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ATF & Filter Replacement

Volkswagen and Audi consider the transmission to be filled for life - considering how many folks sell/total a car before 100k miles, this may well be true. But for the rest of us who enjoy keeping a multikilo buck expenditure around for a while, keeping the transmission happy should be a top priority - diluting fluid which has broken down due to heat, removing wear-in metal particles from the pan magnets, etc. For the most part, just changing the fluid every 30k miles should ensure a long life, with a proper filter change and fluid flush every now and then. Of course, at this point the issue of the "sealed" transmission pops up and ruins everyone's day. We should be worried about overfilling the tranny, right?

As per the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Don't Panic.

While VW makes a fuss about checking the fluid level between 95-113° F, there's a reasonable bit of allowance in this specification for a properly operating transmission. During my fluid drain, I started by checking the existing fluid level with the transmission at ambient temperature (around 60°F at the time), theoretically resulting in zero fluid flowing from the level cutout. In reality, about a quart of highly darkened fluid poured out of the transmission. In total, I drained 3.7 quarts of ATF and completely filled the transmission after the specified 2.7 quarts. The main cause of this points to a factory mistake - the factory overfilled the transmission by a full quart, and the car's been operating like this for the past 4 years/60,000 miles. The other possibility is that fluid from the torque converter drained back into the transmission pan - however, a fluid level check some weeks later showed the transmission to be properly filled.

Considering the state of the fluid that was drained, a complete flush, filter change, and installation of a transmission fluid cooler is slated for the near future...stay tuned.

July 13, 2003 Unfortunately, the car was in an accident at 63k, ~6 months after the ATF service, at a total loss. In the duration, however, the transmission operated perfectly, with the smooth shifts I'd appreciated when the car was first purchased. Over the period, some further research into the transmission turned up some of the following.

The VW/Audi Tiptronic transmission is manufactured by ZF, model 5HP19FL (A4 '96-'02, A6 '98-'01 A8 '97-'99, Passat '98 -> '05). Incidentally, this transmission and some of its variants are also used in late model BMWs, which may help expand the research base if you have a particular question regarding this system. Considering the cost of the ATF through normal VW parts sources, I'd hoped that a suitable aftermarket replacement could be found - however, ZF seems to VERY STRONGLY recommend that only a particular fluid be used, that is, Esso LT 71141. I spent some time speaking to ZF distributors in the US hoping to find an inexpensive source for the fluid - unfortunately, the fluid is normally stocked as drums, and most would sell by the quart at relatively high prices ($15-$19 USD). While a few of the distributors were curious as well about the compatibility of various other fluids, ZF would not honor warranty issues without the Esso fluid, precluding the ability to test out alternate fluids.

You can find some more information on the transmission and fluid through the following documents:

ZF 5HP19FL Spare Parts Catalog - includes ZF's fluid filling procedures for the transmission and differential.
ZF 5HP19FL Data Sheet (Deutsch)
ZF 5HP19FL Exploded View
Esso LT 71141 Specifications - note that this is a rough translation from a Russian language page. Also note that the fluid is usually referred to as "long-life", not unlimited life. A service interval of ~75k miles is given.
BMW Model Range Transmission Overview - look for blue.

The online retailers seem to now be stocking a Pentosin ATF for VW/Audi applications. If this fluid is an appropriate substitute, chances are increasing that other good quality makes of synthetic ATF would be perfectly acceptable. Prime candidates are Mobil1 Synthetic ATF and Redline High-Temp ATF.

August 3, 2003 Many thanks to Geri, who took a few pics while changing ATF, including dropping the pan and replacing the filter. Also note his comments at the end of this page.

Also, the fluid filling procedure has been slightly changed, to reduce the time needed to fully refill the transmission.

August 12, 2004 Added ZF's spare parts catalog for the 5HP19FL.

February 2, 2005 Quaker State Multi-Vehicle ATF is confirmed as a suitable replacement for LT 71141 - it's also a synthetic ATF (update - this should read synthetic-blend ATF. 08/05/2005), and specifically discusses Esso compatibility: Quaker State Multi-Vehicle ATF Datasheet (Deutsch). Note that the application chart only lists VW/Audi models up to 2000 - if you have a later year model and know that it's tranny uses LT 71141, the Quaker State is still a fine replacement. The nice thing is that it's available pretty much everywhere, and inexpensive (~$3/quart). At that price, a filter and fluid change should run around $50. At that price, it's also reasonable to pick up a few extra quarts and just flush the system - check the additional resources below for some pointers on ATF flushes (simple procedure).

April 24, 2005 Minor update to note that Quaker State Multi-Vehicle ATF is also sold as Pennzoil Multi-Vehicle ATF. Added a link to an ATF & filter change on the 5HP30 tranny under "Additional Resources" below.

August 5, 2005 Update to note that Valvoline MERCON V is also a confirmed suitable ATF for ZF trannies. (manufacturer statement)

Note that the ATF types listed here are brands that have very specifically stated full compatibility with ZF transmissions. The advantage of this is peace of mind - any fluid-related transmission problems can be directly taken up with the ATF manufacturer (though after several years of use there have been no reports of problems using approved non-Esso fluids). Currently, that is not possible with Mobil1 or Redline, two providers of fully synthetic ATF (there has also been at least one report of Mobil1 actually degrading shift quality in the 5HP19). The transmission is perfectly happy with synthetic-blend ATFs such as Pennzoil & Valvoline - that's exactly what it was shipped with from the factory.

Any performance differences between the various fluids are *VASTLY* exceeded by the performance benefit of replacing broken-down fluid with a fresh fill.

Part Information & Sources:

Note - always confirm part numbers by looking at the actual part mounted in the car! Mistakes will happen sometime, somewhere.

Part numbers:

Transmission fluidG 052 162 A2
Check/fill plug seal01V 321 379
Drain plug & seal01V 321 377
Note - unfortunately, the seal and drain plug are available together only, around $10 or so.
Pan gasket01V 321 371
Filter01V 325 429
Filter seal01V 325 443

OEM Pricing: ~$15/liter
Quaker State/Pennzoil Multi-Vehicle ATF: $3/quart
Valvoline MERCON V ATF: $3/quart

You'll need 6 quarts, or 4 quarts if you're not dropping the pan and changing the filter.


  • 8mm socketed hex (Allen) driver
  • 17mm socketed hex (Allen) driver
  • Torque wrench, low range up to 20 ft-lbs or so. Only needed if dropping the pan and replacing the ATF filter.
  • Torque wrench, capable up to 60 ft-lbs

The 17mm driver can be found at your local AutoZone in a nice multipack, less than $10. It also includes a 14mm driver that can be used to remove the driveshaft to wheel hub bolts if you need to do work on the halfshaft (CV boots/joints).

ATF Drain:

  1. Start by raising the car on jackstands (no one is considering working under the car with just a tire jack, right?). Use four jackstands, as the transmission must be level during the fluid check. (illustration)
  2. Keeping a pan nearby, open the check/fill plug with the 17mm hex driver. Some fluid should pour out - with the engine off, the fluid level in the pan will be higher than it is during operation. However, far more fluid came out of my transmission than should have. (illustration)
  3. Move the pan under the drain plug and open it with the 8mm hex driver. There should be a nice flow of black fluid. (illustration)
  4. Allow the fluid to drain for a while.
  5. Install a new drain plug and tighten to 30 ft-lbs / 40 Nm.
  6. Compare new fluid to old fluid - yes...definitely in need of a flush. (illustration)
  7. If you're not changing out the ATF filter and cleaning the magnets (recommended), skip down to ATF refill.

ATF Filter Change:

  1. Remove the ATF pan - there are many bolts securing the pan. Note that there will still be some fluid in the pan, so take care.
  2. With the pan off, you'll see the valve body and ATF filter. Remove the two bolts securing the filter, and gently pull off the filter.
  3. Lubricate the new filter's seal with some ATF, and install. Tighten the two bolts to 54 inch-lbs / 6 N-m.
  4. Clean off the pan with a lint-free cloth - especially the magnets. If the transmission is in good condition, there should only be some fuzz on the magnets. If you see bits of metal and large particles, start digging deep into your savings. :)
  5. Replace the pan. The bolts should be tightened in a star pattern, making several passes until all bolts are installed and ready for final tightening (don't install and fully tighten a bolt in one step). This ensures that the pan doesn't warp, preventing a good seal. Tighten to 84 in-lbs / 10 Nm.

ATF Refill:

  1. Add fresh fluid through the check/fill tube until it begins to overflow. A plastic cap covers the fill tube, with a square cutout to the side - this allows fluid to be added and excess fluid to overflow. To get fluid into the hole, I used a length of vinyl tubing - one end inserted through the cap's cutout, the other attached to a funnel several feet from the ground. Pour fluid in the funnel, transmission gets filled. By the way, VAG's special tool does the same gravity feed, by hanging from a raised hood. A fluid pump should also work well. (illustration)
  2. After the fluid slows to a dropwise overflow, leave the filling apparatus in place and start the engine. With the engine idling, the transmission oil pump will run, dropping the fluid level.
  3. Add fluid until it overflows again.
  4. With the engine still idling, press on the brakes and move the gear selector through all gears, pausing at each gear for a few seconds. This will circulate fluid through the valve body and may drop the level a bit.
  5. Add fluid until overflow.
  6. By now, the fluid should be warm, and at the correct level. Reinstall the check/fill plug with the new seal and tighten to 59 ft-lbs / 80 Nm. After the seal is in place, shut down the engine.
  7. You should check the fluid level again after a few days - reusing the check/fill plug seal won't pose a problem, but the seal is inexpensive if you feel like replacing it for every check. Before doing this final check, start with the engine cold and drive around for a mile or two - this should get the transmission up to the specified temperature range (95-113° F) - Haynes' seat of the pants method is to feel the transmission pan. If it feels warm but not hot to the touch, the fluid should be in the correct range. Considering the amount of factory overfill in my transmission, this methodology is more than accurate enough.


    July 13, 2003 - It's also easy enough to use the shareware version of VAG-COM to monitor the ATF temperature, if you're not interested in VAG-COM's other abilities - an interface cable can be built from commonly available electronic components for around $10 or so. More information on this to be added.

That's pretty much all there is to it. Enjoy!

Additional note from Geri:

OK, I will try to explain but beware of my bad English:

My Tranny was shifting very rough, when shifting from "D" to "R" I had a ugly noise and a rumble in the car. I was told from our local VW Dealer that I do not have to change the Fluid, its "Lifetime" filled. I can`t believe that. So I asked a lot of People, only one Person told me I must change caused by my heavy Tuning with NOS

Then we had this Threads in the German and the US Forums, in both Forums People were asking if it would make sense to change.

OK, I bought the Material (6 Liters ATF needed) and after one Hour the Filter and the Oil was changed.

Driving home felt so smooth, quick shifting without a rough noise. But when parking the Car I was impressed: Shifting from "D" to "R" did not make any noise.

Last thing I have to say: I had much dirt in the old Fluid, the magnetics were full with metall++++ I can really advice you to do that Oilchange.

Bye, Geri

Additional resources:


  • I have a manual 5 front vw passat 1.8T [2000] model. It is sliiping each time I try to increase speed, especially going uphill. What can I do? I checked clutch by starting to drive it in gear 3 and it stalled. I was told it meant the clutchplate is then ok. so what could be the problem? please help.
    Hilary - May 20, 2016 @ 7:23 am
  • Thanks for advices!
    Hannu from Finland - Jan 11, 2016 @ 2:32 pm
  • Thanks for this page. I changed a leaking radiator and lost some transmission fluid on a 2001 Passat. These instructions saved my bacon. Everything needed to do the job. And do it right.

    To fill the transmission, I used a polyethylene water bottle, put a barbed 1/4" irrigation hose fitting in the side of the bottom, and attached 1/4" line, and put it into the filler hole. I made it long enough to reach the side of the car. Then I used an air mattress pump at the top of the bottle after I filled it with ATF. Pumped it right in. I think it would work even better to put a tire stem at the top and use a tire pump. Instead of 5 or 10 psi, could get 20 or 30. Really move that fluid.

    I only topped the AT off. When it cools off, and ATF gets cheaper because of the lower oil prices, I'll change the filter and all the fluid.

    stan arizona - Aug 22, 2015 @ 9:30 pm
  • 2002 Vw Passat V6 4 motion
    The Oriellys computer says the tranny capacity with filter service is 2.7 quarts and the beginning of this page you state 2.7 quarts but yours was over filled and you drained 3.7 quarts. SO why do you say to buy 6 liters of fluid?
    Will - Sep 5, 2014 @ 9:48 pm
  • Go to www.blauparts.com they have complete kits of the real deal german parts and. fluid...
    brett. NY USA - Aug 15, 2013 @ 3:24 pm
  • Use normal castrol dxiii fluid is fine. I have been using it for 50k now. Shifting great.
    Kevin aus - May 21, 2013 @ 3:41 pm
  • Thanks for the invaluable info on the flush and fill proceedures for my 2001 Passat.
    Very nice car, but "quirky" trans. Can yuo steer me toward a "fix" for its absent-minded shifting--and NOT shifting. Usually all 5 gears and reverse slide thru nicely--even using the tiptronic slap stick--BUT, other times it seems to stay in 4th or 5th and bucks and snorts untill enough momentum smootes thngs out. Any clues???? Thanks
    Greg Goeden--Spokane, WA USA - Nov 30, 2012 @ 11:54 am
  • applicable to my 97 Jetta
    medyum - May 30, 2012 @ 6:15 am
  • I have an oil problem with my 2007 vw passat 2.0t. I think its burning oil bc by 3000 miles i have no oil left in the tank. The dealership thinks otherwise. recently i got into an arguement with a mechanic from vw that stated that the oil dipstick does not go to the bottom of the oil tank/pan.so the reading that i get as to how much oil is actually in the tank is wrong. he states that the dipstick is there to just let you know you have oil. complete bull shit. does any know if this may be true. thanks
    fez, united states - May 16, 2012 @ 8:35 pm
  • Todd - Jan 6, 2005 @ 2:24 pm
    •"I trained my 99 Passat Tip, and changed the filter and pan gasket as well. Then, I pumped 3.5 liters into the transmission and it didn't overflow. ... About 5 liters! Huh?

    mediumnehir - May 1, 2012 @ 4:31 am
  • •I used the quakerstate multi-vehicle
    medyum - Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:14 am
  • Hi I have a 1999 vw passat 1.8 (none turbo). I have had the tranny fluid changed when I bought the car a year ago. I thought that would solve the high rev and hard shift from first gear. Hard shift and high rev does not happen all the time though.
    Any other ideas???
    colin Scotland - Apr 21, 2012 @ 7:33 pm
  • how do i add transmission fluid in a passat wagon 2002 1.8 turbo engine.
    brian allen usa - Apr 8, 2012 @ 9:26 pm
  • Hi guys,
    I just replaced my ATF for the second time in 2 months on my 2001 Passat. The first was at 216000km and the second at 219000km. The transmission now feels a bit smoother but it worked well before. I used Pentosin ATF1 on my two ATF change. On the first one i removed the pan and install a new filter (Febi) refill the transmission with 4l of ATF let the car run a bit by passing through each gear a few seconds. Then i drained the fluid a second time and a lot darkened fluid came out. I refilled the transmission with around 5l of ATF. On the second ATF change i also removed the pan and changed the filter. At my surprise there was a lot of fuss on the magnet just after 3k. The refill was around 5,5l. The reason i did this second ATF change was that Bulletin from filters manufacturers council (http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/atf.aspx) found on the Amsoil website. It suggest a second ATF and filter change specialy when service has not been performed in some time.

    I did a lot of research for a cheaper ATF than Esso LT71141...around 25$/l in Canada at the dealer. Pentosin ATF1(14$) and Amsoil(11$) Multi-vehicule are fully synthetic ATF (PAO). Valvoline Max life ATF is also approved it's not the Mercon V anymore.(You can get a letter of approval if you ask their technical department see Valvoline.com) Castrol Multi vehicule ATF is also approved as per their website. Both for around 7S/l ....Redline D4 Fully synthetic also around 11S but if i'm not mistaken it's a esther base not PAO. Great post on this website but it took almost 2 years for me to decide to go for it and finally do this ATF change. Choosing the ATF was the hard part....but after two ATF change i can say that i would use any of those ATF but i still have a preference for a fully synthetic fluid even if the OEM Esso Lt71141 is a blend.

    Good luck!
    Mat Canada - Jan 21, 2012 @ 10:30 pm
  • Hi, this post was very helpfull, thanks.
    When I drained the oil, about 4 liters came out, but only about 2.8 got in. I did everything step by stem according to your instructions. What could be wrong? I did not change the filter, only the oil
    Vilius Lithuania - Nov 28, 2011 @ 2:28 pm
  • Hi everyone,
    I just replaced on my 2003 Passat with 111 K on it the transmission filter and oil and also the pan gasket (used blauparts.com for parts) now the transmission works like a charm it took little over 5.5 liters, the oil was never changed and it was black and smelly like the used motor oil. So I just followed the above instruction they are great and by the way thanks a lot Geri for your precious information that you put on this website. It took almost 4 liters before I started the engine then slowly it took the rest of it. A word of encouragement for all of you that you're thinking on doing this job is don't hesitate for you can do it!!! Have the proper tools and a little knowledge and you're good to go. One more note I want to add is that on 4th gear I had the RPM fluctuating at 40-45 mph and after doing this procedure that issue went away almost completely, I'm amazed by the results. Have confidence that you can successfully get the job done!
    Dorel - Michigan USA - Oct 10, 2011 @ 11:08 am
  • This was very useful. I would add that you should use the largest diameter tubing you can find and fit into the filling cutout, because the new transmission fluid is quite viscous. (the refill was the longest part of my job because i was using a 1/4 inch i.d. tube.)
    Crit, Phila. PA, USA - Sep 27, 2011 @ 11:59 am
  • I found that it was very easy to make my own 17mm hex tool for the refill hole by purchasing a 12mm threaded nut and a 12mm size bolt. I welded two nuts to the bolt so that the nuts lined up to make a longer tool for inserting into the plug. Also I used Amsoil Multivehical ATF which shows it is approved for LT71141 applications.
    Jud USA - Aug 15, 2011 @ 6:24 pm
  • Broken Tranny Pan bolts?
    I see nothing about anyone breaking transmission pan bolts. Is this not a problem as I have broken them on another vehicle before. I have a 10 yr old '01 bought used and it has had it's share of problems already. Any precautions i need to know about in general about how to avoid breaking bolt heads off? I plan on spraying them with PBBlaster, let it sit for a couple days, warm it up, put it on jacks and go for it. Any advice?

    Great writeup - THANKS
    VDUBR, NH USA - Aug 3, 2011 @ 5:53 am
  • I need directions to replace turbocharger for a 2000 Passant. 1.8 cubic inch. engine letters are ATW I need to take old one off and put on replacement. What all needs to be removed for easy access ? Would really like to hear from some other owners who work on there own vehicles, Turbo looks pretty straight forward , but I don't know what all needs to be removed for easy access. dont want to take off too much. June 11th 2011. Thanks Jeff
    usa - Jun 11, 2011 @ 4:07 pm
  • Hello Guys, Need help on understandinga issues on my 2007 Passat 2.0T Sedan. \the trasmission has a knock/Jerk when shifting in the first gear. Now I even felt a stronger jerk when the car was gearing down to stop. What could be the issue?
    Please help.
    Raj, Canada - May 13, 2011 @ 7:20 am
  • I was wondering where i can get all the items from like

    Transmission fluid
    Check/fill plug seal
    Drain plug & seal
    Pan gasket
    Filter seal
    abe (usa) - May 4, 2011 @ 10:54 am
  • This entire website has been of great help. I have a 98 B5 (155kms) with all the problems. I recently got it going after 1 year doing nothing. I sent the ABS to the US via ebay to fix. It worked wonderfully. Cleaned the ABS sensors on the front wheel. I also sprayed a whole can of carby/throttle body cleaner via the intake and she idles nicely now. This was one of the best and easiest thing to do. Even cleaned the purge valvle in hope for better economy. The last thing was it started developing a jerk/shudder when shifting 2-3-4 gear. So I decided to do the ATF fluid change. Unfortunately the range of ATF fluid in Aust is limited so I went for the cheaper Castrol Dexron III over the synthetic Transmax Z. She now shifts so nicely. Long term I am unsure. But this car has not been this good in a while.... http://www.medyum.gen.tr
    medyum - Apr 17, 2011 @ 3:01 pm
  • thanks for the clear and precise info very helpful!
    don - Dec 11, 2010 @ 7:49 pm
  • Good work.i wish you success.thanx
    avsa - Nov 27, 2010 @ 9:03 am
  • i have a 2005 passat tdi it has 15000km everything works well including the transmission, should i be changing the tranny oil or leave well alone
    andrew.....canada - Sep 12, 2010 @ 9:09 am
  • First of all, the website administrators need to remove these junk adv posting from this good website.

    My 2002 1.8T AWM PASSAT started slipping on third gear. It had the transmission fluid and filter change done at Eagle Transmission and their receipt shows that filter and fluid change. This was done at 79K and now the car is at 86K. Anyway i thought they might had under filled it and drained the fluid. It is BLACK color. Then i got doubt and remove the pan and filter. Still the original filter and seems they didnt even removed the pan and didn\'t changed the filter at all. Also the dark fluid, may be they didn\'t even changed the fluid??

    I went to Autozone and bought Castrol multi-vehicle ATF (http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Castrol-1-qt-import-multi-vehicle-automatic-transmission-fluid/_/N-25aa?counter=0&filterByKeyWord=multi+vehicle+atf&fromString=search&itemIdentifier=830382_0_0_). It clearly says it is equivalent to Esso LT71114 (OEM). Filled it and including the spill, it took almost 6.5 qts. After this no slip and no issues so far. 100 miles on it now. I didn\'t changed the filter because i didn\'t had time to go to dealer and buy it. Now i am thinking of doing one more after 15k and may be with OEM / Pentosin with a filter change forget about it till the life of the car.

    Basic rule. Most of the transmission people out there dont know how to service this car. Either take it to dealer / some specialist who knows what they are doing or do it your self.

    FYI the pan needs T-27 (Torx) and filter needs T-40 (Torx). Dont do it without proper tools. You may rip off the bolt head.

    Saneesh, Texas, USA - Sep 7, 2010 @ 1:22 pm
  • i have an 04 Jetta and the only problem I ran through was the water pump. The one that gets built from the factory has a plastic impeller which breaks after ~40,000 miles. I had to replace it with a metal version and works like a charm except that now I hear a slight noise when accelerating but thats due to the mechanism of the water pump spinning.
    Jeff - Aug 17, 2010 @ 8:46 am (website)
  • Is there any information on replacing the head gasket on a \"00\" Passat 1.8 turbo? I got down to the timing chain in the back and now I\'m scratching my head... Never saw one with a chain and a belt??? Thanks for any info I can get.
    Chris - Aug 3, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
  • redline says their d4 atf is compatible with the tiptronic. several members at b5club.com are using it now (summer 2004).

    mobil 1 and amsoil are not compatible according to them.
    Medyumlar - Aug 2, 2010 @ 5:29 am (website)
  • Anyone looking for Esso LT71141 fluid can purchase it at http://www.bavauto.com for about $21.95 per liter.Esso did change a bottle recently and it carries a Mobil 1 bottle now,so you don\'t get confused as I did.I did get great service at Bavarian auto.I\'m fixing to change mine on 2003 Passat 4 motion with 90000 miles.I\'ll keep you posted if made any changes in tranny response after I get it done.
    Frank,USA,KY - Jun 17, 2010 @ 7:20 pm
  • This entire website has been of great help. I have a 98 B5 (155kms) with all the problems. I recently got it going after 1 year doing nothing. I sent the ABS to the US via ebay to fix. It worked wonderfully. Cleaned the ABS sensors on the front wheel. I also sprayed a whole can of carby/throttle body cleaner via the intake and she idles nicely now. This was one of the best and easiest thing to do. Even cleaned the purge valvle in hope for better economy. The last thing was it started developing a jerk/shudder when shifting 2-3-4 gear. So I decided to do the ATF fluid change. Unfortunately the range of ATF fluid in Aust is limited so I went for the cheaper Castrol Dexron III over the synthetic Transmax Z. She now shifts so nicely. Long term I am unsure. But this car has not been this good in a while.
    kv1973 Australia - May 23, 2010 @ 8:43 pm
  • Do you you put non-hardening sealer on the transmission pan gasket or moisten the gasket with ATF fluid or just install it dry?
    Passat TDI - USA - Apr 9, 2010 @ 12:02 pm
  • Just replaced filter and fluid at 135,000 mi on \'03 Passat. Used blauparts.com, which had filter, gasket, fluid, o-rings, instructions, fluid pump!, and 4 extra bolts with washers. I replaced OEM bolts with 24 M6 1\" bolts and washers (hex head), so I get a good torque reading. Pentosin synthetic fluid - took 5 liters.
    Jim, South Carolina USA - Mar 27, 2010 @ 12:19 pm
    ALEJANDRO,BAY AREA,CA. - Feb 16, 2010 @ 3:21 pm
  • 2007 VW Jetta, Wolfsburg edition 2.5 with Auto Tiptronic.
    I found the Trans filter and gasket at Partsgeek.com.
    Any thoughts on the replacement fluid part number and purchase location
    Dave California USA - Dec 30, 2009 @ 9:48 pm
  • Gog Bless you man to create this website. I really need them, AaaaaaaaaL
    hadi da - Dec 9, 2009 @ 1:32 am
  • I recommend Pentosin \"ATF-1\" fluid to replace the OEM LT 71141 spec fluid. It is the only fully synthetic fluid that is compatible with the LT71141 Esso specification, that is also on the \"Approved Fluids\" listing published by ZF. Since ZF approves the Pentosin ATF-1 as suitable, that is conclusive for compatibility. The fact that some other ATF brands claim that their fluids are suitable, is irrelevant as the other ATF fluids are not on the official ZF Approved Fluids List.
    diagnosticator1 - Dec 4, 2009 @ 3:52 am
  • Finally got around to this, 186,000 miles (300,000 km). I checked the date on the old filter and it was produced in 1999 (exactly 10 years old)

    The oil was very black but somehow I expected worse.

    After the change, the gearbox feels smooth and seems to shift a little quicker.

    Thanks for the write up.
    Henry - Oct 3, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
  • My 2004 Passat smokes when at idle, any clues as to why it does this?
    Cindy USA - Jul 8, 2009 @ 6:57 pm
  • if you guys have questions about vw passat goto www.passatworld.com and click on forums b5 or b6 depending on model year
    vw helper - Mar 12, 2009 @ 3:38 pm
  • thanks for the info
    faby - Jan 12, 2009 @ 6:36 am
  • Thanks.. This helped a lot. I ACCIDENTLY drained the ATF when changing the oil. The fluid was dark like oil and I did not even think about it being ATF until I tried to drive next day. Trans did not engage and due to oil over fill... leaked into catalytic converter. I know, I know not brilliant. I drained oil to correct level and added 4 quarts Mobil1 ATF. This didn\'t seem to remedy problem. Any suggestions???
    Eric . Santa Monica CA - Dec 24, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
  • I was looking at castrol ATF imported vehicles. i saw that it is recommended for LT 71141, im gonna go ahead and try it out
    Richard, Houston, TX - Dec 15, 2008 @ 1:13 am
  • i have a 2001 vw passat v6 4motion. lately the shifting has been really rough and herky jerky and inconsistent. when im making turns now and i hit the gas after i make the turn it revs really high like its out of gear and it takes a few seconds for it to actually go. when i go from reverse back to drive it takes a long time to get into gear. is this problem with the transmission fluid? should i have it drained and put new fluid in? or is this problem something else?? please help. thanks
    david b,usa - Nov 23, 2008 @ 8:24 pm
  • khadine Price -- go to www.passatworld.com and you will find an incredible amount of information on your car. You can buy the Bentley shop manual on CD, and also the Haynes Passat/A4 repair manual for good info.
    Attofarad - Oct 15, 2008 @ 7:48 pm
  • hi this is a very helpful site do you have an illustrative book i have a volkswagon 2002 passat
    khadine Price - Sep 27, 2008 @ 5:26 pm
  • Hello, God bless you i did changed the transmission fluid by following the instructions,but i am not sure after three or four days how to re-check the fluid should i keep the car running while i open the refill/check plug.
    - Sep 22, 2008 @ 4:03 pm
  • Janice - No, you are not stupid. Checking the level requires putting the car on the jack, getting the temp to 100 degrees F and trying to put more in.... IMHO VW is the stupid one. If they don\'t improve the maintainability of their vehicles, I might not consider them in the future..... Though I have enough $ to have a dealer maintain, I PREFER to DIY.
    Larry - Sep 17, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
  • Maybe I am stupid, but my trans. fluid seems to be leaking and I wanted to check the fluid level. Took out all manuals and it doesn\'t even mention trans. fluid. I can\'t find out how to check it. Where is it????????2000 4-motion Passat Sedan. How can I tell if the car is okay to drive to the dealer which is about 35 miles? I do not want to pay for a tow if I don\'t have to do so, knowing the dealer is going to be big $$$$
    Thanks, JMH
    janice----USA - Jul 23, 2008 @ 12:08 pm
  • Thanx for the info, I\'ll try it as soos as posible.
    keep up the good work!
    Richard - Holland - May 24, 2008 @ 11:47 am (website)
  • Hi all, for those with specific questions such as \"My car is doing this, what\'s wrong?\" etc. I recommend you head on over to the Passat B5 forums on VWVortex. You will need to get a username, but its free and simple to sign up. Many people can help with a variety of issues.


    Ben (USA) - Apr 23, 2008 @ 9:26 am
  • I have a problem with my 2002 Passat 1.8. The tranny started to slip when at a stop. I drained the tranny and replaced the fluid and now it is stuck in 3rd or 4th gear. Tranny does not shift at all. Any ideas as to what happened or what I may have done?
    Kenneth - Apr 18, 2008 @ 9:39 am
  • Hi Folks, nice to read that this site is still on and has such a great responce for doing this oilchange. Meanwhile I got rid of NOS and switched to PES G2 Supercharger, still with the same tranny - but with it`s third \"livetime\" Oilfill. With it`s first sure it would have been already damaged. But my Tranny is still working very fine even with much more power than stock. And finaly I bought and old Audi Cabrio (Convertible) with nearly the same transmission. Useless to say that I have also changed ATF on this car! Greets from Austria, Geri
    Geri - Mar 31, 2008 @ 2:06 pm (website)
  • I have just called Warren Unilube and they say their Coastal Multi-Vehicle Synthetic Blend ATF meets VW/Audi G052162 spec. I am thinking about using it in \'01 Passat tiptronic transmission.
    Oleg - Mar 25, 2008 @ 12:43 pm
  • hi guys, i bought a 1998 passat gls and it runs great, but i have to give it a bose each time to start it up. i don\'t know whats wrong with it. i did change the battery but no luck. the windows and the heated seats don\'t work too. i check all the fuse and all of them looks fine, but some of them don\'t have power, i don\'t know why. what can i do? any advice would be great... thanks
    hash ( from Toronto, Canada) - Mar 16, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
  • Hi Guys, I have a 2000 Beetle 1.8T APH (trans.code ELU). What kind of ATF you recommend? And how many litres I need exactly? Thx! This is a great website!
    Alex (Mississauga, Canada) - Feb 25, 2008 @ 2:35 pm
  • Hi Guys this is Irving Villaseñor from Veracruz Mexico, I have a passat 2002, recently I\'ve changed the transmission fluid but my car has started with a non usual behaivor, when I\'m driving in the 5th. gear and I release the gas and push it again it becames to make kind strange movements I mean like the motor is going to turn off. Can you tell me if is this cause I changed the transmission fluid?
    I\'m a little bit scared cause these transmissions are too expensives and I don\'t want to invest in a new one.
    Many thanks in advance.
    Irving Villaseñor from Veracruz Mexico - Feb 18, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
  • This sight is great . You guys saved me big $$$$$$$$$$$$$
    James USA - Jan 17, 2008 @ 4:55 pm
  • Can the red QS multi-vehicle ATF be used in a 2002 Passat SW?
    craig - Jan 14, 2008 @ 5:28 am
    ZAKI JAMAL NATTO - Jan 2, 2008 @ 6:24 am
  • Alexander, read the article!!
    talogue - Oct 18, 2007 @ 10:19 am
  • Valvoline Mercon V is currently $0.95 per quart from Advanced Auto Parts.

    http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductDetail.aspx?MfrPartNumber=VV360 -- compared to $6+ for Mobil 1 ATF.
    talogue - Oct 18, 2007 @ 10:19 am
  • I have a Passat 1.8 T 2002 Tip-tronic and I don\'t know if i can use the Quaker State Multi-Vehicle ATF, please answer my question!!
    Alexander - Oct 13, 2007 @ 2:48 pm
  • Mobil 1 Syntgetic ATF ZF compatibility: yes.
    talogue - Oct 12, 2007 @ 1:40 pm
  • I\'ll tell you guys, just about when you have lost all your faith in the world and humanity from being screwed right and left from everyone and AUDI DEALERS especially, along comes a guy like this and writes such a detailed article on such a controversial subject and rescues all of us honest working poor slobes from dispair and MUCHO BUCKS!!! needless to say. We all raise our glasses and tip our hats to you. Thank you and may you have gods blessings for the rest of your life. OK enough of the mushy stuff. Really great article. Anyway I have an 99 Audi A4 and noticed the rear trany seal leaking while I was doing an oil change so I took it to the dealer to get the scoope on the fix. The mechanic said dont worry about it it\"s only a small leak. Im like WHAT! But who knows how much and how long its been leaking and there is no dip stick to check it with. Im from the old days in case you havent noticed and I like to Know How much fluid is in my trany. I had them replace the seal and top up the fluid. But Im sure the mechanic was hoping I would listen to him and eventualy blow my trany and have to buy a new one from them. What a way to drum up some buisness huh. STAY AWAY FROM AUDI DEALERS!!!!!!!!! After that I was seriously considering selling my A4, which I love, just because I have to go to hell and back just to make sure theres enough trany fluid in the box. Well after reading this article I think, I will give it a shot and change my trany fluid since it has 135,000 on it and it to is starting to slip a bit here and there. And If you want my advice on the fluid type issue, If your not 100% sure the other trany fluids are ok to use, just go ahead and spend the extra $50 or so and buy the right stuff. What the heck your saving so much already by doing it your self and when your laying there in bed at night thinking, \" man is my trany going to blow tomorrow, Ya know how your stomach drops out when you feel that first slip, Man I Hope I used the right stuff\" ??? You will know for sure you got the right fluid and you will have one less headache. Even a $100 is better than $7000 for a new trany. And Its worth the peace of mind. Anyway guys just my opinion. Well gona go buy some fluid and give the trany a trans.......fussion. HA HA . Happy Motoring. And keep the faith.
    George olczak, New Jersey,USA - Oct 9, 2007 @ 8:24 pm
  • thank you so much for the info. it was very helpful. i did find out that the fluid was not the problem but a broken motor mount was causing the bang when accelerating.
    thomas rooney usa - Oct 5, 2007 @ 6:52 pm
  • My transmission now have 150k miles, and is starting to slip. The dealer strongly recommends against changing the fluid & filter as a remedy. What are my options? Considering there is a probability that clean filter and fluid may make it worst. help!!
    99 vw 150k miles, nj - Paul - Sep 8, 2007 @ 10:06 pm
  • Hi
    This will be a head scratcher...
    I bought a Passat Automatic which had slight problem with Auto box. The problem was sometimes when driving it goes through the gears pretty quick, other times hit hangs onto a gear and wont kick into higher gear (and when it does you feel a thud). Instantly I thought ATF oil and filter change will do the trick as clearly gearbox was sticking. So I got the Oil but bought wrong filter (only realised when I opened the tray). Anyway I drained the oil and conventionally petrol washed the filter, dried it and put it all back. Wow, did that car drive smooth.........(for a few days until filter clogged up and symptoms were back).

    I got a new correct filter and the right oil, excited, I changed the oil and filter and put the thing back and topped up correctly.It drove sweet, with one thing though it was throwing the oil out from the top breather, which I thought must have been the excess oil. A few days later, the gear changes (higher gears) have become coarse, with a \'kick back\' (Almost like the wheels lock up for a split moment). This is the clutches playing up now.

    My point is when I put in new oil it drives perfect, but as the gearbox works the oil - exposes to heat and transmission load, the gearbox performance deteriorates.

    My mechanics said it could be torque converter - my point, the issue never has been about transmission or pulling power, it\'s alwatys been when the oil has been in the box a few days, part of it has been chucked out, what is left is unusually being condensed (probably because it is experiencing unnecessary heating/not enough cooling). Now the car kicks hard especially in higher gears.

    One thing worth mentioning, I changed the Radiator as there was a leak, as I understand, the G/Box transmission oil is cooled by your VW Radiator (After I put in a new cambelt and waterpump).

    Any advise guys, please email me on wtebraiz@yahoo.com

    Hope my experience helps someone out there
    Wasim London - Sep 6, 2007 @ 9:29 pm
  • Does anyone have any experience with replacing an alternator on the \'04 1.8T engine? Help please!
    Don USA - Aug 17, 2007 @ 12:15 pm
  • I have a 2003 Passat w/ 1.8 Turbo and Tiptronic Trans. Last week I changed the timing belt, water pump, tensioner, rollers, and all belts. With 102,000 miles this service was due, even though most of the miles are highway miles. This week I decided to change the Transmission fluid. I used Mobile One full synthetic for Mercon V transmissions. If you go on to the Mobile One web site, you will see that this ATF is also rated for ZF transmissions in the Spec sheet. You will need to purchase 4 quarts ($6.88 ea at Advance Auto Parts) and a 17 mm hex/allen wrench. I bought mine from NAPA for $9.09 plus tax. I also put my rear wheels on steel ramps and used jack stands on the front--very important. This allows the front wheels to rotate and this is necessary to put all four quarts back into the transmission when refilling. I drained out over four quarts of very dark fluid..yes it was also overfilled from the factory (I bought my Passat new). When I removed the large 17mm fill plug/nut..about a half quart of fluid came out and then I pulled the drain plug and the rest came out. After letting it drain for about an hour, I put the drain plug back in. I used a long funnel with a 3 foot section of plastic hose attached to it and on the other side I used a metal 3/8\" fuel line with a hook or bend in it to hook into the refile hole. I ran the hose down from the back side of the firewall and hooked the funnel to the hood. About 2.5 quarts will go in and then you will have to start the engine and shift the transmission into and out of drive for a few minutes. The fluid will overflow after 2.5 qts, so have a pan to catch this. Leave the engine running and the transmission in drive and pour the rest of the fluid into the funnel. It will take it all. I left my engine running and crawled under the car to replace the 17mm plug. Using Steel ramps on the rear...I felt safe doing this. The car runs fine and transmission shift like new again. You can do this!
    Ken Williams, Georgia, USA - Jul 26, 2007 @ 3:12 pm
  • I was Wondering if Ican change my transmission fluid and filter in my audi A4 2001 2.8 v6 the same way as shown before?
    Diego - Jul 10, 2007 @ 3:34 pm
  • Ian looking for transmission fluid for 2001 passat auto what can I use that not to mush money.
    Thank You
    Carlos Ramirez - Jun 21, 2007 @ 10:36 am
  • Thanks for the info, this website is awesome, considering I have a Passat and A4. 17mm hex wrench can be found at Sears. It appeared to be the only hex wrench over 10mm, so I guess I lucked out. Oh just a note I believe the other gentleman was incorrect, as I was able to put 3.7 quarts in my Passat of Valvoline ATF Merc V. If anyone would like to share maintenance knowledge, my email is donaldhbowman@bellsouth.net
    Don US-FL - Jun 7, 2007 @ 10:00 pm
  • a 17 MM diy tool can be made easily with a bolt and 2 17MM headed nuts locked together on one end. Just use a socket on the bolt. It works with any size allen.
    Dave US - May 20, 2007 @ 8:35 am
  • Will it hurt my 2003 passat 1.8T if I had to use the RED Multi vehicle ATF? Please e-mail me @chris-h-brown@hotmail.com Thanks
    Chris, USA - May 8, 2007 @ 6:08 pm
  • Thank you. Sign me up for the \"I drained my transmission fluid instead of my oil\" foundation. You saved me an expensive tow truck trip to the dealership. And, my transmission shifts better than ever.

    1999 Passat 1.8T with 170k miles. Used Valvoline Merkon V.

    The hardest part was locating a 17mm hex wrench.
    Jeremy (Kansas City, MO) - May 7, 2007 @ 7:59 pm
  • Thanks for all your help !! It save you money ,,Doing it yourself!
    But i have Some other problem!
    My Tranny Is On limp mode Or Safe mode..How do i reset it back or Why is In Limp mode??
    Oscar Anaya - Apr 23, 2007 @ 11:22 pm
  • My dear
    we need 1000 ltr of ESSO ATF LT711417

    AHMAD ALSALIM - UAE - Mar 19, 2007 @ 12:05 pm
  • LUBRICANT equivalent. G052 162 ME THE AUDI QUATRO A4 1.8 T 1999
    gustavo madrid - Mar 10, 2007 @ 10:07 pm
  • Awesome site! Very informative.

    What type and size bit are the many screws that hold the transmission oil pan? I peaked under my 2001 passat and mine looks to be a torx bit, but not sure of the size.
    tony (Bay Area, CA) - Feb 16, 2007 @ 12:33 am
  • This was just the information that I was looking for. Well written article, thanks! I have a Bentley CD manual covering my 2003 Passat but it is sadly lacking the detailed information that you have presented in your article.
    Henry34212 - Nov 24, 2006 @ 8:37 am
  • I have a 2005 Passat TDI (auto, they all are in the USA)
    Can someone shed some light on the difference and when to use these VW
    ATF fluid G052-162A9 (honey color)
    or ATF fluid G052-990A2 (I believe RED)
    I am geting mixed signals on the usage, any suggestions? Thanks.
    Alan USA - Nov 17, 2006 @ 11:46 am
  • i have a 2003 1.8Turbo Quattro, I was just wondering do you know if the transmission on this is an LT 71141..? Are the transmission oils you guys talking about here compatiable with my car? Really want to change my transmission oil, but dont really want to pay $19 a quart... Just looking for an alternative for my car that would be just as good just not as expensive... Any information would be greatful... This site rocks! Thanks
    Robert - Oct 14, 2006 @ 7:41 pm
  • Does anyone know where the sensor(gray with purple top, closest to the engine)goes to? 2000 Passat 1.8
    I can provide pictures if need be. The end has been disconected and I'm thinking it is the o2 sensor I'm not sure.
    Also could this be causing my engine to be hesitating when I excelerate?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Paul James - Aug 9, 2006 @ 3:24 pm
  • Q. i have a \'97 passat. would the instructions you have here be applicable to that year. i have the vr6 with the automatic transmission. great site keep up the good work. thanks!
    jesse juarez - Aug 2, 2006 @ 8:03 pm
  • 99 passat. My auto tranny can\'t make up its mind on which gear it wants to be in. Fluid issue? Electronic? Car has 95,000 miles, but its been doing it for a long, long time and Ive learned to live with it. If any one has any ideas please drop me an email.
    Glen O MA USA - Jul 28, 2006 @ 8:00 pm
  • Like to know if the VW jetta 2001 Auto xmission would apply to about the same procedure.......if so please can you give me a web site if at all possible on \"how to\"
    It only has a drain plug with a tube extending into the drain plug( seems like its the level of the xmission fluid inside the pan..........and it has a breather plug above the pan.any suggestions would help..........NICE ARTICLE ON THE PASSAT
    Mickey> USA - Jul 26, 2006 @ 1:27 pm
  • Has anyone heard yet, that soon after transmission fluid has been replaced, car starts having troubles. Few of my friends had it done (they drive jaguar, mercedes, vw), and a week or two later transmission broke. So, I have a little oil leak on my passat 1.8T tiptronic 2002., and I don\'t know where from. The car\'s been lowered and a few times I scraped a little on the bump getting into my driveway. Nothing major. But, if it\'s transmission fluid, I was going to take it to the dealer. Any suggestions??????
    Amir, Boston- Mass. - Jul 21, 2006 @ 7:10 am
  • WOW ! You guys are GREAT! My Dad was trying to help me out by changing the engine oil and filter. You guessed it, he drained the transmission before he realized the engine pan was under the plastic shield. (he\'s old but makes no excuses) Instant panic, how to fill the trans again. Thanks to you guys, he is able to save some pride. Thanks again sooooo much! Ashley
    Ashley King USA - Jul 8, 2006 @ 11:09 am
  • great information.

    Pennazoil Multi-vechnicle ATF can be found from Pep boys.
    Valvoline Mercon V can be found from Checkers.
    andrew - Apr 29, 2006 @ 8:48 pm
  • AWESOME job on creating this webite. I successfully replaced my oil pan, gasket, ATF fluid, and cleaned the filter which was generally in good condition. One thing I might add to the instructions while you are adding more ATF fluid. If you removed the front left tire to get under the car, you should have a few wheel bolts screwed in as you go through the gears. If you didn\'t have them in place, the bolt hole would get misaligned and you\'d have a hard time screwing the wheel back in.
    jos - Apr 25, 2006 @ 12:01 pm
  • Thank you very much for this web site I have a 99\' Audi A4 and I\'m planing to replace the tiptronic atf; I already have the filter and gasket but i\'m trying to decide what aftermarket brand to use I just want to confirm with you guys if my transmission use the ESSO LT 71141 fluid and go from there. I email Amsoil and the answer was : Thank you for contacting AMSOIL with your concerns.

    In response to your inquiry, AMSOIL Universal ATF is compatible and may be used to replace Esso LT71141.

    Thank you again for the opportunity to respond to your concerns. As always, please feel free to contact us again if we can be of further assistance.


    Byron Selbrede

    AMSOIL Technical Service

    Carlos Fuster - Mar 1, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

  • sealed for life ? Not here in Oz, mate.

    I used to live in California where I drove a \'96 E36 BMW 328i auto that was supposedly sealed for life
    and trusted it was so. In Australia, VW recommend ATF& filter change @ 3yrs/45kkm and presumably that interval repeated.

    It\'s an expensive service, about AUD$400, USD $300, and I recall slipping it from the 3yr
    to the 4yr service on my \'99 B5 V6 FWD Tip because of low miles.

    In theory, it should be due for another ATF & filter replacement when I drop it in for the 6yr/90kkm
    (at 55kkm, I live downtown) service next week. I\'ill report back. Last time, it was the full monty,
    6.0 liters of ATF, pan drop, pan gasket etc.

    IIs it because we in Oz have a longer vehicle lifetime expectation - older fleet, n\'all ?

    rocky - australia - Feb 24, 2006 @ 5:04 am
  • In Amsoil\'s latest catalog (2/1/06), it shows that they\'ve completed in-house testing to prove that their Universal ATF is now acceptable for Esso LT-71141 apps. They did not reformulate the product, they only did additional in-house testing to prove its compatibility.


    Note: I\'m NOT an Amsoil dealer.
    Michael - Feb 12, 2006 @ 6:32 pm
  • This list was invaluable to me. Like a lot of others above, I found myself wondering what I\'d gotten myself into. $25 and an afternoon later, I\'m feeling good about having learned something new.

    One thing I will emphasize about the original instructions is that the engine doesn\'t get turned off until the plug goes in. I did the first start, then turned the engine off, and wondered for a minute why I couldn\'t get any more fluid to go in. Reading the instructions carefully, I realized my mistake.

    Thanks very much!
    Tim - Dec 10, 2005 @ 10:53 am
  • Haven\'t seen anyone here recommend Pentosin ATF, which is supposed to be the same as the Audi OEM fluid, part no. G 052 162 A2. I\'m dropping the pan for a filter change on my \'98.5 A4TQ (106K miles) this weekend and plan to use the Pentosin to replace the dark black liquid I drained out of the pan.
    rb - Nov 14, 2005 @ 5:48 pm
  • Just in case I had to change the pan bolts so here is the part ## 01v-321-373 and you will need 27 of them.
    Pson USA - Oct 24, 2005 @ 9:45 am
  • Do realize that the one reported complaint about M1 Syn ATF was due to user error. The person did not fill the transmission correctly thus the improper fluid level produced rough shifts. Also, the user is exceeding the torque capacity of the transmission and has done several other modifications pushing the tranny outside its original specifications.

    Dave - Oct 4, 2005 @ 5:52 pm
  • VW wanted $170 for filter and gasket (which they do not stock since tranny is \"sealed for life\" plus $18/liter for oil. Carquest has exact match of parts for $29, found exact oil at Import warehouse for $11/liter. One point, the screws on trans. pan are T-27\'s, funny 27 screws holding pan and it takes a T-27 torxs, not a very common size but available at Sears in a security set of 5 torxs for $10. Advise everyone to build the fill adapter as shown, saves a lot of time, hassle and oil. Also do NOT turn off engine after running through gears during top up until 17mm plug is back in place.
    kelticson Denver CO - Oct 4, 2005 @ 12:24 pm
  • I wanted to let you know your site was a lifesaver. I went to drain the oil out of my new Passat from what I assumed was the oil pan... You got it, I dumped all my tranny fluid. I freaked out trying to figure out how I was going to get new fluid back into the \"sealed transmission.\" Your excellent graphics and descriptions made quick work out of it!
    David - Oct 1, 2005 @ 2:12 pm

  • David - Oct 1, 2005 @ 2:12 pm
  • Great write-up! I am preparing to replace the filter/atf fluid pretty soon @ 55k...

    Did some research on the Esso LT 71141..I found this Exxon Superflo ATF D/M seems to be compatible to ZF trannies. Does not mention though if it is synthetic nor a blend...Can you confirm this??..Excerpts of the Superflo ATF is below:

    \" Applications
    Superflo ATF D/M is a super-premium lubricant for car and truck automatic transmissions and other applications that require an automatic transmission fluid satisfying either General Motors’ Dexron®-III (including the new GM DEXRON® III H specification) or Ford’s Mercon® ATF specifications. It is generally recommended for automatic transmissions in General Motors and American Motors (now part of DaimlerChrysler Corporation) cars, vans, and light trucks and for imported cars such as Audi, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Opel, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen. For Chrysler vehicles, Superflo ATF+3®, which meets Chrysler’s MS-7176E specification, is recommended for makeup and full fill.

    Superflo ATF D/M is also recommended for automatic transmissions in all Ford Motor Company vehicles where MERCON ESP-M2C166H or ESP-M2C138CJ fluids are specified. For Ford automatic transmissions requiring M2C33-F (Type F) fluids, SUPERFLO ATF Type F is recommended.

    Superflo ATF D/M meets the transmission fluid requirements for Allison automatic transmissions and other heavy-duty equipment that requires a Dexron-III fluid. It is approved against the Allison C-4 specification and therefore can be used in Allison Powershift transmissions or other torque converter systems that specify this type fluid. It is also recommended for Caterpillar TO-2 applications and certain heavy-duty transmissions, including ZF, Voith, Renk Doromat and Mercedes Benz.\"


    B5V - Los Angeles - Sep 30, 2005 @ 2:38 am
  • to the guy that used valvoline (said you added 2 qts) and said it messed up his tranny, when you drained the tranny (without dropping the pan) you should have gotten 2.8 L (about 3 qts) out. Sounds like you did not add enough ATF. Valvoline is working great in the Audi Allroad with the ZF tranny!
    volmaniac - Sep 26, 2005 @ 9:05 am
  • Maybe you can help the ignorant. Under ATF Refill # 19, how does one perform the final fluid level check. I assume it has something to do with pulling the check fill plug since you mentioned that and can it possibly require a \"pinky check\" as noted by DM/ My Wife\'s Passat in the comments section. Just wondering.
    P. John - Aug 31, 2005 @ 3:07 pm
  • I caution VW owners about using anything but the VW ATF. I have a 2005 VW PASSAT with the 1.8T gas engine and a Tiptronic Auto transmission.

    I received this answer from Valvoline in response to the following question,
    From: wgraham@ashland.com on behalf of feedback@ashland.com
    To: D. Carlos
    Subject: Re: Site feedback from Valvoline.com
    Date: Thu, 18 August 2005 04:04:40

    Thank you for your question! Valvoline does not recommend the use of
    Mercon V ATF in a VW vehicle.

    To: VWEBMAIL@Ashland

    Subject: Site feedback from Valvoline.com

    The following person submitted a question or comment via the Contact us
    form of type Ask Valvoline


    I recently removed factory ATF and then added Valvoline MERCON 5 ATF (about 2 qts.) to the transmission of my 2005 VW PASSAT. Information on the web
    and the product label indicates that it should be compatible. Now it seems
    to slip when I first accelerate in either 1st gear or reverse. Is it fully
    compatible? If so, then why would it cause my trans to slip?

    D. Carlos (U.S.A) - Aug 30, 2005 @ 3:51 pm
  • Ok, found a source, and this looks pretty cheap too!


    Will, USA, Illinois - Aug 23, 2005 @ 10:04 pm
  • Well, according to this write up, the QS and Penn Multi-vehicle ATFs are available everywhere. I can\'t find them anywhere. I have called Auto Zone, Advance Auto, Carquest, Bumper-to-Bumper, Napa, etc.... No one carries this stuff.

    What about Amsoil Synthetic ATF? They carry several varieties.
    Will, USA, Illinois - Aug 19, 2005 @ 4:14 pm
  • Hi,
    I\'d like to state that I e-mailed Valvoline earlier today regarding their Durablend ATF for another application and was told that it has been discontinued and replaced with another fluid, known just as \"Mercon V.\"

    Michael Wan (Sacramento, CA, USA) - Aug 18, 2005 @ 9:30 am
  • What size vinyl tubing to fit the square cut-out did you use? I have 2004 passat. Dealer told me there was a hose with a red cap near the oil filter that i could add ATF Fluid never found it ,were they lieng.try to change oil and dumbed the transmission oil stuped me. Thanks Mike
    Mike USA GA. - Aug 16, 2005 @ 8:10 am
  • valvoline mercon v atf has \"bmw\" lt-71411 (same as esso lt-71141 for zf trannies) listed on the back of the bottle.
    volmaniac - Jun 20, 2005 @ 7:44 am
  • after i drop my transmission pan i found out that i have to use 4 quarts of fluid my car is a gm camaro 1985
    robby hittle - Jun 4, 2005 @ 2:10 pm
  • Noticed the update on April 24 regarding the use of Pennzoil Multi-vehicle ATF. The lable clearly states it compatability with Z-F tranny. However, the Penz fluid is Red - not yellow like Quakerstate. Does this mean they use some type of die?
    Steve Harrington - May 31, 2005 @ 9:00 pm
  • Thank you very much for the great information.
    Bernd - May 31, 2005 @ 9:00 pm
  • Will this method also be applicable to my 97 Jetta 2.0L? I am wondering what oil to use. VW oil is expensive!!!
    Tap500 - May 31, 2005 @ 8:59 pm
  • I was wondering do I need to use anything to go along with the new gasket, some type of sealant or anything like that? Thanks for the great information here.
    Jake E - May 31, 2005 @ 8:58 pm
  • THANK YOU !!!!!!
    Thanks a lot.
    You saved my life.My father repairs cars and is ill i helped him yesterday.at at 10.pm i try to change oil and dumbed the
    transmission oil .I got so desperate because i couldnt find a way to get the oil back . thank you ,thank you ,thank you .you saved my life.
    God bless you all.
    Stefan Ecker - May 31, 2005 @ 8:57 pm
  • What size vinyl tubing to fit the square cut-out did you use?
    Hans S - May 31, 2005 @ 8:57 pm
  • Wow, this is awesome info!
    What about the tip on 2002 wagon, it\'s a rebuild and I think the fluid is low and should replace the fluid.
    Hans S - May 31, 2005 @ 8:54 pm
  • I used the quakerstate multi-vehicle in my wife\'s 98 Passi tip over 5 months ago(at 100K miles). The stuff specks are perfect match for Esso LT. I did both filter and fluid. I had no problems with shifting before and certainly none after the change. I plan to do a second change soon to get more new fluid in as so much is left in the torque converter.
    squidbeer - Jan 19, 2005 @ 12:28 pm

  • - Jan 19, 2005 @ 12:25 pm
  • These images are Great! I\'m doing a website with an article about changing ATF Fluid and I\'d love to be able to use these photos, maybe even purchase the rights to use them if possible. Can I get in touch with the famous \"GERI\" somehow? Thanks.

    Todd - Jan 6, 2005 @ 2:24 pm
  • \"I trained my 99 Passat Tip, and changed the filter and pan gasket as well. Then, I pumped 3.5 liters into the transmission and it didn\'t overflow. ... About 5 liters! Huh?

    Car seems to drive fine, but I\'m a little flummoxed. The Haynes says 2.6 liters is the normal drain/fill amount.

    Any thoughts?\"

    answer: the 2.6 liter volume is not when you drop the pan, but when you drain through the drain plug. when you drop the pan you will get more atf out.

    also make sure the car is running when you open the fill plug and do the final fill. there is some circulating atf fluid due to the pump and you will underfill if the car is not running.

    hope this helps.
    volmaniac - Jan 5, 2005 @ 1:45 pm
  • Thanks soo much for this site I have been looking all over the net for someone to show me how to change atf on my 98 Audi A4t, I did not know that Vw trannies were compatable (duh) Well I lookn foward to working on this thing.
    Q: Does lack of atf in my Audi cause hard shifting and rpm\'s reving higher than usual? Any info ? tooreel2002@yahoo.com
    Ruben Q (Waycross Ga) - Dec 19, 2004 @ 5:29 pm
  • Thanks for continuing to maintain this site post-Passat!

    Now, here\'s my story. I trained my 99 Passat Tip, and changed the filter and pan gasket as well. Then, I pumped 3.5 liters into the transmission and it didn\'t overflow. Pinky check through the hole showed it nowhere NEAR full. Much puzzlement. So, I measured the black soup that I\'d drained. About 5 liters! Huh?

    Since I\'d only bought 4 liters (and spilled 0.5) and needed to have the car back in service RIGHT NOW (cue sound of wife tapping foot) I pumped the old stuff back in until it overran, following your instructions about warming the transmission.

    I figured, since there\'s old oil sloshing around in the torque converter anyway, it\'s not the end of the world.

    Car seems to drive fine, but I\'m a little flummoxed. The Haynes says 2.6 liters is the normal drain/fill amount.

    What I might do is try again with LOTS more ATF (using the Pentonsin brand) on hand and measure carefully.

    Any thoughts?

    MyWife\'sPassat - Dec 9, 2004 @ 3:51 pm
  • hi, can you show how to change the engine oil and oil fliter ? thanks a lot
    Henry - Dec 5, 2004 @ 12:38 am
  • problem with automatic transmission in passat \'99 hearin some noise ,called to VW dealer they tald me that this kind transmissions dont have any AT filter.dont know what to do
    scorp - Nov 27, 2004 @ 10:04 am
  • Hi Guys, from Monterey Bay CA, What great help this info has been. I am following the advice and changing ATF this weekend. I will use Redline d4 atf. I can\'t find ESSO LT 71141. Thanks again. 2001 1.8 T Passat wagen
    Sanddog - Sep 23, 2004 @ 12:24 pm
  • Here is another email i got from shell:

    To: sandlot@XXXatt.net
    Subject:ATF product compatibiltiy with Esso LT 71141
    Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 21:27:45
    Pennzoil Multi-Vehicle ATF Part No: 159920 and/or Quaker State Multi-Vehicle ATF Part No: 160023.

    Thank you for your interest in our products.
    From: sandlot@XYZatt.net
    Sent: 04 August 2004 14:50
    To: PrdMktTechServices
    Subject: ATF product compatibiltiy with Esso LT 71141

    I was wondering if any of the Shell-Pennzoil-Quakerstate automatic transmission products are compatible with the ATF specified by my volkswagen (Esso LT 71141). Thanks & regards, Dave
    volmaniac - Aug 6, 2004 @ 2:20 pm

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