Volkswagen Jetta Complete Auto Transmissions

Your Volkswagen Jetta’s transmission plays an important part of your car’s performance. Without a good transmission, your car will have difficulty starting and maintaining speed. Volkswagen Jettas have two types of transmissions: manual and automatic.

How does a Volkswagen Jetta’s transmission work?

How the transmission works depends on the model of your Jetta. It may be manual, also known as standard, or automatic. Some also have a Tiptronic mode, which incorporates elements of both types of transmissions.

  • Manual: With a manual transmission, you depress the clutch in order to shift gears. When you depress the clutch, it disconnects the engine and the transmission. You then shift into another gear, which re-engages the engine.
  • Automatic: With an automatic transmission, the vehicle changes gears for you. Pressurized transmission fluid is used to shift the gears of the vehicle.
  • Tiptronic: This is an optional mode you can use with some automatic Jetta models. Tiptronic gives you control over which gear the vehicle is in, but you don’t have to engage the clutch; the car does this for you. If your Volkswagen Jetta offers this option, the Tiptronic mode is engaged if you move the shift knob to the right. You then shift into your chosen gear using the shift knob, and the car does the rest.
How do you know which type of transmission you have?

If your Jetta has a clutch pedal and a stick shift, then it has a manual transmission. If it has no third pedal, then it is automatic, and it may also offer Tiptronic mode. If your transmission needs to be repaired or replaced, your Jetta’s owners manual will have exact specifications of the transmission.

How do you maintain the Jetta’s transmission?

To maintain your Volkswagen Jetta’s transmission, make certain to periodically check your transmission fluid. Both types of transmissions use transmission fluid, but automatics depend on the fluid to shift gears, which is why the fluid levels should be checked and changed out routinely. Transmissions also need to be serviced periodically as well, but the frequency depends on the type of transmission and your driving habits. Your Jetta service manual will have the specifics.

How do you know if your Jetta’s transmission is bad?

Your transmission may be bad if the car is having trouble accelerating or starting. If the “check engine” light comes on, sometimes the transmission is to blame. In a manual transmission vehicle, you may start to have trouble shifting gears or hear a grinding noise. This may indicate that your clutch is worn out and needs to be replaced.