What is the Volkswagen Jetta oil type?

I’ve had my Volkswagen Jetta for a while and maintenance is getting expensive. I figured I can save some money by doing the oil change myself. What oil should I use?

Tiffany Leung · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Volkswagen Jetta
oil type is usually 5W-30 motor oil, but it’s a good idea to check your owner’s manual to see what your specific model needs. Be sure to adhere to the recommendation as the wrong oil type can lead to engine damage and void your warranty.
Before you go ahead and change the engine oil, you should be familiar with the procedure so that everything goes smoothly. Any mistake can lead to costly repairs, which would defeat the purpose of changing your own oil! When in doubt, it’s worth going to a licensed mechanic instead.
The following signs are good indications that you need an oil change:
  • The oil is dark brown or black (clean oil is light brown or amber, like a cup of tea, while dirty oil is like a cup of soda)
  • The oil feels coarse or gritty
  • The engine is making unusual sounds
  • There are abnormal smells, like oil, smoke, or burning
  • There is a poorer vehicle performance
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