a plastic bag has been placed over it to catch any oil that may leak out.
- Install the new oil filter by screwing it in clock-wise. It can be tightened by hand and does not require a wrench to tighten it.
- Plug the wire back into the coolant reservoir and put it back into place.
- Screw the drain plug bolt back into place and tighten it.
- Add the synthetic oil.
- Check the dip stick and be sure the oil falls into the right oil level.
If the filter is in to tight to remove by hand than a oil removal wench will be needed see above.
Changing the oil on a VW Passat is not difficult but always go to a certified professional if you feel it is beyond your capacity.
The same as changing a fuel filter replacing the oil should be routine maintenance.
The placement of the oil filter on the Passat makes it the most difficult part as the coolant reservoir needs to be moved to get access.