Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Fluid Pan and Strainer

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Dasher and Quantum

See Figure 1

As of transaxle no. 13 03 8, an additional oil strainer is installed between the oil pump and the valve body inside the transaxle. When installing it, be sure it fits into the locating lug of the transfer plate.

  1. Slide a drain pan under the transaxle. Raise the front of the car and safely support it with jackstands.
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  3. Remove the drain plug and allow all the fluid to drain. If the transaxle's fluid pan has no drain plug, loosen the pan bolts until a corner of the pan can be lowered to drain the fluid.
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  5. Unfasten the pan bolts and remove the fluid pan.
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  7. Discard the old gasket and clean the pan out. Be very careful not to get any threads or lint from rags in the pan.
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To install:
  1. Install the strainer, but don't tighten the bolt too much. The specified torque is only 48 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
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  3. Replace the pan with a new gasket and tighten the bolts, in a crisscross pattern, to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm). If so equipped, reinstall the drain plug.
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  5. Refill the transaxle with about 2 3 / 4 qts. (2.5L) of fluid. Check the level with the dipstick. Run the car for a few minutes and check again. Add fluid as necessary.
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Golf, Rabbit, Scirocco, Cabriolet and Jetta

See Figure 2

As of transaxle No. 09096, a new, cleanable oil filter is used which requires a deeper oil pan. Also beginning with transaxle number EQ-15 106, the drain plug was no longer installed in the oil pan.

  1. Slide a drain pan under the transaxle. Remove the drain plug and let the fluid drain. If the transaxle's fluid pan has no drain plug, loosen the pan bolts until a corner of the pan can be lowered to drain the fluid.
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  3. Unfasten the pan bolts and remove the fluid pan.
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  5. Discard the old gasket and clean the pan out. Be very careful not to get any threads or lint from rags in the pan.
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To install:
  1. The manufacturer recommends that the filter needn't be replaced unless the fluid is very dirty and burnt smelling. When replacing the strainer be careful, as the specified torque for the strainer screws is only 24 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
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Beginning with transaxle number 13 03 8, there is an additional strainer under the valve body. When installing it, be sure it fits into the locating lug of the transfer plate.

  1. Replace the pan with a new gasket and tighten the bolts, in a crisscross pattern, to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm). If so equipped, reinstall the drain plug.
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  3. Using a long-necked funnel, pour in 2 1 / 2 qts. (2.3L) of Dexron®II automatic transaxle fluid through the dipstick tube. Start the engine and shift through all the transaxle ranges with the car stationary. Check the level on the dipstick with the lever in Neutral. It should be up to the lower end of the dipstick. Add fluid as necessary. Drive the car until it is warmed up, then recheck the level.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Beginning with transaxle no. 13 03 8, an additional oil strainer is installed between the oil pump and the valve body. It cannot be installed on earlier models

 
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