Although you will need a few special tools for a VW oil change you'll notice that the process is not much different than American made engines. One thing that late model Volkswagens have that many American vehicles do not is a plastic engine shield or shroud that protects the bottom of the engine from being damaged while driving and an oil filter that is difficult to reach.
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T-20 Torx Driver
The shroud that protects the undercarriage of late model Volkswagen engines is held in place by several Torx bolts. These differ from standard bolts as the head has a starred hole that requires a specialised tool that looks similar to a screwdriver for removal. The correct size Torx driver is a T-20.
Oil Filter Canister Socket Wrench
The oil filter on late model Volkswagen engines can only be removed from below the vehicle. Often, the lower radiator hose prevents a mechanic form removing the filter by using the common oil filter wrench that uses a metal band. There simply isn't enough room. You must use an oil filter canister socket-type wrench in conjunction with a ratchet and extension bar to remove the filter.
19 Milimeter Wrench
The standard size for the oil filter drain plug on late model Volkswagens is 19 millimetres. A boxed end wrench or a socket can be used to remove the plug from the oil pan.
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