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13-11-2011, 10:15   #1
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Oil Specs for Skoda Superb 1.9 TDI (confused)

Hi folks,

Appreciate advice here. Have to top up the oil on my 2005 1.9tdi Skoda Superb. Checked the oil and it's at the very bottom of the groove. So I've got top the oil up (actually the first time I've had to do this in 5 years of car ownership!).

Anyway, I spoke to Pilsen Auto and they were out of top up 1 litre bottles. They said the spec was a 0w-30 or 5w-30 oil.

So I went into Halfords yesterday looking for a one litre top up bottle. The car's manual states that the oil must adhere to VW 505 01 or VW 505 00 specs.

And the only oil I found there that had those specs on the bottle was Castrol Edge Turbo Diesel 5W-40 Fully Synthetic. It adheres to VW 502 00, VW 505 00 and VW 505 01.

So I got this one.

Now, given this is the first time I'm gonna be doing this, I'm a bit nervous.

Any advice/confirmation on whether this oil is ok?

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Have a look here http://www.castrol.com/castrol/ifram...tentId=7044829

Castrol Edge 5W-30 or Edge Turbo Diesel 5W-40
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... Castrol Edge Turbo Diesel 5W-40 Fully Synthetic. ...
Any advice/confirmation on whether this oil is ok? ...
Perfect, but expensive, oil.

Halfords do their own range of oils to various manufacturers specs, including the VW 505 01 spec for PD engines. These oils which are blended to Ford, BMW, Vauxhall, VW, etc. specs are cheaper than branded oils and seem capable of doing the job equally well. I'm not sure about availability of 1 litre bottles though.
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Thanks for all the replies lads.

Checked the oil this morning and it was borderline at the end of the 'refill now' zone.

That means it's lost a reasonable amount of oil over the last week. I don't see any leaks or oil patches in either of the spaces the car is parked for 95% of the time. It didn't appear to be burning oil either (no blue smoke etc.)

Should I be worried? I'll keep an eye on the oil level.

Put almost the full one litre into the engine and the dipstick is almost at the top of the ideal zone.
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That means it's lost a reasonable amount of oil over the last week. I don't see any leaks or oil patches in either of the spaces the car is parked for 95% of the time. It didn't appear to be burning oil either (no blue smoke etc.)

Should I be worried? I'll keep an eye on the oil level.

Put almost the full one litre into the engine and the dipstick is almost at the top of the ideal zone.
You would want to keep a close eye on the level, running the level low can lead to all kinds of nasty things happening with turbos and things that depend on sufficient lubrication.
You are probably burning a bit of oil, you won't necessarily see oil being burnt but it dissapears all the same.
I'd buy a 4 litre pack and keep that handy for when you check the oil.
If the car holds 3.6 litres a 1 litre top up is more than 25% of the oil in the engine, thats a pretty big amount of oil to be missing from the engine.
Don't let it run that low too often!
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... If the car holds 3.6 litres ...
4.3 per oil change IIRC.

OP do you always check oil-level with the engine cold and with the car flat ground?

If so, oil certainly seems to be going somewhere. Keep an eye on the manifold gaskets, they have been known to leak and oil settles at the bottom of the intercooler /intercooler-piping.

Any sign of oil / stains in the undertray?
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The car's manual states that the oil must adhere to VW 505 01 or
VW 505 00 specs.
505.01 is certainly correct. Are you sure the manual says 505.00 also?

I would assume this is the PD engine you have. If so, vw are very definite in saying that 505.00 is no good.
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As already mentioned 505.01 is the spec, or the more widely available long life 507.00 spec is also suitable though it is even more expensive than the 505.01.

I am pretty sure the owners manual states something like 505.00 is suitable for topping up in emergency situations only.

How long is it since the oil was changed? Some of the PD engines tend to use oil, more so when the oil deteriorates. So keeping it changed regularly will help.
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505.01 is certainly correct. Are you sure the manual says 505.00 also?

I would assume this is the PD engine you have. If so, vw are very definite in saying that 505.00 is no good.
You're freaking me out now!

What's a PD engine? All I know is that's the 100bhp 1.9 tdi.

The manual says for fixed service interval servicing (which I'm on given I'm gonna get it serviced every year or 10k)

Multigrade high lubricity oils:
diesel engines: VW 505 01, VW 505 00*
*this does not apply for PDi engines (a unit injection engine).


Does the Castrol oil I used not cover all the bases there?
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As already mentioned 505.01 is the spec, or the more widely available long life 507.00 spec is also suitable though it is even more expensive than the 505.01.

I am pretty sure the owners manual states something like 505.00 is suitable for topping up in emergency situations only.

How long is it since the oil was changed? Some of the PD engines tend to use oil, more so when the oil deteriorates. So keeping it changed regularly will help.
Oil was changed when the car was serviced in May (full service with the timing belt and water pump done).

It is worrying alright. There was no oil warning light though. Dimwitted I know but I just haven't really checked oil regularly before, always assuming I'd get a warning light if something was wrong. I looked this week cos of the NCT?
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4.3 per oil change IIRC.

OP do you always check oil-level with the engine cold and with the car flat ground?

If so, oil certainly seems to be going somewhere. Keep an eye on the manifold gaskets, they have been known to leak and oil settles at the bottom of the intercooler /intercooler-piping.

Any sign of oil / stains in the undertray?
No: definitely no oil stains in the two spaces it spends it's time parked in (outside house and work).

No idea how to check the manifold gaskets.
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The oil you used is fine.
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Audi a6 1.9 tdi 2003 (130 bhp)

Hi all,
Which oil do I use in the above car. Sick of all the different types.
SK
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Assuming the car is set for fixed service intervals, look for VW 505 01 on the tin, the brand, the viscosity and all other information is irrelevant
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