1990 Volkswagen Golf Q&A
1990 Volkswagen Golf Question: transmission fluid
i got my 1990 vw golf 1.8l gas motor and i cant figure out how to check the transmission fluid in it - Visitor
At the front of the transmission look about 8 inches above its' base. On the right side you will see a 2 inch neck that is a half inch in diameter. The cap to the opening come with a red plastic cover on the top of it. just take that off. to take off the actual cap It took me two screw drivers (one in each tab of the cap) and whatever else I had available to push the cap up from its' bottom edge. It's a pain, but thats what you have to do if you want to fill it. To just check the level there is another opening to the left of the filler tube thats the same size but nearly flush with the transmission. How do I know how if it has enough? Well what I did was fill the one on the right up till it starts to come out of the opening on the left. Then seal everything back up. Now everything that I have read on the subject says that this is all wrong. They say that you have to have the fluid at a certain temp at the right altitude and have the fluid pumped in and you cant do this so just take it to someone who can. And they are probably the right ones to listen to. But if your short on dough and the transmission is slipping, you can do what I suggested. I did it and it worked for me. I did use their $23 a liter atm fluid though. Its filtered mineral oil and I didn't want to take any chances on wrecking a transmission that would cost more than the car is worth. I swear making everything possible on the car a closed system is a racket. You cant even see into the starter. Anyway if the transmission working properly, then I would leave well enough alone. You would know if its low cause it would slip. One more note about closed systems. I used regular antifreeze in the radiator and it started to rot the return systems plastic plumbing, (these would be really great cars if they didn't use plastic) The dealer told me to drain the fluid I had in there and replace it with the vw fluid. Now while this is what you should do so that you don't rot the plastic, I just drained it and filled it up with water. Water wont hurt the plastic or the aluminum. Its been three years now and I have had no problems at all. I drive the car every day in so ca. and no problems at all. In fact I drove it to palm springs last weekend and it was 110 degrees there and the Golf didn't even start to overheat. But don't do as I do, do as I say [sic] take it to an authorized vw mechanic. I answered this just to let you know how to check the fluid. Hope this helps - Visitor
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