Volkswagen 2.5 Liter 5 Cylinder Valve Cover Replacement and Help to Diagnose your Issue

June 20, 2013

Below we have a video and a write up showing you how to replace the valve cover on your VW 2.5 5 cylinder engine.


Common Symptoms Associated with the valve cover going bad on your 2.5L 5 Cylinder will be listed below. The reason this valve cover generally needs to be replaced is due to issues related to the PCV valve inside the valve cover. The PCV valve on the 2.5 engine is built into the valve cover and uses a diaphragm style valve. When this valve fails it has a tendency to tear allowing a large vacuum leak.


The tearing of the 2.5 PCV valve may cause the following symptoms

• Rough or erratic Idle

• Fault Code P2279 – Intake Air Leak Detected

• Fault Code P0507 – Idle Speed Faster than Normal

• You can verify that this is your issue by attempting to remove the oil cap while the engine is running. If you cannot or it is very difficult this is likely to be your issue. This happens because when the diaphragm for the PCV valve inside the valve cover tears, it allows intake manifold vacuum inside the valve cover causing suction on the oil cap.



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This DIY pertains directly to the removal and replacement of the Volkswagen 2.5L 5 cylinder valve cover and gasket.

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We will begin with the most basic step which is removal of the engine cover itself. Although this seems very basic be sure to take caution upon removal of the engine cover. Improper removal could cause a break in the fragile plastic that makes up this cover.


1. Remove the cover for the duct between the radiator support and engine cover intake tube. There are two small tabs on either side. Lift up on these tabs and the top portion will come right off.




2. Next you will need to separate the engine cover intake tube from the radiator support. Again there are 2 small tabs on either side. Take a small screw driver and push them in as you pull back towards the vehicle.





3. Next you will need to remove the clamp from the tube that goes from the engine cover to the throttle body. To do this take your pliers and squeeze the two feet on the clamp together. As you do this be careful to keep fingers clear of the clamp. The clamp is made of sprung steel and has a lot of force which can easily break skin. Slide the clamp up onto the engine cover and you are ready for the next step.




4. Here comes the part mentioned above about taking caution. There are four studs on the engine that mount into rubber grommets attached to the underside of the engine cover. It is easiest to start from the passenger side. Grab both front and rear portions of the engine cover from underneath. Apply firm and constant upward pressure on the cover until the grommets pop off the afore mentioned studs. Once the passenger side is loose locate yourself on the driver side of the engine and repeat. Now the engine cover is free and can be set aside for later re installation.





5. Now you will need to disconnect the ignition coil connectors. One at a time apply gentle forward pressure to the connector and depress the small clip on the back of the connector. The clip will lift off a small tab located on the coil itself and will then allow you to slide the connector off the coil. Repeat this step for the remaining four ignition coils.





6. Once the connectors are all off you can remove the individual ignition coils from their location. Again with firm constant upward pressure the coils will come free and allow their removal. Set ignition coils aside for later re installation.



7. Also at this time make sure you disconnect the connector for the combi valve located at the right rear of the head. This connector is wrapped together with the ignition coil wiring harness and will also need to be removed to allow room for valve cover removal.





8. Now remove the breather hose that is attached to the diaphragm housing. There are two knurled portions that are intended to be squeezed to release locking tabs on either side of the hose. Once squeezed slide breather hose backwards to remove from valve cover.





9. Once the breather hose is out of the way lay the ignition coil harness back towards the intake manifold and lay it to rest on the manifold.





10. Now you are ready to begin removing the valve cover itself. There are 16 T30 torx bolts that hold the valve cover down. You will need to loosen each one of these before you can remove the valve cover.(The ones circled in the below picture are only the front 5. The remainder of the bolts are clearly visible from the top side of the engine)





11. Now that all the bolts are loose you are ready to remove the valve cover assembly. Pull up on the valve cover and remove it from the vehicle. Note that sometimes it is a little difficult to remove from the cylinder head and you may need to GENTLY pry between the valve cover and cylinder head to get it to break free.





12. Now that the valve cover assembly is out of the way take a clean dry rag and wipe the gasket mating surface so that it is clean and free of debris to ensure a good, clean, and proper seal between the valve cover and cylinder head.





13. Once you have ensured that your gasket surface is clean and debris free you are ready for your new valve cover to be installed. Your new valve cover comes with a new gasket and all new hardware.Set your new valve cover in place ensuring the gasket is flat against the sealing surface on the cylinder head. Thread all 16 bolts in by hand slightly before tightening any of them down fully. Once the valve cover is tightened re install your ignition coils, lay the ignition coil harness back over the valve cover gasket followed by connecting each connector to its respective coil. Also, don’t forget to reconnect the combi valve connector. Also reattach the breather hose to the valve cover and you should have what looks like this….





14. Now you can re install your engine cover. It is easiest to use the location were the oilcan is to line up the grommets on the small studs that secure the engine cover down. Press down firmly on the cover and you will feel it “snap” onto the studs.





15. Now re install the throttle body hose clamp on to the engine cover.





16. Re install the small cover over the intake duct into the engine cover.




Congratulations, you have successfully replaced your 2.5L 5 cylinder engines valve cover!


Paul Barrett


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on Volkswagen 2.5 Liter 5 Cylinder Valve Cover Replacement and Help to Diagnose your Issue.
  1. Justin Henry

    Yes i have the p2279 code in my 06 jetta. Did all the diagnostic test and found I to needed to replace the valve cover. I did so with no change. Still have the same problem. Any thoughts

    • Paul Barrett

      What specifically did you replace, the whole valve cover? If so where did you get it from?

  2. Brad Vaughn

    I need to replace the valve cover. Do you recommend purchasing at a VW dealer? If not where do you recommend?
    Thanks Brad Vaughn

    • Paul Barrett

      We have a link to both OEM valve covers (The same part you would buy at the dealer) for a significant discount. Please take a look at the links above

  3. kate

    My 2006 jetta 2.5L was idling erratically, revving up and down in neutral and my engine/emissions light was on so I just replaced the entire valve cover using the directions above. I started it up and now the engine light is flashing and the idle is very rough, not zooming up and down as before, but kind of shuddering. Any ideas?

    • Paul Barrett

      Seems like you might have a vacuum leak. You might want to check all the connections to make sure they are secure. Also thank you so much for your order, we appreciate it very much.

  4. Jake

    Hey Paul, i have the 2005 new jetta. Im trying to do as much research as possible for my engine and other interior parts. Is there any other videos or pages oit there that you recommend?

  5. |

    I have a 2007 beetle. I experienced a loud whistling noise coming from driver side in the engine compartment. Could not pinpoint it but when gas pedal was depressed is stopped temporarily then returned when let off gas. Now its idling rough and low rpms below 800. Noticed suction on tell tale hole on bottom of PCV. Engine codes ranged from 2279, P0300,301,2,3,4,. Misfire code and p0171 too lean bank 1. Is the PCV OR 02 SENSOR, ?? THANKS.

  6. Mario

    Hey paul,

    I believe my 2006 jetta 2.5 needs a valve cover replacement due to the pvc. I’m getting error code p2279. i did the following steps to check if it was the pac, tried to remove the oil cap while the engine was running.. once i did that the engine dropped RPMs and almost shut off. Just wanted to make sure this was the fix before i spent 300$ on getting this replaced.

    • Paul Barrett

      We have not way to diagnose a car. Doing so requires further testing of the vehicle. We do our best to offer our customers all the info we can but keep in mind none of this is definitive without more diag on the vehicle.

  7. Jesse

    I have a 2006 jetta 2.5 and from what I understand about the pcv valve is that it has vacuum supplied to it to reroute gas back into the intake. So when they fail there is suction at the bottom of the valve. On my car it has some pressure coming out of the hole at the bottom of the valve along with some white smoke. Is this a vacuum issue and not a faulty pcv valve?

    • Paul Barrett

      Im sorry Im not clear on this but sounds like you might have a PCV issue.

  8. Juan Pablo

    Hola q tal tengo problema con un jetta a6 motor 2.5 de 5 cil me vota el p0507 ya cheque y no encuentro ninguna fuga cambie tapa de punterías con válvula pcv

  9. Les

    Thanks guys! You hwve one of the most detailed how to vids on youtube.. you guys are the sh_t! Keep ip the good work!

  10. Reginald

    I have a 2006 vw jetta, took my car to my mechanic,he cleaned evap hose, cleaned throttle, and replace pcv value, that was done 8/18/16 car wont start on 8/21/16 ignition wont turn, Windows wont go up and the break pedal is hard to apply. Please I need help

    • Paul Barrett

      Sounds like you might have a few things going on. You should look into having this properly diagnosed.

  11. Woody

    Oil cap was left off… .how much damage would that cause? I believe it is 2009 WV rabbit. Please get back to me a soon as you can thank you

    • Paul Barrett

      You should be fine assuming nothing fell into the engine.

  12. toni bridge

    VW Jetta 2.5L 5 Cyl: Car was running VERY rough so we brought it in. The EVAC canister,purge valve and fuel cap replaced after smoke test and codes. Drove it down the road a few miles and Check Engine came back on. Took it back and mechanic said it was throwing all new codes. They then replaced all 5 cylinders and vehicle runs MUCH better. BUT a few miles down the road again, the Check Engine light came back on? We returned again and it was now throwing P0171 and P0507. Mechanic recommends new PCV valve cover, Breather hose from adapter to intake, PCV oil filter adapter,Gskt,Intake Gskt, Breather hose from valve cover to intake, Engine air filter, oil change and coolant flush for a total of abt $1000 for the parts and free labor. At SMOG the codes are:P2279, P0171, P0507 and P2404. Could the P2404 regarding Evap canister be caused by the other issues related to codes? I have ordered and intend to change the PCV cover myself (with your video) to see IF it resolves the issue. Would you GUESS that the other recommendations also be performed whether the car passes SMOG after the cover? Is it standard to replace the hoses along with the PCV cover?

  13. Kassi Matties

    My 2008 Vw Jetta 2.5L keeps revving up high and jerking to switch to 2nd and 3rd and from 2nd to 3rd. Could it be my motor mount

    • JimmieG

      You are having transmission issue

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