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you will need to remove the transaxle to remove the torque converter
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Volkswagen Cars 2000-05
NOTE The left hand drive axle must be removed if the vehicle is equipped triple-roller type CV joints.
NOTE Be sure to secure the torque converter to the transaxle.
CAUTION When loosening or tightening an axle nut, be sure the vehicle is on the ground. Axle nut torque is high enough that attempting to loosen it may cause the vehicle to fall. Remove the front wheels. Connect the engine sling tool VW-10-222A or equivalent, to the cylinder head and just take the weight of the engine off the mounts. On 16V engine, the idle stabilizer valve must be removed to attach the tool. Do not try to support the engine from below. Driver's side rear transaxle mount and support bracket. On the Golf and Jetta models, front mount bolts from the transaxle and from the body and mount as a complete assembly. Selector and accelerator cables from the transaxle lever but leave them attached to the bracket. Remove the bracket assembly to save the adjustment. Halfshafts from the drive flanges. On the Golf and Jetta models, the shafts must be removed, which may require separating the ball joints from the wheel bearing housing to gain the necessary clearance. Remove the ball joint clamping bolt. Heat shield and brackets and remove the starter. On the Cabrio models, the front mount comes off with the starter. Torque converter-to-flywheel bolts, turning the engine as needed. Remaining transaxle mounts, on the Golf and Jetta models, the subframe bolts and allow the subframe to hang free.
NOTE If the halfshafts were removed, be sure the splines are clean and apply a thread-locking compound to the splines before sliding it into the hub. Halfshafts to the drive flanges. Bolts: 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Install new axle nuts but do not fully tighten them until the vehicle is on the ground. If removed, fit the ball joints to the control arm. Clamping bolt: 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Shift linkage. Adjust as required.
NOTE Turn the lock-ring counterclockwise to disconnect the transmission wire connector.
Fig. The engine must be supported during transmission removal using a suitable tool
Fig. An exploded view of the left and right brackets and mounts, which are removed during transmission removal
FIG : The transmission-to-engine mounting bolts vary in length. The lengths vary by transmission type as well
FIG : The transmission-to-engine mounting bolt location, length and torque specification for the 01V transmission
FIG : The engine must be supported using a suitable support tool and sling
FIG : The bolt location and torque for the A4 V6
FIG : The bolt location and torque for the Passat V6
M8 bolt (replace): 17ft. lbs. (23 Nm) M10 bolt (replace): 44ft. lbs. (60 Nm) M12 bolt (replace): Step 1: 81ft. lbs. (110 Nm) Step 2: 90° ( 1 / 4 turn)
M10: 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm) M12: 48 ft. lbs. (65 Nm)