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    Thread: auto transmission slipping 96 2.0

    1. 01-07-2008 04:59 PM #1
      I have a '96 140k mi, jetta 2.0. It has been doing funny things for a while and I have tried to figure out how to change the fluid. At first it was jerking but now it's having a very hard time taking off in first gear , it just slips, but reverse is fine. I just descovered yesterday that the first owner broke the fill cap and it has been leaking! I found directions online to cange the fluid and called the local dealer so see if they could do it and they told me that it was a very bad thing to do cause it had "lifetime oil", I knew this was a lie. I need to do something Can anyone give me some help?

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      01-10-2008 04:21 AM #2
      If the transmission has been leaking, there is a good chance that your fluid level is pretty low-- this will cause it to slip. Check your fluid level and add fluid in if necessary. If it still slips after that, it may just be old and have burnt up clutch discs inside the tranny. If thats the case, it needs to be rebuilt.

    3. 01-11-2008 01:14 PM #3
      ^^^ what he said...


      mine started to slip from 3-4 and sometimes on the highway, it would jump to 3rd and stay there - until I restarted the motor... I hadn't checked the level in 2 yrs - d'oh!

      Last week I drained the pan, tightened the "saw thingy" on the valve body and put in a bottle of Lucas and Mobile 1 ATF...

      zero slip issues now


    4. 01-14-2008 04:36 PM #4
      Quote, originally posted by LC5P_GLX »
      tightened the "saw thingy" on the valve body

      That's the fix - search for KERMA, turn up the pressure.

    5. 01-17-2008 12:15 AM #5
      been over a week now... and the tranny's workin better than ever

    6. 01-18-2008 06:23 PM #6
      Ok I've got everything I need : correct ATF, filter and I know what to do. but what is this saw thingy? Is there a forum you can point me too?

    7. 01-19-2008 09:02 PM #7
      Changed the oil and I tightend the 'saw thingy' ,maybe 1/4 turn, this afternoon. It's a little better but just enough to notice. When taking off from a stop it pulls for a few feet then slips over and over until my speed gets up to abut 25-30mihr. It's like it has pressure for a second the loses it. I'm getting a OBD code that says bad conection to the TCM. I'm glad yours is working!

    8. 01-25-2008 08:23 PM #8
      Can someone put a link to a DIY page for changing the trans fluid in a 1999.5 jetta 2.0 auto.

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      01-26-2008 09:20 PM #9
      ^^^ yeah im lookin for the fluid checker....

    10. 01-27-2008 11:36 AM #10
      try the search....

    11. 01-30-2008 06:41 PM #11
      I found a mech in my area that has done lot of work on the 01m
      trans. and let him take a look at it. My worst fears came true as he told me it was shot! So i need a new one. And i found one but it's munted to a AGG engine from JAPAN. Everything looks good ('96 model, same block, same trans. but differant head). Can anyone tell me if it's a match? Can I swap the trans from a AGG to a ABA of the same year?

    12. 02-01-2008 09:50 AM #12
      You said you turned the screw 1/4 turn? Do more! Mine clicked about 25 times, at least 3-4 FULL TURNS before I felt slight resistance and stopped turning! If 1/4 turn helped a little, a couple of full turns may do the trick. Yes the trans may have lots of wear, but it may still have plenty of life...

    13. 02-01-2008 03:31 PM #13
      Thanks. Will try. I'm willing to dao anything. DOB says bad temp. sensor in the trans. easy fix? The mechanic looked at the black fluid I saved and said 'it's gone'. $1000 for a working trans. But what do they know, right? I still have hope for my baby.

    14. 02-03-2008 01:34 PM #14
      Where did you find the 4spd auto How-To on how to change the fluid? I found 3 links but they were all old and not working.

      Thanks in advance!
      (I did use the search)


    15. 02-04-2008 04:44 PM #15
      If you need more info about this just ask. The document I have is adobe. So i need your email so I can send it to you

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      02-08-2008 12:23 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by clab04 »
      If you need more info about this just ask. The document I have is adobe. So i need your email so I can send it to you

      I was reading this since I just had a killer deal on a 92 Passat with 92k miles but the tranny slips. Bought it because I have a spare tranny but before I do the big job want to try to fix this one.

      Could you send me that file as well to kaliman0614@hotmail.com? Thanks in advance for any help

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      02-19-2008 12:54 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by SteveOoooo »

      That's the fix - search for KERMA, turn up the pressure.

      Ok guys, I took the sump pan down along with the strainer now my question is, Does the strainer have to be replaced or it could be washed? and second, Where's the famous/infamous "Saw-thingy" located?

      Thanks in advance for any help

      BTW the fluid was brown and I wonder if the previous owner added something or never ever had it serviced

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    19. 02-20-2008 05:51 PM #19
      On my '96 it was on the right side face of the valve body (metal box the filter hangs from). if your facing the front of the car it's on your left. If you look up in there you will see a hole about the size of a dime with saw like groves all around. inside that there is a plastic head with wings on the side that catch in the groves. As you turn it ( I think with a hex screwdriver) they click and lock in so as not to turn back. Guy above states how many clicks. You need a new filter. Fram and wix makes one. My fluid was dark brown also. Oem fluid on ebay or do what the other guys sudgest.

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      02-21-2008 12:49 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by clab04 »
      On my '96 it was on the right side face of the valve body (metal box the filter hangs from). if your facing the front of the car it's on your left. If you look up in there you will see a hole about the size of a dime with saw like groves all around. inside that there is a plastic head with wings on the side that catch in the groves. As you turn it ( I think with a hex screwdriver) they click and lock in so as not to turn back. Guy above states how many clicks. You need a new filter. Fram and wix makes one. My fluid was dark brown also. Oem fluid on ebay or do what the other guys sudgest.

      Thanks man, I really appreciate your help and time . I'm planning to put it back together on Sunday and will let you guys know how it goes

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    21. 02-26-2008 10:45 PM #21
      The "saw thingy" is for line pressure adjustment. You may need to 'fabricate' a tool because there is very little clearance. Check this link first:
      http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?p=584164

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