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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I don't know how many models this affects, but I had heard that some manufacturers are no longer putting in a dipstick to check automatic transmission fluid. For example, check the "Tips and Warnings" box (lower center of page) at this web site. Your car may be one of those affected. You can check with a Toyota dealer to be sure.
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
VW didn't put a "dipstick" on the trans for whatever reason. You technically have to use the VW Vag-Com scanner to properly check the trans fluid level as VW says it has to be checked at a specific temperature. But there is a "shade-tree" workaround. Start the car and leave the engine running the throughout the entire procedure. You have to get the trans fluid warm-a little under normal operating temp. 95F-104F is what you want-you can attain this after letting the car idle for 8 or so minutes. Continuing, leave the trans in park, and make sure you are on as level of a surface as possible. Then loosen the allen plug on the bottom of the trans pan. You will then see another plug. Remove this plug. Fluid should just trickle out of the hole if it is at the proper level. If it trickles out, you are good. If it doesn't you need to add fluid. Add VW spec ATF through the fill port.The fill port on the top front of the trans is capped off by a red cap and is very visible. Very carefully pry the cap off and then wiggle the plug out. I'd highly suggest having a spare red cap on hand-VW dealer has them. Then you can pour fluid into the trans. Add a little bit at at time, and all the while watching for the fluid to tricke out of the trans plug hole. When it trickles out, replace the inner plug and then the outer plug. That's it. Recheck after driving the car for a few miles. FYI- A flud and filter swap on the the VW auto trans takes 3 liters, so keep that in perspective. I hope this helps you out.
Posted on Apr 14, 2009
Sound like you're going to need to drop the transmission pan so you can replace the filter along with fresh transmission fluid. I had a problem like that many years ago, this correct the problem... I also know that the throttle positioning sensor will also cause transmission shifting problems. I would start with the filter change then go from there... Good luck.
Posted on Aug 29, 2009
There should be a plug in the transmission on the side. You need enough room to pull the plug. You then fill it until fluid comes out. I have a 1985 jetta and the book tells me once that is full then add more ( I do nor recall how much more and it is not a lot) where the speedometer goes into the transmission. I would call the dealer for how much more should be added if any.
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
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