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Recently the dealer installed an new Tiptronic Tranny in my Passat under extended warranty. Now it shifts hard when putting it into gear. Shifts perfect while driving. Any ideas. Taking it back to the dealer is not an option.
 

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Hard to say what the engagement problem is without further investigation.

First thing that comes to mind is to check the fluid level in the transmission. Unfortunately, you can't just pull a dipstick to check it; there is an inspection hole and plug on the bottom of the transmission. You fill the transmission until fluid comes out. And you do NOT want to remove the wrong plug: there are two plugs on the bottom of the transmission - one is for filling, the other is for draining. Pull the drain plug, and you will be stuck.

IMPORTANT: The transmission requires special fluid (VW part num G 052 162 A2 ) available from dealers, and certain third-party vendors such as ecstuning.com or autobahnfluids.com. Pentosin makes an equivalent called ATF1.

See here for more to know about VW transmission fluid: http://www.clubb5.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=61148

I'm not trying to make this sound difficult - it can be easily done, but if you aren't familiar with it, then you might be better off taking it to a dealer or a VW specialist.

I'm not sure why taking it back to the dealer isn't an option. If the dealer did the work, he is expected to have done it correctly. If the transmission is not working correctly, then he should fix it. If he doesn't know what the story is, you can try another dealer. There are six VW dealers in Houston. Bear in mind that if you go to another dealer for resolution of a warranty item that some earlier dealer worked on, the later dealer may get fussy about payment. Ask up front. In any case, checking the fluid should not be an expensive operaiton.

The other straightforward thing that can be done is to check the transmission's controller for diagnostic trouble codes. This can be done by the dealer or with VAG-COM software/hardware. Some autopart stores (such as Autozone) can pull codes on engines; they may or may not be able to pull codes on your transmission.

If you get codes pulled, and want to know what they are, post them on CB5.
 

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JEM said:
Taking it back to the dealer is not an option.
Just curious ... If the dealer installed it, why is taking it back not an option?
 

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These are the reasons why taking it back to the dealer is not an option.
I have an extended warranty. When they replaced my transmission because of a bad pump or bad TQ converter they had to remove my exhaust. When they reinstalled it they hung it wrong and burnt a spot out of my bumper. I insisted they replace it at there cost. They refused and told me if I make it a big issue out of it then they will let my exended warranty company know about all the things I have done to my car, voiding my Extended Warranty.

I'm familiar with everything on my Passat. I know about checking the fluid and using VagCom. Done all that already. Fluid is good and there are no codes.
 

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JEM said:
...Now it shifts hard when putting it into gear. Shifts perfect while driving. Any ideas. ...
Is there a "break-in" period for a new tranny? Maybe this will go away with some miles? I can't think of any adjustment that could be made for this. Maybe being brand-new with absolutely fresh fluid, there's higher pressure to the TC and it just grabs a little better when you put it in gear.

I dunno - the above is not an expert opinion, it is merely a possible scenario arrived at via decrepit I mean deductive reasoning...

(Not related to your problem) - I tried Redline D4 and I like it.
 
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