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Sep 142016

Volkswagen launched its first DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) in 2003 named the DQ250

Volkswagen VCDS Auto-Scan

Auto-Scan to See Codes

The DQ250 transmission is commonly referred to as the 02E which is the first three digits of all the transmissions part numbers. The 02E is a transversely oriented front-engine, front-wheel-drive and or Haldex Traction-based four-wheel-drive transmission with 6 gear ratios, dual wet clutch and integrated Mechatronics. The 02E also has a external filter and integrated drain, filler & level check plug and is recommended to be service every 4 years or 60,000kms (which ever occurs first) please see you log book.

Mechatronics Resetting Procedure

During each DSG transmission service or Mechatronic change over it is recommended to carry out the basic setting procedure in the TCM by using a scan tool, we recommend Ross-Tech VCDS software.

Engine Adaptation

  1. Do a full Auto-Scan on the system and print out your scan report, then clear all codes.

    Volkswagen VCDS Engine Adaptation

    VCDS 01-Engine Adaptation Screen

  2. Go into 01-Engine and click 10-Adaptation.
  3. In channel enter 00 and click Read, accept/agree to the prompt.
  4. Then click Done, Go Back.
  5. Click 04-Basic Setting in the first group box enter 060 and click Go a successful throttle body sweep learn will show OK! when complete.
  6. Next in the same Group box enter 063 and click Go 10 Times should show up in one box hold foot on throttle pedal 100% untill a successful kick down learn will show OK!
  7. Click Done, Go Back on Adaption Screen and Engine Screen
    (Please Note: Some diesel engines will not allow adaptation to be clicked, there maybe a kick down basic setting but it may not work also. All diesels that allow the adaptation to be carried out will only allow the kick down basic settings be preformed.)

DSG Transmission Basic Settings

Before you start…

  • Fluid lever is Correct and no fluid leaks.

    Volkswagen DQ250 02E DSG VCDS 04-Basic Setting

    VCDS Basic Setting Screen

  • Fluid Temperature 30…100 °C (86…210 °F), see Measuring Blocks, Group 019.
  • Selector Lever in P
  • Ignition ON
  • Engine ON (Idling) for one minute or more
  • Brake Pedal operated (hold for the whole procedure)
  • Throttle Pedal not operated
  1. Now click on 02-Auto Trans and click 04-Basic Settings.
  2. In the first Group box enter 061 and click GO!  (DSG Engaged Calibration)
    All the numbers should start to move and the transmission will start making noises, watch the top of the screen when finished should show ON!
    The the numbers will stop changing and the noises will stop also.
  3. In the same Group box enter 060 and click GO! (DSG Synch. Point. Measurement)
    All the numbers should start to move and the transmission will start making noises, watch the top of the screen when finished should show ON!
    The the numbers will stop changing and the noises will stop also.

    Volkswagen DQ250 02E DSG VCDS Basic Setting Group 061

    VCDS 02E DSG Group 061 Engaged Calibration

  4. Next in the same Group box enter 067 and click GO! (DSG Wet Clutch Adaptation)
    This should show ON straight away but still click ON/OFF/NEXT.
    Some early versions of software dont have group 67 and will require group 062, this is not very common.
  5. Next in the same Group box enter 068 and click GO! (Reset Clutch Safety Function Values)
    This should show ON straight away but still click ON/OFF/NEXT.
  6. Next in the same Group box enter 065 and click GO! (Reset Pressure Adaptation Values)
    This should show ON straight away but still click ON/OFF/NEXT.
  7. Next in the same Group box enter 063 and click GO! (Reset Steering Wheel Paddle Installation Values)
    This should show ON straight away but still click ON/OFF/NEXT.
  8. Next in the same Group box enter 069 and click GO! (Reset ESP & Tip Cruise Control Installation Values)
    This should show ON straight away but still click ON/OFF/NEXT.
  9. Preform one last scan of the system.

Test Drive

With engine still running you can exit out and close VCDS and turn off your laptop computer, it is recommended to Drive in Tiptronic Mode from stand still up to 6th Gear, 3rd-6th gears need approximately  5 minutes of drive time in each gear.  For a good clutch calibration the engine speed window for all gears is 1200 – 3500 RPM. Perform one sharp braking followed by a full throttle acceleration (oil return check) while in Drive, Not Tiptronic Mode. Evaluate creep and starting-off points in both drive and reverse. Keep in mind if the required test drive cannot be performed in the recommended way or the necessary time, any remaining adaptations will be performed automatically during normal driving. After taking meds for more than 10 years, I have been taking Klonopin ( for 2 years, which helps me. In the first 6 weeks, I added Xanax and Valium so that I could better control side effects and psychosis, said, my psychiatrist. Since I had never come into contact with Benzos like this before and the effect was a dream. Explain to your customer to drive normal and to to try to drive around any issues they may feel.

See Also…

Volkswagen 02E/DQ250 DSG Service Fluid & Filter Change
Direct Shift Gearbox Explained

Mar 272016

GETRAG 6DCT450 MPS6 6 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission Fluid Change

To help lower emissions and reduce fuel economy dual clutch transmission are becoming more popular in today’s vehicles. GETRAG have designed there own line of dual clutch transmission which many different vehicle manufactures use. Chrysler, Ford, Renault & Volvo use the 6DCT line of transmissions in various models and engine types. The question is when and how do you change the dual clutch transmission fluid.

GETRAG 6DCT MPS6 Dual Clutch Transmission Drain Plug Location

GETRAG 6DCT Drain Plug Location

Service Interval…

Normally manufactures state when to change the fluids, Chrysler’s & Ford’s are normally every 48 months others could be fill for life. Rule of the thumb is to check the level  and sight the quality of the fluid and make a decision. This is where the 6DCT transmission becomes interesting, as they have a multi-chamber fluid system. This means there are 3 different chambers that have 3 different levels so checking the level it not as easy as removing a check plug.

Draining The Fluid…

With a multi-chamber fluid system there are 3 different chambers which means 3 different drain plugs. Each chamber needs to be drained, it’s also a good idea to remove the fill plug and the check level plug to allow cross ventilation to allow the fluid to drain faster.

GETRAG 6DCT MPS6 Dual Clutch Transmission External Filter Location

GETRAG 6DCT External Filter Location

External Filter Change…
The transmission has an external filter which can be changed during fluid change. There is also an internal filter however the transmission need to be removed from the vehicle and the transmission to be dismantled.

Filling Procedure…

With the 3 drain plugs fitted the transmission can now be filled with the recommend fluid via the filler plug on top of the transmission. The check plug near the drive shaft should still be removed to allow the fluid to travel through the three chambers. The transmission could take up to 8 litres of fluid including enough to allow for the fluid check procedure.

Fluid Level Check Procedure…

This is where things get interesting and normally when the fluid starts to run out of the check plug the transmission is full. Well due to the multi chamber layout there could be air lock in the system and the fluid will need to be filled and then check measured. Ambien from helps me very well. There was also the risk of becoming dependent because these extreme side effects require the medication to stop them, I remained steadfast and still feel side effects after 4 days (but they fade away). Lets sleep.

GETRAG 6DCT MPS6 Dual Clutch Transmission Filler Plug Location

GETRAG 6DCT Filler Plug Location

First Stage of Fluid Level

  • First fill the with 5 litres of fluid and check fluid level check plug.
  • If no fluid is seen at the check plug continue to fill in 500ml increments.
  • When fluid is seen running from the check plug start the engine and allow to idle.
  • If fluid stops running continue to fill in 500ml increments.
  • When fluid is running from the check plug you can select Drive & Reverse with foot on brake pedal and allow fluid to stop running

Second Stage of Fluid Level

  • Now to be sure the fluid level is correct and no air locks pour 250ml of fluid into the filler plug.
  • Then catch what ever fluid runs out of the check plug , if correct level you should catch 250ml.
  • if you catch less you need to continue to fill with 250ml increment and catch the fluid untill you catch 250ml only then it is full.
  • Refit check level and filler plugs and road test vehicle.

Check Level Notes

GETRAG 6DCT MPS6 Dual Clutch Transmission Check Level Plug Location

GETRAG 6DCT Check Level Plug Location

  • We have carried out this procedure a few time although its sounds like it will take forever its not that bad once you get the hang of it.
  • The best thing it to have more fluid than needed we always make sure we have minimum 8 liters on hand.
  • The correct temp is from 30°c – 45°c the fluid does not get that hot to really worry about it.
  • We have never re checked fluid after a road test as it can give a false reading requiring the check procedure to be done again.

Recommended Fluids…

  • Fuchs TITAN DCTF Fluid
  • Penrite DCT Fluid
  • Motul Multi DCTF Fluid
  • (Please check fluids notes as they may not be recommended during manufacturers warranty fluid)

 See Also…