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    1. Junior Member Black_Mk3GTI's Avatar
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      04-04-2012 08:14 PM #1
      So I've figured out whats really wrong with my transmission something about reverse idle gear now i found someone to rebuild my trans for $400 I don't know if that high or low for a rebuild But i am guessing you guys can tell me. I also want to know what would i need once my trans is fixed for re-installation for example gaskets and what kind of gear oil should I use. Thanks

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      04-05-2012 09:21 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Black_Mk3GTI View Post
      now i found someone to rebuild my trans for $400
      $400 just in labor?
      $400 for labor and parts?
      $400 just in parts?

      Rebuild, or repair?

      Repair is open it, replace only the bad reverse parts, close it up while ignoring the other worn items inside the trans since they won't (can't) be looked at.
      Rebuild is open it, completely strip it down, clean everything, inspect the rest of the gears, shafts, bearings, hubs, etc. inside the trans, replace the known bad reverse parts, then close it up after assembly.

      Obviously, repair is easier than rebuild, but not as complete or thorough.

      Quote Originally Posted by Black_Mk3GTI View Post
      I don't know if that high or low for a rebuild But i am guessing you guys can tell me.
      It depends on what is done exactly.
      For a rebuild, parts included? Very cheap... suspect in fact.
      For a rebuild, labor only? Probably a little high on average, but it depends on how well and thorough the work is done. I know of someone who charges $500 labor only for a rebuild. But it is very quality work
      For a repair... probably about right to open it, put a reverse idler in it, and close it back up again, without taking it apart further.

      Quote Originally Posted by Black_Mk3GTI View Post
      I also want to know what would i need once my trans is fixed for re-installation for example gaskets and what kind of gear oil should I use. Thanks
      It should be sealed up when you get it back... no gaskets between the engine and trans, and you'd want GL4 rated fluid in the 75 to 90 weight range. I have an Oil Change page on the site in my sig that covers the oil change capacity, weight, and procedure
      020 trans info pages - www.BrokeVW.com
      NEW 0.7619 5th gears for the 020
      NEW 020 reverse gears
      '86 GTI 8V 2.0L -'88 Scirocco 16V - '10 F150 4x4

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      04-05-2012 09:04 PM #3
      Its going to be $400 rebuild with out parts included and he is a friend of mines so yea I trust he will do a quality job and for the rest of the info thanks

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      04-05-2012 10:29 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Black_Mk3GTI View Post
      Its going to be $400 rebuild with out parts included and he is a friend of mines so yea I trust he will do a quality job and for the rest of the info thanks
      $400 labor plus parts sounds about right if it is a thorough job... everything apart, cleaned fully, inspected, and assembled again.
      It ensures the debris from the damaged idler gear is removed fully from the nook and crannies in the trans, and the bearings can be inspected to make sure they are worn and needing replacement, and while it is all apart, a bolt kit can be fitted to the diff to replace the rivets that like to fail.

      There is no point in spending several hundred on a rebuild and leaving the rivets in the ring gear, putting at risk all the time and money invested into the rebuild, so replace the rivets while it is apart.

      If you have any questions along the way or have trouble finding any parts needed for it, feel free to email
      020 trans info pages - www.BrokeVW.com
      NEW 0.7619 5th gears for the 020
      NEW 020 reverse gears
      '86 GTI 8V 2.0L -'88 Scirocco 16V - '10 F150 4x4

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      04-06-2012 08:30 PM #5
      Where can I find the rivets and or the bolt kit?

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      04-07-2012 12:20 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Black_Mk3GTI View Post
      Where can I find the rivets and or the bolt kit?
      The rivets are already there, holding the ring gear in place.
      The bolt kits are available from VW or ARP.
      I have a page showing the rivets being replaced with bolts here http://www.brokevw.com/020diff.html
      020 trans info pages - www.BrokeVW.com
      NEW 0.7619 5th gears for the 020
      NEW 020 reverse gears
      '86 GTI 8V 2.0L -'88 Scirocco 16V - '10 F150 4x4

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