PASSAT B6 SERVICE INFORMATION

Before servicing your car it is important to know if it is on LONG LIFE service intervals or NOT.

 

It doesn’t actually matter because you can change the regime to suit yourself but it is handy to know what the car started out on and is perhaps still on.

 

Look in Booklet 1.1 Service schedule. That’s the one the dealers stamp for service history.

OR  look in the tyre well.

 

In either case you should find a rectangular sticker with your chassis number on the top.

 

E.g.  wvwzzz3C z 6E123456 3C5 011

 

This is followed by a load of information mostly in the form of 3 digit codes.

 

For servicing you are looking for QG0, QG1, QG2, QG3 ETC

 

“QG1” means long-life service.

 

“QG0” means time or distance dependent service.

 

“QG2” means time or distance dependent service.

 

“QG3” means time or distance dependent service.

 

 

 

PASSAT B6 SERVICE INTERVALS BY QG CODE

Up to 2007

 

QG0/QG2/QG3

Oil change service: every 15,000 km or 1 year

QG1

Interval service: every 30,000 km or 2 years

All vehicles

Interval service inspection: every 60,000 km or 4 years

2007 onwards

 

QG0/QG2/QG3

Oil change service every 15,000 km or 1 year

QG1

Interval service: every 30,000 km or 2 years

All vehicles

Inspection service: after 3 years or max 60,000 km, then every 2 years

 

Long life service (QG1) does not mean service only at 30,000 km or 2 years which ever comes first.  Depending on how your vehicle was set at the last service, the service warning will set “service due” based on an ecu estimate of the condition of the engine oil.

This confuses some people who expect the warning to be based on exactly 30,000 km, but get a warning that amounts to less.

 

 

WHAT OIL DO I USE.

 

This is set out in the table below. It is important to stick to the VW specification.

If that specification is not marked on the can, don’t use it.

 

ENGINE OIL SPECIFICATIONS

PETROL ENGINES - LONG LIFE

OIL SPEC

4-cylinder engines incl. FSI

504 00

VR6 FSI

504 00

4-cylinder TSI

504 00

PETROL ENGINES - NOT LONG LIFE

OIL SPEC

4-cylinder engines incl. FSI ►2007

501 01/502 00

4-cylinder engines incl. FSI 2008►

502 00

VR6 FSI

502 00/505 01

4-cylinder TSI

502 00

DIESEL ENGINES - LONG LIFE

OIL SPEC

4-cylinder engines with diesel particulate filter

507 00

4-cylinder engines without diesel particulate filter

507 00

DIESEL ENGINES - NOT LONG LIFE

OIL SPEC

4-cylinder engines with diesel particulate filter

507 00

4-cylinder engines without diesel particulate filter

505 01

 

 

WHAT TO CHANGE AND WHEN

 

This is set out in the table below. There is no reason why you should not change things earler than specified (apart from cost). Avoid leaving things longer than specified.

 

PASSAT and CC MAINTENANCE INTERVALS

ENGINE OIL FILTER

 

LONG LIFE SERVICE

As indicated by dashboard display

NOT LONG LIFE SERVICE

Every 15,000 km or 1 year

AIR FILTER:

 

ALL ENGINES

Every 90,000 km or 6 years

FUEL FILTER:

 

DIESEL ENGINES

Every 90,000 km  (No need for water draining)

DUST AND POLLEN FILTER:

 

ALL ENGINES

Every 60,000 km or 2 years

DSG GEARBOX OIL FILTER

Every 60,000 km

HALDEX COUPLING (4 WD)

Every 60,000 km

AUTOMATIC GEARBOX FLUID

 

1.8 l TSI and 2.0 l TSI

Every 60,000 km

SPARK PLUGS

 

2.0 l FSI 110 kW, 1.6 l and 1.4 l TSI

60,000 km or 4 Years

2.0 l TFSI; V6 FSI; 1.8 l TSI; 2.0 l TSI

90,000 km or 6 Years

BRAKE FLUID

 

UP TO 2007

Every two years

2008 ONWARDS

After 3 years and then every 2 years.

 

CAM BELT CHANGE INTERVALS

 

(Some people refer to the cam belt as a timing belt or toothed belt)

 

The table below shows the DISTANCE intervals for the B6 Passat. VW do not specify a TIME interval for the B6 Passat.

 

CAM BELT / TENSIONER CHANGE INTERVALS

DIESEL ENGINES

 

PUMP INJECTOR

 

BKC, BKP ,BMA, BMP, BLS, BVE
BMR, BUZ, BWV, BXE

Up to 2006 - Every 120,000 km

BKC, BKP ,BMA,BMP, BLS, BVE
BMR, BUZ, BWV, BXE

After  2007 - Every 150,000 km

COMMON RAIL

 

CBAA, CBAB, CBBB

Every 180,000 km

PETROL ENGINES

 

AXX, BLR, BLX,BLY, BPY, BWA
BVX, BVY, BVZ

Every 180,000 km

 

 

NOTE

 

BSE, BSF

Belt drive with test interval

AXZ, BLF, BLP, BLV, BWS, BZB, CAXA, CAWB, CBFA, CCTA, CCTB

Chain drive, which is maintenance free

 

The VW specification is to change the tensioning roller every second belt change.

For peace of mind, change the tensioning roller with every belt.

You are also advised to renew the water pump at the same time.

 

 

THERE IS NO SERVICE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE MANUAL GEARBOX

 

The table below gives oil capacity and specification for anyone wishing to change the gearbox oil.

 

GEARBOX

5 SPEED

6 SPEED

GEAR BOX CODE

JJU JCX KBM KJF LHV LHP

JJY JLU JPG JWX JYL KDN KDS KDQ KNS KNU KNY KVT KVZ LHX

CAPACITY (litres)

1.9

2.3

OIL SPEC

75W

75W - 80

OIL SPEC (VW)

G 052 512 A2 & G 070 726 A2

G 052 171 A2

OIL SPEC (OTHER)

FUCHS SINTOFLUID FE 75W

FUCHS SINTOFLUID

75W – 80

 

 

IMPORTANT:  THE OIL LEVEL CANNOT BE CHECKED ON SOME GEARBOXES. . THEY MUST BE EMPTIED AND REFILLED WITH THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF OIL. (CHECK WORKSHOP MANUAL)

 
Brake service information.
 
Brake pad wear indicator is ONLY in front LEFT pads. (This means you will never get a dash warning for the rear brake pads).
Pad linings are 11 mm thick when new.
Pad lining replacement limit is 2 mm.
 
Front discs.
 
345 mm Diameter disc. Width new 30 mm. Wear limit 27 mm.
312 mm Diameter disc. Width new 25 mm. Wear limit 22 mm.
 
Rear discs
 
310 mm Diameter disc. Width new 22 mm. Wear limit 20 mm.
286 mm Diameter disc. Width new 12 mm. Wear limit 10 mm.
 
 
Coolant information.

All Passats are filled with a “For life” antifreeze/summer coolant. There is no requirement for replacement.

 

Coolant types are G12 plus (TL VW 774 F)  and  G12 plus-plus (TL VW 774 G) Both are Purple colour and look the same.

 

G12 plus (TL VW 774 F)  was used up to 2007

G 12 plus-plus (TL VW 774 G) was used from 2008

 

Up to 2007 vehicles can be topped up or refilled with either G12 plus or G12 plus-plus. It doesn’t matter if you mix them.

 

After 2008 vehicles should be topped up or refilled with G12 plus-plus.  (VW recommend you avoid putting the older G12 plus in a post 2008 vehicle.)

 

The  specifications  TL VW 774 G  and  TL VW 774 F  ensure that the antifreeze will prevent freezing, corrosion and scaling as well as raise the boiling point of the coolant. The antifreeze therefore protects the cooling system all year round, not just when it is cold. It can be a big help in hot countries.

 

The cooling system holds approximately 8 litres of coolant.

 

The following table shows the VW recommended figures for coolant and water.

 

Temperature                  Antifreeze                      Waterl

-25 °C                                   40%                              60%

-35 °C                                   50%                              50% l

 

 

Since -35 °C requires a 50/50 antifreeze/water mix, it is simpler to fill the system with this mixture when changing the coolant and to use this mix for top-ups.

 

Protection can be increased to -40 °C by increasing antifreeze to 60%.  The percentage of antifreeze must not be increased above 60 % as frost protection will get worse, not better.

 

The only certain way to measure the current level of protection is with a refractometer.

 

Old style antifreeze testers cannot be used for G12 coolants unless they specifically say they can.