We are now proud to offer our very affordably priced, in-house designed, lubrication enhancing, transaxle “splash plates" based on the no-longer-available and terribly expensive factory VW design.
How do they work?
One plate mounts on the gear carrier and feeds more oil to the main shaft ball bearing. The other plate mounts in the differential housing and feeds more oil to the pinion shaft double-row tapered roller bearing. These are the two most highly stressed bearings in the transaxle by far and wear out much faster than the rest of the bearings in the transaxle. That is why VW came up with these plates: They serve to extend the life of the transaxle. If you are shopping around for a rebuilt transaxle—ask the other guy if they too have these oiling plates in their transaxle. If they don't, make sure you get yourself a set, or simply get your transaxle from us, because a pair of these oiling plates are included in all GoWesty rebuilt transaxles, standard.
The installation of these oiling plates requires complete tear-down of the transaxle. You must drill and tap holes into the gear carrier and differential sections in which these plates are installed. All transaxles sold in the United States were NOT drilled or tapped for these oiling plates; however, all GoWesty rebuilt/reinforced gear carriers are modified to fit the oiling plate (see related parts below). Professional installation is strongly suggested—truth be told, though, if you are this deep into your transmission, you had better be a professional!
Fits: All Vanagon transaxles, 2WD and 4WD, 1983-1991.