A Look Inside the 6-Speed Volkswagen Automatic; Part 2
by David Skora
A Look Insi de
the 6-Speed
Vol kswagen
Automati c; PArt 2
n the last issue of GEARS we went
over the theory of VW’s 09G and
09M 6-speed automatic transmis-
sion. In this issue, we’ll take one apart,
and see what really makes this unit
Start by removing the external sen-
sors, switches and oil cooler. Since this
is probably your first time with one of
these units, mark the wiring connec-
tors and solenoids before removing the
valve body. That way you’ll be sure to
get it back together properly.
After splitting the case, all you’ll
see is part of the differential and the
front of the pump assembly; the rest of
the transmission is still mounted inside
the main part of the case. The only way
to reach any of the internal components
is by first removing the pump. As soon
as you have the pump removed, notice
that the stator is splined to the sun gear
in the front planetary. This is typical
for units with the Leppeletier planetary
Right behind the pump is the front
planetary and three sets of clutches.
The K3 is on top; it’s applied in 3
and Reverse (Figure 1). The next
clutch is the K1, which is applied in 1

through 4
. The third clutch is the B1;
it’s on for 2
and 6
gears. Some of
these clutches — including the drums,
B1 return spring cage, and planetary
— must be tilted to work them free of
Figure 1
Figure 2
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the differential gear.
The B1 clutch drum is secured to
the center support: Instead of splining
it to the case, they used a simple snap
ring to lock several tabs down into
detents machined into the sprag sup-
port. After removing the snap ring, tilt
the B1 clutch assembly and take it out.
Now you can remove the differential
and intermediate (transfer) gears.
With the B1 support shell removed,
bend back the locking tabs on the bolts
that hold the center support in the case.
Pry up on the center support until you
can grab onto it. The sprag and center
support will come out together.
Next, reach in and pull out the
Ravigneaux planetary assembly.
Typically the sun gear will stay behind;
you’ll see it sitting on the K2 drum.
Grab the output shaft and remove the
K2 clutch drum assembly with sun
gear. The K2 clutch is applied for 4

through 6
The only clutch left is the B2,
which applies for reverse and engine
braking in manual 1. The apply piston
Figure 3
Figure 4
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Figure 5
for the B2 clutch is the last piece you
can remove, by carefully applying air
pressure from the valve body side of
the case.
Look over the clutches assemblies
and planetaries. All clutch packs appear
very common. The exploded views of
the clutches and gear assemblies might
help you put one back together if you
get a “transmission in a box” (Figures
2 to 5).
Here are the most productive steps
for reassembling the unit.
• Install the B2 piston and return
spring assembly into the case.
• Install the B2 clutches and the
K2 clutch-and-drum assembly
(Figure 6).
• Install the sun gear shaft (not
• Install the Ravigneaux plan-
etary assembly without the
sprag. Rocking the assembly
should help align all the fric-
tion plates.
• Install L/R sprag with the
plastic washer with double
rows of grooves facing up
(Figure 7).
Figure 6
Figure 7
Install the B2 clutches
and the K2 clutch-and-
drum assembly
(Figure 6).
Install L/R sprag with
the plastic washer with
double rows of grooves
facing up (Figure 7).
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IMPORTANT: The planet must
rotate counterclockwise when
• Install the center support and
tighten the bolts (Figure 8 and
• Install the intermediate (trans-
fer) gear and differential as an
assembly into case followed
by the B1 clutch with drum
onto sprag support and secure
it with the snap ring (Figure
• Install the K1 clutches and
steels plus the cushion dish
plate (facing down) on top of
the clutch stack (Figure 11).
Install the intermediate
(transfer) gear and
differential as an
assembly into case
followed by the B1
clutch with drum
onto sprag support
and secure it with the
snap ring.
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• Installthedrivehub.
• Install the K3 clutch pack,
which consist of 5 frictions
• Rock the front planetary
assembly to install it into the
clutch packs until there’s no
• Install the B1 apply/return
• Install the pump assembly
• Air-checktheclutches(Figure
After you have all the clutches
That’s all there is to it; not a par-
ticularly difficult transmission, once
you become familiar with its inner
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Clutch Friction/Steel Inches mm
K1 5/5 0.050 1.27
K2 3/3 0.020 0.50
K3 3/3 0.015-0.018 0.38-0.45
B1 4/4 Plus cushion 0.020 0.50
B2 6/6 0.070 1.77
Input Shaft Endplay 0.003-0.010 0.08-0.25
Figure 12
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