In times past, when rebuilding the 01M or 01P you just ordered a new valve body from Volkswagen for about $700, because there were no methods to test, nor were there techniques or parts available to repair or rebuild them. Fortunately, now I’m equipped to vacuum test for wear and to repair these by boring oversize, and installing new valves. I’ve been recording my findings, to find patterns of wear and have identified several common problems where this repair can be a good fix.
01M valve bodies are notorious for wearing out the bores. So much so, that a training video I watched used the 01M as its primary example. This wear is the starting point for many catastrophic failures. Vavle body wear could cause 01192 (P0740) codes or TCC surging. Get it fixed before it destroys your whole transmission. Other wear causes low pressure that can cause other problems that are hard to pinpoint. Some wear can cause slipping and P0730 00652 codes sometimes.
Here’s a video of a TDI Beetle with the TCC surging. Most people would think this was “shifting back and forth”, but it’s not really correct to say shifting with regard to the TCC. Pay attention to the movement of the tachometer and the tone of the motor and you will notice it surging in and out.
VCDS’s graphing feature shows the surging very well.
Ribbon strips have a lot of trouble breaking as you take them apart, so be careful handling them, or you’ll get a solenoid code as your reward. I sell a aluminum 3373 tool that helps prevent the harness from breaking. It’s $14 shipped. It’s a good idea to get one of these because it’s cheaper than a harness. click here to purchase tool ——> 01m shopping page
If you need these services, please contact me. It’s possible yours could have additional problems, resulting in higher expense.
Rebuilding your VB is $410+ the cost of solenoids. Your solenoids are tested and replaced as needed. Usually for TCC surging or TCC slip codes there are no solenoids needed but sometimes one or two will be a little sticky or not flow correctly.
Complete disassembly with ALL valves removed.
Checking valve body for warpage, visual inspection of ALL valves, mechanical checks that ALL valves are not sticking, Boring valve body to accept four oversize valves, installing over-sized valves, retest replacement valves for ability to hold vacuum, Clean, Ohm test and amp check solenoids, mechanical check of solenoid function. There are 7 solenoids in a 01m, so replacing all of them can get expensive but if you want all new solenoids we can sell the set at discounted rate.
I usually ship USPS flat rate to save you money. It is $12 dollars to ship each way inside continental USA and they will give you the box or free. The Meduim box works well.
I can also provide you with filter and pan gasket for $29 (no extra shipping when purchased with VB). click here to purchase filter and pan gasket by itself - ——> 01m shopping page
If you need solenoids I have them in stock also. click here to purchase solenoids ——> 01m shopping page
Any common problems I should try to avoid while removing the valve body?
See our page on removing and reinstalling the valve body. click here ——> Valve body removal and reinstallation
- Be very careful removing the harness. If the “locks” break off, then you should replace the harness. I can provide this. These things wiggle loose and trigger solenoid codes and failsafe if the locks are broken. I have a plastic 3373 harness removal tool that I sell for $14 shipped. It’s a good idea to get one of these before taking your valve body off because this may help you avoid breaking the harness. Just e-mail for details.
- When replacing your pan gasket, make sure there are spacers in the gasket, where the bolts are. If not, then take the spacers out of the old gasket and put it in the new.
- There is a small Torx that bolts the manual valve “link” to the shaft that moves it. Take the Torx bolt out and pull the manual valve gently out of the valve body. This will need adjustment when you put it back together. I’ll give you the adjustment in the form of a printed bulletin when I send the valve body back.
What warranty is on a valve body?
Here’s the big disclaimer. Valve body repair is usually done for 01192 code or surging TCC. I have had about 99% success in fixing TCC slip codes and surging with VB work. But…
Wear in the valve body leaks the TCC apply pressure. Therefore TCC apply pressure “falls” into the pan instead of going to the TCC to apply the clutch. There are other areas in the trans that can leak the exact same pressure (ie the pump, the stator bushings or the TCC itself). There are no techniques short of removal and disassembly of the entire transmission that can pinpoint where the pressure leak is that causes your surging or 1192 code. Therefore, there is no warranty that this “repair” will fix your surging or code, nor is there any guarantee on how long your trans will last, nor is there any guarantee that the surging won’t reoccur, nor is there any guarantee the some other area of the trans, as mentioned before won’t fail in the future and cause a 01192 code. Also, I mentioned testing the solenoids. There is no warranty on a tested solenoid.
That being said, 99% of the valve bodies that I have done have fixed the TCC code or the surging.
Problems with your valve body that make it unrebuildable.
If your valve body has been bored before for oversized valves there is a chance it may be unrebuildable. There is only one oversize for all the valves that commonly wear. If your valve body has had even one valve bored oversized and that valve doesn’t test properly, then there is a good chance your valve body will have to be replaced. In this circumstance I would get a “virgin/uncut” valve body and rebuild it, usually tranfering your solenoids to the “new” valve body. This scenario seems common on a valve body that has been worked on before, and it seems to stem from poor reaming technique, and not usually wear.
Other valve body rebuilders, and other valve body related rants.
As of this updat I have done about 300 of these valve bodies and I’ve seen many valve bodies that were done by other rebuilders. Not one of these had all the valves replaced, most of them only had one valve replaced. And, all of them had significant wear on the valves that were not replaced. Currently with my testing procedures I find significant wear on all 4 of the valves that are available, and this wear is corrected when I’m done with it.
I have to admit when I first started doing these I didn’t replace all the valves (defined as all the valves that commonly wear or all the valves that are available to be replaced). This was because as I tested them they didn’t check bad, but this was only due to my testing techniques being inadequate at the time. I spoke to one of my competitors during a time when I received a defective reamer and was ruining every valve body I worked on, and he said, “we dont replace that valve”, so I said, “Every one I check has significant to major wear”, and he said, “Aw hell, If we put it in on the machine and it works then we ship it.” To this I say, “just because it works doesn’t mean its ok. It could wear just slightly more and then start “not working”.
My testing procedures have evolved over time, and now I know I ship out a quality product. Early on, I was using a technique as shown on a training video that I aquired and this was why I was not replacing one valve. Later I learned that the testing they were recommending didn’t show the wear in one land and I had to develop my own technique for finding the wear on this valve.
Exchange valve bodies.
If you need to limit downtime with your car and want to get a VB and send yours back after installing it then I can help you with that with most 01m applications.
Exchange valve bodies come with all new solenoids so they are $600 + $12 for shipping +$75 core charge + $29 for filter and pan gasket if you need it. Of course you are responsible for returning your core VB. Your core charge will be refunded as long as your VB is ok.
lease contact me through email if your wanting to send in your valve body or get an exchange. click here for contact info——> Contact info….