Engine oil specifications
The engine oil used must conform to exact specifications.
Using the proper engine oil is important for the functionality and service life of the engine. Your engine was factory-filled with a high-quality multi-grade oil which can usually be used throughout the entire year.
Engine oils are constantly being improved. Authorized Volkswagen dealers and authorized Volkswagen Service Facilities are always up-to-date regarding new developments and changes. Volkswagen therefore recommends that you have the engine oil changed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Engine oil quality is based not only on requirements for engines and exhaust treatment systems, but also on fuel quality. Engine oil comes into contact with fuel and fuel residue in all internal combustion engines, causing engine oil to age and its lubricating qualities to deteriorate.
Your engine was factory-filled with a high-quality, “synthetic” all-season engine oil that meets strict Volkswagen oil quality standards and has a viscosity grade of:
SAE 5W-40. or SAE 5\N-30.
At the time this Manual was printed, the engine oils available in Canada that meet these Volkswagen standards are “synthetic” oils. This does not mean, however, that any “synthetic” engine oil will meet Volkswagen standards. Always use an approved oil that expressly complies with the Volkswagen oil quality standard that applies to your vehicle’s engine.
If “synthetic” oil that meets the applicable Volkswagen oil quality standard with viscosity grade SAE 5W-40 or SAE 5W-30 is not available in your area, be sure to use a viscosity grade suitable for the climate, season, and operating conditions that exist where the vehicle is used. Make sure the oil meets the quality standard listed.
Engine oils are constantly being improved. Authorized Volkswagen dealers and authorized Volkswagen Service Facilities are always up-to-date regarding new developments and changes. Volkswagen therefore recommends that you have the engine oil changed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
If you need to add oil and there is none available that meets the Volkswagen oil quality standard your engine requires, you may add a total of no more than 1/2 quart (0.5 liter) of a high-quality “synthetic” oil that meets ACEA A3 speciﬁcations and has a viscosity grade of SAE 5W-40 or SAE 5W-30.
Use only a high quality engine oil that expressly compiles with the Volkswagen oil quality standard specified for your vehicle’s engine. Using any other oil can cause serious engine damage that will not be covered by any Volkswagen Limited Warranty.
Engine oil consumption
To provide effective lubrication and cooling for internal engine parts, all internal combustion engines use some oil. Oil consumption varies from engine to engine and may change over the life of the engine. Engines tend to use more oil during the break-in period than they do afterward, when oil consumption has stabilized.
Under normal conditions, the rate of oil consumption depends on oil quality as well as viscosity, engine speed (rpm), outside temperature, road conditions, the amount oil dilution caused by condensed water or fuel residue, and oxidation oi the oil. Oil consumption may increase with engine wear over time, until replacement of worn engine parts may become necessary.
Volkswagen recommends that you to check the engine oil level at regular intervals, preferably everytime you fill the fuel tank, and always before a long trip. Your vehicle may consume engine oil depending on several variables. A maximum oi 1 quart per 1200 miles (1 liter per 2000 km) would be considered normal. New vehicles may consume more oil over the first 3000 miles (5000 km).
The oil pressure warning light is not an indicator of low engine oil level. it the warning light stays on or flashes while driving (above 1500 rpm), a chime will sound. it indicates that the oil pressure is too low. Stop the engine immediately, check the engine oil level and add oil it necessary. if the engine oil level is normal, but the light continues to flash, do not keep driving or let the engine idle, as damage may occur.
If you believe your engine uses too much oil, we recommend that you consult your authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility so that the cause of your concern can be properly diagnosed. Please keep in mind that accurate measurement of oil consumption requires great care and may take some time. Your authorized Volkswagen dealer and authorized Volkswagen Service Facility have instructions for how to measure oil consumption accurately.
Depending on the way the vehicle is driven and the operating conditions, oil consumption can be up to 1 quart per 1200 miles (0.5 liter per 1000 km). Consumption may be higher for new vehicles during the first 3000 miles (5000 km).
Changing engine oil
The engine oil must be changed according to the internals specified in your Booklet Warranty and Maintenance.
Changing oil at regular intervals is very important because the lubricating properties of oil decrease gradually during normal vehicle use. if you are not sure when to have the oil changed, ask your authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Sometimes, engine oil should be changed more often than specified for normal use. Change oil more frequently if you often drive short distances, in dusty areas or in stop-and-go traffic, or it you use your vehicle where temperatures stay below freezing for long periods.
Volkswagen recommends that you have your oil and oil ﬁlter changed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. They have the required expertise and special tools and will dispose of the old oil properly. Detergent additives in the oil will make fresh oil look dark after the engine has been running a short time. This is normal and no reason to change engine oil more often.