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This fluid and filter service is done every 40,000 miles if you have a DSG transmission. If you have an Audi A3, you have the same transmission but Audi calls it S-tronic.

Thanks to the lucky victim who worked with me on this service, the person who supplied the VAS6262 tool, and more experienced people who have answered some questions about the service. Most of the notes and a video are in the full writeup here: http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/multi/dsg-diy-fluid-change-service.htm Here's the video for reference.http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/multi/dsg-diy-fluid-change-service.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwfqsLBOnf0

Some points: top fill will work but due to the thickness of the oil it will take a long time to drain through the filter housing. I've heard 40 minutes minimum and they aren't kidding. A bottom fill with VAS6262, VAS6262a, or a DIY tool can be done in 5 minutes max. You can apply a low pressure compressed air to the bottle and the fluid is zipped in quickly. This is one reason the dealer uses this method.

Although the service manual specifies adding 5.5 liters, you'll just end up draining about a liter of it if you try it their way. If you check the level from the bottom and only drained 4.5, it's a waste to add more than 5.
 

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Just out of curiosity, what's the DSG fluid kit price if you DIY? I hear it's about $400 at the dealer. If you bought a car not expecting this big dollar service, it's quite a surprise.
 

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Believe it or not, the person I worked with on this was quoted $900 at the dealer. The kits all cost under $150 including shipping. As mentioned in the writeup and other posts here, you don't even need the tool. You can top fill but it just takes a long time.
 

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I stopped by a harbor freight today and found a tool set that would be great for the DSG fluid change. You need a 14mm allen bit for the drain plug which sears sells for $40 as part of a kit. Harbor freight sells an entire kit w.more components for just $12.99! Yes they are not the highest quality tools but if you don't already own a 14mm bit you'll most likely only use it once every few years anyways. At that price, it's probably cheaper than buying just that 1 tool from sears as well.

http://www.harborfreight.com/merchandising-promotions/merchandising/hand-tools-sockets-and-ratchets/sockets/9-piece-38-and-12-drive-metric-hex-bit-socket-set-67880-html.html
 

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Nice tip. Harbor Freight has all sorts of good stuff but 2nd on the not worth heavy duty use. A stripped bolt will cost you a lot more than $30 savings but there's no way the drain plug is that tight. Sears isn't all that great either but at least it should be slightly better.
 
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