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Shell TF-0870 #5246987 10/22/19 12:07 PM
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Is there an alternative available that I can pick up locally, or is it still dealer or mail order (Ravenol, Fuchs, etc) only?


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Re: Shell TF-0870 [Re: rooflessVW] #5247102 10/22/19 01:59 PM
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Need more info on this transfer case fluid.

What vehicle, year, driveline component, etc.

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Re: Shell TF-0870 [Re: MolaKule] #5247137 10/22/19 02:45 PM
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Originally Posted by MolaKule
Need more info on this transfer case fluid.

What vehicle, year, driveline component, etc.

The specific component in question is the transfer case for a '12 Touareg TDI. The VW part number is: G 052 515 A2.


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Re: Shell TF-0870 [Re: rooflessVW] #5247198 10/22/19 03:29 PM
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Why not just buy from the dealer and get the correct stuff? I have found the products at the VW dealer near me are reasonably priced and they have a record of the purchase.


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Re: Shell TF-0870 [Re: rooflessVW] #5250591 10/26/19 02:10 PM
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I can’t find any compatibility tool saying this is ok for your 2012 Touareg TDI but my BMW requires TF-0870 and this is what I use:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-transfer-case-fluid-1-liter-shell-83222409710

In the description it says: “This fluid is also known as TF0870.”

I think there might be different variations of TF-0870 so I would do some research before using

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Re: Shell TF-0870 [Re: rooflessVW] #5265195 11/12/19 04:50 PM
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Moving forward I will either use Motul DCTF or Redline MT-LV, both shown as suitable for TF-0870.


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Re: Shell TF-0870 [Re: rooflessVW] #5463885 06/27/20 06:55 AM
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A shop may have put transfer case fluid in the front differential of a friend's 2007 X3. The above referenced transfer case fluid, Shell TF0870, is said to be SAE 75W Full Synthetic GL-4, and it has a sulfur smell like differential fluid.

My hope is no damage has occurred in the 4,000 miles they have driven it. Best I can tell, what goes in the front dif is 75W-90. That would mean it is a little light, but it was lightly driven mostly in winter.

What do you think?

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