Coolant Leak From Oil Filter Housing O-Ring on Volkswagen Cabrio

A coolant leak may develop after oil filter replacement. When tightening or loosening the oil filter the filter housing may turn damaging the coolant o-ring seal. The recommended procedure is to hold the filter housing when tightening or loosening the oil filter.

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Average mileage: 142,166 (110,000–160,000)
Engine affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder
7 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001
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1995 Volkswagen Cabrio - 2.0L 4 Cylinder 140,000 mi,
Dealer wanted $500 for this. Also,loss of coolant resulted in thermostat check engine light that lead to unnecessary change of thermostat.
1999 Volkswagen Cabrio - 2.0L 4 Cylinder 158,000 mi,
Slight leak.
2001 Volkswagen Cabrio - 2.0L 4 Cylinder 135,000 mi,
Slow coolant leak for the past year then my oil filter housing unit cracked leaking oil. Ordered a used oil filter housing & waiting for it to arrive