Oil Knowledge

Oil Knowledge

How do you measure the oil level and what does viscosity mean? We have put together some tips and tricks related to engine oil.

A VW service employee is conducting an oil change on a VW car, as part of either the flexible or fixed service – VW oil change


Time for an Oil change?  

Your owner’s manual or Service Interval Display contains information on when it’s time for an oil change.

Oil Change FAQs

Detailed view of a VW oil check

Warning Lamps: Engine oil

Here, you’ll find an overview of the warning displays related to engine oil – so you know what you have to do. Further information can also be found in your manual.

  • Yellow VW warning light: Engine oil level too low or engine oil level faulty

    Yellow oil can symbol

    This warning lamp indicates that the engine oil level is too low or there is a problem with the engine oil system.

    • Illuminated:
      Engine oil level is too low.
      Switch off the engine and check the oil level.
    • Flashing:
      Engine oil system faulty.
      Visit a specialist and have the engine oil sensor checked.
  • Red VW warning light: Engine oil pressure too low

    Red oil can symbol

    If this symbol is illuminated, the engine pressure is too low. In this case, you should:

    • Switch off the engine and measure the oil level.
    • Is the light still flashing? To avoid any damages, switch off the engine immediately and seek assistance from a professional.

Measuring the Oil Level Correctly

Even the best engine oil needs the correct fill level to protect your engine. If there is too little oil, metal rubs against metal and can damage the engine. If there is too much, it may get into the combustion chamber and damage the catalytic converter. So make sure you check the oil level on a regular basis. Read here about how to measure it correctly.

Engine Oil Viscosity FAQs

Engine and Chassis

Find out more about the centrepiece of your Volkswagen as well as other important components in your car.

Engine oil

To be able to achieve a top performance, your Volkswagen needs the right oil. Are you interested in obtaining an overview of the different types? We have put together a list of the properties and advantages of our engine oils.