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I’m a little over 3500k and will probably do my first change myself at 5k. The dealer said they won’t change the oil prior to the recommended 10k. Maybe I should ask if they’ll do it at the 1 year mark as I won’t drive that much during first year? Wish the filter was topside!
 

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I’m a little over 3500k and will probably do my first change myself at 5k. The dealer said they won’t change the oil prior to the recommended 10k. Maybe I should ask if they’ll do it at the 1 year mark as I won’t drive that much during first year? Wish the filter was topside!
They will do it at the 1 year mark. Only drove 7800 miles the first year and I received a reminder the yearly was due.
 

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I have The three free Oil changes I did my first one at 7000 and that’s when I plan to do the rest there’s no way I’m going 10,000 miles on an old change call me old-fashioned call me what you will but I plan to keep this car for a while and doing 10,000 mile oil changes I just can’t bring myself to do that after the free ones are up I will be doing it myself either I will be ordering the oil off-line or I’ll be going to the dealership to buy the oil to do it myself far is filter I’ll probably just using a mobile1 or k&n oil filter I have heard you can go to Napa they have the 0W 20 Mobile1 508 vw spec oil that these vehicles require
 

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I have The three free Oil changes I did my first one at 7000 and that’s when I plan to do the rest there’s no way I’m going 10,000 miles on an old change call me old-fashioned call me what you will but I plan to keep this car for a while and doing 10,000 mile oil changes I just can’t bring myself to do that after the free ones are up I will be doing it myself either I will be ordering the oil off-line or I’ll be going to the dealership to buy the oil to do it myself far is filter I’ll probably just using a mobile1 or k&n oil filter I have heard you can go to Napa they have the 0W 20 Mobile1 508 vw spec oil that these vehicles require
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I have a question on the oil change procedure. Normally I would fill the oil filter with oil before installing. Seeing that this filter goes sideways, is it possible to put some oil inside before installing it or just plug it in empty?
 

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Just put it on empty. It will be full in seconds. It's a really small filter too.
One thing I do after an oil change is start the car and just let it idle for half a minute or so without touching the gas pedal. Just to make sure the oil has found all the air pockets and the pressure is fine (especially for the turbo).
 

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I have a question on the oil change procedure. Normally I would fill the oil filter with oil before installing. Seeing that this filter goes sideways, is it possible to put some oil inside before installing it or just plug it in empty?
you can fill it. then quickly level and screw it on. little drippy but possible
 

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After 5,000 miles of not losing or burning a drop, I changed oil at the dealer. Just checked now at 6,000 and oil is a little low:

Can I "assume" that the low to high limits oin the dip stick is a quart? And if so, half way is half a quart low and OK?

Makes me wonder if they underfilled or if there is a leak, perhaps at drain plug.

Thoughts?
 

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After 5,000 miles of not losing or burning a drop, I changed oil at the dealer. Just checked now at 6,000 and oil is a little low:

Can I "assume" that the low to high limits oin the dip stick is a quart? And if so, half way is half a quart low and OK?

Makes me wonder if they underfilled or if there is a leak, perhaps at drain plug.

Thoughts?
I think it's close to a quart between min and max. Maybe a little less on this small engine. I usually fill it 1/2qt low (by the volume of the bottles) when doing an oil change then add small amounts after I've run the engine for a while until I'm close to the full mark on the dipstick. Dealers (and most other places) likely won't bother being so meticulous.

Halfway is perfectly fine. Full seems to be "just about to display overfilled oil message" from some posts on here.
Most likely they did not fill it to the full mark. If you'd lost 1/2 a quart from the drain plug (or anywhere else) you'd have seen the puddle by now.

Just check it every so often with a warm engine (was it warm when you checked it?) and you'll be fine. I keep a spare quart or 2 in the garage in case I need a top up between changes but haven't needed to do that in a long time on any of the cars.
 

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Thanks. Makes a lot of sense.

Now trying to figure out what oil the dealer used. He says Castrol, but they have not made a 508 00 since 2021. The parts dept says they sell VW oil and thought it was rebranded Castrol. But Castrol says they stopped that as well and VW started making their own. And the only Castrol that matches is a "professional" oil at $15 a quart and is not what he dealer used. The Castrol bought at auto parts stores or even Amazon, ECS etc is NOT VW 508 00 any longer and not claimed to be.

This should be easier. I prefer not to mix and match oils and a bit concerned they have not yet been able to tell me what they pumped in from the big barrels.
 

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Thanks. Makes a lot of sense.

Now trying to figure out what oil the dealer used. He says Castrol, but they have not made a 508 00 since 2021. The parts dept says they sell VW oil and thought it was rebranded Castrol. But Castrol says they stopped that as well and VW started making their own. And the only Castrol that matches is a "professional" oil at $15 a quart and is not what he dealer used. The Castrol bought at auto parts stores or even Amazon, ECS etc is NOT VW 508 00 any longer and not claimed to be.

This should be easier. I prefer not to mix and match oils and a bit concerned they have not yet been able to tell me what they pumped in from the big barrels.
Yeah I don't think the genuine stuff is Castrol anymore. Might be Mobil since they now have a 508.00 approved in the US.
The dealer may well have filled it from bottles rather than a barrel. At least, they always seem to have plenty in stock at the parts counter.
Take a look at the receipt and see what part number they list for the oil.

508.00 approved oil must also have a dye in it to make it easier to identify. It has a slight blue/green tint to it. Not gold like other oils. Pull the dipstick and wipe it on a paper towel and you should see the weird color if it is still clean enough.
 

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508.00 approved oil must also have a dye in it to make it easier to identify. It has a slight blue/green tint to it. Not gold like other oils. Pull the dipstick and wipe it on a paper towel and you should see the weird color if it is still clean enough.

I noticed this when I poured my Liquimoly oil into the measuring cup... the various Castrol and Mobil 1 synthetic oils that I used on my Scion were all traditional honey color.
 

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I do have to look at that today!

If one was leaking from the drain bolt, could you see it on the ground with the belly pan there? I have not been under the car, but assumed that the pan would be wet on the inside but not get to the ground. Espeically since the pan has to be removed for an oil change.
 

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OK, gotta share parts of my dialogues with Castrol and my servicing dealer:

Me to Dealer:

Want more info? Of course you do J

“I contacted my VW dealer to find out if this was what he used. He says the oil comes out of large barrels marked Castrol, but cannot tell more than that. Is it likely this is what he uses?

The parts department there sells quarts but of VW branded oil. The dealer thinks this is rebranded Castrol. Is that true?”

Thank you for contacting Castrol North America.
  • Castrol used to manufacture a few products exclusively for Audi/Volkswagen until late 2021.
  • In 2021 Audi/Volkswagen began manufacturing their own oil meeting Audi/VW spec 508 00 and 509 00.
  • Prior to 2021 the Audi/Volkswagen dealership would have been using a product called Castrol EDGE Professional LL IV FE 0W-20 for vehicles needing the Audi/VW spec 508 00 and 509 00.
  • (All Castrol EDGE Professional products are Dealership only)
Castrol EDGE 0W-20 LL IV replaced EDGE Professional LL IV FE 0W-20 in late 2021.
Castrol EDGE 0W-20 meets the Audi/VW spec 508 00 and 509 00 and may be used in your vehicle.
Thank you again for contacting Castrol, we value your patronage!

Castrol Consumer Relations

Dealer replies ( I was concerned he would think I'm nuts at this point :)

Awesome info! #TheMoreYouKnow!

I will admit, you made me question everything I thought I knew about our oil supply haha Turns out there are 4 different weights we stock in different capacities. 0w30 and 5w30 in drums, 5w40 from suspended lines in each bay, and 0w20 in 2 pumps on either side of the shop. Things are far more complicated than they were when I was a technician 5 years ago! So apparently, I was incorrect on the 0w20 and rather than assuming, which is what got us here, I chased down the parts manager and found that they do come in separate drums I can't see, and they are in fact labeled VW! Mystery solved and confirmed.

Thanks for the adventure

So now I know :) Seems VW branded is the new goto 508 00.
 
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