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Old 06-23-2014, 08:05 AM   #1
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DIY DSG Fluid change tips and tricks

DSG Fluid change DIY:

1) Not hard at all so stop freaking out and do it.
2) Having the right tools is key, 14mm allen (freaking huge specialty allen), 8mm allen for special DSG plastic plug thing, 24mm (I think) for top of DSG filter housing (could always use a wrench), and random other tools for battery removal
3) I used a bucket to drain the fluid as it was only a few inches from the drain to ensure I didn't miss any (wanted to measure how much came out)
4) I bought a bucket with markings on the inside for liters.. I suppose you could measure it out with water or something and mark it up yourself.
5) Battery removal is a piece of cake, remove the tray too.
6) Walmart has the funnel with hose you need <$5: http://www.walmart.com/ip/FloTool-Me...l-7pc/16889147
7) Drain fluid from 14mm drain plug, then drain fluid from 8mm hex plastic drain inside other drain (watch lasthumansgarage DIY youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhE19GCXlvA
8) Put drain plugs back in (DO NOT overtighten the inner plastic one - it's very fragile!)
9) Remove DSG filter and plug in funnel hose
10) Measure how much fluid came out and replace with fresh DSG fluid (takes forever.. 8-10mins/liter its so thick through the top fill method)
11) Drink 1-2 beers while you wait (I changed out my sparks and fuel filter while I was waiting, haha)
12) Reinstall filter housing with fresh gasket
13) Reinstall battery
14) Fire her up and shift through all the gears stationary to lube them all up real nice
15) Test drive (pending how many beers it took to get you through the refill)

This was seriously not a hard DIY. I did mine about 1.5 hours after GTI was hot and the fluid was nice and warm and came out just fine. 4.65L came out and I put back in about 4.7 to account for the fluid left in the filter. I did the measure/refill method as its run great for 40k miles, and I trust that is was filled properly from the factory.

Cliff notes: Remove, replace, beer, done.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:32 AM   #2
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What was the total cost of this?
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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Cost me approximately $125 shipped to my door in parts. Got it from http://www.deutscheautoparts.com/
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:36 AM   #4
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I would second the measuring how much fluid came out when you drained it. I didn't do this and I kind of guessed on when to cap off excess fluid coming out (top fill method).

I want to put the car on 4 jack stands, bring car up to temp, and remove the drain plug to see what excess comes out. I think there is a little too much in there.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:37 AM   #5
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What was the total cost of this?
Fluid+filter is around $100-150 depending if you go OEM or knock off brand.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:37 AM   #6
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:38 AM   #7
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:40 PM   #8
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I bought the filter and OEM fluid off a vortex member for $130 I think. Came with filter and gasket and washer. made for an easy install! Got 6 bottles too, which I didn't need at all.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:11 PM   #9
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This is one of the easiest ways to save money with a DIY....I can't believe some people pay $400+ to do this on their car. It's a slow motion oil change that's all
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:33 PM   #10
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I would be interested to know from people that have done the top fill/measure/refill method how much oil was drained, I believe it is around 4.7 litres +or- 0.2 litres.
I did mine on the weekend and was surprised how much oil drained before I removed the plastic snorkel but very surprised it was exactly 6 litres in total drained. I put 5 litres back in and the DSG feels a lot better. Dam you VW dealer and your apprentice newbs.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:59 AM   #11
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wow you measured 6L coming out? That seems like an awful lot!

If you only put back in 5 out of 6L drained did you pull the drain and let the excess run out at the correct temp via vagcom? I'd be very leery to just put in 1L less without checking.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:47 PM   #12
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Yes I drove it until the DSG was warmed up then removed the 14mm hex plug and it trickled about 0.1 litres with the snorkle still in, I honestly believe that around 4.7 litres is the required volumn allowing for casting variance. My theory is the dealer put in the 6 litres but did not do the overflow with the engine running. at the end of the day the car feels like it has a DSG tune compared to how it was, I remember at the time I thought that they had flashed over my stage 1 tune it just felt heavier after the 60K kilometre / 40k mile service.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:58 PM   #13
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How did it feel before? I think I may not have drained enough excess fluid from the trans.

Only odd thing I noticed is that at a red light with the AC on, I now feel more vibration and feel the car resting on the trans whereas before, I didn't.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:33 PM   #14
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What DIY did you follow, OP? I dig the tips and tricks, but this isn't exactly a DIY.
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