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Fuels & Lubricants Discussion all about Fuels & Lubricants. synthetic oil, conventional oil, brands, change intervals, diesel grades, gelling and such debated items like that. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed. This forum is NOT for the discussion of biodiesel and other alternative fuels.

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Old December 15th, 2017, 22:16   #1
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Default '98 Bettle TDI oil recommendation

Just got this car and want to change the oil. What do most of you use for engine oil and what is the best oil filter. Thank you for any input....
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Old December 16th, 2017, 07:54   #2
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No Owner's manual ? No looking in the thousands of similar posts ?

Oils - anything that meets VW505.00 or later, or any diesel rated 5w40 synthetic, CF4 rating or later. You can buy oil at your VW dealer, European Car formula, Shell Rotella T6, Mobil Turbo Diesel Truck, etc.

Oil filter - Mann /Wix - again you can purchase at the VW dealer or online. Just look for ALH as the motor type. There are a number of online venders that can supply the whole package (oil + filter).
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Old December 19th, 2017, 22:00   #3
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No Owner's manual ? No looking in the thousands of similar posts ?

Oils - anything that meets VW505.00 or later, or any diesel rated 5w40 synthetic, CF4 rating or later. You can buy oil at your VW dealer, European Car formula, Shell Rotella T6, Mobil Turbo Diesel Truck, etc.

Oil filter - Mann /Wix - again you can purchase at the VW dealer or online. Just look for ALH as the motor type. There are a number of online venders that can supply the whole package (oil + filter).
What he said.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 12:38   #4
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Either Mobil 1 Turbo Diesel Truck (often called TDT on the forum) or Rotella T6 (They unfortunately just changed the formulation) 5w40 but they're still great oils and available everywhere.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 12:45   #5
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Since you are new... are you aware the of Timing Belt change intervals? Those are heartbeat of the TDI and when they fail it is big money to fix.
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Old January 10th, 2018, 11:47   #6
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I have been using t6 for a good while, right now I am using Mobile 1 tdt cause I got a good deal.

here is a good vid

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...9B5A&FORM=VIRE
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Old January 17th, 2018, 01:11   #7
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Anoter option is the Castrol Syntec 5w40.
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Or the Mobil Delvac 1 5w40
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