How to Remove the Oil Pan From a Volkswagen Passat

Written by jennifer habersham
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Changing the oil on your vehicle is a very dirty and somewhat challenging job. That is the main reason that most people seek the help of a professional to change their oil. However, with a little bit of knowledge and quite a bit of elbow grease, you can easily change the oil on your car by yourself. To change your oil you have to remove your car's oil pan. Thankfully on a Volkswagen Passat, this is an easy process.

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Things you need

  • Gloves
  • Car jack
  • Jack stands
  • Dripping pan
  • Wrench

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  1. 1

    Engage your car's emergency break. Even though your car will be powered off while you are working, you should still take this safety precaution.

  2. 2

    Place your car jack about 6 to 8 inches behind the front tire and jack the car up.

  3. 3

    Slide a jack stand under your car to keep it raised. Repeat on the other side of your car.

  4. 4

    Put your gloves on and slide under your Passat. Bring your dripping pan with you.

  5. 5

    Locate your Passat's oil pan. It is located directly underneath the engine and is rectangular in shape.

  6. 6

    Drain the oil from your car by removing the oil plug. Allow the oil to collect in your dripping pan.

  7. 7

    Using your wrench, remove the four bolts that hold the Passat's oil pan in place. Once the bolts are removed, the oil pan will simply come off.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a set of clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, because you are sure to get oil and grease on you.
  • If you don't drain the oil before removing the oil pan, you will have a huge mess.

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