VW Touareg TDI and Audi Q7 DIY oil change with oil extractor

This article shows how to change the engine oil on a 3.0L engine 2009 or 2010 VW Touareg TDI.  Since the Audi Q7 TDI uses the same engine, it also applies to them.


First, always use VW spec 507.00 engine oil.  This is currently the only oil specification approved for use on your engine.  Long story short, the reason why is because it's low ash and will not shorten the life of the DPF filter.  See 1000q: DPF FAQ for Touareg and Q7 for a detailed explanation.  When using this oil, the recommended oil change interval is 10,000 miles.  If the dealer is changing the oil under the 3 years/36,000 mile service, make sure they use VW 507.00 spec oil.  It's 5w-30 synthetic.

This procedure shows oil extraction from the top.  This is the factory approved method.  I prefer to drain the oil from the bottom because it lets you inspect the stuff underneath.  The pictures and the basic procedure are mirrored with permission by DCC.

Parts and tools to drain the engine oil

1 oil filter: VW# 057 115 561 m (057115561m)
32mm 6 point socket (or 1 1/4" socket)
oil extractor from pela or substitute device

9 Liters 5w-30 engine oil - some 507.00 approved types are:
Castrol SLX Pro. LL03 5w-30 (in the gold bottle)
Mobil 1 ESP Formula 5W-30
Motul Specific VW 507
Total Quartz Ineo 5w-30 VW 507

If you wish to buy the oil from the dealership, the part numbers are:
VW# g v52 195 a1 (gv52195a1) for .5 liter
VW# g vw 052 195 m2 (gvw052195 m2) for 1 liter
VW# g 052 195 m4 (gvw052195 m4)for 5 liters

Engine oil change procedure on Audi Q7 TDI or VW Touareg TDI

On a warm but not hot engine, apply the parking brake, shut off the engine, and open the hood.  About 45 minutes is enough to let the engine cool down a little.

Remove the plastic engine cover by pulling up on each corner.  A warm engine also softens the rubber grommets that hold the cover's pegs (white arrows below).  Set it aside.

There are two wires over the filter cap.  You could just push them out of the way, but the original author chose to unplug to make things easier.  Each plug has a little tab that locks the plug in place.  Pull the tab back slightly to release the hook lock and push the plug "in" slightly before pulling it back because many times the hook sticks.  Never pull by the wires, always pull by the plastic plug. (yellow arrows below).

Use a 32mm (6 point) or 1 1/4"  socket to loosen counterclockwise the oil filter housing cap.  As you loosen the cap, you may hear oil dripping from the filter housing back into the drain pan.  Place a rag around the filter cap and lift it straight up and away.

Note - the reason why the factory says to remove the oil filter first is because there's some oil held in the filter housing by a valve.  Draining the oil from the pan before removing the filter won't change the oil oil in the housing until the filter is removed.

The original author used a Pela 6000 with 6L capacity, so he had to 'extract then empty', and then repeat to get all the oil out.  Extract the oil from the dipstick tube. You should be able to extract 9 liters or very close to that.  Remove the oil extractor from the dipstick.

This is how much he got out before extracting the oil out of the filter housing.

The replacement oil filter unit comes with a new o-ring for its cap.  Remove the old o-ring and slightly wet the new o-ring with oil when installing it.  The new filter should snap into the filter cap with the extension facing down or away from the cap.  Make sure the o-ring is seated correctly all the way around the cap.

Pour some oil into the filter housing just to wet it.  It won't fill because the filter isn't in place.

Replace the cap/filter by using light down pressure to get the first few threads to engage.  You'll notice that as you reinstall the cap, the filter rotates into position in the housing so that the cap will drop down to allow engagement of the threads.  This is important as the filter has to be in the proper and correct position to allow this to happen - do not force the filter housing cap down with force as you may end up with a improperly installed filter or break the filter extension.

Tighten the cap to 25 ft-lb (35 Nm).  Don't overtighten it, let the o-ring do its job sealing.  Overtightening will damage the o-ring.  

Use a funnel to add 9 liters of new motor oil or until the dipstick shows full.  After it shows full, replace the 2 plugs you removed earlier.  

Start the engine and let it run for a minute.  It may go down slightly as the filter housing fills up.  Go for a test drive and check for any leaks.  There should be none since you only touched the cap, dipstick

Enjoy the results of your work and here is hoping that the above provided some helpful information. As usual, perform this at your own risk and only do it if you are comfortable working on your vehicle and you have access to all the proper and needed tools/equipment.

Old oil disposal: some towns have local hazardous waste drop offs.  Most auto parts stores will take your used oil for free.  If you still can't find a local waste disposal, Earth911.com can search for one. 

If some oil spilled onto the driveway it can cause stains.  First wipe up any excess and then pour a little spill absorber or basic kitty litter onto it.  Step and crush the pebbles into dust and let it sit.  It will absorb the stain.  You can also use a piece of cardboard as a placemat.

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