Is an engine flush ever recommended?

Asked by Sep 23, 2013 at 05:13 PM about the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg 2.5L with about 65,000 miles on it.  I had an oil
change today (was a couple months late getting a change).  I have always used
synthetic oil during the changes and have gone to the same oil change spot.  They
have previously done work on my car as well (the brakes).  Today, the tech checked
my oil with the dipstick and said the color of my oil (brown) suggests that I waited to
long in between changes and he recommended an engine flush.  He said without the
flush, I risk the oil becoming sludge which could cause a blown head gasket.  So, I got
the flush.  I've been googling ever since and have been finding forums where people are
saying the flush could actually cause damage, i.e., even resulting in the engine
seizing.  What is your opinion on this?  My first concern was that I was being charged
money for something I didn't need, but now, I am more concerned that the flush my
eventually damage my engine.

4 Answers

You were taken advantage of. Unless you went well over 10,000 miles using a full synthetic oil. Now a flush won't cause you engine to seize, but now you are going to have to change the oil even sooner to get the solvents out that they use in a so called 'flush' That is the danger, the solvents, and if not gotten out, completely and thoroughly, your oil viscosity will be out of whack and therin lies the problem. They do the same thing talking people in to transmission flushes...like they work on commission. They 'got' you. It's almost like they are trained in to how to spot somebody that does not know about these things. I am NOT calling you anything derogatory, please understand. we all have different areas of knowledge.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

He saw the date on the windshield sticker and ....hey, we got us one

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Thanks David. Was thinking what you are saying, but hoping I was wrong. How soon would you think I would need to get it changed again?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

The thing is....there is no way to tell how much of the solvents are still in your engine. I hate to advise you to go to the expense of saying right now, but, say, no more than 1000 miles. That is even a bit extreme, that soon. But that will give you peace of mind. They may or may not have done it properly. And go somewhere else!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Jetta

Looking for a Used Jetta in your area?

CarGurus has 42,175 nationwide Jetta listings starting at $700.

ZIP:

Volkswagen Jetta Experts

  • #1
    Goodwrench707
    Reputation
    2,400
  • #2
    Deathjam4
    Reputation
    1,860
  • #3
    Scott Sr.
    Reputation
    1,460
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Passat
361 Great Deals out of 23,460 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Civic
848 Great Deals out of 78,667 listings starting at $900
Used Volkswagen GTI
123 Great Deals out of 8,647 listings starting at $2,000
Used Honda Accord
1,029 Great Deals out of 63,288 listings starting at $999
Used Volkswagen Golf
80 Great Deals out of 5,261 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Corolla
933 Great Deals out of 66,537 listings starting at $1,900
Used Toyota Camry
1,103 Great Deals out of 72,801 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 3 Series
1,041 Great Deals out of 31,743 listings starting at $1,000
Used Audi A4
313 Great Deals out of 10,886 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Altima
1,144 Great Deals out of 75,113 listings starting at $999
Used Mazda MAZDA3
369 Great Deals out of 27,229 listings starting at $950
Used Ford Focus
781 Great Deals out of 54,300 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford Fusion
1,114 Great Deals out of 77,141 listings starting at $1,299

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 25,816 listings starting at $9,677
2016 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
60 Great Deals out of 1,950 listings starting at $8,495
2015 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
123 Great Deals out of 2,940 listings starting at $6,999
2014 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
173 Great Deals out of 4,552 listings starting at $5,999
2013 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
68 Great Deals out of 1,489 listings starting at $4,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.