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  1. ZF 8HP Transmission service 
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    Hey guys so I have a 2015 A6 bitdi with the 8 speed ZF box. Current mileage is at just over 60k and planning to get full oil filter etc service done at 70k. So I have emailed few places around me and got a reply from one company that has good reputation.

    I just wanted to ask for opinion on using ZF LG8 oil vs Mannol Ag60. Been quoted £705 for full service using ZF's oil vs £525 for Mannols.

    This is the email I received from them:

    "Thanks for your email, please see the below information regarding ZF gearbox servicing, we use OEM filters but offer a choice of fluids.

    8 Speed ZF


    Total fluid change only, with no prechecks and no filter: £295 inc VAT using Mannol fluid


    Partial change with filter and sleeve:

    £390 inc VAT using Mannol AG60 fluid

    £485 inc VAT using ZF LG8


    Total change inc filter and sleeve:

    £525 inc VAT using Mannol AG60 fluid

    £705 inc VAT using ZF LG8


    We recommend the total exchange, because thereís no point changing half your bath water....

    We use an ATF machine which changes upto 98% of the fluid, (which iI openly admit that ZF donít like us using, (probably because it means we can do a total fluid change with 15-16 litres (£250) of oil instead of 28(£400 worth), the more oil we use the more money they make). Our machine DOES NOT and CANNOT clean the filter. The process is as follows:

    We drive the vehicle on the ramp, drain the transmission oil into a clean bucket, remove the sump pan, check for debris, if there is no adverse debris then we replace the sleeve, refit the sump and refill with oil

    We connect our flushing machine cooler lines together and purge the system of any old oil in it (it only ever holds 50ml from the old car ... but letís be thorough)

    We then connect our machine to the cooler lines, our machine DOES NOT and physically CANNOT harm a transmission, itís not pumping the oil out of the box, itís not going the wrong way, itís not pulsing... the oil pump in the gearbox is pumping the oil out and into it, the pressure and flow of the transmission fluid is measured and itís quantity is calculated by weight on the internal scales. We start the car and run around 13-14 Litres of transmission fluid through your cooler line and into the box, the old oil coming out at the same time, our system is 98% effective in 13 litres (To get the same effect doing it manually will take you all day, cost you around 22litres of fluid, and youíll be throwing half of that away) we then ask the machine to add an additional 150ml to the transmission and look at the screen for the temperature if it is within specification we turn the car off, disconnect the machine, refit the cooler pipes, clean the connections we have now made oily, start the car again, run through the gate twice and remove the level plug and allow to drain to the correct level.


    The job is now done, and takes from start to finish around 3 hours"
     
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  2. Re: ZF 8HP Transmission service 
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    Sounds very thorough. I cant help with your query, but I am interested in this service in the next 12 months. Which specialist are you using?
    2017 Audi A6 Avant BiTdi
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    I’m interested in which this company is, my car is at 51k, it’s just seems so difficult to find a recommended firm to do this job. I’ve rang and asked a few places, some of the answers and responses have been so vague, almost as if they don’t want the work, especially in the N/West.
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justinos View Post
    Sounds very thorough. I cant help with your query, but I am interested in this service in the next 12 months. Which specialist are you using?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dwaine dibbley View Post
    Iím interested in which this company is, my car is at 51k, itís just seems so difficult to find a recommended firm to do this job. Iíve rang and asked a few places, some of the answers and responses have been so vague, almost as if they donít want the work, especially in the N/West.
    The company is called dartford transmissions.

    https://m.facebook.com/3208718317273...839650?sfns=mo

    ZF recommends 50k to 75k miles depending on the type of driving so I told them I will book in with them when my cars mileage reaches 70k.

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    Thanks for that.

    Only problem is that Dartford from Warrington is a bit too far for a gearbox service, I’ll have to keep looking.
     
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    I wouldn't use the Febi stuff but a product from a German oil specialist that is first fill for many makes of car and is often the developer or Co developer of multi geared ATF .

     
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    hi, just serviced my tiptronic gearbox. I am fortunate enough to have a garage with a pit so did the service myself.
    Mannol tiptronic AG60 oil is the VW G 060162 spec. I paid about £50/10litres through ebay which is much cheaper than the offical lifeguard 8 oil at about £18/litre.

    I also bought the filter, and gasket for £100 from autodoc.

    Job took about 1 day to service.
     
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    I did not use any oem filters, only a gen zf filter. The job was pretty easy.

    The most difficult part was removing the lower cradle to get access to the gearbox pan, and then jacking the car off the ground fully so i could rev the engineer to 3000rpm and have the wheels rotating.
    Gearobx was much smoother a service.
     
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    I’m impressed with your diy gearbox service Buckle. I wish I had a pit!

    I have a further question about this gearbox. If the recommended initial service interval for this gearbox is 70k, would it need doing every 70k thereafter? (Or 70k from when it was last serviced) I have quite a high mileage BiTDi and it might need doing soon if that is the case.
    Is there any specialist (non dealer) garage in or around Yorkshire that anyone can recommend? I am very new to VAG.

    Thanks.
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