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How to Remove the Oil Pump in a VW 1600 Engine

Updated July 20, 2017

The 1600 was the classic stock engine found in the Volkswagen Beetle in the early 1970s. The oil pump inside the car helps circulate oil throughout its engine. This helps to keep the moving parts lubricated and functioning properly. If the oil pump on your VW Beetle goes out it, should be changed immediately to prevent damage to your engine. The Beetle's engine is located in the rear of the car, where the boot would be on most vehicles.

Park your VW beetle on a flat surface and put the emergency brake on.

Jack up the rear end of the Beetle. Slide jack stands under the back frame and set the car down on them.

Slide your drain pan under the oil drain plug, which is located at the bottom centre of the engine at the rear of the car. Use a 13mm socket to remove the plug. Allow all the oil to drain into the pan once you have removed the plug. Put the plug back on and tighten it with your socket set once it has drained.

Use your socket set to remove the bolts holding your Beetle's oil pan in place, then lower the oil pan to the ground. The pump will be visible once you remove the oil pan.

Use your socket set to remove the two bolts holding your Beetle's oil pump in place. Once you have removed these two mounting bolts, grab your oil pump and lower it from inside the engine.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Drain pan
  • Socket set
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