[Vwdiesel] E.J.'s Bounce

Sandy Cameron scameron at compmore.net
Wed Sep 29 19:54:46 EDT 2004

At 04:09 PM 29/09/04 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi Gang,
>I last reported that the oscillating steering wheel and hammering noise was
gone when I replaced the driver's side drive shaft and CV joints.  Well --
the problem is back with a vengeance!  I pulled the drive shaft and
exchanged it for another rebuilt unit - lifetime warranty - figuring that I
had just got a bad one.  No change.  Still cannot go over 45 mph without
loud hammering and steering wheel oscillation.  Today for a change, I did
not shift into 5th gear, but stayed in 4th all the way to 55 mph.  No
problem what so ever.  Tried it several times with the same result.  So the
problem only occurs in 5th gear.  Purchased another quart of Redline GL 4.
Drained the transmission.  The fluid which was Redline GL 4 was quite dark.
I measured the drained volume and it was approximately 1.3 quarts.  I know
that the 5th gear sets high in the transmission and needs exactly 1 quart to
remain lubricated from comments on the list.


The 020 transmission (and the A#, as far as I know, both require exactly 2
liters of oil, which is equal to 2 US quarts (near enough).

1.3 qts/Liters, will not provide adequate lubrication to your 5th gear. It
will heat up and burn what little oil gets to it.

I sincerely hope you have not toasted it. Was there much "sparkle" in the
drained oil??

If it is toast, I just happen to have a gearset removed from an 020 (will
check the ratio, its from a Canadian "Eco", which revs a bit higher than the
older ones) The gears were headed for the junkyard, I just wanted to salvage
the bellhousing for a generator project.

I have a few other trannies too.

Changing the 5th is not a big deal, it can be done without removing the
tranny from the car, (but it might be easier). It is not part of the main
transmission, but is housed in a separate case on the outer end of the tx,
easy to get at.

Try the right amount of oil first and see if that will cure it.

Best diagnostic is to check the drained oil for metal. Let the oil settle
for a few days in a glass container (or 2 liter pop bottle) without shaking
it too much, examine the bottom of the bottle from the outside for settled
bits of metal. If you can lower a small magnet to the bottom of the jar with
a string, and drag it around, haul it out and check for metal dust.
 Carefully drain off most of the oil and strain the remainder  through a
coffee filter, (this will take over night) and check for metal in the filter.

If there are no bits of metal, you might have got away with it

I have begun draining and refilling all my xmsns once a year. I use GL4
equiv semi-synth.
Slick as snot on a doorknob


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