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Q: How difficult is it to replace vacuum pump on 2006 Volkswagen Jetta

I have a small oil leak by the vacuum pump, was told the transmission needs to be removed to replace?

2.5 liter....automatic transmission
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I only show an hours labor to remove and replace the vacuum pump, you better get another estimate
I have the same auto 2006 2.5 model yes the automatic tran. has to be removed. just fixed mine 3/28/11 same problem (small leak))Dealer had for 3 days
We'll buddy sad to say it,but youve been had by the stealership and you do not have to remove the tranny.easy one hour job

I am really hoping you may be able to help..I have a badly leaking vacuum pump and today tried to remove it
we not so easy..the transmission electronic gear selector is in the way.. this is an automatic 06 model or05.5
the only thing I can think off is removing the coolant pipe that runs over top of the pump and maybe I can squeeze it out..there is no way to remove the gear selector stud unless the trans is removed..please help if you are able..the intake manifold would need to be removed to remove this coolant pipe

any help would be greatly appreciated..I am a former Toyota mechanic
2.5 auto

Hi, I have the same problem on a 2006 2.5l with manual transmission, Can this be done without removing the transmission since there is less in the way?

The automatic trans does not have to be removed. It is actually rather simple to replace or repair the brake booster vacuum pump on a 2.5 engine. The best thing to do is to google: How to replace vacuum pump on 200? Jetta (pick your model). There are several utube presentations that are very detailed and easy to follow. The best one I found is by I did it last weekend and it took me 2 hours to remove the pump, about 2 hours to put it back and approx. 1 hour to work on the pump. It is said as per VW that the pump is not a repairable item and therefore parts are not available. Again not true. Both gaskets are available on These are the only parts you need. If anything else is broken, I suggest you replace the pump. The part numbers are: W0133-1920840 (O-ring) and W0133-1921784 (metal gasket). Good Luck!
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