This guide will show you how to perform an oil change on a 2.0L MK4 Volkswagen Golf

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Tools/Parts Required

  • 19mm Socket
  • Torque Wrench
  • Oil Filter
  • Crush Washer
  • 5W-30/40 Oil – Approx. 4.4 Litres

Step 1

Raise the car on a hoist, trolley jack, or ramps for easy access to the sump plug, and prepare the required tools and parts.

Step 2

Locate the sump plug on the rear of the engine. You will need a 19mm socket and possibly a breaker bar to remove this.

Step 3

Remove the sump plug and let the oil drain into the pan.

Step 4

Whilst the oil drains, remove the oil filter. This is located at the front of the engine, and can be removed by unscrewing anti-clockwise. It will drip oil, so be sure to have paper towel nearby.

Step 5

Prepare to install the new oil filter. It is recommended to half fill the new filter before installation, which reduces the chance of oil starvation.

Lubricate the O-Ring with oil, and screw the new filter in position.

Step 6

Reinstall the sump plug and hand tighten.

Step 7

We will now fill the engine with approximately 4.4 Litres of oil. When filling the final amounts, regularly check the dipstick to ensure you are not overfilling the engine.

Once filled to the required amount as per the dipstick, close the oil cap and start the car, idling for one minute. This will flow the oil around the engine and through the filter. After switching the engine off, wait 5 minutes and check the oil level again, ensuring you are within the acceptable range of the dipstick. Top up if necessary.

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