What often lies inside of the Vanagon transaxle case is a worn out bearing register, which needs to be either replaces all together (expensive!), or machined oversized and fitted with a steel or aluminum sleeve. Rancho Performance Transaxles did the work on this case.

The Ins and Outs of the VW Vanagon Transaxle

In the April 2015 issue of Hot VWs magazine, we will show you what usually goes wrong inside the popular VW Vanagon transaxle
By Dean Kirsten | January 25, 2015

Photos by Dean Kirsten

Now that the popular VW Vanagon is well over 20 years old, many of these transaxles are now suffering from too much of everything - miles, wear-n-tear, abuse and lack of oil. In the April 2015 issue of Hot VWs magazine, we will detail which parts usually go bad with age, and what options are available to you, including better gearing and traction control. So if you own a high-mileage Vanagon, don't miss the up-coming issue of Hot VWs, on-sale in early March.
Even the up-graded, late-model gear sliders crack with wear and abuse, but you have to look really close to see those flaws!

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