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Engine Oil

High-Performance Engine Oils from Volkswagen

The right oil is like a liquid component, providing an ideal complement to your engine, protecting it and enabling peak performance. Discover here how to find the right engine oil, the differences between the various grades and how to interpret the abbreviations.

Our standard: far more than just standard

More efficient and more reliable. With these goals in mind, Volkswagen has been developing high-performance engine oils together with Castrol since 1999, resulting in innovations that are constantly being optimised to the limits of performance, thereby far surpassing standard releases and specifications.

Volkswagen High-Performance Engine Oil Longlife III

Developed for your engine.
  • Saves fuel.

Higher efficiency through less friction.

  • Extends oil change intervals.

Due to long-term stability and lower ash content - even in the case of diesel vehicles with particle filters.

  • Prolongs the engine's life.

Reduces friction to a minimum.

Reduces friction and noise

Cylinder, piston and other engine parts move at extremely high speeds. A robust oil film reduces frictional forces and wear and tear.

Cleans the engine

Combustion gives rise to contaminants such as tiny soot particles. Special additives in engine oil bind them and prevent harmful deposits.

Protects against acid corrosion

Combustion gases and unburnt fuel cause acids to form. Engine oil neutralises them and aid to prevent acid corrosion.

Cools

Modern engine pistons are able to reach temperatures of up to 350 ℃. Engine oil absorbs the heat and quickly dissipates it, thereby also cooling engine parts that coolant does not reach.

Seals off the engine

Engine oil ensures that the fine gap between the piston ring and cylinder surface are sealed by forming a sealing layer around the parts.

The right oil for every engine

The perfect oil? An engine oil that is matched exactly to your Volkswagen. After all, every engine places different demands - ranging from temperature through to pressure.

A look at the owner's manual

Where can I find the oil standard for my car?

Compare the specification in your owner's manual with the labelling on the engine oil bottle (VW standard).

A secure film of lubricant must be guaranteed, even when subject to extreme outside and engine temperatures. The service wallet will help you find the right engine oil. Only use oil that has been approved by the manufacturer so your engine stays clean, acidic combustion products are neutralised and the build up of sludge is prevented.

Don't mix indiscriminately

Diesel or petrol engines: In principle, only oils serving the same engine concept may be mixed - including synthetic with mineral oils. The engine oil must meet at least the prescribed performance characteristics set out in the VW standard - the quality may also be higher.

Stick to the manufacturer's specifications

By using unapproved engine oil you not only risk damaging the engine - it also usually voids the guarantee.

The quality of engine oils is defined by a combination of letters and numbers. The different specifications describe the right oil for your engine concept. Don't get stuck in the slow lane: Stick to the manufacturer's specifications and you'll be guaranteed a long engine life.

Interpreting oil abbreviations

So SAE 5W-30 no longer feels like an impossible formula. Do you know where to find the oil flow properties in cold temperatures on the container? And why these properties should preferably have as small a value as possible at low temperatures? Time to find out.

SAE

The SAE classification of the "Society of Automotive Engineers" refers to viscosity, i.e. the engine oil's flow properties at certain temperatures.

W

Winter or low temperatures.

Number in front of the 'W'

Flow properties in cold weather. The smaller the number, the better the engine oil flows and circulates at low temperatures.

Number after the 'W'

Flow properties in hot weather. The smaller the number, the better the engine oil circulates at 100 ℃.

VW Standard

Volkswagen specification.

GVW

Manufacturer number.

Maximum performance

Even the best engine oil needs the correct fill level to protect your engine. Too little oil: Metal rubs on metal and may damage the engine. If there is too much oil, it may get into the combustion chamber and result in damage to the catalytic converter. Therefore, pay attention to the oil display and manually check the oil level on a regular basis.

Engine oil level too low or engine oil level faulty

Is illuminated: engine oil level too low.
Switch off the engine and check the engine oil level.

Flashing: Engine oil system faulty.
Visit a specialist and have the engine oil sensor checked.

Engine oil pressure too low

Switch off the engine and measure the oil level.

Are the lights still flashing?
To avoid any damages, switch off the engine immediately and seek assistance from a Volkswagen partner.

Time for an engine oil change?

Your Owner's Manual will tell you when it is time to have your engine oil changed.

Fixed Service:
Every 15,000 km, but at least once a year.

 

Why have an engine oil change?

Journey upon journey, engine oil battles against huge pressure, resistance and temperatures.It neutralises fine dust, acids and water. Even the best oil, however, wears out with time. Residues accumulate.

Change the filter at the same time?

The oil filter collects the combustion residues and dirt that the oil absorbs in the engine and clogs up over time. It should therefore be changed at the same time. For a long engine life.