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Old September 16th, 2019, 14:52   #16
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I've confirmed the tranny I plan to use works perfectly. The donor car has 370k miles on it. I don't have access to records. Surely it's not the original tranny given the GMR failures out there unless it has mostly mega highway miles. The guy I bought it from thought that was the case although he can't confirm it.
is there a diesel specific torque converter required for the GMR?

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Old September 17th, 2019, 03:37   #17
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The GMR uses a specific converter, yes.

I have had a few ZF transmissions through here (with regular service) that were still working perfectly with 300k+ miles on them.

I think "lifetime fluid" is bunk, and so does ZF, who thinks they should be serviced every 100k km. So I flush all mine every 60k miles.

Keep in mind, the nature of the beast is that all [conventional] automatics will fail eventually. So really, any that get 1/4 million miles or so have given a decent service life. Not like manuals that can just keep going and going and going indefinitely.
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Old September 19th, 2019, 06:17   #18
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'My research indicates the GMR torque converter has a 9 1/2" bolt circle whereas the gasser ZF's like in a 1.8t have 9 1/4". Should be useful info for folks trying to id them.
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Old September 19th, 2019, 06:59   #19
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The part number right on the converter makes it even easier.
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The part number right on the converter makes it even easier.
what is the part number?
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Old September 19th, 2019, 08:54   #21
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50' do you need a torque converter core to rebuild? I have an extra one I can sell and ship. I had mine rebuilt at Eriksson Industries for $250.
http://www.erikssonindustries.com/
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what is the part number?
Q61 is the code letter, but the actual part number is 01V-323-572-B. Sachs likely has their own number on there, too.
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'My research indicates the GMR torque converter has a 9 1/2" bolt circle whereas the gasser ZF's like in a 1.8t have 9 1/4". Should be useful info for folks trying to id them.

VW uses imperial measurements for the converter bolt circle diameter?
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Old September 19th, 2019, 11:05   #24
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I did find a donor car with a bad engine and good tranny. I will extract tranny codes with VAG before install. Anything I should do preventive maintenance wise before install?
Replace the heater/coolant hoses back there. Mine were just covered with oil and was deteriorating them. The skinny hose from the flange was scary bloated ready to pop.

Part numbers for you to ponder..
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=491043

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Old September 21st, 2019, 07:07   #25
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As delivery valve said, Eriksson is the only tc place to get a good remanufactured one. I installed one 7 years ago and still going.
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