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Transmission missing fluid but dipstick says full

My son hit a pothole and knocked a small hole in the trans pan which we fixed with some speed steel repair putty. The tranny fluid dipstick says the fluid level is good but the pan is now empty, we pulled the plug and none came out. When the car is put in gear it won't move until about 3000 RPMs, a classic sign of low of tranny fluid. But how can we get fluid intro the pan if the resorvior shows it is full on the dipstick?


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  • Dexter Williams May 25, 2009

    can you tell me how I add the fluid? It is a mystery! Is this something I can do or do I need to take it to a dealer just to add the fluid? Thank you for your help!!

  • joe moore May 11, 2010

    Have you tried to add fluid? and how are you checking the fluid? you should test while it is hot and in park or neutral.



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In 2003 there shouldn't be a tranny dipstick? there is a fill plug on the front behind the metal shield(bolted to transmission).it should take just under 3L. OF VW TRANNY FLUID

Posted on May 25, 2009

  • therealgraha May 25, 2009

    you need a cylindrical pump. any autoparts store sells them. usually the are used for putting oil back in differentials



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