Just bought used Jetta leaking trans fluid - can't be fixed w/o major labor?
My daughter just bought a used 96 Jetta, automatic. Its leaking both oil and transmission fluid and the mechanic checked and said two seals need to be replaced. BUT, he won't do it for this make/model. Apparently, the entire transmission has to be taken out..something like that? Is it really going to cost more in labor to fix this than the car's even worth? What now?
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Re: Just bought used Jetta leaking trans fluid - can't be...
I dont know where you live
there are many independent repair shops out there that would do the job for alot less
here is one trick i have found that work very good.
go to a professional auto parts store like a carquest or a NAPA and ask the counter person who he would recomend a independent repair shop that is familar with the VW cars
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THE 5 SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION At the bottom of the automatic gearbox (tiptronic) you will find one threaded plug on below surface, (follow red arrow in the picture below). This is for emptying.
The oil level threaded plug is placed on the car front lateral automatic gearbox surface, (follow yellow arrow in the picture below).
The filling oil plug is placed on the upper automatic gearbox surface, (follow green arrow in the picture below).
Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) checking: 1. Requirements for check: 1.1. Vehicle standing on level surface. 1.2. Transmission must not be in fail-safe mode. 1.3. Shift lever in "P" position, parking brake applied. 1.4. Engine idling. 1.5. Air Conditioner and heater OFF. 1.6. ATF temperature must not exceed 104 Fahrenheit degree (40 Celsius degree) at start of test. 1.7. Automatic gearbox oil capacity: 2,5 liter. Only ATF with VW designation may be used. Do not use any lubricant additives. 1.8. Automatic Transmission Fluid ATF - part number: VW G 052 990 A2 1.9. An ATF level check when transmission oil temperature is too low results in overfilling, when too high results in underfilling. 2. CAUTION: Too much or too little ATF will affect the operation of the transmission. The ATF level must be checked at regular intervals.
Hey, I have the same problem with mine, and it seems that a lot of people do. I'll tell you that changing the fluid and filter and seal made a big difference but did not fix it for me and I think it's just common for them to **** out. Mines 97 2.0 automatic. No, you can't check the fluid but there is a fill plug to the front top of tranny. Very interesting to get to, my mechanic had to pump fluid in. For reference I was told 3.25 quarts as the book says "see dealer" about that. Anyway, the seal is on the bottom of the transmission. There should be a cover over the pan. There's 4 bolts, make sure the car is level when you take off. This will require changing fluid and probably filter with seal because it's likely crappy. My seal was leaking. The trans fluid was like oil. Also takes Decron III but I subbed something the parts place said was the same.
if you can do it yourself get under the car and make sure that the pan bolts are tight if they are look for any hoses going to and from trans make sure that they are all connected and tight even though the fluid never has to be changed there is still a fill tube make sure that the end of the tube that goes into the tranny is secure and tight being that you had alot of engine work done its possible that one or all of these things could be wrong could have inadverntenly loosened it up and forgot to retighten. hope this at least gives you a starting point.
The problem here is did he put the right transmission fluid in when he changed it? Changing the trans oil is no problem but if he put the wrong oil in you are going to have major problems because you are damaging your transmission everytime you use it. You will need to check the operator handbook in your glove compartment for the correct type of oil or take the vehicle to a transmission shop where they can change the oil and filter.
If it is an automatic, which I assume it is since you're looking for a dipstick, it needs a special fixture to add fluid(Dealer or foreign auto mechanic) or check level. If it's a manual trans, there is a check/fill plug on the end of the transmission behind the driver's side front tire, probably takes a 17mm internal hex head socket. Use 75W/90 gear oil, filling the trans until oil just starts to overflow through the hole.