Checking Volkswagen (VW) engine oil levels is very easy. Turn off the engine and wait at least five minutes for the engine oil to return to the oil pan. Open the hood and remove the dipstick. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth and reinsert the dipstick all the way in. Wait two seconds, and then remove it. Check VW engine oil level by looking at the dipstick. The oil level should be in the shaded area of the dipstick between the MIN and MAX marks.
Step-by-step instructions on how to check the VW engine oil level.
- Park your Volkswagen on level ground.
- Turn off the ignition and set the parking brake(s).
- Wait at least five minutes. This will allow the oil to return to the oil pan so that you can take an accurate measurement.
- Pull the hood release under the dashboard. Go to the front of the vehicle, release the hood latch, and lift up the hood. Secure the hood with the hood rod or ensure the hood stays up on its own. If you need help with this step, see our guide on how to open the VW hood.
- Under the hood, you will find a yellow round-shaped ring that you can pull (dipstick) to check the engine oil.
- Remove the dipstick and clean it with a clean cloth.
- Fully reinsert the dipstick, then pull it out again.
- Determine the engine oil level by looking at the dipstick. The level should be between the MIN and MAX marks.
- If the oil level is below the minimum mark, remove the oil cap from the top of the engine, and add the recommended oil type.
Follow these steps to check the engine oil level on VW Jetta, Passat, Golf, GTI, EOS, CC, Tiguan, Routan, Bettle, etc.
Check VW engine oil level hot or cold?
In theory, you can check the VW oil level both ways, with the engine hot or cold. If the engine is hot, you risk getting burned.
If you check the engine oil level when the engine is hot, you need to be careful not to get burned. Also, if you’ve just turned off the engine, you must wait at least five minutes before you check the oil level.
We recommend that you make sure that the engine isn’t hot when you check the oil to avoid getting burned. Allow the engine to cool down first. Keep in mind that the oil itself could burn you.
What do you need to check the VW engine oil level?
- To check the VW engine oil level, you don’t need any tools other than clean cloth. When you remove the dipstick from the engine, you’ll need to wipe it clean before you reinsert it and determine the oil level.
How often should I check the VW oil level?
- Check engine oil level at least once a month. Certain VW engines such as the four-cylinder 2.0T are known to burn oil and may burn up to 1qt of oil per 1000 miles.
- On average, a vehicle owner should check their vehicle’s engine oil at least once every month, but we recommend checking your oil more often, such as once every other week, if your VW burns or loses engine oil.
Why Check VW Engine Oil Level?
- To keep your VW running at peak performance. Make sure to check the engine oil level at least once a month and perform an oil change twice a year or as recommended by the manufacturer.