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2002 VW Jetta 1.8T with EYP code auto transmission, When selecting "D", (Drive) shifts fine 1st,2nd,3rd, when shifting to 4th trans downshifts every time.

Looking for someone that has had experience with this problem. I have been reading this sight and hope that there is a DIY fix. (ie) Replace valve body with rebuilt unit, etc. Thanks for your help in advance! tim

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  • tim testerman Jan 04, 2014

    the 2002 vw jetta i listed is actually a 2003 with a EYP coded trans

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This transmission is geared at 3. the additional gear is a low pulling granny gear for perhaps small hill buggy type climbing. the vehicle has a three shift pattern, after you start the vehicle out in the very lowest granny gear, each and everytime you take off from a stopped position, it is recommended you start in the granny gear (1st), then properly shift per rpm\'s and speed, you should be able to continue to shift three times past the granny gear, however unless your speed exceeds like 55 or 60, I would think that the third gear is suffient. you may need to lube (grease) your differentials (gear oil/lube areas) if easy to get to, as the area closest to the heat etc.. dries components out causing unessecary functioning.the est way to lube is watch a u-tube on procedure, and follow specs regarding gear ratials weight etc.. If you feel a stiff entry into the gear with the shifter this is not uncommon for VW\'s. Accross the board they are famous for the syncro\'s to fail, when this typicallly happens with the manual transmission, it locks the shifter into generally second gear, clamps it, and dis-allows the shifter to release causing a permanent failure for mobility of your vehicle. additionally this is quite a spendy fix and usually requires a new/overhauled transmission, and most often if you lube, manually shift with gluide actions instead of drag and jam actions, your shifter should last you a while before it loosens to where you have to literally tighten the shifter arms bolt and nut and make sure you do not bend or destroy the tightening mechanism, otherwise once again the transmission will refrain from shift ability, and omit vehicle travel 100%. Its a nice little gout-a-bout car for overpopulated cities, manuervers, gas milage, and essentially longivity of runnibility persay overall in comparrison to other cars of the similar features as in 4 cylinder/manual/compat/etc..However, its made for just what I listed, highway crusing not such a cruiser, nor is this vehicle made to grab gears, roughen and jolt for any sporting events outside the normal operations of proper vehicle use and proper operations and care. the VW is a fine motor, nortorius for an embellishing of clogs in the exhaust pipe/manifold??, simply if parked, used not everyday, have foliages/wind/fields of vegitations, etc.. Its a simple ordeal to dig out foriengn collections from the exhaust pipes gently, and even suck out with shop vacumn or car wash shop vac. pay attention to the degree of debris, if the exhaust looks packed and stuck, drop the pipe of f the motor, clean good, reseal and restor ethe gasket at that motor and pipe joint and lift in place, tighten and restart car, as the sluggy motor, clogged choking motor, running motor persay high rpm\'s to low, and up and down on its own, or runs then dies, or slugs, before you do anything clean or check the exhaust, these motors are no larger than your home lar and certainly are easy to keep clean and sitiate for proper idling and runnibility, especially in high foliage terrians or persay leavy, foresty, windy terrians that collect cubbys to nest the dead leaves. the VW has a wonderful easy to change air filter that also embellishs the overall performance and runnibility. the car itself has the strength of a volvo, however, the motor, etc.., are considered, to be the easiest motor, etc, to maintain, by keeping fluids proper, dust away, and cob webs out of the pipes, its a long lasting little motor for overall longivity, runnibility with gentle operator common sense and basically in town travels, and less cross country travels. the car also has the ability to run for 300,000 miles on the proper care motor, exceeding the transmission life overall by 200% accross the board, the transmission is a bugar and shall be taken serious when operating, by proper clutching. do not buy a vw that has a sticky shifter, or tough to shift in place shifts (engagements). as this transmission is just about toast, and at some point you will experience flat stuck shifter, unable to shift, dis-engage shifter stick, nor move for travels, and at least a 2500.00 repair, for s new rebuild installed due to the tiny parts are special tools needed in replacement of such. most people junk the car one the tranny fails as persay its a throw away at such point. the gas milage thrives the best with a clean air filter, a clean plug and proper fuel and oill servicings. good luck and a sticky shifter is a shifty stuck shifter in soon time, run from it, and be glad you did, cause its hard to locate a shop that works VW repairs as well.

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    norma j Borman Jan 07, 2014

    My suggestion is just to make sure your fluids are accurate at all times, baby it along, tyr and get your money out of it, then deal with it. Its not going to get any better, however, you should have vehicle parked, depress clutch and walk the shifter through each gear without moving the vehicle, go down then go up, and use your clutch each time, take your time, and pay attention to what your feeling then get back to me.....i have an idea, thanks, good luck!

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