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    2000 Passat, Oil Light Always Comes On

    Even if I got my oil refilled last week the oil light keeps going on. Anyone have this problem? If so ,do you know how to fix this?

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    Vehicle history? When did it start? Is it the STOP oil light?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urlik View Post
    Vehicle history? When did it start? Is it the STOP oil light?
    I bought it used 1.5 yrs ago. Don't know much about it before then. I had to get a few things fixed for emissions when I got it and the vehicle light wasn't flashing after that. Within 4-5 months the light was constantly on and has been on for the last year or so.

    The Stop Oil light does come on towards the end of my '3000' miles between oil changes.

    Another light comes on indicating low oil levels on the regular, this has been going on for another 6-9 months.

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    When you say vehicle light, so you mean the check engine light? Have you used synthetic oil only?

    It's possible you're looking at sludge issues on the stop oil light. You can find a bunch of stuff on here about it. Basically caused by people not using synthetic oil as recommended in the cars. The oil cooks at the turbo, makes "turbo turds", and starts clogging passages and the oil pickup screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urlik View Post
    When you say vehicle light, so you mean the check engine light? Have you used synthetic oil only?

    It's possible you're looking at sludge issues on the stop oil light. You can find a bunch of stuff on here about it. Basically caused by people not using synthetic oil as recommended in the cars. The oil cooks at the turbo, makes "turbo turds", and starts clogging passages and the oil pickup screen.
    lol about the turbo turds lol.

    Yeah I use a synthetic blend. The guys at Jiffy Lube told me to not use full synthetic.

    Yeah I am talking about the check engine light. I am aware that Sludge issues are definitely a problem for cars like mine.

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    Please don't listen to the guys at jiffy lube. Use full synthetic.

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    GTFA from jiffy boob.

    DIY oil changes or die. They take 15 minutes, 10 if you use a pump. I would think about seafoaming or autrx'ing your motor, maybe drop the oil pan to see whats going on in there with the pickup screen. You have to have to have to have to use the correct oil in these engines, and I always go a step further and let the car idle for a couple minutes to help prevent said 'turbo turds'. Id think about installing a oil PSI gauge, your oil pressure is like your blood pressure, To high and your motor can stroke out, to low and you motor can pass out.

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    I fail to see anywhere here that the OP actually checked his oil level. Though to be honest, he most likely has real problems.

    And anyone saying specifically NOT to use full synthetic oil in a 1.8T needs to be locked up.

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    Don't listen to anyone at Jiffy Lube. Better yet, don't even go there. Seriously, it takes longer to drive to your nearest Jiffy than it is to just do it yourself. Right oil (And not just any synthetic oil, but one that is 502 approved), right filter (buy the big one, Mann), save money.

    Also, get in the habit of checking your oil level at least once a week.

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    There is a big difference between the oil light (for low oil pressure) and the check engine light. Your original post makes everyone think your engine is toast from low oil pressure.

    For the CEL, you need to have the car scanned for codes. There are many different problems it could be, but without a scan, it will be a series of expensive guesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithermadness View Post
    Don't listen to anyone at Jiffy Lube. Better yet, don't even go there. Seriously, it takes longer to drive to your nearest Jiffy than it is to just do it yourself. Right oil (And not just any synthetic oil, but one that is 502 approved), right filter (buy the big one, Mann), save money.

    Also, get in the habit of checking your oil level at least once a week.
    One and only time I went there was on a road trip and a stealership wasn't around. They're terrible, stop going.

    As for DIY, my dealership here only charges me $60 for the full synthetic and large filter...plus she gets a bath. afaik 502 approved oil and large filter are ~$50 unless you find good deals, another $10 is well worth someone else doing it and washing my car afterwards.

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    HAHA, sounds like a troll thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doyles-1.8T View Post
    As for DIY, my dealership here only charges me $60 for the full synthetic and large filter...plus she gets a bath. afaik 502 approved oil and large filter are ~$50 unless you find good deals, another $10 is well worth someone else doing it and washing my car afterwards.
    Better still, mine charges $50, and they have a punch card for "Buy 4, get one free". That cuts it to an effective 40 bucks. Lower than the non-special-sale price of the oil and filter. (I pass on the free wash. I'm too fussy)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolesfan View Post
    HAHA, sounds like a troll thread.
    I know, right? Kinda reminds me of the NOS bike thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotts13 View Post
    Better still, mine charges $50, and they have a punch card for "Buy 4, get one free". That cuts it to an effective 40 bucks. Lower than the non-special-sale price of the oil and filter. (I pass on the free wash. I'm too fussy)
    Very nice.

    What's the fuss over stealer washing it, btw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doyles-1.8T View Post
    What's the fuss over stealer washing it, btw?
    This particular dealer has a commercial car wash across the street, so they just run them over there. I'm convinced the chemicals these washes use fade the black plastic trim and oxidize the "chrome" trim around the windows. I tell them I "don't have time" so they give me a certificate for a wash later; I give them away to friends.

    Maybe other dealers do it themselves; the Lexus dealer hand-washes the girlfriend's car. And leaves water spots all over it, every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolesfan View Post
    HAHA, sounds like a troll thread.
    Nah this is a serious thread.

    I didn't buy my VW out of a passion for VWs, I bought it because it was a great deal, but I just don't know how to take care of the car itself. Never had a passion for cars, but I do know that basic knowledge is crucial.

    Anyways, this sounds kind of expensive. I live in an apartment and we aren't allowed to work on our cars at all in the parking lot. I also have 0 extra time to go out and get the supplies and do it my self.


    But yeah, I'll re-glaze over the posts to get a better idea of what my next steps are. I'd like my car to last another 3-4 yrs ideally so I'm definitely willing to do whatever it takes.


    Are there any other commercial oil changing places you guys can best recommend? Or should I look for a private shop that works strictly on VWs or German cars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotts13 View Post
    I fail to see anywhere here that the OP actually checked his oil level. Though to be honest, he most likely has real problems.

    And anyone saying specifically NOT to use full synthetic oil in a 1.8T needs to be locked up.
    Yah man..I never check oil....Strong fail on my part I know.

    Yikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by essaybrah View Post
    Yah man..I never check oil....Strong fail on my part I know.
    The nature of turbocharged engines is to use a little oil; and Passats tend to use a little more. Worse, it seems to vary quite a bit, car-to-car. My 2000 went through a quart in 2500-3000 miles, and VW considers up to a quart per 1000 "normal". The upshot is, you really have to check your oil at least every other gas fill-up.

    I'd be hesitant to recommend any of the commercial oil change places. They might do a good job from time to time, but you'd have to watch them like a hawk - right oil, right filter, right amount - I've personally had them fail to put ANY oil in the car. Twice. And I'd say the chances of them replacing all ten fasteners on the belly pan are remote. If you can't do it yourself, and don't want to worry yourself sick every time, you need to find a VW specialist shop.

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