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Re: V8 Auto Fluid replacement

In a message dated 97-03-04 20:18:43 EST, you write:

<< Audi says that the Auto trans fluid never needs replacement..Now I hate
 to donate more $s to the fund, but is a little prevention 6 yr old car
 w/42K miles due for this..I am going to keep the car...Any advise out
 Thanks, Dick Krucker (dkrucker@speedware.com)


I know the owners' manual/ service guide does not mention anthything about
servicing the trans, but I had the filter replaced at 130K miles--entails
removing exhaust pipes on both sides of trans cover.  (approx. $700 if I
remember correctly).  

I would suggest two things:

1.  Buy a trans dipstick from your Audi dealer (V8's didn't come with one,
presumably to prevent anyone but factory-trained technicians from working on
your car.  

2.  Drain trans fluid --highly recommended, you will not completely replace
old fluid unless you refill and drain 3 to 4 times in a row after running on
hoist (Just did that this summer). It's great insurance against damage.  

Ingo Rautenberg
90 V8Q 156K+
85 4KQ 130K
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan