Delay engaging gear
VW beetle with 235,000 miles
I have a beetle with 235,000 miles on it..and transmission shifts great through all gears going down road....but sometimes it has a 3 second delay when I put it in drive to kick in....so I jacked car up leveled it out and made sure the temperature was up to operating temperature and unscrewed the transmission drain plug and the fluid started coming out so I quickly put the plug back in because I didn't have any fluid to replace it with....so with that said.... should I take the plug all the way out with car running to see if alot drains out or a little?? I hate the way this set up is made it's BS...so could it possibly be full? Or is transmission just wearing out? Thanks
Is there any videos or articles on rebuilding a transmission from start to finish....in the event I have to do it myself... because no way I could afford a new one or to have someone else do it
I don't think that's feasible. Back in the days of 2 and 3-speed hydraulically-controlled transmissions it was possible for a sufficiently skilled shadetree mechanic to overhaul them. Modern computer-controlled transmissions are extremely complex and even transmission shops frequently don't rebuild them correctly.
You could attempt to install a low-mileage used transmission but that's a real gamble and with a modern car might involve having to program the replacement with a dealer-level scan tool.
I would just double-check that the fluid is at the correct level and drive it until it drops, putting money aside for replacement vehicle.