I took the snap ring the rest of the way off, it was really just barely on in the above photo. I can get large screwdrivers between the two clutch cages (inner and outer) but nothing budges. I certainly do not want to get forceful and bend some thing. You can hear the clutches slid back and forth when you vigorously shake the assembly. With a flashlight you can see these clutches as well flop around so they are not fused together. I will try to get some other photos of the right inside where that shaft goes into that clutch cage.
It sure appears that it is pressed on, as the shaft has a tooth surface area that mates with that outer clutch cage toothed socket over the shaft. Another photo would show that better. I protected the end of the shaft and banged it down a few times on a hard surface (protected by a 1/2" hard rubber pad). The outer clutch cage did not budge, although the entrapped clutches bounce around like a baby rattle. I have gone to several trans shops, shown the door each time, which is what I expect.
What did you say is next... C4?
I wondered if that discoloration was normal, that is probably why the fluid smelled burned.
All the other clutch assemblies looked good
So for some reason this assembly failed..., would it be low pressure, bad valve???
I did purchase a rebuilt torque converter, should I ever get that far!
I have learned two things about these transmissions so far: A) they are either bad or going bad, and B) VW did not make enough of them and people must be sharing them. No body seems to have any available.
I checked around for quotes to re-build the trans before I started it, anywhere from $1900 to $3,500. Just not worth it.
I wonder if this part is not met to come apart. It looks like pressing it together, it would be easy to get on to strong solid surface, but to press apart, you would have to catch the outer walls of that outer clutch cage.
I just can not see how this is coming apart. I am going to take two more aspirin and see if it helps!
Modified by roberthil5 at 2:19 PM 7-5-2009