Volkswagen Passat identifications unveiled
As many rebuilders may already know, identification of the Volkwagen Passat may be difficult because some codes are hard to read and the converter looks similar on the outside. It is important to identify Dacco part number RE-10 by using these key points.
First, the code needs to be clearly identified. In Picture 1 and 2, the stamped code is visible on the side of the converter. By carefully looking for the stamp, it will insure you are using and rebuilding the correct stall for the correct application. Currently, there are three known stalls, which include high, medium and low. Picture 3 is an example of a low stall converter, which is usually found in the turbo diesel. Picture 4 shows an example of a high stall converter, which typically appears in the 1.8L gas engine. Although though there are several codes, the letters “DD” identify the later model bearing-type converter.
In addition, the code number reveals the bearing’s location, which may be directly mounted to the front cover of the converter or inside the input shaft of the transmission. The two codes we are showing display the bearing-type converter. In Picture 5, the bearing assemly is obvious, and can be identified from outside of the torque converter looking from an aerial perspective. The notches are quickly identified.
Also, on bearing-type converter, the ring gear is attached by several line welds. In non-bearing-type converters, spot welds usually are used. While this difference is irrelevant, it is a fast way for identification purposes.
– Found in November 2007 Newsletter