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    Thread: Brake Pads & Oil Change for MKIV Jetta

    1. Member Angina's Avatar
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      09-10-2004 10:09 AM #1
      I just bought some Mintex brake pads for the front and back of my 02 Jetta. Do the larger brake pads go up front or in the back?

      Also, I've been getting my oil changes done at a Mobile Service place (not using synthetic). But I got some free coupons for oil change at a Firestone... Is it ok to switch where I get my oil changes done (and using a different brand of oil)?


    2. 09-10-2004 10:48 AM #2
      The larger ones go up front, you can change oil brands as long as you stay with the SAE viscosity . By the way you own a 1.8T , you should certainly consider using synthetic oil. how many miles you use your oil normally?

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      09-10-2004 10:58 AM #3
      every 4000 miles

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      09-10-2004 11:31 AM #4
      You can change oil brands, but stick with a similar viscosity and go with a VW approved oil to be safe. And consider going synthetic if your mileage isn't too high already. I use Mobil1 0w-40 at present and the car runs like a champ

      also, 4000 mile oil changes won't hurt your car, but i don't know if they do you any good either. Even VW suggests only 5,000 mile oil changes. If you switch to synthetic you could even stretch it further (my wife's landrover uses synthetic and a change is needed only every 12,000 miles!), but, since our cars are turbo I think 5,000 is about right.

      But don't worry abotu switching oil brands. Just keep the viscosity similar and you'll be fine. FYI, once you switch to synthetic you can't go back easily.


    5. 09-10-2004 01:17 PM #5
      OK for a mineral oil, but with synthetic you can go from 5000 to 7000 with a turbo. Depends in how you drive,
      long distances, fewer engine starts in a day, less dust and good filter, better fuel will give you up to 7000 miles no problem.
      I change my filter at 4000, add the few ounces lost with the change and go for 8000 miles per oil change. Mobil 1, and castrol syntec are good oils for our engine.
      luck!

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