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The transmission code can be found on the bottom of the transmission bell-
Maintenance, Repair Guides & Troubleshooting
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There's a big hole on top, what's it for? That is the timing hole; it is where you access the timing marks on the flywheel in order to check and set the engine/ignition timing.
Shifter/shift knob thread size: 12mmx1.50
Clutch in at red lights? Keeping the clutch pedal pressed in at red lights is not necessarily a bad thing, but it puts more wear and tear on the throw-
Using the transmission to hold the car while stopped on a hill? Don't do it, unless you can afford to replace the clutch at regular intervals. Please use your brakes when stopped on a hill.
Repair Guides & Troubleshooting
010 factory ignition starter Technical Service Bulletin (PDF)
010 factory troubleshooting manual (PDF)
Shifter/shift knob set screw: 2.5mm Allen
Change the fluids every 30,000-
020 Manual Transmission
OEM fluid: SAE 80W hypoid oil; API service GL-
Recommended by other VW owners:
Capacity: 2.0 L / 2.1 quarts
010 Automatic Transmission
Original: Dexron or Dexron II
Current: Dexron III or Dexron VI
Capacity: 3.0 L (refill); 6.1 L (dry fill)
Filter: Part #010-
Filter & gasket kit: Part #010-
Final Drive Gear Oil
SAE 90W hypoid oil, API service GL-
Pan gasket: Part #010-
Capacity: 0.75 L
Red Speedometer Gear
No. of teeth: 15
Final drive ratios: 3.65 and 3.67
VW part #171957821B
White Speedometer Gear
No. of teeth: 16
Final drive ratios: 3.89 and 3.94
VW part #171957821A
Green Speedometer Gear
No. of teeth: 17
Final drive ratios: 4.25
VW part #171957821C
Drive gears are sold separately from the speedometer cables.
Drive gear securing ring part number: N 900 154 01
What if the speedometer cable gear has fallen into the transmission? Do your best to get it out. A lot of folks have never had issues with roving speedo gears, while others have needed repair work due to the gear (or parts of it) getting jammed into transmission components. Don't become a victim of the latter.
If the clutch pedal is difficult to press, replace the clutch cable (don't bother trying to adjust it; it's a $16 part... buy it, install it, adjust it to specs and drive happily ever after). While you're at it, inspect the clutch cable carrier tube at the firewall (this tube can fail if the cable is not adjusted at regular intervals and/or if a stiff cable is allowed to saw through its protective sheath). If the tube is found to be broken, it'll need to be repaired.
Clutch Pedal Went to the Floor
Clutch Freeplay Specifications
Clutch lever freeplay: 6mm (1/4")
Clutch cable freeplay at adjusting disc: 12mm (1/2")