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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old July 11th, 2007, 16:37   #16
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Old July 12th, 2007, 09:40   #17
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17 MM allen wrench (socket) gets the drain/fill plugs out.

At least on the Jettas, you have to remove the bolt for the bracket holding the power steering steel line that runs right in front of the transmission fill hole, and push the P/S line out of the way, before you can get the allen socket into the fill plug.

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Old July 12th, 2007, 10:07   #18
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17 MM allen wrench (socket) gets the drain/fill plugs out.
Except on some of the latest cars that require a triple-square bit...

As usual, Metalnerd has provided one...

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Old October 18th, 2007, 19:52   #19
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Bump for a good piece of preventative maintenance. 130K miles and the factory fluid came out pitch black (looked like my oil after 10K miles). Swapped the factory stuff for redline MTL and the transmission shifts like butter. Everyone hurry and get new fluid in there before the cold weather hits. Its well worth the 1/2 hour.
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Old October 18th, 2007, 20:26   #20
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You can buy a plunger type pump for quart containers at Auto Zone for a few dollars. Makes life easier!
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 13:43   #21
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If you don't have a 17mm allen socket, you can use a 17mm bolt and two 17mm nuts. I since tacked them together and cut off the excess bolt shank.


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Old October 24th, 2007, 15:50   #22
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I have a 97 Jetta, which Tranny fluid should I change to when I change it. I have almost 130k miles on the car
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Old October 24th, 2007, 18:01   #23
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I have a 97 Jetta, which Tranny fluid should I change to when I change it. I have almost 130k miles on the car
Any GL-4 75W-90 manual transmission oil should do... VW has many, many flavors of G52... G50 is very good but expensive... Many people like Redline, but others (myself included) prefer to stay with the VW fluid...

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Old October 25th, 2007, 05:34   #24
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If you don't have a 17mm allen socket, you can use a 17mm bolt and two 17mm nuts. I since tacked them together and cut off the excess bolt shank.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 19:34   #25
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Thanks for the info folks. I removed my belly pan and drained out the factory gear oil (138000 miles) and it was not pretty. I replaced it with Royal Purple Synthetic.

What upset me is that the VW stealer****te failed install all the T20 screws that secure the belly pan..

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Broken belly pan and side skirts... sigh... I guess I'll be ordering a steel replacement.. Only 5 screws holding it on


Ready Freddy!


Fill plug removed first, then drain plug as mentioned earlier. I thought I could get away with removing the plug without making a huge mess by holding the catch pan up high but the dirty oil gushed out so fast it splashed up and out of the pan an yes...into my hair, on my face & garage floor. Guess I shoulda listened...huh?


drain plug removed..took two hours for the old oil to stop dripping


The old oil...

nasty stuff!!


metal flakes at the bottom...I guess that could be expected after 138K miles
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Old July 9th, 2008, 20:18   #27
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Refilling from the top. I purchased a gear oil refil valve/cap from the local Pep Boys for less than $5..worked like a charm!

twisting the yellow dial starts/stops oil flow.


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Thanks for the previous hints/tips & tricks! Jacking up the car was the toughest part of this job. If I can do it SO CAN YOU.

BTW, I found a 17MM hex driver at Harbor Freight, it came in 10 piece set for $13.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 22:19   #28
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Thanks for the previous hints/tips & tricks! Jacking up the car was the toughest part of this job. If I can do it SO CAN YOU.
Doh! Now I have no excuse! Only 307,000km on the original fluid tho...

I am going to try and see if I can get at the fill plug from topside while I'm doing a TDIheater install and check the level.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 06:01   #29
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Has anyone tried using a PELA to pull the fluid out rather than draining the it from the bottom?
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Old August 4th, 2008, 07:27   #30
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Has anyone tried using a PELA to pull the fluid out rather than draining the it from the bottom?
The drain plug is much easier to reach than the fill plug, so it kind of defeats the purpose. Plus, it would take much more time to 'suck't the gear oil out vs draining it out, with no real assurance you got all the yucky old stuff out.

This is my opinion, someone more technical than I may have better information than what I have to offer.

All I know is this was such an easy job, I wish I had done it sooner.
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