How to do an oil change on a MK3 GTI

Before you begin,make sure that you have the following items below:

  • 6 quarts of mobile 1 fully synthetic oil. I put in about 5.5 quarts and then half a quart every 500 miles. You may buy whatever oil you like but I have read many articles and research explaining the benefits of synthetic oil on the engine.
  • Oil filter that matches your engine type. Mine is a AAA vr6 and I used Purolator Part Number: L25545.
  • Oil Filter Wrench, or an oil filter housing cap socket size 36mm to remove the filter housing cap
  • Oil funnel.
  • 3/4″ wrench socket to remove the screw from the oil pan.
  • Oil disposal tank to store the oil.

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Using this 36mm filter housing cap socket makes removing the filter a lot easier.

36mmCap
I bought this ramp from Pepboys and it came in pretty handy for misc repair.
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Remove the oil cap so that the oil drains faster out of the oil pan.
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Use the 3/4″ socket to unscrew the oil pan screw.
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Position the oil disposal tank underneath the oil pan.8

After all the oil is drained it’s time to change the filter. Use the Oil Filter Wrench or the 36mm socket to remove the filter housing plastic cap.
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