How to Remove the Oil Pan From a Volkswagen Passat

Changing the oil on your vehicle is a very dirty and somewhat challenging job. That is the main reason that most people seek the help of a professional to change their oil. However, with a little bit of knowledge and quite a bit of elbow grease, you can easily change the oil on your car by yourself. To change your oil you have to remove your car's oil pan. Thankfully on a Volkswagen Passat, this is an easy process.

STEP 1 - Engage your car's emergency break. Even though your car will be powered off while you are working, you should still take this safety precaution.

STEP 2 - Place your car jack about 6 to 8 inches behind the front tire and jack the car up.

STEP 3 - Slide a jack stand under your car to keep it raised. Repeat on the other side of your car.

STEP 4 - Put your gloves on and slide under your Passat. Bring your drip pan with you.

STEP 5 - Locate your Passat's oil pan. It is located directly underneath the engine and is rectangular in shape.

STEP 6 - Drain the oil from your car by removing the oil plug. Allow the oil to collect in your drip pan.

STEP 7 - Using your wrench, remove the four bolts that hold the Passat's oil pan in place. Once the bolts are removed, the oil pan will simply come off.

TIPS: Wear a set of clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, because you are sure to get oil and grease on you.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED: Gloves, Car jack, Jack stands, Drip pan, Wrench

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