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Seat Ibiza: Engine oil

Seat Ibiza Owners Manual

Engine oil specifications

The engine oil used must conform with exact specifications.


The engine comes with a special, high quality, multi grade oil that can be used in all seasons of the year except for those regions affected by extreme cold. As the use of good quality oil is necessary for the correct operation and long service life of the engine, when it becomes necessary to replenish or change the oil, always use an oil that complies to the VW standards. If it is not possible to find oil conforming to the VW standards then oil conforming to the ACEA or API standards with an appropriate viscosity at atmospheric temperature should be used instead. The use of this type of oil

may have some repercussions on the performance of the engine for example, long starting time, increased consumption and a higher emission level. If a top up is required then different oils may be mixed as long as they all conform to the VW standards. The specifications (VW standards) set out in the following page should appear on the container of the service oil; the container will display together the different standards for petrol and diesel engines, the oil can be used for both types of engines.

Oil properties

Fig. 126 Types of oil according to temperature


The viscosity class of the oil is selected according to the diagram.

When the ambient temperature falls outside the limits of the scale for a short period, an oil change is not required.

a) Only use recommended oils, otherwise you may damage the engine.

Mono-grade oil

Single grade oils are generally not suitable for all year round use, due to ranges of viscosity6).

These oils are only useful in a climate that is constantly very cold or very warm.

Engine oil additives

No type of additive should be mixed with the engine oil. The deterioration caused by these additives is not covered by the warranty.


Before a long trip, we recommend finding an engine oil that conforms to the corresponding VW specifications and keeping it in the vehicle. This way, the correct engine oil will always be available for a top-up if needed.

Checking the engine oil level

The engine oil dipstick indicates the level of the oil.

Fig. 127 Engine oil dipstick.

Checking oil level

– Park the vehicle in a horizontal position. – Briefly run the engine at idle speed until the service temperature is reached then stop. – Wait two minutes.

– Pull out the dipstick. Wipe the dipstick with a clean cloth and insert it again, pushing it in as far as it will go. – Then pull it out once more and check the oil level ⇒ fig. 127. Top up with engine oil if necessary.

Oil level in area

- Do not add oil.

Oil level in area

- Oil can be topped up. The indicated oil level should be after the zone

Oil level in area

- Oil must be topped up. The indicated oil level should be found, after, in zone

Depending on how you drive and the conditions in which the car is used, oil consumption can be up to 0.5 L/1000 km. Oil consumption is likely to be higher for the first 5000 km. For this reason the engine oil level must be checked at regular intervals, preferably when filling the tank and before a journey.


Any work carried out in the engine compartment or on the engine must be carried out cautiously.

• When working in the engine compartment, always observe the safety warnings.


If the oil level is above the area

do not start the engine. This
could result in damage to the engine and catalytic converter. Contact an Authorised Service Centre.

Topping up engine oil 

Fig. 128 In the engine compartment: Engine oil filler cap

Before opening the bonnet, read and observe the warnings ⇒ in “Safety instructions on working
in the engine compartment” on page 180. – Unscrew cap from oil filler opening ⇒ fig. 128. – Top-up oil in small amounts, using the correct oil. – To avoid over-filling with engine oil, you should top-up using small quantities, wait a while and check the oil level before adding any more oil. – As soon as the oil level is in area

, carefully close the cap.
The position of the oil filler opening is shown in the corresponding engine compartment diagram.

Engine oil specification.


Oil is highly inflammable! Ensure that no oil comes into contact with hot engine components when topping up.


If the oil level is above the area

do not start the engine. This could
result in damage to the engine and catalytic converter. Contact a qualified workshop.

For the sake of the environment

The oil level must never be above area . Otherwise oil can be drawn in through
the crankcase breather and escape into the atmosphere via the exhaust system.

Changing engine oil

The engine oil must be changed at the intervals given in the service schedule. We recommend that you have the engine oil changed by an Authorised Service Centre. The oil change intervals are shown in the Maintenance Programme.


Only change the oil yourself if you have the specialist knowledge required!

• Before opening the bonnet, read and observe the warnings, “Safety instructions on working in the engine compartment”.

• Wait for the engine to cool down. Hot oil may cause burn injuries.

• Wear eye protection to avoid injuries caused by splashes of oil.

• When removing the oil drain plug with your fingers, keep your arm horizontal to help prevent oil from running down your arm.

• Wash your skin thoroughly if it comes into contact with engine oil.

• Engine oil is poisonous! Used oil must be stored in a safe place out of the reach of children until it is disposed of.


No additives should be used with engine oil. This could result in engine damage. Any damage caused by the use of such additives would not be covered by the factory warranty.

For the sake of the environment

• Because of the disposal problems, the necessary special tools and specialist knowledge required, we recommend that you have the engine oil and filter changed by an Authorised Service Centre.

• Never pour oil down drains or into the ground.

• Use a suitable container when draining the used oil. It has to be large enough to hold all the engine oil.

    Working in the engine compartment


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