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Pelican Technical Article:

Oil Pan Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

3 hour3 hr

Tab:

$12 to $20

Talent:

**

Tools:

19mm, 16mm wrench, 10mm socket and extensions, T30, T25 Torx, 5mm Allen

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

Oil, RTV sealant, Turbo oil line gasket

Hot Tip:

Cover your floor with cardboard

Performance Gain:

Longer engine life
A great many of these cars have had the engine trays and front side shields removed over the years and not replaced.
Figure 1

A great many of these cars have had the engine trays and front side shields removed over the years and not replaced. If you happen to have a car that still has all the under trays and original hardware here is what you need to do. There are four T25 Torx screws (red arrows) on each side holding the tray on, remove them and slide the tray back out of the friction clips (yellow arrows) on the front air dam.

You need to drain the oil out of the pan before you can remove it.
Figure 2

You need to drain the oil out of the pan before you can remove it. There is a 19mm drain plug on the center rear of the oil pan (red arrow).

Use a 19mm wrench and remove the nut.
Figure 3

Use a 19mm wrench and remove the nut. The threads are approximately an inch in length so be prepared as you are unthreading it.

Drain all the oil from the pan (red arrow).
Figure 4

Drain all the oil from the pan (red arrow). Don't forget the oil stream will change its flow as the oil drains so don't leave it unattended.

You will need to purchase a new drain plug as they do not sell the washer separately.
Figure 5

You will need to purchase a new drain plug as they do not sell the washer separately. I like to install the new plug before I move on the filter so I don't forget.

You will need to remove the mount for the intercooler where it connects to the oil pan.
Figure 6

You will need to remove the mount for the intercooler where it connects to the oil pan. Begin by using the quick disconnect clip (red arrow) and remove the charged air hose from the hard tube. Next use a T25 Torx and remove the two T25 screws holding the pipe to the mount.

Remove the turbo lower oil line by removing the two 5mm Allen bolts (red arrows).
Figure 7

Remove the turbo lower oil line by removing the two 5mm Allen bolts (red arrows).

Even though you have drained the oil there will still be some oil that will drip out so be prepared for it.
Figure 8

Even though you have drained the oil there will still be some oil that will drip out so be prepared for it. You will also need to replace the gasket between the oil line and the pan.

Remove the two 16mm nuts (red arrows) where the transmission connects to the oil pan.
Figure 9

Remove the two 16mm nuts (red arrows) where the transmission connects to the oil pan.

Remove all of the 5mm Allen bolts (red arrows) the bolts also have a 10mm head if you prefer that tool.
Figure 10

Remove all of the 5mm Allen bolts (red arrows) the bolts also have a 10mm head if you prefer that tool. It is a good idea to leave one or two of the corner bolts in loosely so that the pan does not fall off and on you when the final bolt is removed. There will be oil still in the bottom of the pan so, again, be prepared for it.

It is a good idea to use a 5mm Allen or 10mm socket with a long extension (red arrow) as this will give room for the ratchet to get full revolutions around the oil pan.
Figure 11

It is a good idea to use a 5mm Allen or 10mm socket with a long extension (red arrow) as this will give room for the ratchet to get full revolutions around the oil pan.

Thoroughly clean the mounting surfaces of both the engine block and the pan.
Figure 12

Thoroughly clean the mounting surfaces of both the engine block and the pan. Use caution and do not use anything sharp that could cause a gouge in the pan or block that will cause a leak. Put a bead of high temperature sealant (I use Curil-T) as demonstrated here. Install the bolts and hand tighten in a criss-cross pattern until all are hand tight and then torque to specs in a criss-cross pattern.

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