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VW Jetta Basic Maintenance Questions (Oil changes, fluids, etc.)

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  • jkorsingjkorsing Posts: 2
    hi josh, my name is jeff james,and i wanted to ask you about that nasty noise that you hear when you idle.now are you refering to when you step on the gas""",you here this noise?, my 2001 jetta gls runs great iv'e only had it for close to 2 months,and im experiencing this grinding noise when i step on the gas peddle,it later fades away when im going faster,the noise is driving me nut's,have you found or heard of a solution to this problem? thanks,jeff korsing :confuse: :confuse: :
  • jkorsingjkorsing Posts: 2
    i step on the gas and there is this grinding noise which goes away with high exceleration. "does anyone have a clue to this problem? :confuse:
  • how do i put more transmission in my friend 03 jetta?????????
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    edited June 2010
    Just for the record, the 2009+ Jetta TDIs take only VERY specific engine oils, SAE 5W-30. As of this date, only two are sold in North America -- Castrol SLX Professional LL03 or Mobil 1 ESP 5W-30. Read the labels carefully so that you buy exactly these types. Engine oils MUST meet the VW 507.000 specification; you can probably find a VW branded oil at your Dealer too.

    The new models use Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) and absolutely require these oils to keep the expensive DPF in working order.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    more transmission?
  • I have a 2006 Jetta with the Tiptronic transmission. I bought the car in 2009 with 15,000 miles. It now has 46,000 miles on it. I brought the car to a shop and wanted the transmission oil replaced. They told me that the transmission oil is a special type of mineral oil which does not have to replaced. Is this right? If not when should I replace the transmission oil. The manual says replace transmission oil every 40,000 miles on Direct Shift Gear (DSG) transmissions. Is my transmission DSG?
  • I also have a 2006 Jetta and a 2009 Jetta, both with the tiptronic automatic transmissions. This is not the DSG transmission. The DSG is the high performance unit that was in the GTI Jetta and the GTI Golf.

    I would check the owner's manual for service of the transmission. I don't believe you need the transmission fluid changed in your tiptronic transmission for many more miles.

    Bel Air Car Guy
  • The manual states that the transmission oil should be changed every 40,000 miles on DSG transmissions. So I guess the shop was right when they said my transmission oil does not have to be replaced since I have the Tiptronic automatic transmission.
  • Hello,

    I have a 2008 VW JEtta 2.5 S, ( 29k miles approx).
    My question is , can i get away with the usual engine oil change, or is synthetic oil best for engine life and efficiency in the long run?.

    Just want to get an idea on what others are doing.
    According to what i read on internet , ordinary oil change lasts 3k miles and synthetic like 6k miles.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks!.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    It really does not matter what "others" are doing... what really matters is what lubrication you should be using in your engine.

    As I recall, due to the issues caused by using dino-oil (from dead dinosaurs)... VW has specified for ALL of its vehicles to use synthetic oil.

    Instead of reading generic internet information, may I suggest that you visit the VW website which will tell you SPECIFICALLY what kind of oil and how often it should be changed. (Or read your owners manual)
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  • mnty77mnty77 Posts: 4
    In April 2011, I purchased a high mileage (107k), late model (2007) Jetta Wolfsburg Edition 2.5L I5 6AM. This is my 2nd Jetta (formerly owned an '03 that was totaled in an accident involving my daughter). The miles are all highway, the car is in excellent condition and is solid and sufficiently powered. I've had some transmission issues on other high mileage vehicles that I've owned so I researched the maintenance recommendations for this model Jetta. I was surprised to not find a dip stick to check the ATF. When contacting a local VW dealer, I was told that the transmission is a "sealed unit" and does not need periodic replacement of the fluid, filter and related items (e.g. gasket). I then contacted a VW-Audio-Porsche independent repair shop that I've used for years (and trust) and they stated that ZF (the transmission manufacturer) just released a memo indicating that they recommend an ATF fluid flush every 60k miles or 7 years...which ever occurs first. Needless to say, I opted for the ATF replacement and flush which cost about $400 at the independent shop. I would like to hear more from VW corporate on this topic.
    Also, I can not tell whether I have a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) or some other model transmission...can't find identification details in the owners manual or on the vehicle.
  • I have two Jettas - a 2007 and 2009. Both of these cars have the Tiptronic 6 speed automatic transmission. I believe you can tell this transmission by the shifter. These both have a manual mode, whereby you can move the transmission lever to the right and then shift the car manually. This transmission also has an "S" mode, similar to "D". S is the Sport mode and holds the shift points to higher RPM, and is for hilly or more sporty driving. These transmissions (at least my 2007) do not show any need for service, according to the owners manual. Interestingly enough, by 2009 (same transmission) now shows a recommended transmission oil change (not really a full flush) at 50,000 miles. I just performed that transmission oil change on my 2009 at about $150.00. Don't know if perhaps VW was having some service issues with the earlier models, and decided to recommend this service in newer models to prevent problems. In any case, I will have the 2007 transmission oil changed at my next service also.
  • I am changing oil in 2008 VW Jetta 2.0T. The oil filter is on top of the engine, not the canister type. When I put the new filter on, I have to really tighten the filter for it to go all the way on. Is this normal? When I change oil in other vehicles, I can more or less hand tighten the filter. However, this one I have to tighten very much with the oil filter wrench. Thanks
  • I have used Castrol Syntec for a number of years with great results. I recently purchased a new vehicle (still using the "Dino" oil during the "break-in".... all easy highway miles).

    I have read most of the posts regarding "Synthetic Oil" and have found them very informative. Without starting a "war" between the various brands I would like to know what 'synthetic brands' the readers of this post use; why you like the brand; how long have you used your favorite brand and how often do you change your oil and filter.

    Thanks for the feedback.
  • I have used Castrol Syntec for a number of years with great results. I recently purchased a new vehicle (still using the "Dino" oil during the "break-in".... all easy highway miles).

    I have read most of the posts regarding "Synthetic Oil" and have found them very informative. Without starting a "war" between the various brands I would like to know what 'synthetic brands' the readers of this post use; why you like the brand; how long have you used your favorite brand and how often do you change your oil and filter.

    Thanks for the feedback.
  • bpeeblesbpeebles Posts: 4,083
    Please do not append the same question in multiple forums... those of us who read all the forums tire of reading the same thing. Besides, I already answered your question and now you have to go searching for it in all the forums you appended that question to.
  • My trusted mechanic uses Amsoil synthetic in all my vehicles. Started with synthetic with my first VW (Beetle - 2008) as it was required for that car. All vehicles now get Amsoil synthetic. I change oil every 5000 miles, but if you check the Amsoil website, they have quite a bit of information on the longevity of synthetic. I am thinking of switching to about 7500 miles (or one year), based on all the information I have read on synthetics.

    Bel Air Car Guy
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