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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old November 20th, 2010, 09:55   #1
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HI all

was going to do my first oil change in my 02 jetta tdi, and i know that there are alot of people doing it by extracting it from the top side.

i was wondering if you can drain it the traditional way as well from the bottom pan. if so is there a special proccess to this.

i took a peek under there and there really isnt a oil pan screw that stands out to me.

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Old November 20th, 2010, 10:58   #2
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you have to take the plastic cover off under the car.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 11:02   #3
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Sure, all you need do is to remove the plastic belly pan. Just a few screws.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 20:09   #4
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Thank you...took about an hour or so but i took my time the first time took some pics as well with the belly pan and top cover off.

one thing is new though, the oil wentinstantly black right after i started the car. I hear that is normal, because not all the oil gets poured out, wonder if top extraction gets more out and Oil stays cleaner longer.
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Old November 21st, 2010, 03:19   #5
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The black oil is normal. No problem.

As far as top extraction vs bottom drain, there is no agreement. I suspect the real issue is not top vs bottom but which one does best for which engine. I would also suggest that the difference is just too little to worry about. At my age, I have found that most of those things that worried me when I was 16 don't worry me now at 64.

As it was when I was 16 some people worry over even the smallest of issues and some don't even address the really big ones.

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