ATF level

Kent McLean kentmclean at
Sat May 12 21:37:36 EDT 2007

I'm trying to check the automatic transmission fluid level on my '94 100 S
Avant, V6 FWD automatic Avant.  The owner's manual is no help -- it says
it requires special tools, and to take it to the dealer.

My generic knowledge says to drive the car to bring the engine temp up to
normal operating temperature, park it on a level surface, keep the engine
running, then remove the dip stick, wipe it clean, insert it fully, then
remove it to check that it is between the "full" and "low" marks.

The "dip stick" on my Audi is about 2-inches long, with about 1/2-inch
between unlabeled marks.  The fluid level would be at the top of a long
tube that leads down to the transmission, so I assume my generic knowledge
is wrong for the Audi V6.

Googling finds this on the Blau web site:

The tail end of its directions say to remove the fill plug on the side
of the transmission, and use a pump to fill the transmission to the
level of the plug.

It can't be that stupid/difficult, can it? If it is, what the heck is
the automatic transmission plug at the rear of the engine compartment for?

Kent McLean
'91 200 TQA #1, for sale
'91 200 TQA #2, no name yet
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke

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