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No 2-3 upshift

Vehicle has previously (months ago) experienced no upshift out of first gear, which went away once the car cooled down. Now after about a week of non use I took it out and it shifts 1-2 but no 2-3 upshift. Car has not had transmission fluid checked and it supposedly doesn't need fluid change or added fluid as long as it hasn't leaked. It does not apper to be leaking. Car has 110,000 miles on it.

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  • A Mayers May 11, 2010

    Assuming this is an automatic?

    Start with a fluid change and filter replacement or cleaning (if applicable).   Use the VW special stuff if its specified.  This is the least expensive alternative and may indeed get you shifting again as normal.

    The fluid WILL degrade in time, in 110K miles some small amount will be lost regardless of visible leak, and ther IS a service interval for it.

    Check with VWoA and/or (reasonable priced OEM VW parts, including special fluids and tools).  I bought an incredibly complete timing belt kit from them and rented the special VW tools.  They do service too, and will probably be willing to give you good info for free.  They do ONLY VW / Audi, top notch specialists.

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Check fluid level with engine running and in reverse with handbrake on and a chock under both drive the gear shift slow or lazy??changing if so sounds like fluid if sharp change then problem could be with teh shift control switch or the control unit which is mounted under the passenger foot well.not a good position as often water get in and this is the sort of problem now that you get

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