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Old 01-13-2009, 02:28 PM
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Default A4 97 quattro automatic transmission oil plug

I need to know how to check the oil level in my 97 A4 Quattro automatic trany. There are 2 plugs on the bottom of the oil pan. one big and one small. Does anyone know which one is for drain and which is to check the oil level? I tried to open both little by little and it seems that oil comes out of both plugs. I appreciate any suggestion
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Default Sounds like you may want to let a mechanic look at it instead...

there's a fill hole on the side where you measure it from, but it's very specific on automatics.
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Default Re: Sounds like you may want to let a mechanic look at it instead...

<center><img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/157279/trany_oil_pan.jpg"></center><p>is that on the right side/passenger toward the differential? if yes, then what are the two plugs for?
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You need to get a real jack stand first before you get anywhere near the trans.
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Default the little one drains the fluid. The big one 17mm hex is used to fill and to....

check the fluid level.
You need to get the fluid up to 35 - 45*C on a level surface and then it should just just trickle out. You have to open the large plug when the car is running, otherwise the fluid will pour out.

If you search you will find links to audipages service on an A8 trans essentially the same procedure.
And our Resident Curmudgeon is right get jack stands -good ones!
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Default Re: You need to get a real jack stand first before you get anywhere near the trans.

<center><img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/157279/img_2207.jpgs.jpg"></center><p>thanks. I have the care secured well sitting on 4 points, plus other aditional security measures that I normaly take. Please let me know if this is the plug to fill up the tranny.
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Default No! get a shop manual... driver's side, up high by the left axle... But don't just poke around

unless you have a clue of what you are doing.
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Default Re: the little one drains the fluid. The big one 17mm hex is used to fill and to....

ok, if I understand this right, I have to drive the car around then I must keep it in parking gear and keep the engine running while checking the oil level in the tranny opening the big plug right?
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You don't have a clue what you're doing, so stop while you're still ahead.
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Default Re: No! get a shop manual... driver's side, up high by the left axle... But don't just poke around

Roger, I think is the big plug acording to my research http://www.2carpros.com/forum/1999-audi-a4--change-transmission-oil-vt180183.html. Still was not sure why fluid will come out. I haven't opened it much just a bit and tightened back in with the first drip.
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