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Volkswagen EuroVan: 1992-2003 (T4) Differential Cover Replacement


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Last Post: Jan 28, 2014 9:42 PM Last Post By: Indian
eurostan

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Differential Cover Replacement
Posted: Jan 26, 2014 5:39 PM
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Hi All,

I found that my 1997 EVC differential cover (on drivers side of trans) is leaking, possibly due to a small crack.
I purchased the parts but am looking for any advice on doing the swap.
Two of the six bolts are not accessible as it sits, perhaps have to take the rear trans mount out and lower the trans a bit. Looks like about two or so inches might give enough clearance. How can I do this safely?
Any other gotchas?

Thanks much.
TomB

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Re: Differential Cover Replacement
Posted: Jan 26, 2014 8:49 PM   in response to: eurostan in response to: eurostan
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The safest way is to use the VW "engine bridge" which is a bar on stands which sit on the body work around the engine bay, and has threaded rods which extend from it down to the engine & tranny. You can tighten the rods to raise the engine to remove the engine mounts with the engine suspended, then loosen the nuts on the rods to lower the tranny end exactly as much as you need. It is used with most VW models with different body stands. I've also made one for use on a Jetta from a wooden 4x4, but the stands for the Eurovan are more involved.
I finally bought the VW set with the various stands and adapters, but it ran about $1K. (My family has a lot of VWs.)
Eurovan engine mounts are known to sag as they age, and (at least on the 2001-2003) let the exhaust downpipe rub through one of the fluid lines on the steering gear, and the engine bridge makes changing the engine mounts much easier and safer.
eurostan

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Re: Differential Cover Replacement
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 8:52 PM   in response to: TomB in response to: TomB
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Thanks for that info.
Do I need to drain trans fluid before I remove the cover?
Also, Bentley says torque is 22 ft pounds which seems very high for a 6mm bolt with a 10 mm head.
What do you think?

Thanks again.
Indian

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Re: Differential Cover Replacement
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 9:42 PM   in response to: eurostan in response to: eurostan
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Thats way too much I would drop the torque wrench and tighten them with a normal ring spanner.

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