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Automatic transmission shifting irratic,slipping,torque converter replaced at dealer,couple months doing the same thing agian

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    todd gentile Sep 14, 2009

    code FDF transmission,atf1 fluid,pulled pan filter was laying in the bottom,unplugged all 7 solinoids and ohmn tested,when i unplugged the last one the plastic clip broke,had irratic ohmn reading,will replace and post what happened

  • todd gentile
    todd gentile Oct 28, 2009

    are you sure that its not in 3rd all the time(limp mode)seems like everyone i know with a jetta automatic is in limp mode,good luck ,two solinoids later i,am finally able to drive this one ,but its still in limp mode,have tons of info and service manuals if you need help todd0708

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OK. First, find your reciept and find out what type of fluid was used and how many quarts. Next find out what type of fluid you should use (because the wrong ATF or wrong amount can cause your symptoms). The fluid can vary from transmission to transmission even though you have the same year car model. There are at least 3 transmissions for VWs for the same year (turbo, 2WD, AWD)

To make sure you know what fluid goes with YOUR transmission, you need to know the transmission number. Next, look up on ALLDATA (or ask the dealer to print this for you) the tech sheet on what fluid goes to what transmission.

Also, ALLDATA will have a page detailing the correct amount of fluid to be used. For example, a complete tranny rebuild may take up to 11 quarts, but a tranny service may only take 5 quarts.

To fill VWs with ATF (tranny fluid), you usually have to pump it in with the engine off from the bottom of the car. This means you have a hand pump that sucks the (correct) ATF and then pumps it upwards into the pan thru the drain plug. Once, you put in at least 3-4 quarts, you lower the car and turn it on and re-raise it.

While the car is on, the ATf you just pumped into it gets sucked upwards inside the tranny.
Now you start pumping more ATF upward until it starts to puor out at a steady, but solid stream. Then you quickly close the drain/fill plug and you're done. It is really easy to not put enough ATF into the system since some techs and mechs only add to the car when off, not off then on.

Also, if you have the wrong ATF in you car, you can sue the dealer for putting in the wrong ATF, thus causing damage to your tranny. This holds up in court and you get a new tranny free of charge.

Please remember that the WRONG ATF is very, very easy to use. And the wrong amount is very very easy to achieve. These (2) points are your starting points. Good luck.

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96 jetta won`t go into high gear ,auto trans.

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Take it backj to dealer it should have a 6 mth warrenty minimum under VW

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    Colin Stickland Sep 15, 2009

    interesting comment but true from juswanna .would be interesting to know the outcome

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    Colin Stickland Oct 28, 2009

    well i learnt something here ,many thanks to juswanni .Problem is here in spain not many autos to practice on.manuals yes.Still seems a lot of messing that is no dipstick,i wonder if its possible to drill a hole in the top of the casing so it can be filled with a funnel ,then put a rubber bung in ??? Also this question of transmission fluid types because i have only seen one type in the local motor factors here ,ATF dextron .And when i cant get this i have used a low viscosity hydraulic oil for tipper rams ect and the same vehicle has run for years with this in ,till the owner died in fact then i had to scrap it for the family because a big old merc petrol you cannot give away here ,also used it in a ford explorer and same again the owner couldnt drive anymore ,couldnt sell or give it away,cant remember what petrol engine was in it but i think it was 6cyl monster so again scrapyard and returned papers to traffic office.

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