Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lafayette, LA - USA
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2012 TDI Help with Oil Change...
Hello...I apologize to post something this simple but I was wondering if anyone would mind chiming in on my plans to change the oil in my 2012 Touareg TDI. I have 5,300 miles (very happy, fun trouble free miles I might add) and want to change the oil based on what I've read in other posts. Call it an abundance of caution, but I figure it can't hurt, unless I screw it up that is. I went to the VW dealership today and bought the filter and o-ring as well as nine quarts of the approved Castrol SLX oil. There were comments in another post about removing the engine cover and using a 32mm socket to remove the oil cap, but it looks like the 2011 and 2012's must be designed differently. Attached is a picture from under the hood showing what I believe to be the oil filler cap which simply unscrews. I didn't fool with it because the engine was hot, but am I correct in that I simply unscrew the cap, remove the filter assembly and replace the o-ring and filter? Actually, here are the steps that I think I need to take and maybe people can correct any mistakes:
1) Unscrew the drain plug underneath the engine (after removing the cover)
2) Remove the drain cap at the top and remove the piece where the o-ring goes and throw away old filter and o-ring.
3) After oil drains from engine (not sure how long this takes), replace the drain plug.
4) Refill engine with oil through top
5) Replace filter and assembly
6) Screw the cap down.
Am I missing anything? The other question I had was when to do this. I seem to remember reading that maybe 45 minutes after shutting down the engine is about the right time to do this - is that correct? And of course the $1,000,000.00 question - exactly how many quarts of oil go back in? The dealership said 8 and 1/2 quarts...Sound right? I really appreciate any feedback as the last thing I want to do is screw up a brand new engine. Thanks, Tyson