The filler plug is usually found in an accessible position on one side of the gearbox which has to be accessed from under the vehicle. Draining and refilling the gearbox Clean the area before you remove the plug, so that grit does not fall through the hole. If the level is too low, top up until oil begins to flow out of the hole. Note that from 1986 onwards the cap nut is shrouded by the transmission support crossmember and cannot be removed in situ. It can be very difficult to remove this dipstick, it sometimes helps if you have a length of cord looped through the dipstick handle.
Gear boxes need the right oil viscosity and are quite sensitive - meaning changing gears gets difficult specially when cold. Remove the filler plug but watch out for a dribble of oil. Kev May 03, 2010 You Made Me Look by: Jim Zeiser I had to check mine for this. We removed the gearbox to change the clutch because the gears got stuck intermittently, however, we then discovered the flywheel spigot bearing had disintegrated and that is probably the problem. The filler plug is located on the left nearside off the gearbox look to the left of the hole and you can see the 17mm hex filler bung. You may need a special tool for the drain plug and a 17mm allen key for the filler some use the special drain tool for the filler as well The drain plug is located under the diff housing. If there is a dipstick it will be marked with the recommended oil level.
First in front of the car is for emptying, and second is for filling up. Mar 04, 2010 Hi, Just checking. The oil level for the whole system is checked with the engine dipstick. Use a 10mm drill bit and drill to drill a 10mm hole to one side of the center of the bottle cap. If the drain plug has a washer, fit a new one. The new gearbox oil now needs to go in to the filling awkward hole. You'll need access to a bolt on the side of the gearbox, and it's a lot easier with the wheel off.
This will save you time and stop the same duplicate posts from appearing. Before starting the job the first thing you need to do is ensure the filler plug can be removed, its probably been in there for many years and may be quite tight. Once the bolt is loose, get the bucket or whatever's going to catch the oil and put it underneath the bolt. Unless the bottle is on it's side I couldn't get mine in that way squeeze the bottle to pump oil in to the gearbox. Place oil drip pan under transmission oil pan. That's a lot of miles, but considering how old your Beetle is, there's a good chance it needs doing and the previous owner never did it.
Many plugs unscrew with an Allen key. Does anyone know the differences in the cover? I know they sell their latest spec. With a big trip to France coming up, how do I check the gearbox oil level. There are other synthetic oils on the market but they have different properties and can affect the gearchange. Like Clear your T25 windscreen in a flash with our amazing washer nozzle upgrade kit! There may be a drop of oil hanging onto it's tip. Clean around the plug or plugs before you remove them.
If oil level is ok - it might need changing or when serviced recently, it might have been filled with the wrong oil. Because if you undo the drain first, empty the gearbox oil, but then shear off the filler, you're left with a gearbox empty of oil but no means to refill. Use the oil specified by the car manufacturer; there is little gain in using a cheaper oil, since oil changes are at long intervals, perhaps after every 30,000 miles 50,000 km. The gearbox oil also lubricates the rear axle, so when you have the brakes completely apart, e. There are other plugs on the gearbox so identify it correctly before you unscrew it. Below the gaiter is a thick rubber sound proofinng lump - just lift it up as far as you can.
The lubrication is designed to prevent metal-to-metal contact, between teeth on gears, for example. This is best filled with a squeezy type bottle. Try to catch it before it drops in the bucket, but if you don't it doesn't matter as you can clean it off later. Google for an easy unit conversion calculator. I bought 2 litres, but as it was only about £5 per litre I'm a bit concerned it might not be synthetic. Loosen the filler plug to make sure it has not seized and that you will be able to refill.
Feed the 10mm plastic tube down and forward to the front of the car through the gap you have once the grommet is out the way. Once the car is safe on two axle stands, lie down underneath it. I noticed another commentor used 5l but on a different engine size. Leave a rating or a comment below, and get instant reply notification via email If you have a long question, or a question not directly related to this article, please start a new topic in the. My A2 has now done 92,000 miles and I dont believe that the gearbox oil has evev been changed. For warmer climates, 122 F deg 50 C deg. When the oil flow has slowed to a drip, put a finger in the drain hole and hook out any metal particles or other debris.
Phil H Apologies for resurrecting an old thread, but I just wanted to add something: Be sure to undo the filler plug before the drain plug. Some gearboxes use engine oil, others use hypoid oil. I wouldn't like to have to return goods bought thro' Ebay -- too much hassle!! It more of a preventative measure but certainly worth considering if you plan to keep the car a long time. Withe the plastic extension pipe pushed through the bottle cap, push the other end into the open end of the tube which will comfortably extend outside the car and allow you to complete the job easily standing up at the driver door. I know it's full as long as it's on the centerstand and full to the bolt hole.