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    Thread: DIY - How to Change Transmission Fluid - with pics

    1. 01-11-2003 01:18 PM #1
      My 00 GTI GLS hit 30,000 miles this week. I finally got around to changing transmission fluid. Should have done it sooner. It is not difficult. Here is how I did it:

      Parts Required
      Redline MT-90 or similar, 3 quarts
      StaLube fluid pump, about $6 from Pep Boys, etc.
      17mm allen wrench or socket
      Torx driver to remove lower engine aero cladding
      Teflon tape (optional)

      I drove the front of my car up onto ramps. Then I jacked up the rear of the car and put jackstands under it. This makes the car approximately level. Remove lower engine aero cladding (4 torx screws) as you would for an oil change. Remove the fill plug first. There is no sense in draining the oil unless you can get the fill plug off the car. The plugs are remarkably similar to the ones BMW uses.

      Mine were not torqued very much. If I had to guess, I would say less than 50Nm.

      After the fill plug is removed, clean it and set it aside. Now remove the drain plug and catch the fluid. My fluid came out pretty dark gray. Clean the drain plug. I wrapped each of my plugs with 2 wrappings of teflon tape. This is probably totally unnecessary, but I did it anyway. My drain plug appeared to be leaking a little fluid (see black areas in pic above) so it was either undertorqued or something is not machined correctly. Replace drain plug. Torque to 50Nm = about 39 ft-lbs. or whatever you like.

      Use the StaLube pump to pump the new fluid in.

      I pumped directly from each of the redline bottles. It's messy but cheaper and easier than buying an empty bottle to pump from. Capacity is about 2.1L right on the nose. Once fluid starts to run out of the fill port, stop and replace the fill plug. Again 50 Nm or thereabouts. Clean and degrease all surfaces. I went for a 10 minute test drive and then checked for leaks before replacing the aero cowling. I'll check for leaks one more time in about a week.

      My car shifted really well before Redline, and it still does now. I don't feel any difference other than piece of mind that the fluid is new.

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    2. 01-11-2003 01:42 PM #2
      I changed to Redline about a 2 months ago when my car hit 30K. I can feel a difference in the smoothness of the shifting. I didnt feel it in the first few weeks but after a while I bagan to feel the difference. I changed to redline and had a short shifter put in within about a week of each other, and thankfully I havent had my gear grind since. I sure it hasnt solved the gear grind for good, but it certainly helped. Redline is definately a good upgrade when it comes to changing the tranny fluid

    3. 01-11-2003 03:35 PM #3
      Thanks for the nice instructions! Great pictures, very detail.

    4. 01-11-2003 05:17 PM #4
      yeah... vw uses synthetic transmission oil already...

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      12-23-2003 07:40 PM #5
      Anybody knows what is the difference between GL 4 and GL 5 for tranny fluid?

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      12-23-2003 07:43 PM #6
      Bookmarked. Thanks for the DIY. WIll need in about 20k
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    7. 12-23-2003 08:31 PM #7
      do you have to do this at 30k?
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    8. 12-23-2003 08:33 PM #8
      How often should you change the tranny fluid? I'm going in for my 20k service in two weeks and i was planning on having the dealership change my tranny fluid along with whatever else they do during that service.

    9. 12-23-2003 11:09 PM #9
      Nice write up!
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      12-23-2003 11:31 PM #10
      i changed mine to the exact same stuff at 50,000km and i also changed the the linkage to the TT short shifter. It was a huge difference!. So much smoother, but that could be from the linkage?

    11. 04-14-2004 05:16 PM #11
      This the same for a 02M transmission on a 337?

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      04-14-2004 05:21 PM #12
      Did VW make a switch from tranny fluid being a lifetime item? It always was in the past....are the MKIV cars exceptions?

    13. 04-15-2004 01:27 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by 3WheelGTi »
      Did VW make a switch from tranny fluid being a lifetime item? It always was in the past....are the MKIV cars exceptions?

      It's no different from the MKIV, however, we know that no tranny fluid (manual or AT) is ever a "lifetime" item, so we tend to ignore VW's advice on this sort of thing. Same goes with the fuel filter.


    14. 04-15-2004 01:41 PM #14
      bump for a nice thread - is this in the FAQ yet?

    15. 04-15-2004 02:08 PM #15
      Quote, originally posted by Bux »
      How often should you change the tranny fluid? I'm going in for my 20k service in two weeks and i was planning on having the dealership change my tranny fluid along with whatever else they do during that service.

      At 20K your tranny fluid is just broken in. I am planning on changing mine at 100K.


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      04-15-2004 02:08 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by BananaCo »
      bump for a nice thread - is this in the FAQ yet?

      Is now

    17. 06-30-2004 11:30 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by snarbles »
      This the same for a 02M transmission on a 337?


      ??? yea is it?


    18. 06-30-2004 12:36 PM #18
      whats the capacity for 99.5 vr6 tranny?

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      06-30-2004 01:12 PM #19
      Does this DIY apply to Automatic transmissions too?

    20. 06-30-2004 01:45 PM #20
      anyone have a DIY for the manual VR6....nothing in the FAQ's...

    21. 07-06-2004 05:34 PM #21
      ANY IDEAS FOR THE JETTA VR6 AUTO TRANNY -NOBODY SEEMS TO KNOW

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      07-06-2004 09:17 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by skeller »
      ANY IDEAS FOR THE JETTA VR6 AUTO TRANNY -NOBODY SEEMS TO KNOW

      have a look a the auto tranny forum , is under technical.

    23. 07-28-2004 04:32 AM #23
      no filter change?

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      09-10-2004 02:34 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by sntx »

      At 20K your tranny fluid is just broken in. I am planning on changing mine at 100K.


      But it's not a bad idea for people the grind a lot. There is no filter for the tranny to filter out any metal shavings.


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      09-10-2004 10:23 AM #25
      I just hit 30,000k on my car was thinking about doing it.. but ill do it just before h2o so next weekend @ some point

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      09-16-2004 01:33 AM #26
      How many quarts does the 6 speed transmission take in MT? Also, what's a good substitute to Redline Oil? I was at Pepboys and they had Mobil One Gear oil at 75W-90. Same thing?


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    28. 09-21-2004 03:30 AM #28
      Quote, originally posted by Integrale »
      How many quarts does the 6 speed transmission take in MT? Also, what's a good substitute to Redline Oil? I was at Pepboys and they had Mobil One Gear oil at 75W-90. Same thing?

      I'm wondering the samething? Anyone?


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      09-21-2004 05:53 AM #29
      Just did mine at 30,000 miles and will do it every 30k miles. You should have seen what it looked like...
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      09-22-2004 03:22 AM #30
      Quote, originally posted by NC Vdub »
      Just did mine at 30,000 miles and will do it every 30k miles. You should have seen what it looked like...

      For the love of God give us some details as to what you used, how much you used...etc etc....


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      09-22-2004 12:47 PM #31
      First, I went to the dealer to get a quote... $190ish for labor and supplies. Yea, right! Then they said I didn't need it changed. Yea, right #2!

      So I came home and searched the 'tex and found some DIY. Ordered supplies, invited my neighbor over who is a tech at a lexus dealer, and went to work using the DIY guides. DONE!! Vortex strikes again at heart of the dealerships pockets!

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      09-22-2004 12:54 PM #32
      I had to pull that black bar WAY out of the way before I could get the 17mm allen key in the fill plug. Just so everyone knows you may have to do that
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    33. 09-22-2004 12:54 PM #33
      nice

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      09-22-2004 03:52 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by NC Vdub »
      First, I went to the dealer to get a quote... $190ish for labor and supplies. Yea, right! Then they said I didn't need it changed. Yea, right #2!

      So I came home and searched the 'tex and found some DIY. Ordered supplies, invited my neighbor over who is a tech at a lexus dealer, and went to work using the DIY guides. DONE!! Vortex strikes again at heart of the dealerships pockets!

      So how many quarts did you use? And what oil did you use? ANd how much did it cost you in the end?


    35. 09-24-2004 11:51 AM #35
      cant you also pour from the Speedo cable hole?

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