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How-to: Do you have TFS ("transmission fragmentation syndrome!")?

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[gti-vr6] TFS check (was-list must be bad luck) "Myron Ybarra" <YbarraRonTracey@worldnet.att> Tue, 4 Aug 1998 22:22:04 -0700
Re: [gti-vr6] Tranny Question Josh Tibbs <xjosh@one> Mon, 05 Oct 1998 18:40:24 -0400



From gti-vr6-owner@dev.tivoli Wed Aug 5 00:50 CDT 1998
From: "Myron Ybarra" <YbarraRonTracey@worldnet.att>
To: <was: was: st140vi@wcnet, now: stevet@toast, now: >, <gti-vr6@dev.tivoli>
Subject: [gti-vr6] TFS check (was-list must be bad luck)
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 22:22:04 -0700
 
Steve wrote;

> All this talk about wheel bearings and CV joints... Turning into my
> driveway I heard/felt a loud clunk from the right front wheel area. On my
> way back to work I made a bunch of extra right turns same result. I'll
> check my sway bar first. I hope it's that simple. Steve.


FYI, a way check to see if your tranny is damaged, other than the obvious
trans fluid leaking out of a gaping hole that was not there a few moments
ago, (actually most of the TFS is the result of a failing diff assembly) is
to, provided your car is driveable, turn your wheel all the way to lock,
either left or right and drive in a circle increasing your speed slightly
after each revolution.  You don't have to go very fast, maybe 10-15 mph at
max.  This causes the spider gears to spin at a faster rate and if there is
a problem, you will hear a loud pop (spider gear(s) launching off the
planetary gears, probably in pieces) and your car will no longer move.
Good bye tranny :~(.  If your tranny is still in working order this will
not happen and you can probably rule out TFS.

Myron Ybarra
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From gti-vr6-owner@dev.tivoli Mon Oct 5 18:20 CDT 1998
From: Josh Tibbs <xjosh@one>
To: <gshock@linkline>
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Tranny Question
Date: Mon, 05 Oct 1998 18:40:24 -0400
 
Does it sound like a turbo, but without the extra power? That's the sound
that my tranny made just before it locked up. I think the broken ring gear
and missing gear oil make the noise. Not trying to alarm you, but you
should give it the donut test. I doubt you have TFS if you are driving the
car on a daily basis, but it can't hurt to check, right? The test involves
finding a lot and turning one direction at full lock for a few rotations
and then flipping and going the other direction for a few rotations. If the
diff is gonna completely go, this should make it happen. Do this when you
have time to wait for a tow truck.

Josh


At 02:35 PM 10/5/98 -0700, Russell Chee wrote:
>When my car is cold(just started), the tranny likes to make a winding
noise for about a 1/4 mile or so.  Does anyone elses tranny make this noise
and is this normal?
>
>Thanks
>
>Russell (noisy 98 GTI tranny edition)
>http://www.linkline.com/personal/gshock
>
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