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Fuels & Lubricants Discussion all about Fuels & Lubricants. synthetic oil, conventional oil, brands, change intervals, diesel grades, gelling and such debated items like that. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed. This forum is NOT for the discussion of biodiesel and other alternative fuels.

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Old September 15th, 2010, 14:20   #16
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I checked on changing it out on my Cabrio and found out it's synthetic. Haven't worried about it since. If it had a fill tube like on an automatic, I might consider sucking it out with my new Pela extractor I bought from the DR folks. It worked great on my lawnmower and air compressor. Next change will be my generator.

Without the fill tube, it's a nasty, underneath-the-car, thing. The Cabrio will go without a change.
When it starts shifting like mine was you will change your mind and change it. It took about 20 min and 15 of that was finding/making something (double nutted metric bolt) to use to remove the 6 cornered plugs and waiting for the oil/fluid to drain out.
Just because its sythetic doesn't mean it lasts forever.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 15:21   #17
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Mine still shifts fine at about 105k miles and 13 years. Hopefully, VW will give me a stick shift TDI convertible soon to trade it for.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 09:56   #18
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My 2002 Golf TDI (Noir) has 90k on the clock. About 3 months ago, I slowly started having shifting issues into 3rd gear. Started out as a little catch, then a slight grind, then a good stought grind into the gear during an upshift. At first, I thought I was just missing the shift. I adjusted the linkage, to no avail. Then, I changed the Gear oil. The OEM stuff (I assume, being the 4th owner) was like chocolate milk (previous poster mentioned it as well). I filled it up with Amsoil MTG, and all is well again.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 23:18   #19
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I'm at 240k on the OEM stuff. Shifts okay but in cold weather it can get a little, er, gummy.

I assume a flush and fill is an under the car adventure? I've been spoiled by the extractor on oil changes. Not getting under the car is a wonderful thing. And I don't really have a safe place to jack it up, anyway.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 23:55   #20
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Yes, you need to go under the car.

IMHO this is something that should be done every timing belt. Or at least check the oil level.

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 08:03   #21
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can anyone refer me to a change (trans oil) procedure for a Mk 4 (2004 Jetta wagon)
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 08:20   #22
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I had my timing belt replaced this week and asked them to go ahead and change the transmission oil too. I have a 2005 Jetta Wagon TDI 5 speed manual. I took it to a recommended guru and he said only use VW spec oil. Reading this thread, I am glad I had it done, even it it wasn't "needed."
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 13:12   #23
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Is G070726A2 the defacto recommended fluid for the Manual Transmission (all yrs) ...... I believe its been stated on this forum ??
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 19:01   #24
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First changed mine at 75,000 miles. Just changed it again last week with 148,000 miles.

Used the OEM full synthetic after reading the sticky on the subject. Need as low a viscosity as I can get for the cold winters up here in Minnesota.

The notchiness shifting from 1st to 2nd has disappeared. Hope it stays away.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 06:24   #25
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People, $25 every few years is chump change when compared to finding another transmission. If you assume "lifetime" to be the life of the car, then you'll find the life of the car will be sooner than you think. Yes, you can leave it in there, but why??? Do you hate the VW so much you'd give it an untimely death due to not spending $25 and 15 minutes of your time?

I change mine with Amzoil GL-4 75W-90 every 100K, and it still shifts smooth, even in the dead of winter.
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Well which is it guys; Amsoil MTG OR MTF? Please advise, this is getting confusing.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 08:53   #27
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Well which is it guys; Amsoil MTG OR MTF?


It's your choice. Just make sure it meets VAG specs.

FYI for automatic owners, I own an 03 wagon w/ the O1M transmission. Been changing it every 40,000 miles. I'm at 112,000 and the tranny is as good as new. I call this my VPSM transmission maintenance.

"very precautionary scheduled maintenance"
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Old October 4th, 2010, 10:10   #28
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Well, I did finally change it out a few weeks ago, and at first thought maybe it was a waste of time and a couple qts of gear oil. The old (172K miles) OEM stuff that came out looked light colored w/o metallic particles. But it made a VERY noticeable difference. Smooth shifting up and down. Very nice. Used the Amsoil MTG 75W-90 GL-4 per the advice of TooSlick. Happy about how that worked out.
"Used the Amsoil MTG 75W-90 GL-4 per the advice of TooSlick."
So that was what I used. MTG is Amsoil's "Manual Transmission and Gear" oil. I was advised by Amsoil NOT to use their other products in my cold climate area.
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the tranny has a vent , moisture will make it in over time.
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FYI for automatic owners, I own an 03 wagon w/ the O1M transmission. Been changing it every 40,000 miles. I'm at 112,000 and the tranny is as good as new. I call this my VPSM transmission maintenance.

"very precautionary scheduled maintenance"

What do you use Whyfish?
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