Replacing the OIL pan gasket on a GTI VR6 1996, should be the same
for all A3's
This is a great time to change your oil. Empty your oil pan and
drain your filter per the instructions in the archive. Do not oil
1. *** ORIENTATION *** First get under the front of the car; my
head was towards the center of the car, with my feet out of the
2. Now on the passenger side of the car you will see the serpentine
belt and a plastic shield covering it. Remove the plastic shield in
on location, simply pull it out and it will unsnap, this will allow
you enough play to get at the screws.
3. Remove the cover, to what I believe is the clutch or flywheel,
it's on the driver's side, and it has two bolts in it. 11mm wrench
will do it. You need to do this because it covers up 3 hidden
screws that need to be removed.
4. Now you can start taking out the screws all 26 of them, I used a
number 5 Allen wrench for some of them, but then had to switch it
to a socket wrench with the same tip. Undo the screws so that you
leave one in on the front and the back of the oil pan, this will
hold it up. Now remove the second to last screw, the one towards
the center of the car, and then brace the oil pan and remove the
last screw. The oil pan is light, but it may have some oil still in
5. I cleaned the oil pan and the place that it bolts to on the
engine. I sprayed carb cleaner on a rag and wiped it all down.
Worked great. Cleaned the oil pan, and dried it very carefully. I
spread a bead of silicon gasket sealant on the oil pan and then put
the new gasket on the oil pan. Pressed it in firmly and then wiped
off any of the excess sealant. This will hold the gasket in place
while you screw it back in.
6. It's a little tricky to get the oil pan back in. Just have a
second person hold the serpentine cover out of your way until you
get a few of the screws in. Use the same technique to put it back
in, put in a screw front and back to hold it in place loosely. Hand
tighten the screws using a criss-cross pattern. Do not tighten them
or torque them in. You must put the screws in, in an alternating
pattern. Put a screw in and then put it's opposite screw in on the
other side of the pan. Do this for all of the screws, varying your
pattern. Get them all hand tight and then go back and tighten them
all down. Make sure you do not over tighten them, this is what
causes leaks! One turn of the ratchet on each should do it.
7. Put all of the screws back in, put the cover back on the
flywheel or clutch thingy, snap the serpentine belt cover back in
8. ***FILL YOUR OIL BACK UP*** your done!