12V-VR6 Oil Pan Installation
You will need:
5mm hex bit
Oil drain pan
Silicone Oil Pan Sealant ( i recommend OEM or McKanica MAX - Grey color.)
New Oil Filter
If you’re lucky enough to have oil left in your oil pan, you’ll need to drain it. You may want to re-use the oil you drain out if its not super old, or put new oil in when you’re done.
The oil drain bolt on the rear-facing side of the oil pan. Use a 19mm socket/wrench to remove the bolt and drain the oil into the oil drain pan. Be sure to have the drain pan in place before you start to loosen the bolt.
While you’re waiting for the oil to drain, remove the vacuum reservoir bracket which is bolted to the oil pan with two 5mm hex bolts.
Once all the oil is drained (i recommend letting every drip of oil drain out to prevent a mess later), you’ll remove the 5mm hex bolts around the oil pan. There are a total of 26 of them. I used a socket driver to loosen them, then a ratchet screwdriver to remove the screws.
You may need a socket extension to get to the bolts on the drivers side of the pan.
Three 16mm bolts are the last bolts holding the pan in place. Two are on the drivers side, and one is on the back side.
Lastly, there is a heat protector bolted to the oil pan. Remove it.
The oil pan will not just fall off – its held on by the sealant. I gave mine a few taps with a rubber mallet and it fell right off. This is probably the messiest part of the install, as oil will be dripping out of the engine onto your garage floor. I used super absorbent oil towels to keep stuff clean.
mmm… VR6 internals:
Place your oil drain pan under the engine to keep things clean. Take the old oil pan out and dispose of it.
New Pan/Old Pan:
Prep the new oil pan for installation. Put a bead of sealant in the tracks which are there for the sealant.
Spread the sealant out evenly on the lip of the pan.
I then put another bead around the lip
Let the pan/sealant sit for about 10-15 minutes to cure. Go get a beer.
Install the new oil pan – all done. I (and the sealant company) recommend letting the oil pan cure for another 10-12 hours before use. I’d take their word for it. You’ll also need to put oil back into the engine – I’d do that now. You may also want to take the time to change the oil filter if you’re putting new oil into the engine.
Disclaimer: Don't screw your car up doing this. If you're not comfortable doing it, leave it to a professional. With that being said, I am not a mechanic and this was not a hard DIY. If you can change your car's oil, you should be able to do this. This website, and I are not responsible for damage done to your vehicle while undertaking this DIY. This oil pain swap was done on a 2000 Jetta VR6. I cannot speak to differences between model years - although its my understanding that all 12 valve VR6s will be the same procedure.