Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

Fluid Pan



  1. If equipped, remove the drain plug and let the fluid drain into a pan. If the pan has no drain plug, loosen the pan bolts until a corner of the pan can be lowered to drain the fluid.
  3. Remove the pan bolts and take off the pan.
  5. Discard the old gasket and clean the pan out. Be very careful not to get any threads or lint from rags into the pan.
  7. 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, the specified torque for the strainer screws is only 24 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
  9. Replace the pan with a new gasket and tighten the bolts, in a criss-cross pattern, to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  11. Using a long necked funnel, pour in 2.5 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. The difference between marks is 1 pint (0.23L). Add fluid as necessary, drive the car until it is warmed up and recheck the level.