Volkswagen Golf Gearbox & Transmission Problems
A Golf with that mileage after just three or four years on the road is a bit of an anomaly. How has the car been used? Was it a delivery vehicle in a previous life? I’d be asking some tough questions and diving deep into the vehicle’s service history to find out how it’s been driven and serviced before taking the plunge, because that mileage is about double what I’d expect from this make and model.
The biggest potential reliability glitch with this car is the DSG transmission. While VW claimed that all the evils were fixed by the time the Golf 7 came out in 2013, experience suggests that there are still some examples of this gearbox giving trouble. Symptoms include a loss of drive, poor shift quality, shuddering on take-off and a gearbox that seemingly loses the plot on occasions.
And I’m afraid your alternative rings a few alarm bells as well. The Hyundai also uses a double-clutch style transmission and while it hasn’t suffered the litany of problems that the VW unit has caused over the years, it’s still a bit of an unknown quantity. Certainly, some customers seem to be unhappy with the unit in terms of its longevity and replacement clutch packs are not unknown.
Also, you seem to have a knack for finding cars with double the expected kilometres on board. I’d expect a 2018 i30 to be showing closer to 25,000km than the 50,000km on the one you’re considering. Cars with higher than expected mileage can be bargains, but you’ve really got to dig into their past to ensure they haven’t been abused or suffered from poor servicing.
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10 Signs of Transmission Issues
As drivers near Lee’s Summit and North Town know, your car’s transmission is one of the most essential systems in your car. It makes sure the right amount of power goes to your wheels so that you can keep your car moving at any given speed.
However, many Overland Park, Mission, and Olathe drivers will find themselves dealing with transmission issues from time to time. At Volkswagen Lee’s Summit, we want to give you a look at 10 common signs of transmission problems so that you can stay safe out on the open road.
Dark Transmission Fluid
Checking your transmission fluid occasionally is always a good idea. It doesn’t need to be changed as often as your engine oil, but it still breaks down over time. Fresh transmission fluid is bright red and has a slightly sweet smell to it. If yours looks dark brown or black, you should have it changed ASAP.
Odd Transmission Noises
Because your transmission gears slowly wear down over time, you may experience strange noises as you shift gears. If you hear clanging and banging, it’s a good idea to schedule service. Keep in mind that other systems (like your engine) can produce odd noises when out of whack, so have the issue inspected first.
You should always have control over your transmission. If it’s slipping gears while you’re driving, you may find yourself dealing with a serious safety hazard. This commonly results from a lack of transmission fluid or some structural wear and tear in the transmission itself. Have it checked out before you do any more driving.
Delays in Shifting
A well-oiled transmission should be able to shift gears on a dime. If you notice your car stalling for a second or two after shifting gears, you have a problem that needs to be examined. It could be connected to issues with the transmission fluid or even a gear box malfunction, but a trained technician will need to take a look to be sure.
Surging Forward or Falling Back
If you notice your car surging forward or falling back for no reason, there’s a high chance your transmission fluid is polluted. You can try changing your transmission fluid—we’d recommend giving the system a full flush—to see if the problem goes away.
If you smell something burning, you may have an overheated transmission. It’s a potential fire hazard, so you won’t want to drive your vehicle until you can take it into the shop for some quality maintenance.
If you’ve been noticing regular puddles on your driveway or garage floor where your car sits, something is leaking from your vehicle, and it could be transmission fluid. Have your car’s systems checked for leaks as soon as you can.
Can’t Back Up
When your car reaches a point at which it will no longer drive in reverse, it’s more than an inconvenience for you. This is a sign that your transmission is on its last legs, so you’ll have to have it inspected and repaired or replaced before driving again.
Car Not Starting
You may have problems with your transmission (or other major systems) if your vehicle won’t start or it takes several tries to get the engine running. Whether it’s a bad battery or transmission trouble, you’ll want to have the problem fixed right away.
Dashboard Warning Lights
If you have transmission trouble, one of the most obvious signs may be a glowing check engine light on the dashboard. Keep in mind, this light can turn on for several reasons unrelated to your transmission. Have the problem inspected before you assume transmission trouble, but don’t ignore this clear warning sign.
Schedule Transmission Service at Our Auto Repair Center
If you live in Lee’s Summit or North Town and notice any of the above signs of potential transmission issues, we encourage you to make an appointment at our auto repair center. Our certified technicians can diagnose and solve any problem no matter what make and model you drive.
Have your car fixed up at Volkswagen Lee’s Summit so that it’s ready for the roads of Overland Park, Mission, and Olathe once again!
Troubleshooting Volkswagen Transmission Problems
Don't panic if your Volkswagen transmission is no longer shifting, shifts hard, or is stuck in gear.
You will learn about transmission problems such as faulty transmission range sensor, reset Volkswagen transmission adaptive settings, check transmission fluid level, and retrieve transmission diagnostic trouble codes from the Transmission Control Module (TCM).
Common Problems with VW Transmissions
Here are some of the most common problems with Volkswagen transmissions:
- VW transmission won't shift.
- Stuck in limp mode
- Harsh shifting
- No reverse
- Transmission won't go into gear.
- Stuck in 2nd
- Not shifting into 3rd
- Noise such as whining, humming, or clunking.
- Won't shift out of Park
- Stuck in Park or Reverse
Volkswagen transmission problems such as erratic shifting, limp mode, no shifting, no reverse can be due to something as simple as low transmission fluid level.
These symptoms can also indicate a serious problem: faulty valve body, clogged transmission filter, bad solenoids, bad VW mechatronic unit, and faulty torque converter.
Common problems that affect Volkswagen transmissions:
- Transmission Range Sensor (F125) Volkswagen transmission range sensor serves many functions to determine the gear the driver has selected ( P R N D ). The transmission range sensor then sends the signal to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM). The transmission range sensor can fail, causing many issues such as the vehicle going in limp mode, transmission not shifting when placed in Drive or Reverse, and the engine may not start because the PCM can not detect the shift Park.
- Low transmission fluid level - Low transmission fluid level can cause many issues, including erratic shifting, no shifting at all, delayed shifting, strange grinding noises, limp mode, and in some cases, check engine light comes on.
- Faulty Torque Converter - Can cause VW transmission to slip in all gears, shuddering, and overheating.
- Worn Bands - Can cause delayed shifting, shifting at high RPM, harsh shifting, VW won't move, and no reverse gear. A more common issue on high mileage VW vehicles.
- Shifter- A faulty shifter or shifter cable can cause the transmission to get stuck or not go in the selected gear.
- Mechatronic Unit / Valve Body - The valve body is complex and can fail in many ways; the most common symptom is that your VW won't shift or go in gear. Depending on the competent that fails, it can cause limp mode, check engine light, the transmission may not shift past 2nd or 3rd gear or harsh shifting between gears.
- Vehicle Speed Sensor - If your Volkswagen has developed a harsh shift between gears or is stuck in emergency mode (limp mode), the vehicle speed sensor (VSS) may be the problem. A signal from the VSS is sent to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM), and the loss of the signal can cause one or more problems.
- Brake Light Switch - A faulty brake light switch can prevent the shifter from moving out or back in Park. The shifter can not be moved; the transmission won't go into gear. Manually override the shifter and move the gear selector to Drive. If VW transmission shifts properly when you manually release the shifter from Park, the problem in most cases is the brake light switch or the shifter module itself.
- Low Battery Voltage - In rare cases, the low battery voltage can trigger Volkswagen automatic transmission to get stuck in limp mode. This issue affects mainly newer VW models.
- PCM / TCU / ECU Software Issue - Software issues can cause erratic shifting or downshifting issues. Volkswagen transmission may shift late, or transmission may downshift unexpectedly. Volkswagen has issues with PCM software updates that fix such shifting problems for models where this is a common problem.
- Wire harness - Damages wire harnesses from ECU / PCM to the transmission housing can cause shifting problems. For example, your Volkswagen may not shift at all or go in gear. A costly problem to fix, but luckily it is not a common problem with VW transmissions.
Other issues that may cause VW transmission problems include faulty throttle body, dirty transmission filter, bad trans fluid pump, dirty MAF sensor, etc.
Troubleshooting VW Transmission Problems
There are many checks and steps you can perform yourself to narrow down the problem or, in some cases, even fix it. The following steps will help you troubleshoot and isolate Volkswagen transmission problems.
VW transmissions monitor the owner's driving habits and shift early or late, depending on the owner's driving style.
Over time, the adaptation settings stored in the Transmission Control Module (TCM) can get out of sync, causing erratic shifting problems.
Resetting VW transmission adaptive settings will often improve shifting, especially erratic shifting.
The best way to reset transmission and ECU to factory settings is to use a VW Transmission scanner or if one is not available, try the instructions below.
How to Reset VW Transmission Adaptive Settings
- Turn the ignition on without starting the engine. If your VW has start/stop, press it twice without pressing the brake pedal.
- Immediately press the gas pedal to the floor and keep it pressed for 20 seconds.
- Release the gas pedal.
- Turn the ignition off, then back on, and immediately start the engine.
- Set the parking brakes.
- Turn ignition on the ignition but do not start the car.
- Move the gear selector from Park to Drive.
- Press the gas pedal all the way down to activate the kick-down switch.
- Hold the gas pedal pressed down for 30 seconds.
- While still holding the gas pedal down, move back to Park.
- Turn the key off, then back on, and start the car.
- Turn key to 1st position
- Press the gas pedal to the floor twice within 5 sec to activate the kick-down switch.
- Release the gas pedal and immediately start the engine.
Trying all three methods does not cause any problem. The goal is to make the transmission reset (forget your driving habits) and reset the gear shifts to factory settings.
Volkswagen automatic transmission can also be reset with a Transmission Scanner such as VAG-COM.
This procedure does not work on all models. It will not cause any problems.
On applicable models, it will only reset the shift range and bring it back to normal.
If your VW transmission is not shifting at all, shifts late, or slips, resetting transmission adaptation will not fix the problem.
After resetting the VW transmission, take the vehicle for a test drive.
If you are still having problems with your VW transmission, check the transmission fluid level.
How to Check Volkswagen Transmission Fluid Level
Checking the transmission fluid level is very easy if your Volkswagen has a transmission dipstick; not all models do.
Do not confuse the oil dipstick with the transmission dipstick.
- Park vehicle on level ground.
- Set the parking brakes and shifter in Park.
- Pull the hood release and open the hood.
- Locate the transmission dipstick.
- Remove the dipstick and clean it with a clean cloth.
- Reinsert the dipstick in the transmission dipstick tube. Ensure the transmission dipstick is fully inserted, then remove it.
- Look carefully at the dipstick and determine the current transmission fluid level. The level should be between MIN and MAX marks for the COLD (lower) markings.
- If the level is low, add transmission fluid level.
- Drive vehicle for 15 minutes making sure to select all the gears manually.
- Repeat the procedure once the transmission warm-up but this time, the level must be between the MIN and MAX marks for the HOT (higher) markings.
If the transmission fluid level is low, add the recommended Volkswagen transmission fluid to bring the fluid level between the MIN and MAX marks.
If the dipstick is not present, the vehicle will need to be raised on a lift, and the level can be checked by removing the fill plug.
The following video shows how to change VW transmission fluid and check the fluid level.
Only use the recommended VW transmission fluid type recommended for your vehicle.
Read Transmission Fault Codes
The next step in diagnosing a Volkswagen transmission is to read fault codes from the transmission control module or what is known as the TCU.
To read these codes, you will need a VW Transmission Scanner.
Basic code readers can not retrieve fault codes from the Transmission Control Module and will not show a fault code.
- Park the vehicle and turn off the ignition—set parking brakes.
- Locate diagnostic port under the dashboard, driver's side.
- Plugin your OBD-II scanner, then turn on the ignition without starting the engine.
- The scanner will turn on. Allow it to communicate with the vehicle—Select Volkswagen, then your particular.
- Select Control Units, then Transmission.
- Select Read Fault Codes from the main menu.
Transmission Stuck in Limp Mode
If your Volkswagen gets stuck in limp mode while you are on a long trip, the first thing that you should do is pull over, turn off the engine, wait a minute, and restart it.
In many cases, just restarting the engine will allow the ECU to reset and normal transmission functionally to return.
Drive with caution and avoid quick accelerations even if the transmission shifts properly.
Has the transmission been inspected at your earliest convince to ensure there are no underlying problems such as low transmission fluid level or fault codes?
Check For Recalls
Check if open recalls or Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) for your Volkswagen apply to the transmission.
Recalls are performed free of charge by any Volkswagen dealer. To check if a recall exists on your vehicle, visit our Check Recalls page.
Call your local Volkswagen dealer to find out if Volkswagen has issued a Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) for your vehicle.
Volkswagen Technical Service Bulletins for the transmission typically update the ECU and PCM software.
TSBs typically program the shift solenoid operating range, which improves shift quality.
VW Transmission Problems Explained
This guide overviews all Volkswagen automatic transmission problems, including vehicles with DSG gearbox and 01M transmission.
Automatic transmission goes into limp mode or gets stuck in high gear.
VW vehicles from mid-2000, including Passat and Vento, can experience shift issues.
The most common problem is transmission going in limp mode (safe mode) and staying stuck in gear.
Warnings may accompany it on the dashboard, including check engine and brake light staying on.
- Water in the passenger footwell short-circuits the TCU, which is located under the carpet. Check for any traces of water and remedy the cause, which is usually a clogged drain. Dry out TCU and all the connecting wiring.
- Coolant in the passenger footwell, caused by leaking cabin heater. Same as above.
- Damaged TCU connection or a loose pin. Check the condition of the connector and if it sits firmly. Check if all pins are firm and that there is no corrosion on them.
Violent downshift from 3rd or 4th to 1st
In some cases, the automatic transmission can get jammed and struck while shifting from 3th to 4th.
As a result, there will be an unexpected downshift into 1st gear.
When this happens, the car will suddenly decelerate, which can be very dangerous.
- Failed solenoid N89, which actuates 3th to 4th gear shift. This is usually an internal mechanical failure and might not trigger any codes. Replacing the affected solenoid solves the problem.
Shifting to slow or not shifting into gear
All higher mileage VW cars with automatic transmission can experience shifting issues, showing delayed and unusual gear changes or lack of downshifts when trying to accelerate.
In some cases, it will not shift to R or D.
The problem can be constant or intermittent, and sometimes it may trigger a warning light and gearbox limp mode.
- The faulty selector lever position sensor can cause delays when engaging R or D and sending the gearbox into limp mode. The operation of this sensor can be monitored using a Volkswagen diagnostic tool.
- Shift solenoids that are faulty or clogged. If the fault is electrical, it may trigger a check engine light. Mechanical issues and clogged solenoids will rarely result in a check engine light.
- Check the transmission fluid level and top it off if needed. If you don’t know when it was changed last time, consider replacing it with the filter.
Jumping out of gear while driving
Some particular 2008-2009 cars with DSG transmissions can jump out of gear and neutral while driving.
Depending on the circumstances, it may or may not be possible to re-engage drive. In most cases, this will trigger a warning light, usually in the form of an illuminated ‘PRNDS’ symbol on the dashboard.
- A gearbox temperature sensor that gives inaccurate readings. This causes the transmission to slip and consequent shifting issues. Although these sensors should have been replaced during a recall, check if your vehicle was affected by calling your local Volkswagen dealer and providing the VIN.
Juddering and shaking at idle or when shifting gears
Cars with DSG transmissions can suffer from various types of juddering. It may happen immediately after startup or while idling and is usually accompanied by a loud clattering noise.
Another possible scenario is juddering during gearshifts, most noticeable in low gears.
- Worn dual-mass flywheel, which has too much play in it. This causes a metallic rattle while idling. Check the fly-wheel condition and replace it if there is any movement between the two plates.
- A worn dual-clutch assembly as a result of normal wear-and-tear. Although repair kits allow partial repair, replacing the whole clutch assembly is usually the best solution.
- Broken or worn engine or gearbox mounts. This allows excessive movement, causing the engine and gearbox to jump when pulling off from a stand-still.
DSG transmission going into limp mode
Cars with DSG transmissions can go into limp mode, in which it stays stuck in third gear.
There will be warnings on the dashboard in many cases, such as a flashing ‘PRND’ light.
This happens; there will be a stored code that will help track the problem.
- If codes mention ‘clutch limits’ or ‘clutch adaptation,’ your clutch may be worn. However, before replacing it, you may try resetting the gearbox. This can be done by a VAG diagnostic tool or using the procedure described above.
- Various sensor failures, such as temperature sensors. Check the suspected sensor and replace it if needed.
- Mechatronic unit failure. This will usually trigger multiple codes, including sensors and implausible gear ratios. Mechatronic units are not serviceable and can be either replaced or repaired by a specialist.
The problems described here affect many Volkswagen models, including VW Jetta, Arteon, Golf, Bora, Atlas, Tiguan, Passat, Beatle, and Routan, which apply to DSG gearbox 01M transmission.
Troubleshooting a VW transmission problem can be challenging.
While checking the basics, reading the codes, resetting VW transmission, and checking transmission fluid level are DIY tasks, in-depth troubleshooting should be performed by an auto mechanic, VW dealer, or expert that offers VW repair service.
Most Common Transmission Problems
Do you think something may be wrong with your transmission? Our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen of Irvine explains some of the most common transmission problems that drivers encounter. We also tell you what warning signs to look for and what may have caused these problems to happen.
Transmission Fluid Is Low/Leaking
Transmission fluid plays a vital role in the operation of your vehicle by lubricating the transmission system, dispersing heat, and supplying hydraulic pressure. Not having enough transmission fluid to perform all of these functions properly could spell a big problem for your transmission system.
How Does It Happen: Transmission fluid doesn’t burn up like motor oil, so a low fluid reading could be a sign that you have a leak somewhere in the transmission system. Leaks can happen if the transmission system is damaged or if certain parts are loose.
What to Look For: When transmission fluid is low, the transmission could have trouble shifting into gear or might slip in and out of gear sporadically. Check under your vehicle for signs of a leak. Clean automatic transmission fluid is red in color and somewhat sweet-smelling. Damaged transmission fluid is dark and may have a burnt smell to it.
Another common transmission problem is a malfunctioning clutch. For vehicles equipped with a manual transmission, engaging the clutch disconnects engine power from the transmission so that the driver can change gears. When the clutch isn’t functioning properly, gear changing can be difficult, if not impossible.
How Does It Happen: Through normal use, the clutch will wear down and eventually need to be repaired or replaced. However, improper shifting can wear the clutch down faster or damage it.
What to Look For: A surge in RPMs after shifting without the vehicle going faster could be a sign of a damaged clutch as well as grinding or clunking noises when you engage the clutch and shift.
Transmission Running Too Hot
Your transmission is one of the hardest working parts of your car. For it to continue functioning properly, the transmission needs fluid to remain lubricated and avoid overheating. An overheated transmission could cause problems not just in the transmission system but also in other areas of the vehicle.
How Does It Happen: One of the most common reasons for a transmission system to become overheated is because there’s not enough transmission fluid. This fluid prevents parts from rubbing against each other, reducing heat caused by friction. However, using the wrong type or brand of transmission fluid could result in similar problems.
What to Look For: A burning smell could be a sign that your transmission system is running too hot. You may also hear strange or unfamiliar noises coming from the transmission system.
Think You Have a Common Transmission Problem?
If you’re experiencing any type of transmission problem, it’s important to have your vehicle inspected right away by a trained mechanic. Our team at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen in Irvine will conduct a full inspection of your vehicle to pinpoint the root of the problem. Contact us to schedule your service appointment today.
Problem volkswagen transmission
In other parts of the world, the Volkswagen Jetta is regarded as simply another compact sedan. But in the United States, this suave little VW has an upscale image. Mainly because of it’s Germanic refinement, eager engines, and balanced handling. Since its introduction in 1980, over 14 million Jetta’s have been sold around the world. The VW Jetta is the marque’s best-selling model, but it has had some drivetrain-related recalls and service bulletins.
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What Transmission Do I Have?
Does something seem wrong with your Jetta? Let’s look at some of the most common VW Jetta transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.
Common Problems with the Volkswagen Jetta 09G Valve Body
Two of the main causes of 09G valve body problems are electrical issues and pressure control problems that lead to leaks and premature wear/failure. Some of the issues attributed to these design flaws include:
- Unusually harsh 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 shifts
- Harsh downshifts
- Flared shifts
- Shuddering and shaking
All of these symptoms are usually caused by the following 09G valve body problems:
- Failed Linear Solenoid
- Excessive bore wear
- Pressure Control Issues
- Stuck Valves
- Warped Valve Body
In order to properly fix a 09G valve body, it will have to be modified beyond it’s stock form, to compensate for the design flaws that cause all of these problems. Companies like Street Smart Transmission do a good job of modifying the 09G valve body (they do things like modify the bores to improve fluid flow and eliminate premature solenoid failure), that way the whole transmission can function the way it was actually intended. To learn more about their remanufactured 09G valve body, click here.
Common Volkswagen Jetta 09G Transmission Problems
Dragging sensation or partial bind on 1st gear take-off
Problem – Drivers may experience a dragging or binding feeling when they try to take off from first gear.
Solution – One of the common 09G valve body problems is internal fluid control, which may have led to ATF contaminating the internal harness connector, causing one of the solenoids to partially apply a clutch or brake, resulting in the dragging sensation. This solenoid, clutch or brake will also be subjected to premature wear. To fix this issue, the internal wiring harness will have to be replaced.
Volkswagen Jetta Transmission Recalls
2014 Volkswagen Jetta – 14V182000 / 38B9/9V
Volkswagen is recalling certain 2014 VW Jetta models equipped with the 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid.
The leaking transmission fluid could come in contact with a hot surface, resulting in a vehicle fire.
Volkswagen dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge. Owners can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Refer to Volkswagen’s recall number 38B9/9V
2013-2014 Jetta Hybrid – 13V568000 / 34F6/4V
Volkswagen recalled 2013-2014 VW Jetta Hybrid models that were manufactured October 2012 through October 2013, and were equipped with a DQ-200 direct-shift gearbox. It seems that fluid additives used in the transmission may cause internal components to corrode. The deposits from this corrosion could then cause an electrical short, resulting in a stall-like condition.
If stalling occurs, the sudden loss of power while driving can significantly increase the risk of a crash.
Volkswagen dealers have been instructed to replace the gearbox oil with a non-corrosive version, free of charge. This recall began on December 6, 2013. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298. Refer to Volkswagen’s recall number: 34F6/4V
2009-2010 Jetta – 09V333000 / 37E3/S7
Volkswagen recalled 2009-2010 VW Jetta & 2009-2010 VW Jetta TDI models that were equipped with the DSG transmission. It seems that the wiring harness of a temperature sensor may have connector wires that were inadequately crimped. This could cause the sensor to falsely read a high transmission temperature, which can cause the gearbox to suddenly shift into neutral. The transmission position indicator on the dash will begin to flash, and the “Depress Brake Pedal” light will illuminate.
The sudden shift into neutral can increase the risk of a crash.
This VW recall was issued on October 20, 2009. To fix the issue, Volkswagen dealers were instructed to reprogram the transmission control module (TCM). Owners can contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987, referring to recall number: 37E3/S7
Volkswagen Jetta Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)
TSB 30-14-01 – 2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta
Problem – This Technical Bulletin is for fault code P2711 ONLY, if any other faults appear with this code, perform normal diagnostic procedures. If this is the single fault code, the condition may lead to shifting concerns and/or a lack of mobility upon initial startup. For example, the selector is moved to Drive or Reverse and the transmission does not engage the selected gear. This problem is caused by debris in the clutch assembly causing too much drag torque from the multiple clutch.
Solution – New Jetta’s made after March 12, 2010 received a revised clutch. If the Transmission Control Module has fault code P2711 (only) and the vehicle has more than 19,000 miles, replace the multiple clutch and cover. If more than the P2711 error code is stored in the Transmission Control Module, or the vehicle has less than 19,000 miles, the faults need to be diagnosed using normal GFF processes.
TSB 30-14-01 – 2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta
Problem – Transmission noise while driving, possibly coming from the differential area. It may sound like a whistle or whine, and be more distinguishable at 55 mph to 65 mph in the upper gear range. Technical background noise may appear to be coming from the transmission counter gear, when in actuality; the shifter cable may transmit noise (high frequency) into the passenger compartment.
Solution – Install updated shifter cable bracket components to reduce shifter cable noise.
TSB 37 07 18 – Transmission knocking noise under load – 09G transmission
2005 – 2007 Volkswagen Jetta – 2006 – 2007 Volkswagen Passat – 2006 – 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit – 2006 – 2007 Volkswagen Golf GTI – 2006 – 2007 Volkswagen Eos
Problem – Drivers may notice a pronounced knocking noise coming from the transmission when the engine is under load.
Solution – The connection/bolts between the pendulum support and the gearbox may have come loose because of engine vibrations.
Solving Volkswagen Jetta 09G valve body problems
The problem with repairing a 09G valve body is that you don’t really know what kind of stress and extreme temperature changes they have been subjected to. This is why many people simply install a remanufactured 09G valve body, to eliminate the threat of the unknown. Companies like Street Smart Transmission use state of the art equipment to completely remanufacture the valve body. This is not like rebuilding, where new components are simply installed into the existing valve body. They use specialized equipment to analyze each valve body to see if it has been cracked or warped. A mechanic does not just simply eyeball it, a machine does the inspection, and even checks the tensile strength of the metal to make sure that it meets the original OE specification.
Once a casting has been selected for the build, all of the bores are modified, to make sure that the valves will function the way they were intended to. Then every single component from the check balls, to the valves, pistons and springs are tested and/or replaced. After that process is complete and quality inspected, they install all new solenoids (they also bench test them prior to installation), speed sensors and pressure switches. The finished product is then put on a Superflow AXILINE Valve Body Tester, which can simulate actual road conditions. This allows their ASE certified techs to verify the functionality, and make any adjustments or fixes before they ship it out to the customer. Street Smart Transmission also gives it a 1-Year/No Hassle Warranty, which makes getting a remanufactured 09G valve body almost a no-brainer. To learn more about the remanufactured 09G valve body and the remanufacturing process that Street Smart Transmission uses, click here, or give them a call at 1-866-812-7560
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What Transmission Do I Have?
How to Diagnose & Fix
- Check the OBD Codes
- Check the fluid level
- Test transmission pressure
- Drop the transmission pan
- Repair, replace or rebuild
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Documented VW Transmission Problems You Need to Know
For more than 60 years Volkswagens have been a favorite foreign car of American drivers. Even the first car they ever produced back in the 1930s, the Type 1, is still a staple of their modern lineup for the time being. Nowadays Jettas and GTIs rank among the most popular models these days, but these cars have been reported to have well-documented transmission problems after spending some ample time on the road. It's beneficial to be aware of these VW transmission issues so if you notice any problems you can have them addressed before they become irreversible.
Some of these VWs with troubled transmissions have what is known as the N89 solenoid, which fails on a somewhat regular basis resulting in irregular shifting. The faulty solenoid results in the transmission getting stuck when shifting into 4th gear and then defaulting into 1st gear. This causes a sudden deceleration, a dangerous problem that causes the sensation the brakes were slammed without notice.
Malfunctioning Transmission Temperature Sensor
A faulty transmission temperature sensor that triggers a dashboard warning light has been documented in VWs that utilize a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). This problem results in the transmission erratically shifting into neutral, which causes a complete loss of engine power to the tires. Due to the fact that you're unable to properly control your car properly you should consider having this sensor replaced before it causes issues.
Faulty Clutch Component
A part in the VW clutch system within the Mechtronic unit has been documented to cause unexpected downshifts that result in a sudden deceleration that could result in an an accident. If you experience odd shifting while driving your Volkswagen don't hesitate to contact a transmission repair expert immediately, as it is up to you to keep your car safe and reliable to drive.
By being aware of these documented Volkswagen transmission issues you can have them corrected before they cause you a problem that could result in bigger issues. If you notice troubles and believe that it is time for Volkswagen transmission repair in Seattle head to North Seattle Transmission. Our team is skilled at servicing all makes and models, including Volkswagens, at our full service transmission repair center. To schedule domestic or foreign transmission repair in North Seattle give us a call at (206) 922-4680 today.
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4 Common Issues with a Volkswagen Transmission
The Volkswagen transmission has been documented by consumers to have a few issues that prevent the car from being a joy to ride. The Volkswagen models that have been affected by these transmission problems and have been recalled by the manufacturer are the Jetta, Jetta Sportswagen, GTI and Eos. The problems are mainly due to a fault in the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) system. Volkswagen has also had problems with its high-end paddle gearbox, the Tiptronic transmission system.
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1. The Tiptronic Transmission
The Volkswagen's Tiptronic transmission is very modern and uses cutting edge technology. However, it has a few inherent weak points. These have been identified by the manufacturer and steps have been taken to resolve them. The problems with this transmission are hard shifts from gear 1 to 2, erratic shifting from gear 3 to gear 4 and a shudder in the torque converter. These can be rectified by following the Volkswagen service bulletin and downloading the latest software.
2. Solenoid N89 Failure
In certain cases, an important solenoid, N89, has failed. This causes a sudden shift from gear 4 to gear 1, when the gear gets stuck at the shift from gear 3 to gear 4. This causes a sudden deceleration, similar to when the brakes are suddenly engaged.
3. Faulty Temperature Sensor
A faulty temperature sensor in the DSG system of models of the Jetta results in a false negative lighting of the warning lamps on the dashboard. In rare instances, this sensor results in transmission slips, causing the vehicle to shift suddenly to neutral. The affected vehicles have been recalled.
4. Faulty Clutch Component
A faulty clutch component of the mechtronic unit causes sudden downshifts. Affected vehicles have been recalled by Volkswagen.
Before you buy a Volkswagen, you should be aware of the above problems in the transmission and select a model that isn't affected by these troubles. Otherwise you should wait until the problems have been completely resolved by the manufacturer.
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