2003 Volkswagen Jetta Q&A
2003 Volkswagen Jetta Question: Transmission Oil
I just did a transmission fluid/filter change on my 03 Jetta but had it done by a mechanic. The transmission in the VW is a closed system, so it doesn't have the normal dip stick that many other domestic cars do and no place to put in fluid from the engine block area. I looked online and found a few articles that seemed to explain how to do it yourself but I am not that experienced and didn't want to take a chance. It seems that you have to refill the fluid from the pan itself. That is why I just took mine in to a transmission specialist. It cost somewhere around $200-$250 if I remember right but thats the price you pay for VW's. On the bright side, you only have to do it every 30,000 miles or so, so it only needs to be done every couple of years (depending on driving conditions). - Visitor
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.
My automatic transmission jetta won't switch from 2nd gear to 3rd gear sometimes (more often now). When it works all the gears work. When it fails only 1st and 2nd and reverse works.
transmission fluid is in coolant system.
I have flushed my jetta twice and there still oil in the coolant system. With that I have done thermostat water pump and a few hoses..many people re saying its either the freeze plugs, head gasket...
How much will it be to replace the transmission itself? And should I bring it to a shop or a dealer for this kind of work? Who should you recommend for the job, please give me a list of non-rip-of...