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VW Passat Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
How to change the engine air filter in a 2014, 2015 or 2016 Volkswagen Passat with the TSI 1.8L Turbo I4 motor.

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2015 Passat Engine Air Box
Plastic Hose - Front Edge
Squeeze Plastic Ring
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the NMS (new midsize sedan) 2014, 2015 and the revised 2016 Volkswagen Passat sedan with the TSI turbocharged 1.8 liter inline four cylinder motor in cleaning or changing the engine air filter element.

Owners of other VW Group vehicles such as the Beetle, 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.

A few compatible replacement engine air filters with their part numbers include the following: Mann-Filter C 35 154/1, Ecogard XA4622, Fram CA9711, Purolator A14622, Hastings AF1417, Wix 49020, Volkswagen 5C0 129 620, Premium Guard PA4622 and GKI AF9711.

The only tool needed to access and replace the engine air filter is a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver.


If your VW Passat is equipped with the 2.5L inline five cylinder motor, here are a few compatible engine air filters: genuine Volkswagen 07K-129-620, K&N 33-2331, Wix 49186, Mann-Filter C 43 102, Fram CA10085, ACDelco A3111C, MAHLE Original LX2093, Pentius PAB10085, Purolator A25596, Ecogard XA5596 and Beck Arnley 042-1686.
Pull Off Hose
Rubber Tube - Left Side
Pull Off Vacuum Tube
The first step is to open the hood and move to the right side of the vehicle.

The engine air filter box is located at the front right side of the engine bay just in front of the 12V automotive battery and behind the driver side headlight assembly.

Squeeze the two textured areas on the ring around the hose attached to the front of the air box to release the retaining clips.

Gently pull the hose off the air box.

Then pull off the small rubber vacuum tube on the left side of the air box.

Loosen Counterclockwise
Torx T-25 Screws
Loosening Screws

The top half of the air filter box is held in place by 8 screws.

Loosen the eight screws by turning them counterclockwise with a Torx T-25 star bit screwdrivers.

The screws will remain attached to the cover.

8 Total Screws
Lift Off Air Box Cover
Set Aside Air Box Cover
Gently lift the top half of the air box and move it towards the rear of the engine bay.


Remove Old Air Filter
Old Air Filter Removed
Inspect Both Sides
Pull the old filter out of the bottom half of the air box.

Inspect both sides of the old filter.

If the old filter is dark grey or black and clogged with dirt, dust, hair, insects, leaves, twigs and pollen, it should be replaced with a new element.

I recommend buying the Mann-Filter C 35 154/1 engine air filter since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

If you'd prefer to have the OEM filter, the genuine part is Volkswagen 5C0 129 620.

Clean With Vacuum
Bottom Half Air Box
Insert New Air Filter
If the old filter is relatively clean, just tap out the large debris and remove any fine dust with a vacuum cleaner.

If your vacuum has a crevice attachment, clean out any sand or debris in the bottom half of the air box.

Lower the new air filter in to the bottom half of the air box with the pleats facing down and the rubber gasket facing up towards you.

Lower Air Box Cover
Tighten T25 Screws
Tighten Clockwise
Lower the air box cover back in to place over the bottom half.

Tighten the eight screws by turning them clockwise with the Torx T25  screwdriver until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic air box housing.

Push On Plastic Hose
Push On Rubber Tube
Engine Filter Replaced
Push the plastic hose on to the front of the air box cover until it clicks securely in to place.

Push the rubber vacuum tube on to the left side of the air box cover.

Double check that the two halves of the engine air box are flush together with no part of the new filter visible.

Be sure to record the filter change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of my Volkswagen Passat DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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