VW (2.0 Automatic) 01M Trans Fluid Info:
|FACT: - The 01M
is NOT a sealed unit;
FLUID CAN BE CHANGED JUST LIKE ANY OTHER AT TRANS SETUP! IT JUST TAKES A FEW STEPS!
FACT: Came out in 1996, and it DOES NOT HAVE A DIPSTICK! The 01M is a 4 speed computer controlled FWD gearbox.
VW Myth - they say -: The trans is sealed for life, and so is the "special" fluid inside of it. Only dealerships can "power flush and fill the system" I guess that means that once the trans fluid blows up, so does the trans. Haha!
1st read this - all of it - (Beware, this makes this process seem like a NASA moon shot, its not, its just a little harder than an oil change...)
It takes a very special synthetic fluid that, yes costs $20 a qt, and comes from the dealer or online venders.
VW part # G 052 162 A2.
DO NOT ADD REGULAR (DEXTRON) ATF INTO THE UNIT!! NEVER ADD ANY AFTERMARKET "FIXES" OR SEALANTS!!!
You don't need a VAG com to drain or fill the unit. This should be done at least every 30K miles!!! I reused my old sealing plug and gasket - no leaks.
Here are my steps for service:
1 - Buy a filter/pan gasket from worldimpex auto;
IMPEX SKU # 207779
AT FILTER KIT
CONTAINS: 1) 096321370 PAN GASKET, 1) 01M325429 FILTER AND 1)01M325443 GASKET.
List Price: $66.85 :: Impex Price: $31.71
Buy 7 quarts of this fluid:
IMPEX SKU # 238993
1 LITER BOTTLE, 4 SPD A/T 12 BOTTLES PER CASE
GAP Also sells a good (Cheaper) aftermarket fluid!
2 - Warm up car.
3 - Raise front of car.
4 - Remove 3 bolts that cover trans pan cover
5 - Crack old pan - Remove pan/old fluid (drain it)
6 - Snug pan back down (With the old gasket)
7 - Refill trans with about 2.5-3 qts of fluid - practice the fill procedure as outlined below and in the .pdf
8 - Run car for 5 min, in all gears (keep it on the lift, or in the air)
9 - Drain pan, remove filter, clean pan. (Use brake clean to clean everything off trans and pan.)
10 - Install new filter and pan gasket
11 - Using a VAG.COM OR an IR Thermometer (86 deg F) (point and shoot at the trans pan) follow the fill procedure outlined in the PDF manual. (Should take almost 3.5-4 qts).
12 - IMPORTANT! Check fluid level by removing "drain" plug WITH THE CAR RUNNING!!!! If fluid comes out, it was over filled, if no fluid comes out - keep adding it until it does. :) - Simple.
13 - Clean everything off, go for a drive. :)