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VW / Audi Manual Transmission Fluid Change

Peter Bodensteiner

Time:

1 hr

Tab:

$30

Talent:

**

Tools:

17mm Allen socket, Triple-square socket (Audi special tool 3357), drain pan.

Applicable Models:

 
Audi A4 (1997-01)
Audi A4 Quattro (1997-01)
Audi TT (2000-04)
Audi TT Quattro (2000-04)
VW Beetle (1999-02)
VW Golf (2000-02)
VW Jetta (2000-02)
VW Passat (1996-00)

Parts Required:

3 quarts of synthetic 75W-90 transmission fluid

Hot Tip:

Keep the car level as you elevate it; drive the car for a bit to heat the fluid up to allow it to drain more freely.

Performance Gain:

New fluid will help transmission shift and operate smoothly and extend service life

Complementary Modification:

Engine Oil Change, Replace axles or CV joints

Changing manual transmission fluid is a straightforward task, and one of those things that is good to do whenever you take ownership of a new (to you) car. Transmission fluid has a longer change interval and thus is more likely to have been neglected by the previous owner.

Fortunately, changing manual transmission fluid in the A4 is actually easier than changing the oil, at least in a manual transmission car, because you don't have to change the filter as well. You simply drain the old lubricant and find a way to fill the transmission with new fluid.

It's easier to do this job if you first raise the car to a level position (the fill hole, when the car is level, serves as the indicator that the transmission has the proper amount of oil in it), and then remove the undertray. You could conceivably do this job without doing either of these things, but you may just be making things hard on yourself. The undertray actually does not extend back to the transmission drain plug, but it's easier to work underneath the car without it in the way.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle is that you may need a special tool or two. The car in the photos has a 17mm Allen-type fastener on the fill plug, and a triple-square fastener for a drain plug. Some cars may have one or the other, but not both. It's worth investigating this before you start to ensure that you procure the necessary tools. In each case, a socket for your ratcheting wrench should do the trick.

With the driver's side wheel removed, you can look into the wheel well and see the fill plug.
Figure 1

With the driver's side wheel removed, you can look into the wheel well and see the fill plug. It's the round thing with the inset 17mm hex, just to the left of the CV joint.

Make sure you can remove the fill plug before pulling the drain plugâ€
Figure 2

Make sure you can remove the fill plug before pulling the drain plug - you need to be able to refill the transmission! Also, you don't need to remove the wheel to reach it; it can be accessed from beneath the car.

This is the view from underneath the car, with the drain plug being removed.
Figure 3

This is the view from underneath the car, with the drain plug being removed.

This is the special triple-square socket for the transmission drain plug, a.
Figure 4

This is the special triple-square socket for the transmission drain plug, a.k.a. Audi special tool 3357.

The portion of the transmission that contains the drain plug has a slight barrel-shape to it.
Figure 5

The portion of the transmission that contains the drain plug has a slight barrel-shape to it. Use your socket to loosen the plug.

Let the transmission fluid drain out completely.
Figure 6

Let the transmission fluid drain out completely. This fluid actually looks pretty clear; it's probably not that old.

The drain plug is on the left, the fill plug is on the right (at least on this car).
Figure 7

The drain plug is on the left, the fill plug is on the right (at least on this car).

The drain will drip nearly forever if you let it, but once the flow has slowed to an occasional drop, you can replace the drain plug and tighten it by hand.
Figure 8

The drain will drip nearly forever if you let it, but once the flow has slowed to an occasional drop, you can replace the drain plug and tighten it by hand. Clean up any oil around the drain opening and then tighten the drain plug to 18 ft-lb.

The best way to fill the transmission is to run a tube down through the engine bay and into the fill hole.
Figure 9

The best way to fill the transmission is to run a tube down through the engine bay and into the fill hole. In this photo the intake manifold and coolant reservoir have been removed, making it look easier to route the tube than it really is. However, you should be able to route the tube up to where you can reach it with the bottle of new fluid even with these items in place. If you have any difficulty, you can remove the three screws holding the coolant reservoir and move it out of the way. Make sure to have a drain pan below the transmission as you fill it. When you've filled the transmission to the point where fluid is running out of the fill hole, you're done. Replace the fill plug to complete the job.

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Comments and Suggestions:
louieswim Comments: I noticed there is no tech manual for removing the transmission from a b6 Audi. Ive undergone the work using what is available on AUdizine, but like the b5 tech article you DO have, i find when attempting to remove the gear box shift rodmounted on top towrd front of tranny It wont simply slide off. It looks different from the articles in Audizine and your B5 article there is a bolt that fastens to the protruding rod in those articles, wheras there is a nut at the end of the shift link mechanism. Ive removed the nut but the damned thing wont slide out/off.
August 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Bentley has a repair manual. We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Beansie Comments: Is there a bevel box on a audi 2001 tt quatro 6 speed manual tranny ?
August 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You should have on the right side of the transmission. Going by memory. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Anton Comments: I got a 2002 jetta 1.8t and i find it very difficult to shift gear when the engine is running.can someone help me fix the problem.
August 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you need a new clutch. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bobatious Comments: While doing the job found that yes, after all the fill is on the driver side. Sorry for my miscue before. There are unrelated two plugs on the passenger side, viewable after removing the head shield - but not needed for this task. On my 03 Passat 1.8T B5.5 the fill fastener takes a 17mm ext hex tool. The drain plug fastener for this model is a 16mm XZN, a.k.a. tamper proof twelve point.
August 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jay bird Comments: Sorry, I forgot to mention that I had replaced the loose stock shifter with a new JHM shifter, but it is still a rough shift.
July 30, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: OK, thanks. got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jay bird Comments: I have a 2003 A4 1.8T 5 speed, and it is shifting rough through the gears, most notably into third where on occasion it will kind of have a single knock feeling moving into gear. There is also a back-and-forth movement that has developed while in neutral.
July 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The shifter bushing may be worn out. I would inspect it to see if that is the cause.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
bobatious Comments: It appears the article is about manual transmission fluid; it'd be helpful to move all off-topic questions and answers elsewhere.

On the 2003 Passat 1.8T AWP engine with manual tranny - longitudinal engine - the fill plug is accessed via the _passenger_ not _driver_ front wheel well. Also access it requires removing a small cover. If you'd like pics to add I can get them doing this job presently.
July 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
I'll have the article title updated and pass your info onto the team. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
RxJohnson Comments: Do you carry o2e transmission fluid and kits? I own a 2004 TT Quattro
Roadster S-Line 3.2l.
July 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Pelican does.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mark Comments: I just bought a 2003 Audi TT with a 6 speed automatic transmission with 45,000 miles on car.The car runs great but I want to know if I need to change the automatic transmission fluid or not and if not when should it be changed?
July 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can wait until 60k if you want or do it early. Pretty sure it isn't due that early.

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Paul Comments: I have a problem with the auto transmission on my 1992 VW Passat 1.9tdi. When on an incline it will not reverse - ie it will go in reverse on the level but not on an incline. Transmission oil levels are correct. Can you advise what we should be checking for. My very experienced garage owning brother in law mechanic unable to pinpoint.
July 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be an issue with the low / reverse clutch slipping. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bret Comments: I have a 2000 audi tt that needs a new transmission do any of these vehicles share the same transmission and could swap them out or is there any other cars that have the same tranny i could put in my 2000 tt
June 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If looking for used, the used parts supplier should be able to tell you what will fit. If you need some help, give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out if your trans spans across multiple models.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Amanda Comments: I have a 97 A6 quattro wagon 2.8l automatic with 150,000 miles. Past two days while driving normally the car would shift hard when switch gears. It doesn't seem to be doing it now but what could be the cause of this?
June 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked before it gets much worse.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tim Comments: I have a 2005 audi A4 automatic transmission. Currently it only drives in sports modeproblem started about a week ago and now suddenly reverse no longer works. What could issue be here... and is the car safe to drive for the 10 km or so to the garage?
April 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: When in D or other shift positions, does the selected gear match the displayed gear on the drive info display? if not, the shift range switch may be faulty. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
tman Comments: Hi I have a 1995 a4 automatic transmission an it's not shifting gears it's like it's stuck in one gear what could be the cause
February 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It maybe faulty. First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
saggy Comments: I have a 2004 Audi a4 1.8t when. I accelerate or release the peddle there is this humming noise coming from the transmission. Can you advise what to do or change.
February 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be a bearing or driveshaft. You'll have to pinpoint the source of the noise to be sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kody Comments: Hi, I have a 97 Audi A4 1.8t Quattro with an automatic transmission. I took the car in and had the transmission fluid changed as I normally do after purchasing a used vehicle, after driving home I parked my car. I started it a few hours later and went to back out of my drive way and the car acted as though it was in neutral, the indicator light would not highlight the R... After a few minutes like 2 or three it engaged and reversed fine.... Drove to the store and came home... I went to leave figuring the didn't top the fluid off or something and took it back immediately, they said it was full and I returned home. The car sat over night and the next day I went to leave as I put the car in reverse all the indicators came on and wouldn't say what gear I'm in. After some quick online searching I came to the conclusion it's in limp mode... Any idea as to what my problem may be? I am supposed to take the car on a trip about 250 miles away next week and would hate to miss out on everything I planned with my family.... I have no access to a vag com and the code reader I have access to will not hook up to the Audi... Thank you very much for your time it is greatly appreciated
February 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds to me like the transmission is worn out, the fluid change may have accelerated an issue. First check the fluid level to be sure it is correct.
Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
A-train Comments: Hey Nick,

I've got a 1996 Audi A4 1.8L non turbo which has done around 180000kms, I have been having trouble trying to find the dipstick to check the transmission fluid level. And just wanted to confirm that the filler hole is located behind the left side wheel? And if I would need a filler pump to be able to fill the transmission fluid back up?

Cheers.
January 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A pump that attached to a fluid bottle should work fine to get fluid back in.

The fill plug should be on the trans, I don't believe your model has a dipstick.
I would grab a repair manual. It will list the special tools and each step of the procedure.

Give our parts specialists a call: 1-888-280-7799- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
pjsoriano Comments: How often should I change the transmission fluid if its a 5 speed 1999 A4 1.8t?
January 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: every 60k miles. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
indo Comments: Hi there ,I have a 2000 audi a4 Quattro 1.8 I just recently got this car it was parked for about 3 years I have changed the engine oil the transmission oil and filter the car will drive good when it's Cole the gears changed good but as soon as it's heated up the gears don't change sometime it will struggle to catch first gear,and when I put it in gear first there is an alarm that will sound and a yellow picture comes on but I can't tell what it is.can u advise?
November 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds to me like the transmission is worn out.

First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
leo Comments: Hi nick....I own an audi A4 1.8 ,98 model. I notice oil in my radiator water reservoir , my engine oil Is fine. But my transmission oil is mixing with water. I see some coments u made on such issues but I would to know where I can find the transmission cooler. Does it mean I have to change my radiotor? Thanks
September 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is built into the radiator. Be sure you completely flush the transmission as well.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
chadbamaboy Comments: i have 2003 vw 1.8t passat. Can i use castrol transmax transmission fluid for it?
August 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not 100%, not that familiar with Castrol products. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right oil. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
chadbamaboy Comments: i have a question
August 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ask away. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Alby Comments: I have a 1998 Audi 1.8 auto. When driving approx 10 km the transmission starts slipping and gets worse till no forward movement. Letting the car cool down for 30 minutes gearbox is fine until it warms up then it starts slipping again. please advise what could be wrong.
July 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.

This could be a slip caused by low fluid, an internal leak or low pressure. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Britt Comments: I have an automatic 1999 Audi A3 1.6L. It's Euro Spec I don't know if that matters. When I start the car it surges for a couple of seconds the rpm needle goes up and down from 0 to 1 a couple of times and when I drive it it doesn't seem like it wants to shift gears. Is my transmission fluid low? If I have to change it does it have a filter? Do I need a special tool besides the pump?
May 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the check engine light on? Sounds like an engine misfire. I would check spark, fuel and compression on all cylinders.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
lory Comments: I have a 2001 Audi A4 Quattro 1.8T. I want to drain and fill my transmission but dont have the special fill tool. Could I disconnect one of the transmission lines from the radiator and fill it through there?
May 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right tool.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
VR3 Comments: Would this work on a 2004 audi a4 1.8T with manual transmission?
March 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tech article applies to:
Audi A4 (1997-01)
Audi A4 Quattro (1997-01)
Audi TT (2000-04)
Audi TT Quattro (2000-04)
VW Beetle (1999-02)
VW Golf (2000-02) - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
BMAN Comments: I have an Audi A4 1.8T Quattro 1997 model, manual transmission. The problem is, the clutch paddle is down and therefore,not engaging the gears when the engine is on. But when off the gears are engaging. What can be the FAULT?
March 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a fault clutch master cylinder or slave. When one fails, you will want to replace both. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
qiz Comments: I have a 2002 Audi a6 Quattro 2.7 T and for some reason it's hard to put my shifter in first and second gear what can be the problem please help
March 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a sticky shifter cable. I would disconnect it from the trans and see if shifting is normal, manually. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Varun Comments: My car make and model is Audi A4 2003, CVT transmission.
February 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: OK, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Varun Comments: I changed the transmission fluid 2 weeks ago. Now the car is running even worse. It jerks when taking off. I don't know what exactly I need to do now. I thought changing the fluid second time will help but it got even worse. Please advice what should I do. I dropped off the car to transmission guy. He said he can fix the issue. Please advice. Thanks.
February 10, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What fluid and fill procedure did you use? Was the problem there before you replaced the fluid? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Cookie Comments: G'day Nic, I have an Audi A4 1.8t 2004 auto. Having a bit of an issue with it shuddering a little when changing between gears, has a little variance when deciding which gear it should be in at times. No codes ave been displayed. Could this simply be that I have low transmission oil levels? Any suggestions?
February 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
connell1983 Comments: Hi i have a audi A3 1.8t 2000 i parked up on night time working perfect next morning the gears wer really stiff to change and some time have to use both hands to get out reverse, clutch is bitting fine and when car not running the gearbox is perfect shifts through them all fine, topped up with 2ltr gear box oil but no change please help
January 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check if the issue is with the shifter cables. One or both may be corroded or worn. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jeremy Comments: Ok about my last comment. Any reason it wouldn't roar when I make a left turn????
January 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Removing load from the left side of the vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jeremy Comments: I have a 02 beetle 1.8 turbo... it is roaring from Speedos 25 and up... checked the bearings. And replaced a c.v. axle...... ive already lost Second gear. ... any solutions.
January 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you lost second gear, I would think the internals are wasted. Could be a bearing on one of the shafts, a tear down may be necessary to see. exactly what is at fault. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dm Comments: Hi Nick
I have a 2003 audi A4 quattro 1.8t and I accidentally take out the transmission fluid, now I can not find where to put it back! I see a hole there similar the one you have on your pictures but I did not take the screw outit was like that when I check it down there im not sure there should be a screw or not and i'm not sure if that is the right hole for the transmission fluid. Can you help me that please! I'm sending ypu a video how it looks like
January 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is not the right hole, that looks like a sensor bore. If you have an automatic, it is filled through the bottom using a special tool. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ChefMo Comments: I have a 1998 Audi A4 2.8L V6 quattro, the drain and fill plugs are both located on the bottom of the pan. Is there any good trick to add some more fluid. I drained it, and pumped about 3,5 qt the first time and added about a 1.5 to 2 qts, and it has a very slow pick up right now the tiptronic shifting is very smooth
December 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Best way to use a flush machine that pumps in new fluid as it drains the old. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
izzy21 Comments: I have a 1999 audi first issue im haveing is when take off it kicks n misses i know nothing about these cars wat could it be
December 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the check engine light on? Sounds like an engine misfire. I would check spark, fuel and compression on all cylinders.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Franco Comments: I have a vw bora 2001 model, problem is when i just start and reverse, it shakes a lot and at times stops, what could be problem
December 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the check engine light on? Sounds like an engine misfire. I would check spark, fuel and compression on all cylinders.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
FrankiejG Comments: I have an Audi A4 1.8T. My problem is engine oil or transmission oil is getting into the coolant reservoir and is light brown in color on top of the coolant.
I've checked the engine oil and there's no problem at all, no mixing with water or coolant. Can you help me with this problem of engine oil or transmission oil going into the coolant reservoir? Thanks.
November 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a faulty oil cooler or oil cooler seal. You're going to have to pressure test the cooling system and see where the leak is coming from. Inspect he other fluids first, and see if there are any signs of coolant. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Psssshttt Comments: Hello i have an audi a4 2004 1.8t fwd my transmission is semi-automatic i used to be able to drive it this way but after about 5,000 miles from bought that went out it no longer shifts on drive. Only way i can drive it is on sports mode and reverse. What do you think this can be ? Also when berly starting off a gear im not sure what would make the car feel rough kind of like the transmission or engine bumping and after you start moving a little it will stop untill you get to a red light or a stop. What can be causing this ?also doesnt show what gear its on. Thanks in advance 😊
October 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There may be an issue with the shift module. Does the correct gear display on the cluster? Or is it as shown in the photo? If so, suspect the shift module. I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Terror_Unico Comments: Hey Nick how are you? since in TJ there are not many mechanics that works on Audi's I'm doing most of the services by my self, I have a '03 Audi A4 1.8L Automatic that the transmission is in limp mode, all gears are flashing on the dashboard, that is still drivable just don't have a lot of power on 1st gear, i'm about to perform a filter and oil change to see if his what it needs but I cannot see the oil pan to remove, is this tranny sealed and needs to be sent to some mechanic shop or how can I change he filter? Like I said there's not many shops here that will even try working on an Audi. I have 5 older model Audi's and never had to take them to a shop before.
October 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
JoyMarieC Comments: Hi Nick, I have a 1999 A6 Quattro will this procedure work on my vehicle? also and can I use any pump system tool to refill the fluid? Thanks for the article!
September 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This article applies to:
Audi A4 (1997-01)
Audi A4 Quattro (1997-01)
Audi TT (2000-04)
Audi TT Quattro (2000-04)
VW Beetle (1999-02)
VW Golf (2000-02)
VW Jetta (2000-02)
VW Passat (1996-00) - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Apschuler421 Comments: I own a 97 a4 quattro v6 manual trans. Noticed the other day when driving, not shifting or anything just cruising, feels like a "slippage" in the gears. Any ideas or places to start? Car sat for a month so I put fresh gas in and fuel cleaner seeing if anything changes. Thoughts are appreciated, thanks andrew
September 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It sounds like your clutch maybe worn out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Johan Comments: Good morning!! I have an Audi A4 5 speed transmission. It is not fitted in the car as the engine and gearbox is removed. I drained the transmission oil. Do I need to fill from the bottom fill plug or can I fill the transmission from the top as it is accessible.
Thank you
August 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I imagine you can fill from the top. be prepared to top it up once it is installed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Peter Comments: Hi, I'm Peter, I have Audi A4 B5 2000 model and 1.8t. As you mention on picture1, the fill plug is on the driver's side. Is means for left-hand drive or right-hand side? My car is right-hand drive. If it is different, I would like to known where is the fill plug on mine. Thanks for your time.
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hi, it would likely be the same as ours. However, I do not know for sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mbako Comments: HI!I DRIVE AN AUDI A4 FROM JAPAN AND RECENTLY IT HAS BEEN SLIPPING ON THE GEARS AND IT STARTS FLASHING ON THE DASH BOARD,SO I HAVE TO STOP AND THEN DRIVE AGAIN WHILST IT IS FLASHING....WHAT COULD BE CAUSING IT TO SLIP ON THE GEARS WHILST DRIVING AS IF IT IS ON NEUTRAL?
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
prof nk Comments: I have an audi A4 1999. presently am having a hard start and also experiencing a jerk while accelerating. what could be the cause?
August 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like an engine misfire. I would check spark, fuel and compression on all cylinders. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ron Comments: does anyone know where I can purchase the tamper proof aluminum drain plug for a 2003 A4 Carbriolet 1.8T CVT transmission?
August 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
babafemi Comments: i can't find where to gage the gear oil of audi a4 2003. also how can i change the gear oil?
July 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tech article doesn't apply to that vehicle. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
yamaha822 Comments: what are the torques on the drain plug and fill plug for the front end of a 2002 audi a4 quattro 1.8t? Thanks
July 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If i remember correctly it is 35Nm. I am not 100% sure though. I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
babafemi Comments: I acquired an automatic audi a4 second hand from u.s.a. When i put the gear in reverse or drive it will work. what can i do to it?
July 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Reverse is a direct gear. If the fluid level is OK, the transmission might be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
babafemi Comments: i can't find where to gage the gear oil. also how can i change the gear oil?
July 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you have. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
phil Comments: I have a 01 vw jetta. It was in an accident and busted the trans oil pan gasket and all the fluid leaking out. Putting on new gasket and new fluid. Do I need to warm the engine first and is the procedure the same as the A4 you commented previously to fill with fluid. Would any global fluid work.
July 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to fill it, then top up at a specified temperature.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ladybug4790 Comments: Hi my name is Ashley and I drive a 99 Audi a4 1.8. Just yesterday my car quit on me. There was smoke coming from the front drivers side and when I hit the gas to go it wouldn't move but the rpms shot up.to about 4 but still No movement. I put the car in reverse and still nothing. I'm concerned that my transmission might be done but hopefully I just need the transmission fluid changed or some placed in it.
July 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by inspecting and checking the fluid, and topping up if needed. You may have worn transmission components causing a slip.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Stee Comments: Hi Nick I had a problem with the alternator it was not charging the battery and when I strip the alternator I found wires in the rotter motor broken, I changed the alternator and when I turned on the engine all lights turned on without me switching them on by light switch,and they turn off only when I switch the engine off.
July 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you have. There may be an issue witht he headlight switch. Does the warning chime go off when the key is out of the ignition? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ado's1.8t Comments: Alright buddy thank you so much!!!
June 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ado's1.8T Comments: Hey Nick how you doing?
Well I have a Audi A4 Quattro 2004 automatic
When I first start the car I always push the gas like 3-5 times and the engine start without problems I drive the car for 30 or 40 minutes then I turn the car off when I try to start the car again like 30 minutes later they won't start not easy I have to push more gas and when I switch the engine on I have to push more gas to turn the car on!!
I ready check the fuel filter and is good! Do you think the fuel pump Have problems?
And 2nd when I drive the car semi cold he drive good but then more a hour driving when the car is hot he start doing do some shock at the real differential for example when I see some red lights I have to stop right so when the car have to low the changes so in the second change give me a blow!
Can you help me with that please? And thank you have a good one everyone
June 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would look for a vacuum leak or broken intake boot. However, is you suspect the fuel system perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mrs.Robinson.2014 Comments: I have an Audi A4 1.8t quattro '03 I had the head machined in January. There is a small leak from crack in the seal. I am trying to figure out if some of my issues currently are from that or from another problem arising that we could fix ourselves. Coolant leak I would assume is from the head? Low oil pressure and oil sensor warnings came on, changed the top sensor and the bottom level sensor ourselves, cleaned pan/screen, oil filter etc problem fixed. Now sensor keeps going off again. Shop said engine looks and sounds okay to drive for now. Working with shop on when they can get the car in to seal the leak in head. Engine keeps throwing the CAT and engine 4 misfire codes coils were replaced didn't help. Tranmission seems to not like going from 3-4th gear started when coming off highway downshifting in automatic now it does it at times and in other gears. Did tranny flush in January also had sludge removed in January. How do I manually check transmission fluid levels on my car? I have not found any information other than directions on how to change the fluid out. Any advice would be amazing.
May 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: When you have multiple faults, the best bet is to focus on one, and move to the next as the diagnosis is made. I would start with the engine misfire or oil pressure switch issue. Install an oil pressure gauge, check engine oil pressure. If good, the wiring or sensor may be faulty. CHeck spark, fuel and compression on each cylinder for the misfire. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jacob Comments: Hi Nick,
I recently replaced the transmission fluid for my AUDI TT 2003 auto. Problem is that the car is not moving unless I rev it up to very high RPMS. I thought the ATF level was low so I tried adding some more while shifting the gears with the engine on but still it doesnt move. Funny thing is the more I drive it the less the sound of gears shifting I hear and the lower the rev count to shift gears.
May 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds to me like the fluid is low. Did you measure how much came out? That is the easiest way to get the initial fill close to crrect. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Luis Comments: Hi I don't know how to put tranmission oil
May 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See step 9:

The best way to fill the transmission is to run a tube down through the engine bay and into the fill hole. In this photo the intake manifold and coolant reservoir have been removed, making it look easier to route the tube than it really is. However, you should be able to route the tube up to where you can reach it with the bottle of new fluid even with these items in place. If you have any difficulty, you can remove the three screws holding the coolant reservoir and move it out of the way. Make sure to have a drain pan below the transmission as you fill it. When you’ve filled the transmission to the point where fluid is running out of the fill hole, you’re done. Replace the fill plug to complete the job. - Nick at Pelican Parts
HennyM Comments: Hi, I have an Audi A4 2.4 auto, I have changed the transmission oil but now the car starts and everything but it doesnt move, is atf temperature? Is it the fact that it was not running when I filled it? Please help.
May 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would measure how much fluid came out, then fill it with the same amount. It sounds like you do not have enough fluid in the transmission. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
chayo Comments: Hey Nick! I have an Audi 2001 A4, i took it to the mechanic and he told me that the transmission dead.We filled up the transmission fluid and it goes forward but not backwards. Is it broken or it can still work? Or can we do ?
April 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a mechanical fault. Reverse is a direct mechanical drive, if it is not working, there is likely an internal fault. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nick Comments: Hi Nick, since I am a DIY because VW service is expensive and you don't know what your really getting I got a question. With a 2001, Jetta TDI, In "D," I am experiencing that either the gear doesn't want to go from passing gear which I feel is 3rd to the next gear. After time at 4,000 rpm the gear will shift. I shifted the automatic in "3," to check and it didn't feel smooth.

Yes there was some slippage or racing of the gear from 3rd to fourth when in drive.

However, when I turned off the vehicle and let the vehicle sit for 10 minutes then drove in drive or D, it shifted normally.

It seems after driving the vehicle in stop and go traffic for 2 hours it gets this tyanny trouble.

I had a engine check light but it indicated glow plug problems.

Thank you for this site,

Gene
April 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.

This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked before it gets much worse. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ttmk1 Comments: Hello, just got a TT 2000 1.8T, first gear it's really hard, I have almost to go reverse to get it in, also the temp gauge goes up and down from 1/2 to 3/4 really fast, get worse when I'm in traffic so I assume is not the cluster, I have driven the car only 80 miles since got it, it has 90.000 miles
Thank you in advance for your answer
March 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: For the cooling system, check that the coolant level is correct and that the thermostat is operating properly.

The first gear issue could be a worn clutch. Does it grind when trying to shift into first gear? - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
atlas Comments: On my 98 Audi a4. Quattro what type of oil cam I use what brand and howmany at. I need
February 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
john Comments: I have a Audi 98 a4 quattro how can I change trasnsmission oil
February 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tech article lists your model:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Audi_Tech/21-TRANS-Transmission_Fluid_Change/21-TRANS-Transmission_Fluid_Change.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
cal Comments: Hi, I have a '96 Audi A4 quattro automatic and the transmission sounds "dry" I suppose is the word...and I have no idea what's wrong with it so the first thing I guess is to put the trans fluid in there. Is there any way to do this without the special tool, or how do you get this tool? Thanks!
February 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will need tools to fill it. However, for it to be dry, there would have to be a leak. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right tools and fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
so and so Comments: I'm not sure how to tell what model it is... it is a 5 speed manual transmission and I have the 4 cylinder 1.8 liter turbo engine. Thanks
February 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A manual transmission is filled with the engine off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
So and so Comments: To be clear. I need to check the fluid level WHILE the engine is running at normal operating temperature. Topping off or letting drain as neccessary. Correct?
February 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is the model of your transmission? This way I can be sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
so and so Comments: I have a 2000 Volkswagen Pasat, I filled it without running it. It seems to be shifting ok. Would my fluid be too low or high since I filled it while the engine was off? And should I fix this? Thanks
February 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would not drive it until you fill it properly. It has to reach a certain temp when you check it and has to be topped up if needed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
so and so Comments: Do you check tranny fluid level while the car is running?
January 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure what vehicle you have, but with most Audis, Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
yura Comments: where can i get the special triple-square socket for the transmission, the one that u said audi special tool 3357, i was hoping if i can use anything els or if i can by it at a local VW dealer, and how much would it cost, thanks alot!!!
January 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right socket. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
audilover Comments: Hi Nick, thanks for your response. I did use the proper fluid, I used Mobile 1 75W-90 full synthetic. It does not change if I press clutch twice. However, I noticed that the differential pinion seal is leaking so I think that would be the problem. I am going to change it myself. I would appreciate any advice on this matter!!
January 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Unless the leak is so great the fluid level goes low quick, I do not see how the pinion seal leak could cause a hard gear engagement. This may be a worn synchro. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
linn Comments: i have audi a4 cabrolet 1.8t need to know how to chg tran. fluid and what kind of fluid. linn
January 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have a tech article for the CVT transmission. However, if we get the chance to perform the procedure we will be sure to document it. Give our parts specialists a call, 888-280-7799 They will help you find the right fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
linn Comments: i have a audi a4 with cvt trans. what kind of fluid to use and how to drain it, cabrolet
January 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have a tech article for the CVT transmission. However, if we get the chance to perform the procedure we will be sure to document it. Give our parts specialists a call, 888-280-7799 They will help you find the right fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts - Nick at Pelican Parts  
audilover Comments: Hi Nick, I have an 2001 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro. I have a problem with my transmission as I drive my car in the morning I have a hard time putting it in 1st and second gear. It feels as if there is a rock or a heavy thing preventing it form getting in gear, after applying enough pressure it gets in gear. However, after driving it for a bit, it becomes very easy to put it in gear. I live in Utah where the weather is really cold, at night it gets to 9 degrees F. So I was wondering what could I do to fix that? and if that is a normal thing or not! btw I have changed the from trans fluid two weeks ago, and I am still having the same problem.
January 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: First, confirm you replaced the fluid with one that is approved by Audi. If so, the problem may be with your first gear synchro. If you press the clutch twice, does it go in easier?- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Noely Comments: Thx Nick, I did notice leaking of brake/clutch fluid, am sure slave cyliner is done, but it should still engage gear with engine off, maybe the clutch disc got contaminated with fluid, hence nothing when i put it in gear and roll the car, thank yo, Noel.
December 3, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ok thanks. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Noely Comments: Hi Nick, I have an Audi A4 Quattro, 1.8, when I press the clutch it seems to go through the 6 gears but when I release the clutch the car does not move, also if I shut off the engine and put it in any gear the car will roll as if it is in Neutral, thx
December 3, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You have either a completely failed clutch or a drive axle that has fallen off. Better check to see if any of the transmission or differential flanges are spinning when the vehicle is running and in gear.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
jn65 hog Comments: i just used a 17mm bolt and used the head end then double nutted it, worked for me!
November 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
hendo Comments: Thanks for mentioning this is not for either of the awd models... wow
November 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We are adding more detailed content on our website every day. It will be more complete in the future in the meantime you can use the forums for direct questions and answers. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
tommy Comments: Can u put the transmission from a 2001 VW golf in a 2000 pass at
October 10, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No you cannot. I don't know which engine you are talking about because the Golf and Passat never did not share engines in that year at least here in the USA. I don't think it will work even if you do have the same engine unless you want to make your own mounting brackets that someone may make avalible commercially. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Dick Comments: Is this Bevel Box only on transverse engine cars with Haldex? I've seen nothing like it on my Torsen-equipped B5 A4 quattro.
October 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Some A4 models have it. Can you share a photo of the bottom of your drivetrain? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Randall Comments: Just changed my transmission fluid I used royal purple Max Gear oil 75w90. I would like to know where the Bevel Box is located if there is a picture that would be helpful.
October 1, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I do not have a photo. However, there will be a drain plug near the front differential. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BR Comments: Don't forget to drain the Bevel box if it's a Quattro. There's about 1-2 cups of fluid that hide in there. It takes a 10 mm Allen to open the drain plug.
August 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional information. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Apostle Comments: I just got a used Audi A4 from Germany. Pls I will like to know where to check the ATF guage and to know the best ATF I can use from Nigeria
July 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Any European synthetic fluid should work but use the Audi dealer fluid if you can. Also there is a service plug on the oil pan you have to remove to check the fluid level. You also fill it from here as well. Warm up the engine for 2 to 3 minutes, leave it running and run it through all the gears before removing the plug. Fluid should trickle out if the level is correct - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kodiak ak boy Comments: will the g4 trani flu mess up any cooper or bronze in the transmission itself? or do you us the g5 with out the salfure in it becasue that it was eats away the cooper?
i got a manual 2002 a4 qautro 1.8 turbo
January 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I suggest using only what is approved by Audi. Give our parts specialists a call: v They will help you find the right fluid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jigger Comments: I acquired an audi a4 second from japan. it had a leak of the steering fluid. i fixed it but the steering is still hard and makes a whining noise when am driving. any possible solutions.....
September 8, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like there is air trapped in the power steering system. Check to see if the fluid is foamy. You could also have arestriction in a power steering line. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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