transmission torque converter clutch error code

Discussion in 'VW Mk4 Jetta, Golf, New Beetle, Passat TDI forum' started by joedhammond, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. joedhammond

    joedhammond New Member

    Apr 13, 2012
    01 golf
    i just purchased an 01 tdi golf with auto tranny. a few weeks later the check engine light comes on and i had Autozone scan it and it came up Torque Converter Clutch. It does seem to have a little slip in the tranny but runs smooth besides. The light doesnt always stay on though. It goes on and off. At 143000 miles I dont think the fluid/filter has ever been changed. Could it just be low on fluid or am I looking at a bigger more expensive fix? Any help would sure be appreciated. TY
  2. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

    May 23, 2007
    2006 Jetta TDI
    Don't know without more testing but the CEL goes on-off because it's an intermittent fault which goes away after a certain number of engine starts.

    Worth changing fluid but I don't know how much it'll help. In a few cases new fluid causes slip because new detergent washes away dirt that was helping the clutch hold but worst case you just have to change transmission a little earlier. Just drain-refill ATF (see FAQ DIY) and it should be OK.

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