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As an independent VW service garage with over 27 years of hands-on experience, we know what fails on VWs and why. We feel that changing your fluids is one of the most important preventive maintenance routines. Yet, for many VW owners, this seems to be one of the most neglected area of maintenance. Thoroughly flushing your fluids at the proper intervals can help your VW reach 150,000 miles and beyond!

Flushing and Changing VW Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Is Important!

Some VW authorities suggest that you don't need to change your VW's automatic transmission fluid. We simply feel this is illogical. A VW automatic transmission has hundreds of moving components, such as needle bearings, pressure pumps, clutch packs, servo pistons and seals. These internal components mesh with one another, begin to wear, and create fine metallic particles which contaminate the VW automatic transmission fluid. Over time, the VW automatic transmission fluid (ATF) and paper filament transmission filter become contaminated with these particles. New transmission fluid is nearly clear in color. If you've ever seen the dark color of old transmission fluid, you'll agree that it seems very logical that changing the VW automatic transmission fluid and filter are needed.

Pictured Example
Transmission service performed in our repair shop on an Audi A6 12 valve model. The Audi A6 had a tiptronic automatic transmission with approximately 80,000 miles on it. The customer complained of shifting problems when the transmission was cold. Note the dirty metallic sediment that was removed from the transmission drain pan. After changing the automatic transmission fluid using one of our BLAU® Automatic Transmission Fluid Filter Change Kits . the customer reported that his transmission shifting problems were gone. If you're experiencing Audi or VW transmission shifting problem, Blauparts recommends changing your automatic transmission fluid and filter as a first step in solving the problem.

VW automatic transmission fluid levels should be checked at regular intervals. Changing your VW automatic transmission fluid helps extend the life of your transmission by properly lubricating the main shaft bearings and synchros. VW automatic transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles - 60,000 miles. The intervals depend on your operating conditions. The VW automatic transmission fluid and filter should be serviced every 30,000 miles when driving in heavy city traffic, hot weather, trailer pulling, and other severe driving conditions. The 60,000 miles change interval applies to those who mainly put on highway miles. With the exeption of the DSG transmission, which the factory manual recommends be changed every 30,000 - 40,000 miles.

VW automatic transmission fluid levels should be checked at regular intervals. Most 1992-on VW models don't have a transmission fluid dipstick for checking the VW transmission fluid level. To fill and check the level of the VW automatic transmission fluid you have to remove a plug on the side or bottom (location depends on model) of the transmission drain pan.

How To Change VW Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) - Basic Overview

  • Flushing your VW automatic transmission fluid should always be done in conjunction with the automatic filter replacement.
  • Refer to the factory Robert Bentley VW manual for detailed VW automatic transmission fluid system instructions.
  • We recommend having an A.S.E. Audi VW certified mechanic change your VW automatic transmission fluid.
  • Always wear gloves and safety goggles when handling VW fluids.

Basic Overview On How To Change VW Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF):

This basic overview is illustrated using an VW Mark IV with a 4 speed transverse mounted transmission..

The steps are also applicable to VW models with 4 Speed Inline and Transverse and 5 Speed Inline Mounted Transmissions.

Make sure the vehicle is perfectly level. When the transmission fluid is still warm, but the vehicle has cooled down, remove the VW transmission drain plug and drain the fluid into an appropriate container. Remove the automatic transmission fluid oil pan.

Clean the sediment out of the bottom of the transmission fluid oil pan. Clean the magnets which have attracted metallic particles.

Remove the VW automatic transmission fluid filter.

Install the new VW transmission filter rubber pan gasket, and filter onto the transmission valve body (shown). Torque the screws to factory specifications.

Align the new VW automatic transmission fluid oil pan gasket with the oil pan and install the oil pan. Torque the screws to factory specifications. (not shown)

Remove the VW automatic transmission fluid oil pan fill plug (Image 5).

Using the high output pump (replaces VW special tool VAG 1924) supplied with our VW transmission filter kit, fill the oil pan with the VW automatic transmission fluid until it runs out.

Reinstall the VW automatic transmission fluid oil fill plug hand tight.

Start the car. With your foot pressed down on the brake pedal, shift the transmission selector in each gear for about 10 seconds. Note: Don't drive the car.

Remove the oil fill plug while the car is at an idle and add more VW automatic transmission fluid until it runs out. The final steps and procedures for topping off the VW automatic transmission fluid level will vary depending on VW model and year. It is critical to obtain the proper VW automatic transmission fluid level to prevent VW transmission shifting problems especially with tiptronic transmissions. You should refer to the factory manual or Blauparts® VW automatic transmission fluid change instructions that are now included in most of our BLAU® VW Automatic Transmission Fluid Filter Change Kits !

BLAU® VW Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Filter Change Kits

To ease maintenance, Blauparts has created BLAU® VW ATF Filter Change Kits. VW automatic transmission fluid and filter service is great preventive maintenance and is much more logical and inexpensive than replacing a $8,000 VW transmission.

Changing VW automatic transmission fluid is most easily done in conjunction with the VW transmission filter maintenance. Why contaminate clean fluid with the sediment that's stored in the old automatic transmission filter? Our automatic transmission fluid service kits are available for nearly every VW model for a great price! Save up to 80% off dealer prices on VW automatic transmission filters! We can even drop ship our VW automatic transmission fluid and filter kits directly to your VW mechanic, which makes changing VW automatic transmission fluid even easier.

  • VW Automatic Transmission Filter - Valve Body Gasket
  • VW Oil Pan Gasket
  • VW Oil Pan Drain Plug Gasket
  • VW Oil Pan Fill Plug Gasket
  • VW Extra Oil Drain Pan Mounting Hardware
  • 3-6 Liters of German VW Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) - Qty Depends On Model
    Typically an adequate quantity of fluid for filter change.
  • Installation Instructions - Not all kits include instructions. Depends On Model
  • Polypropylene Ultra High Output Pump Dispenser - Depends On Model
    Hand operated with clear dispensing hose used for transmission fluid transfer.
    This tool can be used in place of VW VW special tool VAG 1924

FAQ: What Type of Transmission Fluid Does Your VW Use?

To find out what type of ATF your VW model uses, try our >> Search By Model Tool

Your VIN (vehicle identification number) is the one sure way to find out what type of transmission your model has. Some customers have contacted their dealer with their VIN and requested ATF information. Only an authorized Audi VW dealer can access the bill of material info. which reveals what transmission was used in your car, the transmission code, and the subsequent fluid. Blauparts is an independent Audi VW parts specialist and does not have access to this bill of material info. We therefore CANNOT tell you what type your vehicle has.

Also, customers can check their VW factory service manual for what ATF is recommended for use in their vehicle.

There are a few ways to find your transmission codes and specifics. First, you'll need to locate your Vehicle Identification Label.

The Vehicle Identification Label can usually be found on the well area that carries the spare tire in the trunk. The transmission code(s) are usually located on the same row as the engine code. (See Images Below)

The Vehicle Identification Label is usually attached inside the smaller Maintenance booklet on the Warranty Voucher page. The transmission code(s) are usually located on the same row as the engine code. (See Images Below)

Your VIN (vehicle identification number) is the one sure way to find out what type of transmission your model has. Some customers have contacted their dealer with their VIN and requested ATF information. Only an authorized Audi VW dealer can access the bill of material info. which reveals what transmission was used in your car, the transmission code, and the subsequent fluid. Blauparts is an independent Audi VW parts specialist and does not have access to this bill of material info. We therefore CANNOT tell you what type your vehicle has.

FAQ: Are Special Tools Required For Changing VW ATF?

The factory manual refers to VAG 1924 special tool for pumping the VW automatic transmission fluid into the oil pan. To purchase this tool from the dealer is very expensive. Blauparts helps to make changing your automatic transmission fluid easier and less expensive by substituting VW special tool VAG 1924 with a more cost effective hand pump that is included in most of our BLAU® VW ATF Filter Change Kits.

The new 6 speed automatic Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmissions require special tool VAS 6262 for automatic transmission fluid transfer. Blauparts offers an VW DSG fluid transfer VAS 6262 tool rental.

What is the difference between an VW Inline Mounted and an VW Transverse Mounted Transmission?

VW models came with many different transmissions. These terms (inline and transverse) can refer to either the engine or the transmission.

Most earlier VW models came equipped with an inline mounted automatic transmission. An inline transmission is positioned in the engine compartment forward to aft (front to rear) in the body of the car. Some newer VW models came equipped with transverse mounted automatic transmissions. Transverse mounted transmissions are positioned sideways (left to right) in the body of the car.

Around 1998 many VWs came equipped with a tiptronic transmission. Tiptronic is the term VW uses to describe their manumatic type transmission. Automatic tiptronic transmissions allows the driver to switch over and manually control gear selection.

A few VW models came equipt with the direct shift gearbox (DSG) transmissions. These transmissions feature both manual and automatic modes of operation. The design yeilds better RPM control for more powerful and smoother shifting.

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Ravenol oils contain proprietary additives that offer unique profile characteristics specifically formulated for the advanced requirements of European cars. Most German automotive owners want only the best fluids. Blauparts believes in providing oils and lubricants that are formulated and engineered to meet your car's stringent specifications.

Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. SEE NOTE ABOVE.

3 Speed Automatic Transmissions
Inline Mounted Transmission

4 Speed Automatic Transmissions
Inline Mounted Transmission

High viscosity fully synthetic formula protects against thermal breakdown at high operating temperatures, while still providing outstanding performance at very low ambient temperatures.

Helps extend transmission life through excellent durability and protection.

Improves overall transmission durability and cleanliness.

NOTE: Attention 1992-1997 Vw owners with 4 speed automatic transmissions. Although most Bentley manuals refer to a Dexron AFT, it seems that certain factory fiche vehicle part breakdowns began to indicate changes in fluid recommendation with vehicles manufactured in/around July 1995. The newer recommendation was for Vw automatic transmission fluid meeting the improved Audi Vw specification TL52162 (Audi Vw part number G 052 162 A2).

Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. SEE NOTE ABOVE.

Vw Automatic Transmission Fluid
Meets and Approved For:

Transverse Mounted4 speed Transmissions requiring Vw OE part number G 052 162 A2 and TL52162 specifications.

Inline Mounted5 speed Tiptronic Transmissions requiring Vw OE part number G 052 162 A2 and TL52162 specifications.

ZF Series HP Applications:
4HP20, 4HP22, 4HP24
5HP18, 5HP19, 5HP24, 5HP30

Ravenol 5/4HP Fully-Synthetic Vw Automatic Transmission Fluid Features:

High performance fluid with excellent anti-wear, corrosion resistance, oxidation and thermal stability.

High viscosity index assures proper lubrication in severe hot and protection in cold weather.

Controlled friction properties equals smooth and efficient shifting over the fluids life.

Blauparts' German automatic transmission fluid is for the demanding Vw owner who depends and expects the ultimate in German performance.

Other Specifications and Approvals:
MB 236.11 - A 001 989 2203
BMW 83 22 9 407 807
BMW 83 22 9 407 765
Jaguar JLM 20237
Land Rover STC4863
Porsche 999 917 547 00
ZF S671 090 170

Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. See our illustrated How To Find Vw Transmission Code write-up.

Vw Automatic Transmission Fluid
Meets and Approved For:

Transverse Mounted6 speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) Transmissions requiring Vw OE part number G 052 182 A2 required for dual shift double clutch 02E series transmissions.

Ravenol DCT/DSG Synthetic Vw Automatic Transmission Fluid Features:

High performance fluid with excellent anti-wear, corrosion resistance, oxidation and thermal stability.

High viscosity index assures proper lubrication in severe hot and protection in cold weather.

Innovative additive formula with controlled friction properties resulting in smooth slip free shifting and full driveline efficiency and power delivery.

Blauparts' German automatic transmission fluid is for the demanding Vw owner who depends and expects the ultimate in German performance.

Other Specifications and Approvals:
Chrysler 68044345EA
Ford 1490761
Ford 1490763
Ford WSS-M2C936-A
Mitsubishi MZ320065, Dia-Queen SSTF-I
Volvo 1161838
Volvo 1161839

Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. See our illustrated How To Find Vw Transmission Code write-up.

Vw Automatic Transmission Fluid
Meets and Approved For:

Transverse Mounted6 speed Tiptronic Transmissions requiring Audi Vw OE part number G 055 025 A2 specifications for Vw 09G series transmissions.

Ravenol T-IV Fully-Synthetic Vw Automatic Transmission Fluid Features:

High performance fluid with excellent anti-wear, corrosion resistance, oxidation and thermal stability.

High viscosity index assures proper lubrication in severe hot and protection in cold weather.

Controlled friction properties equals smooth and efficient shifting over the fluids life.

Blauparts' German automatic transmission fluid is for the demanding Vw owner who depends and expects the ultimate in German performance.

Other Specifications and Approvals:
Aisin Warner Automatic Gearbox
BMW 83 22 7 542 290
BMW 83 22 0 402 413
GM 9986195
Land Rover LR002748
Toyota JWS 3309 08886-81016

Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. See our illustrated How To Find Audi Transmission Code write-up.

Audi Automatic Transmission Fluid
Meets and Approved For:

Inline Mounted6 speed ZF Tiptronic Transmissions requiring Audi Vw OE part number G 055 005 A2 specifications for 09E and 09L series transmissions.

Ravenol 6HP Fully-Synthetic Audi Automatic Transmission Fluid Features:

High performance fluid with excellent anti-wear, corrosion resistance, oxidation and thermal stability.

High viscosity index assures proper lubrication in severe hot and protection in cold weather.

Controlled friction properties equals smooth and efficient shifting over the fluids life.

Blauparts' German automatic transmission fluid is for the demanding Audi owner who depends and expects the ultimate in German performance.

Other Specifications and Approvals:
BMW 83 22 0 144 137
BMW 83 22 0 142 516
BMW M 1375.4
Ford Mercon SP XT-6-QSP (6R60, 6R75, 6R80)
Jaguar C2C 8432
Land Rover TYK500050
ZF TE-ML ZF S671 090 252 /3 /5

Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. See our illustrated How To Find Vw Transmission Code write-up.

Vw Automatic Transmission Fluid
Meets and Approved For:

Transverse Mounted5 speed Tiptronic Transmissions requiring Vw OE part number G 052 990 A2 required for Vw 09A series transmissions.

Ravenol JF 506E Fully-Synthetic Vw Automatic Transmission Fluid Features:

High performance fluid with excellent anti-wear, corrosion resistance, oxidation and thermal stability.

High viscosity index assures proper lubrication in severe hot and protection in cold weather.

Controlled friction properties equals smooth and efficient shifting over the fluids life.

Blauparts' German automatic transmission fluid is for the demanding Vw owner who depends and expects the ultimate in German performance.

Other Specifications and Approvals:
Jaguar C2S 12120
Land Rover LRN402
Land Rover STC53016
Land Rover STC50531

Consult your service manual and confirm the specific fluid requirements for your model. See our illustrated How To Find Vw Transmission Code write-up.

Inline Mounted8 speed ZF Transmissions requiring Audi Vw OE part number G 060 162 A2.

ZF Series HP Applications:
ZF 8 Speed - 8HP45, 8HP55, 6HP26, 8HP70, 8HP90

Ravenol 8HP Fully-Synthetic
Vw Transmission Fluid Features:

High performance fluid with excellent anti-wear, corrosion resistance, oxidation and thermal stability.

High viscosity index assures proper lubrication in severe hot and protection in cold weather.

Controlled friction properties equals smooth and efficient shifting over the fluids life.

Other Specifications and Approvals:
Vw G 060 162 A1
Vw G 060 162 A2
Vw G 060 162 A6
BMW 83 22 2 152 426
BMW Shell M-L12108
ZF TE-ML ZF S671 090 312
Land Rover LR023288
Land Rover LR023289

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