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How to Change the Oil on a 02 VW Jetta With a 2.0 Engine


The Jetta arrived in Volkswagen’s American lineup in the 1980 model year. The 2002 Jetta — four years removed from a redesign — had four engine sizes available: 1.8-liter, 1.9-liter, 2.0-liter and 2.8-liter. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine came only in the GL and GLS trim levels of the 2002 Jetta. Changing the oil in the 2002 Jetta’s 2.0-liter engine requires a very specific refilling process, as the engine is very sensitive to the oil level — overfilling the oil even the slightest bit triggers misfiring and a “check engine” light.

Things You’ll Need

Floor jack, Jack stands, Drain pan, Combination wrench set, Clean, lint-free cloths, Drain plug gasket, Torque wrench, Six-point socket set, Oil filter wrench, New oil filter, 5 quarts 5W-40 or 5W-30 engine oil, Funnel