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Oil pressure low light, how do you change the oil pump or clean the pickup tube on a 2001 vw passat?

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These cars suffer from oil pump problems and sludging of the oil. its probably going to be an engine out job as youll need the sump removed to get to the oil pump and pick up pipe. theres not a lot of room you might be lucky and just raise the engine enough but theres quite a lot to remove from the engine to do the job. hope this helps

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You dont need to remove the engine to ge the oil sump down buit you do need to lift the engine about 6" Get yourself the proper Haynes or Chiltons manual as it goes over the procedure in detail. However, I just ran into this problem on my 2004 Passat 1.8T. The car was 100 miles from home with my son when the problem hit. I had him stop and park the vehicle and get a ride home. I then went and purchased a new oil filter sending unit, a T fitting for the sender hole and an old style mechanical oil pressure guage. We drove back to where the car was. First we changed the oil and filter. The I went after the old sending unit, removed it, installed the T fitting in its hole and then installed the new sending unit and oil pressure guage. Well the bad news was, the car had about 5psi of oil pressure and could not be driven. Having done the research, this is a problem on these modesl and has been there since this model was introduced in 99, Year after year, thousands of complaints and VW just chose to ignore it and the public.

We rented a UHaul tow dolly and brought the car home. Lucky for us we have an SUV with a class 3 hitch. Renting the tow dolly cost about $50.00

Once home, I have now begun the slow process of desludging the engine. In particular the pickup tube and screen clog from the sludge resulting in the unsafe oil pressure. Why VW chose to build this well equipped car without an oil pressure guage is amazing!! I am now able to at least move the car as the pressure is now up to 40-50.

You will need to run an engine flush cleaner according to the instructions. I did this 2 time changing the oil and filter each time. Now is the slower process,,I use a product called Sea Foam available in about any auto parts store. Add that to the correct clean oild after you change it and it will provide a slow cleaning. Marvel mystery oil would also provide a slow cleaning. Of course, you need to do the crash cleanings like I did before you will be able to do the slow cleanings and actually drive the car. My name is Rich and you can email me at

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