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Old 03-09-2014, 05:53 PM   #1
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Just replaced my fuel filter and it seems to have made my car touchy on the pedal is this normal?

And I started shifting hard when going frompark to reverse. I'm thinking I need to flush the AT fluid. So do I need to get an AT filter? And why the hell are the fill and drain under the car.... What's the easiest way to change this fluid since I can't flip the car over.
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Awesome. These are the questions we all have secretly asked ourselves, but there is logic to the madness brother. There is a few DIY threads on here that go through servicing and it's particular specific criteria that must be met when doing this task. So do a bit of searching.

Oh, and for god sake, don't "flush" the transmission. Hydraulic oil acts like a detergent and if you have totally new fluid put in, it almost attacks the old, dirty residue and particulates that remain. This will only lead to more problems and any transmission guy with a soul wouldn't let you do this to that car. Just drain, drop pan, change filter, meticulously clean area for gasket, and re-install. But don't forget the particular things, like being perfectly level on hack stands, the correct temp, which i don't recall (90? oil?). So like i said, read about the diy, as my statements are a rambling mess from a weary traveler right now… Sorry.
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I'm really curious what the dealer would charge for changing the transmission oil but honestly for an oil change it sounds like a pain (four jack stands, perfect level, drain, clean, fill, get up to temp, fill again, etc) and probably is worth just paying the dealer to do it. Don't flush anything, just follow the Bentley instructions or let the dealer do it correctly.
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I'm really curious what the dealer would charge for changing the transmission oil but honestly for an oil change it sounds like a pain (four jack stands, perfect level, drain, clean, fill, get up to temp, fill again, etc) and probably is worth just paying the dealer to do it. Don't flush anything, just follow the Bentley instructions or let the dealer do it correctly.
Yeah I think that's what Im going to do is tak it to the dealer or a shop. It's just looking like it was specifically engi needed to be a royal pain I'm the ***.. I really do not want to bother. Books and DIY all just more work probably $30 for fluid and an hour's labor at Big O.
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let the dealer do it correctly.
Assuming the dealer does do it correctly.

I trust no one for this service. Too many times have I seen cars come back with the fluid level wrong and shifting issues.
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Assuming the dealer does do it correctly.

I trust no one for this service. Too many times have I seen cars come back with the fluid level wrong and shifting issues.
How much fluid is lost when having the TC done? I had mine changed at my indy and they did a good job, so I was thinking about having them change my fluid and filter sometime soon.
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Dealer quoted me $600.

My indie tranny shop charges $200

I will ack i don't follow all the ??? in the OP

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Big o down the street quoted my $150 lol and if they **** up the have to fix it for free and replace broken parts.
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Big o down the street quoted my $150 lol and if they **** up the have to fix it for free and replace broken parts.
you are going to trust a tranny oil change to Big O??? REALLY?

you can do better than that...go to an Audi/German specific indy. At least they'll know that they need to get the tranny to the right temp and refill, etc...and have a VCDS.

Plus you are correct that they may cover the cost of issues. But the issue(s) with your tranny won't arise right away...they may take months, if not years...and there's no way Big O will be held liable, since there is no way for you to irrefutably prove that it was their servicing that caused the issue specifically.
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Considering the fact that I have learned it's lifetime fluid and doesn't need to be replaced unless you replace the entire trans . I'm not even going to bother I'll just have freeway make sure all the mounts are good and not worry about it.
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Considering the fact that I have learned it's lifetime fluid and doesn't need to be replaced unless you replace the entire trans . I'm not even going to bother I'll just have freeway make sure all the mounts are good and not worry about it.
believe what you want to...but be aware that ZF, the actually manufacturer of the tranny, RECOMMENDS changing the fluid. FYI, there are NO lifetime fluids...unless of course you are inferring the life of the tranny which WILL fail at some point without a change.
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believe what you want to...but be aware that ZF, the actually manufacturer of the tranny, RECOMMENDS changing the fluid. FYI, there are NO lifetime fluids...unless of course you are inferring the life of the tranny which WILL fail at some point without a change.
And at that point in 15 or so years when the tranny dies I'll have a new car lol. It's an 01 already 13years old by time it dies a mill have upgraded to a new Audi lol. Or I'll just pay the Audi shop here the $2k to swap it to a standard trans.
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Maybe not 15 years but in a few I'll just convert it to a manual. Or buy a new Audi
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And at that point in 15 or so years when the tranny dies I'll have a new car lol. It's an 01 already 13years old by time it dies a mill have upgraded to a new Audi lol. Or I'll just pay the Audi shop here the $2k to swap it to a standard trans.
You do realize that tranny fluid change is considered preventative maintenance...akin to oil changes. With your logic it appears you'd be ok with dropping over $2k vs $200 or so to ensure reliability. Good luck
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No I have plans to convert it to a standard anyway so for the time I've got I may as well just save the $200 and work on other stuff.
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I hate automatics. I like being in complete control of my car. So it's going to be converted one way or the other unless I find a new one with standard already. Wich I doubt given the economical times of this country. Lol
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Awesome. These are the questions we all have secretly asked ourselves, but there is logic to the madness brother. There is a few DIY threads on here that go through servicing and it's particular specific criteria that must be met when doing this task. So do a bit of searching.

Oh, and for god sake, don't "flush" the transmission. Hydraulic oil acts like a detergent and
if you have totally new fluid put in, it almost attacks the old, dirty residue and particulates that remain. This will only lead to more problems and any transmission guy with a soul wouldn't let you do this to that car. Just drain, drop pan, change filter, meticulously clean area for gasket, and re-install. But don't forget the particular things, like being perfectly

level on hack stands, the correct temp, which i don't recall (90? oil?). So like i said, read about the diy, as my statements are a rambling mess from a weary traveler right now… Sorry.

Should we do the differential too? Local dealer also quote $600. BTW, they would not recommend change fluid if the engine has over 150,000km(100,000 miles).

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This thread is unreadable. All your responses are to your original post.

Please be considerate of all and use the "quote and reply" button.
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Should we do the differential too? Local dealer also quote $600. BTW, they would not recommend change fluid if the engine has over 150,000km(100,000 miles).
According to the maintanance schedule most cars don't make it past 120k lol but for those of us who take good care of our cars we need to regular maintanance all fluids. And any damged parts related. I am going to change the fluid filter and the hoses in between because they look pretty bad. The salt on roads out here eats everything. Car wash regular lol
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