How to Add Transmission Fluid to an Audi


Audis, like other vehicles, contain fluids including oil, brake fluid and antifreeze/coolant that keep the car's motor and related parts lubricated and running properly. Your Audi also contains a transmission that is the second major component of the vehicle after the motor. The transmission contains fluid that not only keeps the part lubricated, but also keeps the gears within the transmission functioning. If the fluid level becomes too low, your car will have trouble moving and will eventually stop. You should check your Audi's transmission fluid level monthly and add fluid whenever the fluid level is low.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag or cloth
  • Funnel
  • Automatic transmission fluid or brake fluid

Checking/Adding Automatic Transmission Fluid

  • Park your Audi on a level surface. Leave the car's motor running. The gear selector should be in "Park" or "Neutral."

  • Raise the car's hood by pulling the hood release lever inside of the vehicle (located on driver's side to the left of the brake pedal).

  • Pull the automatic-transmission fluid dipstick from its holder. The dipstick is located at the back of the engine. On certain model Audis, it will be labeled "Transmission" or similar wording.

  • Wipe the dipstick with a rag or cloth to remove any standing fluid. Replace the dipstick in its holder.

  • Remove the dipstick again. You will see transmission fluid on the dipstick--do not wipe it off. Look at the dipstick closely. Look at the "Warm," "Full" wording. If the fluid on the stick doesn't come up to the "Warm" "Full" wording, proceed to the next step.

    If the transmission fluid level is showing "Warm," "Full," skip to Step 8.

  • Turn off your car's motor. Place a funnel into the dipstick's holder. Slowly pour one-half cup of automatic transmission fluid into the funnel. Note, do not allow the fluid to contact the exhaust manifold---this can cause a fire.

  • Remove the funnel. Place the dipstick back into its holder. Repeat steps 3 through 6 until the fluid level is showing "Warm," "Full."

    Warning, do not overfill your car's transmission with fluid--this will cause the fluid to boil inside of the transmission. Only fill to the "Warm," "Full" level.

  • Replace the dipstick in its holder. Lower your Audi's hood.

Checking/Adding Fluid to Manual Transmission

  • Complete steps 1 and 2 in the "Checking/Adding Automatic Transmission Fluid" section of this article.

  • Locate your Audi's manual transmission clutch reservoir located at the back of the engine close to the brake-fluid reservoir. The small plastic container is one inch in diameter and smaller than the brake-fluid reservoir.

  • Unscrew the clutch-fluid reservoir's cap. The reservoir should be filled to the top. If the fluid level is low, slowly add brake fluid to the reservoir until the fluid is to the top of the reservoir.

    Note, there is no such thing as "clutch fluid"--the clutch uses brake fluid to keep your Audi's manual transmission lubricated and running properly.

  • Replace the clutch-fluid reservoir's cap. Lower your Audi's hood.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your Audi contains an automatic transmission, purchase the type of transmission fluid recommended for your vehicle--Dexron or Type F. See your car's owner's manual for the correct type of fluid.
  • If your Audi's automatic or manual transmission fluid level is constantly low, your vehicle may have a transmission leak--consult an auto repair shop to have your vehicle checked.

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