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Hi there, hope someone can help, I've searched the internet but can't find any information of guide on changing the oil and filter in my Tiguan. I'm not a great believer in a long period between oil changes and as i've just bought the car i'd like to know it's got good fresh oil in it as i've got a long drive coming up in the summer. I found a manufacturers service guide for my last car, which was perfect with oil type and volumes, socket sizes and torques, but can't find a thing for this VW anywhere, help?!?
 

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I haven't checked, but there must be some info on oil type & capacity in the handbook.
 

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On my last visit to the stealer I noted a gentleman getting an oil filter and oil from the service department so that he could do his own oil change. Not suggesting you buy from a vw stealership, but why not ask what oils, filter part etc should be used at the service department of your local vw stealesrship?
 

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Thankyou for the replies, it will come as no surprise that it's already booked into the main stealer for another issue, I may just ask them what and how much I need.
My last car was childsplay to do an oil change on, I'm hoping this won't be too different.
 

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My Allspace came with a 1L of Castrol Edge Professional Longlife III 5W/30 (boosted with Titanium FST).

Also, see https://www.volkswagen.co.uk/owners/recommended-oil

And see https://applications.castrol.com/oilselector/en_gb/c/recommendation?vehicleType=cars&manufacturer=volkswagen-(vw)-(eu)&model=tiguan-allspace-bw-(2017-)&modelType=tiguan-allspace-2-0-tsi-(162-kw)-4motion-(2017-) [change for your own model if you still don't believe it]

Luckily,all three are the same, so I would suggest that that is the correct oil.

As for quantity, the Castrol site suggests 5.7L, convenient when sold in 5L containers! I have found this quantity posted on other sites too, as well as some USA sites saying 6 quarts (which is near enough 5.7L).

I can't find anything in the owner's handbook about oil capacity.
 

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rgrc29 said:
My last car was childsplay to do an oil change on, I'm hoping this won't be too different.
I think access to the filter isn't brilliant on the EA288 engine - maybe some cables to disconnect and move out of the way? No problem if you're doing this sort of thing regularly but you might want to check before getting too far into it.
 

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Rory said:
rgrc29 said:
My last car was childsplay to do an oil change on, I'm hoping this won't be too different.
I think access to the filter isn't brilliant on the EA288 engine - maybe some cables to disconnect and move out of the way? No problem if you're doing this sort of thing regularly but you might want to check before getting too far into it.
Hi Rory, is that the engine model i've Got in this thing, an EA288?
I'm still struggling to get any concrete info on doing an oil change, the best quote from a VW specialist is £118
If I can find the filter location and get a firm figure for oil quantity I'll give it a go, might even record it and put it on YouTube.
 

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Or watch the one already on YouTube?


Unless, of course, the USA engine is significantly different to the European version. Also, he shows 0W 10 oil, whereas 5W 10 longlife is recommended.

6 US quarts = 5.7 litres
 

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PanMan said:
Unless, of course, the USA engine is significantly different to the European version. Also, he shows 0W 10 oil, whereas 5W 10 longlife is recommended.

6 US quarts = 5.7 litres
The US Tiguan is 2.0T petrol only. 5W 30 oil (507 spec) is recommended, not 5W 10.
 

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PanMan said:
Or watch the one already on YouTube?


Unless, of course, the USA engine is significantly different to the European version. Also, he shows 0W 10 oil, whereas 5W 10 longlife is recommended.

6 US quarts = 5.7 litres
Hehe, your close there, but no cigar.
That video is of a TSI petrol engine :)

My current reckoning from what I've heard is the oil volume is between 4.7L and 4.9L
But I'm still no closer to finding the actual oil filter.
 

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rgrc29 said:
Hehe, your close there, but no cigar.
That video is of a TSI petrol engine :)

My current reckoning from what I've heard is the oil volume is between 4.7L and 4.9L
But I'm still no closer to finding the actual oil filter.
Well spotted. I lifted the bonnet on my car, took off the plastic engine cover and ... quickly put it back on again. But in my quick look there was certainly no sign of (or space for) an oil filter.

And agreed, finger problems, oil should be 5W 30.

The filter appears to be VAG - VW OE-03N115466 or VAG - VW OE-03N115562. Dimensions of both are identical, and they appear to be correct for all current VAG Diesel engines.

As to the quantity, I still haven't found a definitive answer. I guess you have to go down the empirical method and buy 5 litres, put in 4.5, run engine briefly to fill up the filter, and check with dipstick. Top-up and keep checking. Repeat until correct level reached.

Also, have a 1L bottle on hand in case it needs more than 5L, and to carry with you should you be on a long journey and need to top-up.

And will you need to reset the service indicator? The car won't know you've changed the oil unless you tell it, and you'll keep getting nagged if you don't tell it.
 

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My current working theory on the oil filter is it's under the engine. I'm going to do a Haldex oil change and filter clean myself, the stealers are quoting me £130 including the filter clean which I find a bit much. There's loads of info on this online as I think it's identical to the one on a Golf type R.
While it's on the Ramps I'm going to take off the covers at the front and see if I can spot the filter from there. If all goes to plan I'll change the filter too and do pretty much as your suggesting with the oil.
I'll take some pics and might even make a video as nobody else seems to have yet.
 

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CNC said:
This may help a bit, it's written in French and it's on an Audi Q3 but still a 2.0 150 TDI, I'm sure you'll work it out from the pictures.
No idea why they make the oil filter so inaccessible. my French is not great but it says you need 13mm and 32mm sockets, and don't damage the two 'O' ring seals on the two bolts unless you have new ones to hand.
https://forums.audipassion.com/topic/202688-tuto-q3-8u-vidanger-son-tdi-150-et-remplacer-le-filtre-%C3%A0-huile/
Jackpot CNC, that's the guide I've been hunting all along!
It's got the oil filter location and good pictures, I'm confident our Tiguans will be much the same.
Time to go and properly translate that post now.
 

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I am curious, what do you know that VW does not about oil change intervals? I don't ask this to be confrontational BTW but your reasons for doing it interest me. I have asked this question in several places and never received an answer. The reason I ask is that when I was a fleet administrator we did some testing and found that the oil could always have gone longer between changes but we wanted to safety check the vehicles so they got the recommended service interval inspection and oil change. It seems to me to be a way of spending a not inconsiderable amount of money for no gain. Oils in the old days were absolute rubbish and needed to be changed but these days oil is a different thing altogether and some manufacturers specify even longer periods between oil changes.
 

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Oils in the old days were absolute rubbish and needed to be changed but these days oil is a different thing altogether and some manufacturers specify even longer periods between oil changes.
I couldn't agree more. Huge advances have been made in oil technology and when combined with modern material technology and manufacturing techniques (surface finishes, component tolernaces etc) there really is no need to go over the top with frequent oil changes. The only thing that will suffer is your wallet.
Gone are the days of replacing big end bearings, crankshafts, camshafts and the like, the engine and gearbox usually outlast the useful life of the car these days.
Bear in mind some Volkswagen Group vehicles may need an oil change every 150,000km, and those engines really have to work hard. That's impressive.
 

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I'd say more frequent oil changes are worth it on a diesel doing regular short journeys where the oil rarely gets up to, and spends any time at, temp (takes a good dozen miles) AND you're going to keep the car for some time, or perhaps may pass it on to a family member.
 

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Rory said:
I'd say more frequent oil changes are worth it on a diesel doing regular short journeys where the oil rarely gets up to, and spends any time at, temp (takes a good dozen miles) AND you're going to keep the car for some time, or perhaps may pass it on to a family member.
For me its a combination of this, and not knowing the history of the cars use. I also run it on premium fuel with a bit of redex thrown in for longer drives to ensure the system is as clean as i can get it without stripping it.
 
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