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Old March 12th, 2017, 06:18   #16
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it is not that messy to do, if you have a place out of the wind, and a pan to catch the fluid in.

you have to drop the plastic cover under the engine,

remove the drain plug, and the snorkel (which is the one step that will cover your tool with fluid)

and get to the filter to remove and replace (with a real o ring for the cap)

if you don't want to mess with a hose to fill from the bottom, and are willing to wait for a longer fill from the top, you can replace the snorkel, and the drain plug, fill from the top (5 liters), then put it all together, run the engine and go through the gears, guestimate or measure the temperature of the fluid, and then remove the bottom plug, with the engine still running, and let the fluid drain till the flow is interupted, and plug it up.

you can also figure all the transmissions are pretty similar and put 4.6 liters in. (or a number from whoever you like)

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Old March 13th, 2017, 11:24   #17
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If it hasn't been changed in that many miles, why change it at all? Leave as-is. I bet it will still perform many miles from now.
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Old March 13th, 2017, 13:15   #18
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having high miles and no current issues make it lucky, not immune.

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Old March 13th, 2017, 15:54   #19
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If it hasn't been changed in that many miles, why change it at all? Leave as-is. I bet it will still perform many miles from now.
Bad advice. Seriously.
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 15:05   #20
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Fluid needs to be changed. You are dealing with electro-mechanical devices with small ports and screens. Its a hundred dollars for the materials and a hour or so for your time. I top fill using the adapter available from wallworld. If you poke a hole in the bottle to break the vacuum, the top fill time is greatly reduced.

If you have access to VCDS, I strongly recommend calibrating the transmission afterwards. It made a big difference in ours.
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Old April 4th, 2017, 17:59   #21
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While I am a nobody and I am certainly not a transmission specialist, from the various reports of failure over the years, I believe the dsg is a victim of being serviced to death. By this I simply mean that mistakes are made which caused their failure and since service is called for so often, the odds are stacked against it.

Make darn sure you know what you're doing and for goodness sake, clean everything before you open things up!!! You cannot be too clean!

My car may be a unicorn but I personally changed the fluid soon after I purchased it at 380k miles and that was the very first time it was serviced. At 450k, it is still shifting fine. I believe these are much more durable and forgiving than most people would believe.

Just my personal experience and observation.
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Old March 6th, 2018, 20:49   #22

I just bought a 06 Jetta dsg with 129k on it. I believe the dsg fluid was never changed. I serviced the dsg and the fluid was tinted and had a bit of gold glitter in it. It shifts fine and all, except for a slight noise on downshifting from 3 to 2, just clicks a bit.
. I would just fallow the manufacturers recommended intervals for these cars due to their track records on other items..
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Old March 6th, 2018, 21:26   #23
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"Still shifts fine."?

"...victim of being serviced to death."?


Servicing the DSG is a preventative procedure. You don't wait until it shifts bad. VW say's every 40k, you can realistically go 60k or so unless you're all city. Any more than that is neglect.
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Old March 7th, 2018, 09:50   #24
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I can't tell if the "don't change the fluid" posts are outright trolls or folks using prior old wives tale knowledge that applies to traditional torque-converter automatic transmissions and is not applicable here.

I'm a diehard manual transmission guy, been driving a stick since I was 16, and even I have to nod in approval when I drove my now ex-wife's DSG equipped Jetta. The stats are here on the board and they don't lie- the DSG is actually a pretty refined product. Nothing like the "slushbox" that it replaced.

Anywho. If the fluid is past due for replacement, simply replace it. Even if you have to pay a shop to do so. It's a small price to pay for hundreds of thousands of trouble free driving.
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Old March 8th, 2018, 19:03   #25
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Its extremely easy. Drain it. Put 4.6 liters back in. Change filter and be done. Fyi some guys just put the full 5 liters in and forget about any kind of measuring. Get this done asap so you can get ready for the next issue.
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