Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

Automatic Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Cabriolet
  1. Disconnect both battery cables.
  2.  
  3. Withdraw the speedometer drive gear, then plug the hole in the transaxle.
  4.  
  5. With the vehicle on the ground, remove the front axle nuts.
  6.  
  7. Raise and safely support the vehicle, then remove the front wheels. Connect the engine sling tool VW-10-222A or equivalent sling, to the cylinder head and just take the weight of the engine off the mounts. On 16-valve engines, the idle stabilizer valve must be removed to attach the tool. Do not try to support the engine from below.
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  9. Remove the driver's side rear transaxle mount and support bracket.
  10.  
  11. On Golf and Jetta, remove the front mount bolts from the transaxle and from the body and remove the mount as a complete assembly.
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  13. Remove the selector and accelerator cables from the transaxle lever but leave them attached to the bracket. Remove the bracket assembly to save the adjustment.
  14.  
  15. Remove the halfshafts.
  16.  
  17. Remove the heat shield and brackets and remove the starter. On Cabriolet, the front mount comes off with the starter.
  18.  
  19. Remove the bellhousing lower cover and turn the engine as needed to remove the torque converter-to-flywheel bolts.
  20.  
  21. Remove the remaining transaxle mounts and, on Golf and Jetta, the subframe bolts and allow the subframe to hang free.
  22.  
  23. Support the transaxle with a jack and remove the remaining engine-to-transaxle bolts. Be careful to secure the torque converter so it does not fall out of the transaxle.
  24.  
  25. Carefully lower the transaxle from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. When reinstalling, make sure the torque converter is fully seated on the pump shaft splines. The converter should be recessed into the bell housing and turn by hand. Keep checking that it still turns while drawing the engine and transaxle together with the bolts.
  2.  
  3. Install the engine-to-transaxle bolts and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install all mount and subframe bolts before tightening any of them. Tighten the bolts starting at the rear and work forward. Tighten the smaller bolts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) and the larger bolts to 58 ft. lbs. (80 Nm). Remove the lifting equipment when all mounts are installed.
  6.  
  7. Install the torque converter-to-flywheel bolts and tighten them to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the starter and tighten the bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (20 Nm). Install the heat shields.
  10.  
  11. Make sure the halfshaft splines are clean and apply a thread locking compound to the splines before sliding it into the hub. Connect the halfshafts to the drive flanges and tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). Install new axle nuts, but do not fully tighten them until the vehicle is on the ground.
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  13. If removed, fit the ball joints to the control arm and tighten the clamping bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Connect and adjust the shift linkage as required.
  16.  
  17. When assembly is complete and the vehicle is on its wheels, tighten the axle nuts to 195 ft. lbs. (265 Nm).
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  19. Unplug the hole in the transaxle, and insert the speedometer drive gear.
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  21. Connect the battery cables.
  22.  

1990-92 Golf and Jetta
  1. If equipped with electronically theft-protected radio, obtain the security code before disconnecting the battery.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the battery and the speedometer drive and plug the hole in the transaxle.
  4.  
  5. On Golf and Jetta, with the vehicle on the ground, remove the front axle nuts.
  6.  


NOTE
When loosening or tightening an axle nut, make sure the vehicle is on the ground. Axle nut torque is high enough that loosen it with the vehicle on jack stands may cause the vehicle to fall.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the front wheels. Connect the engine sling tool VW-10-222A or equivalent, to the cylinder head and just take the weight of the engine off the mounts. On 16 valve engine, the idle stabilizer valve must be removed to attach the tool. Do not try to support the engine from below.
  2.  
  3. Remove the driver's side rear transaxle mount and support bracket.
  4.  
  5. On Golf and Jetta, remove the front mount bolts from the transaxle and from the body and remove the mount as a complete assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove the selector and accelerator cables from the transaxle lever but leave them attached to the bracket. Remove the bracket assembly to save the adjustment.
  8.  
  9. Remove the halfshafts.
  10.  
  11. Remove the heat shield and brackets and remove the starter. On Cabriolet, the front mount comes off with the starter.
  12.  
  13. Remove the bellhousing lower cover and turn the engine as needed to remove the torque converter-to-flywheel bolts.
  14.  
  15. Remove the remaining transaxle mounts and, on Golf and Jetta, the subframe bolts and allow the subframe to hang free.
  16.  
  17. Support the transaxle with a jack and remove the remaining engine-to-transaxle bolts. Be careful to secure the torque converter so it does not fall out of the transaxle.
  18.  
  19. Carefully lower the transaxle from the vehicle.
  20.  

To install:

  1. When reinstalling, make sure the torque converter is fully seated on the pump shaft splines. The converter should be recessed into the bell housing and turn by hand. Keep checking that it still turns while drawing the engine and transaxle together with the bolts.
  2.  
  3. Install the engine-to-transaxle bolts and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install all mount and subframe bolts before tightening any on them. Tighten the bolts starting at the rear and work forward. Tighten the smaller bolts to 25 ft. lbs. (34 Nm) and the larger bolts to 58 ft. lbs. (80 Nm). Remove the lifting equipment when all mounts are installed.
  6.  
  7. Install the torque converter-to-flywheel bolts and tighten them to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the starter and tighten the bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (20 Nm). Install the heat shields.
  10.  
  11. Make sure the halfshaft splines are clean and apply a thread locking compound to the splines before sliding it into the hub. Connect the halfshafts to the drive flanges and tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm). Install new axle nuts but do not fully tighten them until the vehicle is on the ground.
  12.  
  13. If removed, fit the ball joints to the control arm and tighten the clamping bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Connect and adjust the shift linkage as required.
  16.  
  17. When assembly is complete and the vehicle is on its wheels, tighten the axle nuts to 195 ft. lbs. (265 Nm) on Golf and Jetta or 175 ft. lbs. (240 Nm) on Cabriolet.
  18.  

1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta
  1. Disconnect the battery cables.
  2.  
  3. Remove the battery.
  4.  
  5. Remove all electrical connections and vacuum lines from the transaxle.
  6.  
  7. On 6 cylinder models remove the multi-function transaxle range switch.
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  9. Position the selector lever to the Park position.
  10.  
  11. Detach the selector lever cable.
  12.  
  13. Remove the selector lever cover. Remove the selector lever cable circlip. Remove the cable.
  14.  
  15. Support the engine from the top with the appropriate brace.
  16.  
  17. Remove the power steering hose support bracket.
  18.  
  19. On vehicles equipped with the VR-6, remove the electrical connector from the cooling fan.
  20.  
  21. Remove the bolt from the front engine mount.
  22.  
  23. Detach the mount from the engine block by removing the mounting bolts.
  24.  
  25. Remove the coolant recovery tank.
  26.  
  27. Completely remove the left rear engine mount.
  28.  
  29. Remove the transmission mounting bolts at the top only.
  30.  
  31. Remove the protective shield from the automatic transmission fluid (ATF) pan.
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  33. On VR-6 engines, remove the right side accessory drive belt shield.
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  35. Remove the torque converter mounting nuts.
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  37. Remove the vibration damper from the 6 cylinder engine.
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  39. Detach the drive axles from the transaxle.
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  41. Support the right side axle.
  42.  
  43. Remove the left front wheel.
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  45. Position the steering wheel to full right lock.
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  47. Matchmark the position of the ball joint in relation to the lower control arm.
  48.  
  49. Remove the ball joint mounting bolts.
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  51. Pull the ball joint from the control arm.
  52.  


NOTE
The left hand drive axle must be removed if the vehicle is equipped triple-roller type CV joints.

  1. Support the transmission from the under side using a special transmission jack or the proper jack adapter.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bolts from the lower engine/transmission mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Pivot the engine forward using a suitable jack/support.
  6.  
  7. Pull the engine from the transmission.
  8.  
  9. Lower the engine with the support jack.
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  11. Lower the transaxle. You may have to re-position the transaxle several times to ease removal.
  12.  


NOTE
Be sure to secure the torque converter to the transaxle.

To install:

  1. Install the transaxle assemble in the reverse order of removal. Tighten the fasteners to the following specifications.
  2.  
  3. The front engine mount should be secured at a tighten of 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  4.  
  5. When installing the drive axle to the transaxle flange tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  6.  
  7. The torque converter to flex plate (drive plate) should be tightened to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  9. After installing the left motor mount, tighten the mounting bolt(s) to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
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  11. Ball joint to control arm nut(s) should be tightened to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
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