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VW Beetle TSI 1.8L Turbo I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
How to change the motor oil & replace the filter in a 2012-2016 Volkswagen Beetle with the TSI 1.8L Turbo I4 engine.

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2015 Beetle TSI Turbo 1.8L
Oil Filler Cap
Twist Off Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 model year) "New" A5 VW Beetle in changing the motor oil and replacing the cartridge oil filter in the TSI 1.8 liter inline four cylinder turbocharged engine.

Owners of other Volkswagen Group vehicles such as the Passat, CC, Tiguan, Golf, Touareg, Jetta, GTI, SportWagen, Eos, Rabbit, Bora, Vento, Lavida, Coccinelle, Maggiolino, Fusca, Audi A3, A4, S4, A6, S6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, A5, S5, and TT may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools and other items needed to complete this oil change procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a Torx T45 star bit socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet, a 32mm (or 1.25") socket, a 1/2" drive ratchet, a used oil catch container and 5.7 U.S. quarts (5.5 liters) of new synthetic SAE 5W-40 or SAE 5W-30 oil.

A few compatible replacement cartridge style oil filters for the TSI 1.8L Turbo I4 engine with their part numbers are as follows: Volkswagen 06K 115 562 or 06L115562, Wix Wl10024, Prime Choice Auto Parts PG5581EX and EcoGard X10260.

Please verify the correct replacement oil filter part number for your Beetle by using the Amazon Part Finder website. It may vary depending on the model year and whether your car has the 2.5L L5 engine or the 2.0L turbo I4.

Pull Up Oil Dipstick
Black Metal Oil Pan
Silver Oil Drain Bolt
The first steps are to warm up the engine for a few minutes, park the vehicle on a level surface and then turn off the engine.

Warming up the engine will help suspend any contaminants within the old oil and also allow it to drain out more quickly.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheel to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Open the hood, twist off the oil filler cap in the counterclockwise direction and pull out the yellow handled dipstick an inch or two.

Removing the oil filler cap and pulling up the dipstick will help prevent a vacuum from forming and allow the old oil to drain out more quickly.

Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with the two jack stands.

Slide under the front passenger side of the engine bay.

The silver oil drain bolt is located on the back side of the black metal oil pan facing towards the rear of the vehicle.

Used Oil Catch Basin
Loosen Torx T45 Drain Bolt
Drain Out Old Oil
Slide the used oil catch container to just below the drain bolt.

Loosen the oil drain bolt by turning it counterclockwise with the Torx T-45 star bit socket and the 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Be careful when you remove the oil drain bolt. The old oil may still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Allow the old oil to drain out for at least a few minutes or until the flow slows to an occasional drip.

If the oil drain bolt is equipped with a crush washer, inspect it and replace it if necessary.

You can purchase a new crush washer at your VW dealer's parts counter or possibly at auto parts stores.

Tighten T-45 Clockwise
Oil Filter Housing
Pull Off Plastic Engine Cover
Re-insert the oil drain bolt and spin it in a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the oil drain bolt with the Torx T45 socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 20 to 25 ft-lbs of torque.

Double check that the oil drain bolt is tight before moving on to the next steps.

The black plastic oil filter cap is located at the front left corner of the engine.

To gain better access to the oil filter housing, gently pull off the plastic engine cover and set it aside in a safe place.


Front Left Side of Engine
Loosen 32mm Counterclockwise
Spin Out Plastic Filter Cap
To loosen the oil filter cap, you'll need either a 32mm or 1.25" socket and the 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench.

Attach the 32mm socket to the 1/2" drive ratcheting wrench and loosen the filter cap in the counterclockwise direction.

Then spin out the filter cap by hand and carefully lift it out to prevent from dripping old oil all over the engine bay.

Old Oil Filter In Cap
Oil Filter Housing
Spin On Clockwise
Pull the old oil filter out of the cap and discard it.

Pry the rubber o-ring gasket at the bottom of the threads on the cap off and throw it away.

Apply a small amount of new SAE 5W-30 or SAE 5W-40 synthetic oil to the new rubber o-ring gasket that was included with the new oil filter.

Push the new rubber o-ring on to the bottom of the threads.

Push the new oil filter in to the black plastic cap until it clicks securely in to place.

Lower the new filter in to the housing and spin it on in a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent it from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten With 32mm
Insert Automotive Funnel
Pour In New SAE 5W-40
Tighten the filter cap in the clockwise direction with the 32mm socket and 1/2' drive ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight.

Try to avoid over tightening the oil filter cap to prevent from cracking the plastic or damaging the rubber o-ring which may leak to an oil leak.

Double check that the oil filter cap is tight before moving on to the next steps.

Insert the automotive funnel in to the oil filler hole.

It is far better to have slightly less oil than necessary in an engine than to overfill it.

Running an engine that has been over filled may cause damage to seals, gaskets or other components.

The TSI 1.8L turbo I4 engine's total capacity for an oil change with filter replacement is 5.7 U.S. quarts (5.5 liters).

Slowly pour in about 5 quarts of new SAE 5W-30 or 5W-40 synthetic oil in to the engine.

Replace Oil Filler Cap
Check Dipstick Oil Level
Push On Engine Cover
Replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Run the engine for a few minutes, turn it off, and then allow the oil to drain back down to the oil pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean with a paper towel, re-insert the dipstick and pull it out again to check the oil level.

If necessary, slowly pour in more oil and repeatedly check the level on the dipstick until it reaches just at or below the top of the dimpled area on the dipstick which indicates the "Maximum" or "Full" line.

You may not need to pour in the entire 5.7 U.S. quarts (5.5L) of new oil to reach the correct oil level depending on how long you allowed the old oil to drain out.

Replace the oil filler cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction to just past hand tight and replace the oil level dipstick.

Line up the plastic engine cover and gently push it back in to place.

Be sure to record the oil change in your service records.

It's also a good idea to check your driveway or garage during the next few days for drops of oil that may indicate a leak from the drain bolt or the filter housing.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 VW Beetle DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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