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Old 05-12-2011, 06:04 PM
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Hi,

I just got an oil change on Sunday. I noticed oil was leaking yesterday afternoon. Could it be the plug was not properly tightened? My car had not been leaking any oil until after I had it changed.

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Old 05-12-2011, 06:27 PM
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Hi,

I just got an oil change on Sunday. I noticed oil was leaking yesterday afternoon. Could it be the plug was not properly tightened? My car had not been leaking any oil until after I had it changed.

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I don't want to bring bad news... but it could also very well be from over-tightening that strips the oil pan (just had mine replaced)
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Old 05-12-2011, 06:48 PM
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Hmm...well I'm going to go have it checked today. Also, do you happen to know what king of engine oil is best for 2004 beetle? I believe I use Castrol 5w-40.
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Hmm...well I'm going to go have it checked today. Also, do you happen to know what king of engine oil is best for 2004 beetle? I believe I use Castrol 5w-40.

About your oil leak, I would take it back to who changed your oil and demand for them to check the drain plug with you present to verify. If they stripped it, I'd make them pay for an oil pan.

In regards to engine oil this subject has been touched many times the most recent thread What OIL to use

Castrol conventional 5w-40 is a good choice for non-turbos.
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I run 5w40 Castrol Syntec in my 2.0 and have for over 5 years. I'd say you're good with that choice.
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A worn out drain plug crush washer will definetly cause a leak at the oil pan drain plug.
Did they replace it?
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A worn out drain plug crush washer will definetly cause a leak at the oil pan drain plug.
Did they replace it?
+1 that will do it every time. You can get away with reusing it once in a pinch, but no more than that.
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Yep! I had this happened too. Here is another thread: Oil Leak Help
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Someone could have double gasketed it on accident. Happens all the time.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:38 PM
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Turns out there were a couple of "washers" placed to tighten it and they showed me. They are telling me that I it's best to replace the oil pan completely because it keeps leaking oil. Less now after I had it tighten, but still leaking nonetheless. =(
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Turns out there were a couple of "washers" placed to tighten it and they showed me. They are telling me that I it's best to replace the oil pan completely because it keeps leaking oil. Less now after I had it tighten, but still leaking nonetheless. =(
Most likely they over tightened it
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:16 AM
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I have been using Castrol GTX 5w-30 (non synthetic). I don't know what type of oil the owner before me was using.
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Dont listen to the snake juice. As long as there is oil in your crankcase, you are good to go.

There are cars reaching 300-400K in miles running conventional oil. Your oil is fine. Keep using Castrol, and remember conventional oil is real oil. Synthetic is created in a lab.
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.... Synthetic is created in a lab.
Perhaps that's why they call it SYNTHETIC? I'm just guessing here...
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Oh, here we go , again!

I have decided to succumb to those so much more knowledgeable than myself about oil and engine lubrication and delete my posts in this regard. I will learn.

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Oh, here we go , again!

I have decided to succumb to those so much more knowledgeable than myself about oil and engine lubrication and delete my posts in this regard. I will learn.
You're alot nicer than I...
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Ours had a dribble from a damaged pan at the plug which had been JB-welded by a previous owner. I changed the pan to a steel/alum one similar to: VW Mk4 1.8T Steel/Aluminum Oil Pan for ~$100. Not a big job and there is a thread to show you how if you need. Not a drop on the drive since then. Good luck.
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If her using conventional oil is "supposedly" bad. Then I would ask for evidence showing this.

Lay it all on the table. Show me conventional oil is no good. Oh wait, I guess we wont be going into that because there isn't any proof that auto shops who use conventional have more issues or come backs. There also is no manufacturer that states in their manual that conventional oil will destroy your car. Most shops carry a weight of oil that is good to use for which the climate they live in.

Therefore "as long as there is oil in your crankcase, your car will be fine".
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Have you seen the sludging that occurs in 1.8T engines that use conventional?
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