[Vwdiesel] Changing the 5 speed trans fluid

Scott Kair scott3491 at insightbb.com
Thu Oct 30 18:54:18 EST 2003

    Assuming it's for your 91 A2, it's not that big a deal.  Go to the
dealer first and get a couple of the rubber washer/gasket/sealers that go
between the cable securing plate and the transmission.  Old ones will hold
well until you remove the cable, then they split when you put them back on,
causing a noticeable leak. They should be under $5 ea.  While you're there,
it wouldn't hurt to pick up a couple of the little clips that hold the
speedometer gear to the cable.  The cable has to be wiggled out, and if the
clip is weak, it won't be apparent until you try to reinsert it and the gear
drops into the tranny, never to be seen again.  Both parts may have to be
    Not sure what size torx screw it is; PO replaced mine with a
conventional hex-head.
    When I changed mine, I drained it by the manual and removed the l/f tire
and had to wiggle the allen head wrench around to get it on the screw.
Tapping it loose wasn't fun, both due to the fender liner.  It might be
easier to drain it from the screw in the bottom, but you might have to
remove the bash plate.
    Scott Kair
----- Original Message -----
From: "TexasTDI" <texasvwdriver at hotmail.com>
To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2003 8:53 AM
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Changing the 5 speed trans fluid

> Anybody out there ever change the gear lube in their 5 speed?  Looking in
> the Bentley Manual it says to pour in the new fluid through the hole that
> the speedometer cable goes into.  What size Torx does it take?  Are there
> any special things I need to know when removing and reinstalling the
> speedometer cable?  TIA
> Chris Thornton
> 1991 VW Jetta 2 Door 1.6 Diesel - 240k miles
> 2000 VW Golf 1.9 TDI (turbo diesel) - 89k miles
> Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants Dealer #1098500
> http://www.amsoil.com
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