If you are unable to locate the dipstick, it is possible that you have one of the "sealed" transmissions. It would not have dipstick, and would probably need professional help to service. Although I doubt yours is this model.
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For vehicles without ATF filler tubes and dip sticks accessible in the engine bay, the ATF needs to be pumped in from the side of the transmission and from under the car. There is a specific filling procedure that must be followed. If your particular model has no Auto transmission fluid filler tube with dip stick in the engine bay this is what must be done. If unsure on your particular model then check your owners manual or contact the dealer service people.
If your model has no engine bay ATF filler tube I suggest you get the dealer to do it for you or a transmission business that knows these transmissions and will not overfill it. The vehicle needs to be up on a lift and perfectly level in cases when fluid is required to be pumped into the Auto Transmission from under the vehicle.
These transmissions are sealed units and if fluid needs to be added then you will have a significant leak that needs to be attended to. Running the transmission with low fluid which requires adding to will result in expensive damage to the the unit. If you have a model with no engine bay transmission filler tube and dip stick to check the auto fluid level you will have no idea how much fluid is being lost if you have a leak.
There is apparently no dipstick through which to fill it. The fluid must be drained in the normal way from the plug in the bottom pan, then refilled through a plug in the side of the trans case. This fill hole is also the level indicator (fluid to reach the bottom edge).
This design upsets owners but is universal practice in manual transmissions. You can buy squeeze bottles with a long filler spout on them.
1. Power steering fluid DOES need changing because it deteriorates with time and use.
2. You use exactly the fluid type and spec which is specified in the owner's manual . The type of PS fluid to be used depends on the type of PS system fitted to your particular car. These systems can be and are changed during a model run .
3. The fluid you have in the car is red because it is Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF). Only use the type of ATF specified in the manual. For example if it states use ATF Dexron III or if it states Mobil ATF 3309 or another type only use that spec ATF. (I believe you will have Dexron III product in the car now and it will be the non-synthetic type).
4. You can refresh the PS fluid over time yourself by sucking out some fluid from the reservoir and adding fresh fluid. It is easy to pump out fluid using the pump fitting removed from a plastic trigger spray bottle. Just unscrew the spray nozzle from the tip of the trigger unit before you use it to pump out fluid. Remove and add fluid to the reservoir 5 or 6 times or more over a couple of weeks and you will eventually renew most of the PS fluid. Do not remove fluid once it drops to the level of the top of the top hose connected to the reservoir and then just top up each time to the correct level in the reservoir. It's really that easy.
Connect a scan tool to the vehicle to read ATF temperature. ATF checking temperature should be 95° - 113°F (35° - 45°C).
Start the engine.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Place a drain pan under the transmission.
Allow the ATF temperature to reach 95° - 113°F (35° - 45°C).
Automatic transmission fluid inspection plug
Remove the inspection plug from the transmission housing. Fluid is pipe will run out. If fluid continues to drip out, no additional fluid is needed. If only the fluid in the overflow pipe runs out, additional fluid is needed.
Automatic transmission fluid filler pipe
Pry the cap from the filler pipe. The cap locking device will be destroyed during removal.
Pull the plug from the filler pipe.
Add fluid slowly with VAG 1924 or equivalent until fluid runs out of the inspection hole. Install the inspection hole plug.
Install the plug in the filler pipe and secure with a new cap.
For automatic transmission: Only ATF with designation ESSO LT 71 141 may be used. Do not use any lubricant additives. Automatic Transmission Fluid ATF - part number: G 052 162 A2 (1 liter wrapping). How to check oil in automatic transmission in Audi A6 1997: At the bottom of the automatic gearbox (tiptronic) you will find 2 threaded plugs on below surface. First (in front of the car) is for emptying, and second is for filling up. Tightening torque is 24 Nm.
Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) checking: 1. Requirements for check: 1.1. Vehicle standing on level surface. 1.2. Transmission must not be in fail-safe mode. 1.3. Shift lever in "P" position, parking brake applied. 1.4. Engine idling. 1.5. Air Conditioner and heater OFF. 1.6. ATF temperature must not exceed 104 Fahrenheit degree (40 Celsius degree) at start of test. 1.7. Only ATF with designation ESSO LT 71 141 may be used. Do not use any lubricant additives. 1.8. Automatic Transmission Fluid ATF - part number: G 052 162 A2 (1 liter wrapping) 1.9. An ATF level check when transmission oil temperature is too low results in overfilling, when too high results in underfilling. 2. CAUTION: Too much or too little ATF will affect the operation of the transmission. The ATF level must be checked at regular intervals. 3. The oil level is correct if a slight amount of oil runs out when ATF temperature is between 86 Fahrenheit degree (30 Celsius degree) and 113 F deg (45 C deg) (caused by increase of oil level when heated). For warmer climates, 122 F deg (50 C deg). 4. Hang filled ATF reservoir VAG 1924 as high as possible. 5. Shift lever in "P" position, engine running at idle. 6. Place oil drip pan under transmission oil pan. 7. Remove ATF filler plug (at the bottom of the automatic gearbox you will find 2 threaded plugs on below surface. First (in front of the car) is for emptying, and second is for filling up. 8. With ATF temperature between 86 Fahrenheit degree (30 Celsius degree) and 113 F deg (45 C deg), for warmer climates, 122 F deg (50 C deg), a slight amount of oil will flow from filler hole when ATF level is correct. 9. If necessary drain or top off ATF to attain correct oil level. Top ATF with filler hook from VAG 1924 ATF reservoir. Insert VAG 1924 (tool) ATF reservoir filler hook into filler hole and top off until a slight amount of oil flows from filler hole. NOTE: Fit filler hook into one of the oil deflector cap slots placed on the filler opening. CAUTION: Do not press filler hook upward or oil deflector cap can be pushed off. 10. Reinstall ATF filler plug. Tightening torque is 24 Nm.
Checking and adding manual transmission fluid (if equipped) 1. Make sure the vehicle is on a level surface or level hoist. 2. Clean the filler plug or dirt and debris. 3. Remove the filler plug and inspect the fluid level. 4. Fluid level should be at bottom of the opening. 5. Add enough fluid through the filler opening so that the fluid level is at the bottom of the opening. 6. Install and tighten the fill plug securely. Use only fluid that meets Ford specifications. Refer to the Lubricant Specifications in this chapter.
No, do not use clutch or brake fluid in your steering.
ATF used to be used in Power Steering many Years ago, but it is very high in detergents where Modern Power Steering fluid is not so .
If you can get the correct power steering fluid this would be best (consult your owners manual),but I have seen some customers that have use ATF in there steering for years will no ill effect, but I wouldn't advise it.