When and How to Replace the Oil Filter in Your Volkswagen

As a Volkswagen owner, you may know about oil filters. It’s a part that requires regular maintenance, so it’s a good idea to replace it yourself to save money.

In this guide, you’ll find out how often you should replace your oil filter and how to do it at home.

How Often Should You Replace Your Oil Filter?

Over time, your oil filter collects dirt and debris as the oil cycles through the engine. If the filter is not replaced, it will become too clogged to function properly. The oil filter is designed to let dirty oil “bypass” the filter if it’s clogged. Dirty oil is better for the engine than no oil at all. But, dirty oil will shorten the lifespan of your engine.

So it’s important to replace your oil filter on a regular basis. How often, though? Most mechanics recommend replacing your oil filter every time you have your oil changed.

How Can You Replace Your Oil Filter at Home?

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If you would like to change your own oil and oil filter, this set of instructions is just what you need. It’s based on the 2005-2010 Jetta, but it’s still basic enough to follow with all Volkswagen models.

  1. Order an OEM replacement oil filter (you can get a genuine OEM oil filter from us at wholesale pricing).
  2. Either lift your car or leave it on the ground and roll underneath it.
  3. Drain the oil from the oil pan.
  4. Find the oil filter under the car. It’s usually situated at the front or back of the engine.
  5. With your hand or an oil filter wrench, remove the old oil filter.
  6. Lube the rubber seal on the new oil filter. This helps make removal easier the next time you need to replace your oil filter.
  7. Screw in the new oil filter.
  8. Replace the oil drain plug, and add new oil to the engine.

Replacing your oil filter is a pretty straightforward process. If you have any questions about the process or if you need assistance finding the right oil filter for your Volkswagen, you’re more than welcome to reach out to us.