|Tech Article Title
the Transmission Gear Oil
First off, if you don't feel comfortable doing your own oil
change, don't do this either. My version of the disclaimer.
You will need
5 things to change your tranny fluid.
1) A way to raise the car to access
the drain and filler plugs,
2) The VW/Audi special drain plug tool. I got
mine from ZDMACK tools on e-bay for $31 shipped.
3) a 17mm allen wrench or
4) A 3 foot length of 3/4" o.d. clear tubing.
5) 3 qts. of GL-4
tranny fluid. I used Royal purple's Max Gear 75w90 fluid which is GL-4 and
GL-5 compliant. It can be used in the tranny and rear diff.
Step 1. Get the car in the air. I
used a set of Rhino ramps in my driveway but you can simply use a floor
jack and jack stand.
Locate the filler plug under the car just in front of the CV joint on the
drivers side. Use the 17mm allen to remove. Make sure you can get this
plug out before you pull the drain plug.
Step 3. Once you're sure you can
put fluid back in, use the special torx bit and pull the drain plug and
drain into an oil pan. It is in the center of the front diff. just to the
rear of the lower engine cover. No need to remove the engine cover. Once
you've drained the nasty stuff out, replace the plug and torque to 26
Step 4. Use the
length of clear tubing and feed one end into the fill plug hole about 2".
Feed the other end up into the engine compartment. If you are using the
jack stand method lower the car to be sure it's level. Pour the new tranny
fluid through the tube. The capacity is 2.9 qts. Pour 2 3/4qts. into the
tube then slowly add from there. The suggested level is even with the fill
hole. You will start to see leakage from the fill hole when the correct
level is reached. Let the excess pour out into the drain pan. You left it
there right? After that, jack the car back up and replace the fill plug
and torque it to 18 lb-ft.
Go take your car for a spin and feel the
improved shifting. Have fun.
See the accompanying Rear Differential Oil Change.