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Old 05-29-2019, 11:38 AM   #11
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I did a MT fluid change on my daughter's 2012 5-speed
Did you do it based on miles, or was it shifting rough?

Just two quarts needed?
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:28 PM   #12
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It had 120K miles on it and having bought it used, I'm assuming it was the original fluid but it was shifting fine at the time I changed it and there was no noticeable change after I did it so it was just a maintenance change. I think I read somewhere that the recommended interval synthetic DCT fluid is 150K so I'm doing it a bit early.

I'll be pretty happy if I get 240K miles on this vehicle and more than happy to change it again at that time instead of 300K.

2 Quarts was all I needed.
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Where can i dispose of the old fluid?

Not to side track from the fluid topic, but its was a lot easier than i thought it would be.
Ive done cv axle in the past, but read that the axles on our cars can be a PITA.
to those who are going to or thinking about doing the axles:
Its easy. Follow the how-to. And the 1/4" rod is DEFINETLY the way to go for the driver side.
It took a few hours. But most of that time was spent finding those tools that always seem to grow legs.

This site is a life saver.
Do the carrier bearings and joints not last long on aftermarket replacements?
I know the trans shop replace the passenger side once already. The driver side as far as i can tell was still original. It was clunking while making sharp turns, but the carrier bearing was completely shot on the passenger side which only had 20,xxx-ish miles on it.

I'm still getting noise while driving but i believe it's just my snow tires (summer wheels going on tomorrow or the next day. FINALLY!)
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Old 05-29-2019, 01:52 PM   #14
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Where can i dispose of the old fluid?
Just dispose of it with the same method you use for other waste oil.

What kind of noises were you hearing coming from your axles/carrier bearings?

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Similar to a wheel bearing but it never changed while turning like a wheel bearing has done for me in the past.

With it out of the car, spinning it, its makes a lot of noise. Feels kind of grainy if that makes sense. I can feel the bearings inside the wheel.
The passenger side (the newer one) was also starting to making clunking noise while turning
Now the noise is more like road noise from a tire.
I do have a bearing and extra knuck (I like to have one extra for each side when it's the press in type bearings. That way there isnt much down time for my car or me) I may just instal to be safe.
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Similar to a wheel bearing but it never changed while turning like a wheel bearing has done for me in the past.

With it out of the car, spinning it, its makes a lot of noise. Feels kind of grainy if that makes sense. I can feel the bearings inside the wheel.
The passenger side (the newer one) was also starting to making clunking noise while turning
Now the noise is more like road noise from a tire.
I do have a bearing and extra knuck (I like to have one extra for each side when it's the press in type bearings. That way there isnt much down time for my car or me) I may just instal to be safe.
Thanks. i have some noise and vibration and I think it is a bearing but I'm not entirely certain. I can't feel any grinding when rotating the wheel without it being loaded. There is a bit of a change when turning which leads me to think it is a bearing. It's not a trivial job as you know so I wanted to have some confidence that it does need to be replaced.
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Im no expert or mechanic. But in my experience, if it changes pitch turning one direction vs the other, it has been a wheel bearing.
It just sucks having to have the bearing pressed into the knuckle.
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Same fluid if you have a Mfactory LSD ?
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Im no expert or mechanic. But in my experience, if it changes pitch turning one direction vs the other, it has been a wheel bearing.
It just sucks having to have the bearing pressed into the knuckle.
I did a one on a MK1 and was able to do it with the knuckle still on the car using loaner tools from AutoZone. They have a pretty good tool for pressing these out and in. I think the procedure will be pretty much the same on my mk3.
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Same fluid if you have a Mfactory LSD ?
Mfactory says "Maintenance-free Gears eliminates the need for special fluids & rebuilds associated with plate-type LSDs"

So unless the diff tells you that you need a friction modifier then yes same fluid.

Some run a Mobil1 50 weight oil. What ever you do dont use automatic transmission fluid. That was removed from the recomended fluid in 2002/2003 ish time frame for the synthetic oil. the ATF or ATF life fluid was killing syncros.
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