Replacing VW 2.5l Vacuum Pump ~ The Easy Way

Published on September 7, 2015 under Video

Failed 2.5 VW vacuum pump

Today we learn how to replace the vacuum pump on 2.5l VW engines. When the 2.5l vacuum pump fails it will cause an engine oil leak. This oil leak can be mistaken for a rear main seal leak. This DIY will apply to the Jetta, Rabbit, Beetle, Passat and Jetta SportWagen with automatic transmissions.

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This is not technically a by the book repair. You really need to watch the entire video before attempting this repair.

Tools needed for this DIY:

  • Ratchet
  • Extentions
  • T30 Torx
  • T25 Torx
  • Hose clamp pliers
  • 10mm socket
  • 12mm socket
  • 13mm socket
  • Torque wrench
  • flat blade screw driver
  • magnetic tray
  • prybar
  • brake cleaner
  • shop towels

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1 Comment

  1. Aamer

    Hi, I just finished the job but it is a fail. For now.
    As soon as I started the car, loads of oil just coated my floor, in addition to many warning lights on my panel.

    Is there anything that you recommend, I check? Here are 3 things that did not go as planned: The rubber seal (inside the pump) came loose, so I put that back inside. The small 10mm bolt next to the pump, I could not get it to fit the wireloom and bracket, so I did not attach it. I did not torque the t30 screws – I used my judgement with a ratchet.

    Will appreciate any advice. Thanks.

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