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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Changing engine oil

Read and follow the introductory information and safety information firstIntroduction to the subject 

The engine oil must be changed according to the intervals specified in your ⇒BookletWarranty and Maintenance,.

Changing oil at regular intervals is very important because the lubricating properties of oil decrease gradually during normal vehicle use. If you are not sure when to have the oil changed, ask your authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

Sometimes, engine oil should be changed more often than specified for normal use. Change oil more frequently if you often drive short distances, in dusty areas or in stop-and-go traffic, or if you use your vehicle where temperatures stay below freezing for long periods.

Volkswagen recommends that you have your oil and oil filter changed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility ⇒ . They have the required expertise and special tools and will dispose of the old oil properly.

Detergent additives in the oil will make fresh oil look dark after the engine has been running a short time. This is normal and no reason to change engine oil more often.

Warning

If you must change the engine oil yourself, be sure to take the following precautions:
  • Always wear eye protection.
  • To reduce the risk of burns from hot engine oil, let the engine cool down completely before beginning.
  • When removing the oil drain plug with your fingers, stay as far away as possible. Always keep your forearm parallel to the ground to help prevent hot oil from running down your arm.
  • Drain the oil into a container designed for this purpose, one large enough to hold at least the total amount of oil in your engine.
  • To reduce the risk of poisoning, never drain the oil into empty food or beverage containers that might mislead someone into drinking from them.
  • Engine oil is poisonous and must be stored out of the reach of children.
  • Continuous contact with used engine oil is harmful to your skin. Always protect your skin by washing thoroughly with soap and water.

Before changing the oil, first make sure you know where you can properly dispose of the old oil.

Dispose of the old oil an environmentally-responsible manner. Never dump the old oil on garden soil, in wooded areas, in the street, into streams, rivers, or bodies of water, or down sewage drains.

Recycle used oil by taking it to a collection facility for used engine oil in your area, or contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

Volkswagen recommends that you always have your oil and oil filter changed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. They have the required expertise and special tools and will dispose of the old oil properly.

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