Modern cars and vans need much less maintenance than the vehicles of 25 years ago, but they still have needs. You no longer have to do a service every 6 months, or change the oil every 3 months, but regular fluid changes are still essential to your vehicle’s longevity.
What follows is our quick reference guide to many of the recommended routine maintenance tasks for the 2013 to 2015 Volkswagen Transporter T5, most of which you can do yourself at home.
|Engine Oil Type||5W/40 (1.9 and 2.5 litre)|
|5W/30 (2.0 litre)|
Engines without particulate filter – VW 505 01, 507 00 or better
|Engine with particulate filter – VW 507 00 or better|
|Engine Oil Capacity||5.8 litres (1.9 litre engine codes AXB and AXC)|
|6.3 litres (1.9 litre engine codes BRR and BRS)|
|7.0 litres (2.0 litre engine)|
|7.4 litres (2.5 litre engine)|
|Oil Drain Plug Torque||30 Nm|
|Oil Filter Cap Torque||25 Nm|
|Manual Transmission Fluid Type||SAE 75W/90 gear oil (VW G50)|
|Automatic Transmission Fluid Type||ATF|
|Manual Transmission Fluid Capacity||1.9 litres (drain and refill)|
|Automatic Transmission Fluid Capacity||7.0 litres|
|Manual Transmission Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque||45 Nm (Bi-hex plug)|
|30 Nm (Hex plug)|
|Manual Transmission Fluid Drain Plug Torque||45 Nm (Bi-hex plug)|
|30 Nm (Hex plug)|
|Automatic Transmission Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque||15 Nm|
|Automatic Transmission Fluid Drain Plug Torque||40 Nm|
|Coolant Type||50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water (G12++ or higher)|
|Coolant System Capacity||7.1 litres|
|Power Steering Fluid||VW G 002 000|
|Brake Fluid Type||DOT 4 brake fluid|
|Roadwheel Bolts||180 Nm|
|Front Brake Caliper Guide Pin/Bolts||30 Nm (FN3 caliper)|
|60 Nm (2FNR 44 caliper)|
Front Brake Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts:
|Stage 1||180 Nm|
|Stage 2||Angle-tighten a further 45°|
|Rear Brake Caliper Guide Pins/Bolts||35 Nm (Standard caliper)|
|30 Nm (FN 44 caliper)|
|Rear Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts||165 Nm (Standard caliper)|
|180 Nm (FN 44 caliper)|
|ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Bolts||8 Nm|
The VW Transporter T5 maintenance intervals below are from our best-selling print and online manual and are provided with the assumption that you, not the dealer, will be carrying out the work. These are the minimum service intervals recommended by us for a VW Transporter T5 driven daily.
If you wish to keep your Transporter T5 in peak condition at all times, you may wish to perform some of these procedures more often. We encourage frequent maintenance, since it enhances the efficiency, performance and resale value of your vehicle.
When the Transporter T5 is new, it should be serviced by a dealer service department (or other workshop recognised by the vehicle manufacturer as providing the same standard of service), in order to preserve the warranty.
Volkswagen may reject warranty claims if you are unable to prove that servicing has been carried out as and when specified, using only original equipment parts or parts certified to be of equivalent quality.
All VW Transporter models are equipped with a service interval display indicator in the instrument panel. Every time the engine is started the panel will illuminate for approximately 20 seconds with service information. With the standard non-variable display, the service intervals are in accordance with specific distances and time periods.
With the LongLife display, the service interval is variable according to the number of starts, length of journeys, vehicle speeds, brake pad wear, bonnet opening frequency, fuel consumption, oil level and oil temperature, however the vehicle must be serviced at least every two years.
The service reminder is displayed 20 days before the service is due. Once the service interval has been reached, the display will flash ‘Service Now’ and a spanner symbol will be displayed. Note that if the variable (LongLife) service interval is being used, the engine must only be filled with the recommended long-life engine oil.
In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:
*Only when using diesel fuel not conforming to DIN EN 590 or when using RME fuel (diester)
Note: Many dealers perform these tasks at every second service.
*Only when using diesel fuel conforming to DIN EN 590
Note: VW specify a timing belt renewal interval of approximately 60 000 miles for 1.9 litre models with engine codes AXB and AXC, and 75 000 miles for 1.9 litre models with engine codes BRR and BRS. A renewal interval of approximately 130 000 miles is specified for 2.0 litre models. Timing belt tensioner roller renewal is specified at approximately 112 000 miles for 1.9 litre models with engine codes AXB and AXC, and 150 000 miles for 1.9 litre models with engine codes BRR and BRS. A tensioner roller renewal interval of 130 000 miles is specified for 2.0 litre models. However, if the vehicle is used mainly for short journeys, we recommend that a shorter renewal interval be adhered to. The belt and tensioner renewal interval is very much up to the individual owner but, bearing in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks in use, we recommend a shorter interval.
*Note: This work is not included in the VW schedule and should not be required if the recommended VW G12++ LongLife coolant antifreeze/inhibitor is used.