Club Touareg Forum banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
2004 Touareg V6, 115,000 miles, owned since new, I've never done a trans service. I'm thinking about doing it soon by dropping pan and replacing the filter, gasket and fluid. I've never towed anything and do not plan on doing any towing. It shifts great as far as I'm concerned but id like to keep it for a few more years. I've always changed engine oil every 6,000 miles, brake fluid flushes, front and rear diffs, transfer case, and a few other scheduled maintenance services. I've seen mixed opinions about this job but have yet to hear about a definitive time where changing the fluid on a Touareg became a problem. Please let me know if you or someone you know regret doing it,
Thanks
 

·
Registered
2011 VR6 FSI LUX
Joined
·
1,611 Posts
I also agree w/doing it. Just be sure to get the fill level correct.
 

·
Touareg Brake Specialist
2004 V6 w/package 1 and HID, bought 10/03
Joined
·
915 Posts
Well, that’s my vehicle and I regret replacing trans fluid. The job ended up costing me nearly $1000 in labor expense to free up some of the transmission pan bolts that were stuck and needed to be drilled out, or so I was told by the mechanic! In truth, I did spend quite a bit of time researching the fluid itself which was not ultimately a clear choice. I did my fluid flush a couple of years ago after pentosan had just released new formulations for transmission fluid products. Frankly, if your transmission is working fine, I would say leave it alone. You actually would be opening up a can of worms.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
I just changed trans fluid in my 2005 v-6 at 225,000 for the first time. The old fluid looked remarkably good, but I was experiencing some rough shifting, especially when cold. My only obstacle was getting the fill level correct. It can be tricky when there is no easy way to measure what’s in there. Ive been happy with the performance results. Much smoother shifting. I also have an occasional shift flare that I did not have before. I used Valvoline max life.
 

·
Registered
2005 Touareg V8
Joined
·
278 Posts
Well, that’s my vehicle and I regret replacing trans fluid. The job ended up costing me nearly $1000 in labor expense to free up some of the transmission pan bolts that were stuck and needed to be drilled out, or so I was told by the mechanic! In truth, I did spend quite a bit of time researching the fluid itself which was not ultimately a clear choice. I did my fluid flush a couple of years ago after pentosan had just released new formulations for transmission fluid products. Frankly, if your transmission is working fine, I would say leave it alone. You actually would be opening up a can of worms.
Whoever did that did not soak up the bolts with with some Pb Blaster penetrating spray.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,036 Posts
Well, that’s my vehicle and I regret replacing trans fluid. The job ended up costing me nearly $1000 in labor expense to free up some of the transmission pan bolts that were stuck and needed to be drilled out, or so I was told by the mechanic! In truth, I did spend quite a bit of time researching the fluid itself which was not ultimately a clear choice. I did my fluid flush a couple of years ago after pentosan had just released new formulations for transmission fluid products. Frankly, if your transmission is working fine, I would say leave it alone. You actually would be opening up a can of worms.
$1000 to replace a couple of seized bolts :eek: A rip off mechanic is hardly a reason to not maintain a vehicle properly.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,036 Posts
I just changed trans fluid in my 2005 v-6 at 225,000 for the first time. The old fluid looked remarkably good, but I was experiencing some rough shifting, especially when cold. My only obstacle was getting the fill level correct. It can be tricky when there is no easy way to measure what’s in there. Ive been happy with the performance results. Much smoother shifting. I also have an occasional shift flare that I did not have before. I used Valvoline max life.
There is no requirement to measure what is in there:unsure: The box is overfilled and then with the engine running at the correct temp the excess is allowed to drain out.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,755 Posts
I would do a fluid and filter change. You can drain the fluid in the pan, refille and drive for a couple of miles.

The drop the pan and replace the filter and top off with more fresh fluid. This get a good portion of the old fluid out.

After the second refill go into the transmission control module, then basic setting, and reset ALL adaptation values.

Drive as normal :)
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top