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97 VW Jetta automatic trans not shifting without lifting off gas

If I lift off the gas pedal the car will shift quicker. Up hill it would shift, down hill, it works fine. Is there a sensor I need to change? Also, how to check fliud level, no dipstick found?!!?

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  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    On accelerating, the torque meter goes straight up to 2000-3000 but the acceleration is poor, it crawls to something like 30ish. When I hold the torque constant after that, it shifts gears and the car bolts forward. Even when I try to accelerate gradually, say to 20, I have to provide a torque (rpm) of about 2200-2400.
    On inclines, not the steep ones, it is almost impossible to shift gears by manipulating the acceleration. The engine keeps making a whirring noise all the time. Once the car shifts gears, it occasionally repeats the same problem if I reduce the speed to less than 25.
    I got this resolved to quite some extent by a mechanic who mentioned he had to clean "something" apart from a transmission flush close to 1.5 years ago. Can anyone advise me on this.
    Thanks.

  • bcshort Mar 23, 2009

    What is the cost of the cleaning of the air and cooling sensors or serving the Transmission? I have the same problem with my daughter's 97 Jetta.

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The tranny's are notorious for having "small" problems before they actually let go. However, there is a sensor on the transmission that tells it when to shift as well as a couple of air and cooling sensors. Try having those tested/changed and see if that helps. If not, you may be looking at a new transmission

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