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Vw automatic trans won't shift

Ok so i just replaced my transmission in my 2000 vw golf. I got the trans from a junk yard (84K miles), and made sure that the trans code matched. For precautionary purposes, i decided to change the transmission fluid and filter. I added 3.5 quarts, put it all together and took it for a test run. The transmission appears to only drive in one gear. If 1st, stays in first... Understable, but in 2nd 3rd and drive it doesn't appear to shift at all. It just revs up, and no shift. I can only hit 50mph in drive and the tac will reach about 3500 rpms. Could this be a fluid problem, or a electrical problem?? i did notice that the check engine light is on also. so i am hoping its electrical and not a bad trans.

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  • PhaTeague Mar 06, 2009

    So I thought I would update to hopefully help someone else in the future... The inability for the transmission to shift was completely understandable. For some reason the "brain" of the comp did not recognize the new transmission. Kinda like I was having a heart transplant, and my body wanted to reject it. It didn't shift because it was running in a safe mode. So, all that had to happen was the VW dealership put it on the computer cleared out the error msgs, made sure all my connectors were secure and wa-la. Shifts great. Trans fluid was a little low, so they added some. Not sure how much though.

  • PhaTeague Mar 06, 2009

    problem solved



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The 01M and 09A automatic transmissions do not have a dipstick and procedure requires measuring and maintaining a specified ATF temperature (which is neither cold or hot, but in between) during the ATF level checking. Special Volkswagen tools are required for this operation and it is therefore recommended that ATF level checking on 01M/09A transmissions be left to an authorized VW dealer.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010

  • Ed Paje Feb 22, 2010

    It's called Coding for new or replaced eqipment. VAG1552 or VAG5052 scan tool will code the new equipment, set it up and adopt it to the ECU of your vehicle.



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