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Doesn t the New Beetle need tranny oil change

VW Beetle 2002 Turbo:

I have asked the dealer about this and they are very vague about. What's the deal with this.

Almost all automatic transmissions need a the oil changed. Is this true for the New Beetle as well. Or am I missing something here?

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  • brut4orce Aug 26, 2008

    I don't see any information in the manual and that is why I am asking about this. I understand the dynamics of the oil replacement intervals and the different types and the whole bit. However, the VW Beetle is new to me and after talking to Dealers they don't seem to be say much.

    Is there a dip stick on the Beetle for the Transmission. I can't seem to find it anywhere.

    Really weird

  • rougemedic Apr 27, 2009

    I have a 02 beetle 1.8 turbo with a manual transmission, I have been experiencing occassional gear this common and will a "anti-slip" additive help or do I need to have the tranny serviced?



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I just "serviced my tranny with the assistance from a VW tech. It is indeed a closed system, yes it needs to be serviced and do't let anyone tell you that changing the filter is not necessary. Whatever you do, DON'T, I repeat DO NOT put regular automatic fluid in this tranny!!! You will be buying a new tranny if you do. This tranny take a "special" European fluid that cost about $17 USD a liter. It takes three and one half liters. I would buy five just to "flush" the system.
To start, the engine and tranny must be cold, let it set over night. A lift is almost a must have. remove the tranny skid plat (four bolts) then the tranny pan (four bolts) have a catch pan ready. after allowing the fluid to drip, remove the filter and the O-ring (it will probably stay in place after you remove the filter and is a orange/red color) clean the area with a bit of brake clean. replace filter and pan, not the skid pan yet. remove the drain plug, you should have located it by now. it should take an Allen wrench. On the front of the tranny you will see a refill plug, it has a snap lock, that you will probably break. after removing the lock you can remove the plug. take a length of hose, 5/16th I think, place in the refill hole, run it up to the top of the engine and put a funnel in the tube. I found it easiest to hang the funnel with the tube from a bunge chord attached the underside of the hood. pour in three liters, this will take a little while. Yes, the plug is still out. after you have pour in three liters, start the car. leave it in park or neutral. Allow the car to come up to temperature, you know you have reached this point when the cooling fans have come on twice. Let the fans come on then go off and come on again. now the car should be high enough to see under but low enough to reach your funnel/hose that is still attached. Drain plug still out, car up to temp, height just right, now pour in more fluid. After about another half a liter, you should start to see the fluid dribbling out (into a catch pan). I pour an additional liter through mine to flush it, although this is not mandatory. leave the car running throughout this process. after you have poured at least four liters into the tranny and yes some will leak out, with car still running re-insert and tighten the drain plug. Turn the car off, replace the skid pan, remove the hose, replace the refill plug and lock (you did buy a new one when you bought the filter and oil, right?) if not just zip-tie it in place. Clean up the mess and DRIVE. congratulations, you just serviced you own tranny and saved two hundred bucks!

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All transmissions have to have the oil changed at some point. Not as often as the engine oil gets changed as its a closed system that doesn't get much in the way of impurities introduced like you do with the piston rings leaking combustion gases and carbon into the engine casing but they all have recommended replacement schedules.
As your gearbox oil gets pummeled by the gears in the gearbox the molecules are gradually broken down and over a period of wear it becomes less effective at lubricating your gears so it has a change recommendation but its probably every 40000 miles or so - you need to check the owners manual for the correct change out cycle.

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  • kevellen Aug 26, 2008

    I think their is no dipstick on the Beetle transmission its a closed transmission - there may just be a drain plug and a fill plug on the gearbox casing.

    The owners manual should have a section for Scheduled maintenance where it talks about the change schedule but if you can't find it in there I would call the local VW dealership and ask to speak to the service department and just tell them your worried about the transmission oil change interval and what mileage should you be worried about changing it.



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