As an independent Vw service garage with over 25 years of hands-on experience, we know what fails on Vws and why. We feel that changing your fluids is one of the most important preventive maintenance routines. Yet, for many Vw owners, this seems to be one of the most neglected area of maintenance. Thoroughly flushing your fluids at the proper intervals can help your Vw reach 150,000 miles and beyond!
Vw Transmission Fluid Change Intervals
Vw automatic transmission fluid levels should be checked at regular intervals. Changing your Vw automatic transmission fluid helps extend the life of your transmission by properly lubricating the main shaft bearings and synchros. Vw automatic transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles - 60,000 miles. The intervals depend on your operating conditions. The Vw automatic transmission fluid and filter should be serviced every 30,000 miles when driving in heavy city traffic, hot weather, trailer pulling, and other severe driving conditions. The 60,000 miles change interval applies to those who mainly put on highway miles. With the exeption of the DSG transmission, which the factory manual recommends be changed every 30,000 - 40,000 miles.
Flushing and Changing Vw Transmission Fluid (ATF) Is Important!
Some Vw authorities suggest that you don't need to change your Vw's automatic transmission fluid. We simply feel this is illogical. A Vw automatic transmission has hundreds of moving components, such as needle bearings, pressure pumps, clutch packs, servo pistons and seals. These internal components mesh with one another, begin to wear, and create fine metallic particles which contaminate the Vw automatic transmission fluid. Over time, the Vw automatic transmission fluid (ATF) and paper filament transmission filter become contaminated with these particles. New transmission fluid is nearly clear in color. If you've ever seen the dark color of old transmission fluid, you'll agree that it seems very logical that changing the Vw automatic transmission fluid and filter are needed.
Transmission service performed in our repair shop on an Audi A6 12 valve model. The Audi A6 had a tiptronic automatic transmission with approximately 80,000 miles on it. The customer complained of shifting problems when the transmission was cold. Note the dirty metallic sediment that was removed from the transmission drain pan. After changing the Audi automatic transmission fluid using one of our BLAU® Audi Automatic Transmission Fluid Filter Change Kits, the customer reported that his Audi's transmission shifting problems were gone. If you're experiencing Audi or Vw transmission shifting problem, Blauparts® recommends changing your automatic transmission fluid and filter as a first step in solving the problem.
Vw ATF Specifications and Features:
Blauparts® only stocks Vw automatic transmission fluid that meet approved Audi Vw specifications. All customers should check their Vw owner's manual and subsequent Vw factory service manual for what ATF is recommended for use in their vehicle. See our illustrated How To Find Vw Transmission Code write-up.
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Ravenol oils contain proprietary additives that offer unique profile characteristics specifically formulated for the advanced requirements of European cars. Most German automotive owners want only the best fluids. Blauparts believes in providing oils and lubricants that are formulated and engineered to meet your car's stringent specifications.
Your VIN (vehicle identification number) is the one sure way to find out what type of transmission your model has. Some customers have contacted their dealer with their VIN and requested ATF information. Only an authorized Audi Vw dealer can access the bill of material info, which reveals what transmission was used in your car, the transmission code, and the subsequent fluid. Blauparts® is an independent Audi Vw parts specialist and doesn't have access to this bill of material info. We therefore CANNOT tell you what type your vehicle has.
NOTE: Attention 1992-1997 Vw owners with 4 speed automatic transmissions. Although most Bentley manuals refer to a Dexron AFT, it seems that certain factory fiche vehicle part breakdowns began to indicate changes in fluid recommendation with vehicles manufactured in/around July 1995. The newer recommendation was for Vw automatic transmission fluid meeting the improved Audi Vw specification TL52162 (Audi Vw part number G 052 162 A2).
Used in Vw models 1980 - 7/1995
Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. SEE NOTE ABOVE. Vw Transmission Fluid
Meets and Approved For:
ATTENTION: Attention 1992-1997 Vw owners with 4 speed automatic transmissions. Although most Bentley manuals refer to a Dexron AFT, it seems that certain factory fiche vehicle part breakdowns began to indicate changes in fluid recommendation with vehicles manufactured in/around July 1995. The newer recommendation was for Vw automatic transmission fluid meeting the improved Audi Vw specification TL52162 (Audi Vw part number G 052 162 A2).
Part Number Differences
A1 = 0.5 Liter Bottle
A2 = 1.0 Liter Bottle
A6 = 20 Liter Bottle
G 052 162 A2
Used in Vw models 7/1995-2006
Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. SEE NOTE ABOVE.
Transverse Mounted 6 speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) Transmissions requiring Audi Vw OE part number G 052 182 A2 required for dual shift double clutch (aka dual clutch gear DQ-250) 02E series transmissions.
Vw Beetle 2002-08
Vw Golf V 2006-09
Vw Golf VI 2010-12
Vw Jetta V 2005-10
Vw Jetta VI 2010-12
Vw Eos 2007-10
Vw CC 10-12
Vw Passat 2010
High performance fluid with excellent anti-wear, corrosion resistance, oxidation and thermal stability.
High viscosity index assures proper lubrication in severe hot and protection in cold weather.
Controlled friction properties equals smooth and efficient shifting over the fluids life.
Blauparts' German automatic transmission fluid is for the demanding Vw owner who depends and expects the ultimate in German performance.
Other Specifications and Approvals:
Aisin Warner Automatic Gearbox ab 2008
Audi/VW G 055 540 A1
Audi/VW G 055 540 A2
Audi/VW G 055 540 A6
Chrysler Mopar AS68RC
Most 1992-on Vw models don't have a transmission fluid dipstick for checking the Vw transmission fluid level. To fill and check the level of the Vw automatic transmission fluid you have to remove a plug on the side or bottom (location depends on model) of the transmission drain pan.
Changing Vw automatic transmission fluid is most easily done in conjunction with the Vw transmission filter maintenance. Why contaminate clean fluid with the sediment that's stored in the old automatic transmission filter? Our automatic transmission fluid service kits are available for nearly every Vw model for a great price! Save up to 80% off dealer prices on Vw automatic transmission filters! We can even drop ship our Vw automatic transmission fluid and filter kits directly to your Vw mechanic, which makes changing Vw automatic transmission fluid even easier.
Vw Automatic Transmission Filter - Valve Body Gasket
Vw Oil Pan Gasket
Vw Oil Pan Drain Plug Gasket
Vw Oil Pan Fill Plug Gasket
Vw Extra Oil Drain Pan Mounting Hardware
3-6 Liters of German Vw Transmission Fluid (ATF) - Qty Depends On Model
Typically an adequate quantity of fluid for filter change.
Installation Instructions - Not all kits include instructions. Depends On Model
Polypropylene Ultra High Output Pump Dispenser - Depends On Model
Hand operated with clear dispensing hose used for transmission fluid transfer.
This tool can be used in place of Audi Vw special tool VAG 1924
Tools For Changing Vw ATF
The factory manual refers to an expensive VAG 1924 special tool for pumping the Vw automatic transmission fluid into the oil pan. Blauparts® now makes changing your automatic transmission fluid easier and less expensive by substituting this Vw special tool VAG 1924 with a more cost effective hand pump that is included in our Vw transmission filter kits shown above.
There are a few ways to find your transmission codes and specifics. First, you'll need to locate your Vehicle Identification Label.
# 1) Inside Spare Tire Well
The Vehicle Identification Label can usually be found on the well area that carries the spare tire in the trunk. The transmission code(s) are usually located on the same row as the engine code. (See Images Below)
# 2) Owners Manual
The Vehicle Identification Label is usually attached inside the smaller Maintenance booklet on the Warranty Voucher page. The transmission code(s) are usually located on the same row as the engine code. (See Images Below)
# 3) Your VIN
Your VIN (vehicle identification number) is the one sure way to find out what type of transmission your model has. Some customers have contacted their dealer with their VIN and requested ATF information. Only an authorized Audi Vw dealer can access the bill of material info, which reveals what transmission was used in your car, the transmission code, and the subsequent fluid. Blauparts is an independent Audi Vw parts specialist and does not have access to this bill of material info. We therefore CANNOT tell you what type your vehicle has.
What is the difference between a Vw Inline Mounted and a Vw Transverse Mounted Transmission?
Vw models came with many different transmissions. These terms (inline and transverse) can refer to either the engine or the transmission.
Most earlier Vw models came equipped with an inline mounted automatic transmission. An inline transmission is positioned in the engine compartment forward to aft (front to rear) in the body of the car. Some newer Vw models came equipped with transverse mounted automatic transmissions. Transverse mounted transmissions are positioned sideways (left to right) in the body of the car.
Vw Tiptronic Transmission?
Around 1998 many Vws came equipped with a tiptronic transmission. Tiptronic is the term Vw uses to describe their manumatic type transmission. Automatic tiptronic transmissions allows the driver to switch over and manually control gear selection.
DSG Vw Transmission?
A few Vw models came equipt with the direct shift gearbox (DSG) transmissions. These transmissions feature both manual and automatic modes of operation. The design yeilds better RPM control for more powerful and smoother shifting.
All Your Vw Fluid Needs
It's All Here! Blauparts® is your Vw fluid headquarters. We only carry fluid that meets Vw approved specifications.
We recommend having an A.S.E. Audi Vw certified mechanic change your Vw automatic transmission fluid.
Always wear gloves and safety goggles when handling Vw fluids.
Basic Overview On How To Change Vw Transmission Fluid (ATF):
Applicable For Vw Models with 4 Speed Inline and Transverse and 5 Speed INLINE Mounted Transmissions
Make sure the vehicle is perfectly level.
When the transmission fluid is still warm, but the vehicle has cooled down, remove the Vw transmission drain plug and drain the fluid into an appropriate container.
Remove the automatic transmission fluid oil pan (Image 1).
Clean the sediment out of the bottom of the transmission fluid oil pan. (Images 2)
Clean the magnets which have attracted metallic particles.
Remove the Vw automatic transmission fluid filter (Image 3).
Install the new Vw transmission filter rubber pan gasket, and filter onto the transmission valve body (Image 4). Torque the screws to factory specifications.
Align the new Vw automatic transmission fluid oil pan gasket with the oil pan and install the oil pan. Torque the screws to factory specifications.
Remove the Vw automatic transmission fluid oil pan fill plug (Image 5).
Using the high output pump (replaces Vw special tool VAG 1924) supplied with our Vw transmission filter kit, fill the oil pan with the Vw automatic transmission fluid until it runs out (Image 6).
Reinstall the Vw automatic transmission fluid oil fill plug hand tight.
Start the car. With your foot pressed down on the brake pedal, shift the transmission selector in each gear for about 10 seconds. Note: Don't drive the car.
Remove the oil fill plug while the car is at an idle and add more Vw automatic transmission fluid until it runs out. The final steps and procedures for topping off the Vw automatic transmission fluid level will vary depending on Vw model and year. It is critical to obtain the proper Vw automatic transmission fluid level to prevent Vw transmission shifting problems especially with tiptronic transmissions. You should refer to the factory manual or Blauparts® Vw automatic transmission fluid change instructions that are now included in most of our Vw ATF filter kits!
This basic overview of how to change Vw automatic transmission fluid (ATF) filter is illustrated using a Vw Mark IV with a 4 speed transverse mounted transmission.