VW TDI 2010+ (CBEA/CJAA) Oil Change How To

Corey from IDParts.com shows you how to change your oil on a 2009-2014 Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Sportwagen & Beetle TDI.

This procedure also largely applies to the 2012+ Passat TDI. All the steps are the same except that the oil filter design is slightly different.

Related Parts

Oil Change Kit


Oil Extractor


Today we’re going to be changing the oil on this 2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI using an oil extractor. Oil extractors are a really convenient way to change your oil because they tend to be less messy and quicker because you don’t need to get under the car. Before we get started, let’s look at what you need for the job.

Tools you’ll need:

32 mm Oil Filter Wrench (3/4’ Drive)
¾” Drive Ratchet with 12” extension
T30 Torx Screwdriver
Oil Extractor
Tools Recommended:
Eye Protection
Oil Drain Pan
The first thing we need to do is take the engine cover off. It just pops off with some firm pressure. The oil filter is located right here at the front of the car near an EGR pipe, a bit hidden. The first thing we need to do is unscrew the T30 screw on this coolant return line so we can push it out of the way. Next, we’re going to take our oil filter wrench and loosen up the filter cap.

Take the cap off, put it aside, and take the oil filter out and drop it in the drain pan. Now that we’ve got the filter out we can extract the oil through the oil dipstick tube. We’re using a power extractor from motive. Wipe down the hose and slide it down the dipsitck hose until you hit the bottom of the oil pan. Pump the extractor and wait for the oil to get sucked out. Reminder: you want this oil to be somewhat hot so it can drain well.

While the oil is extracting we’re going to replace the o ring on the filter cap. Look carefully: the o-oring should be on the bigger groove, not the smaller one. Be sure to pre-oil the oring.

When you get close to being done you should start to hear a suction nose. Poke the tube around down there to be sure you get all the pockets of oil out.

Once you have all the oil out of the pan, use the extractor to suck the rest of the oil out of the filter canister.

Now that all the oil is out of the car, put the new filter in with the spindle portion facing down. Give it a firm push and it should click into place. Some people prefer to pre-fill the oil filter housing—that way when you start up the car, first thing it already has oil in the oil filter housing. We’re going to do that for this car too. Just pour some oil into the canister.

Now fill up the car with oil. We added about four and a half liters. Check the oil and see if you need to add more.

Replace the top to the oil filter. Get it started with your hands first so you don’t cross thread it, and then use the wrench. Replace the T30 screw on the coolant line.

To get the final oil reading start the car and let it run so you can build up pressure in the system and see if you’ve added enough. Clean the dipstick, place it back in, and check the level. Place the engine cover back on.

On a TDI the oil change will last you 10,000 miles. If you have any questions send us an email at sales.idparts.com and check out the idparts post at post.idparts.com—we’ve got how tos and blog articles there. Thanks for watching.

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