Are you a Volkswagen car owner who’s looking to start handling oil changes and oil filter replacements going forward? This guide is just what you need. Here, you will learn all about how an oil filter works, the best type of oil filter to get, how to replace an oil filter, and more.
What is an Oil Filter?
If you look around the engine bay, you will find a canister-shaped part a little bigger than your fist. That’s the oil filter, and its purpose is to filter the dirt and engine particles out of the oil before returning it to the engine. To learn more about what an oil filter is and why it plays an important role in your engine’s health, check out this article: What an Oil Filter is and Why Your VW Needs a Good One.
How Often Should I Replace the Oil Filter in My VW?
Oil filters get clogged up over time, so they need to be replaced in regular intervals. How often, though? Volkswagen recommends changing your oil filter with every oil change.
What Type of Oil Filter Should I Get?
There are two types of replacement oil filters: OEM and aftermarket. OEM (which stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer) oil filters are made by the same company that makes the original parts in your car. Aftermarket oil filters are made by third-party companies with their own designs, tolerances, and choice of materials. If you ask us, OEM is the far superior option, and this article explains why: VW Oil Filters: OEM Vs. Aftermarket.
How do I Replace an Oil Filter?
Replacing an oil filter is really easy. You don’t need any tools and you can access the oil filter simply by scooting under your car. This tutorial will guide you through the process: When and How to Replace the Oil Filter in Your Volkswagen.