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Old October 20th, 2005, 09:49   #1
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Default Checking automatic transmission fluid

I have a 2005 Passat TDI. I am trying to find where you check the automatic trans. fluid. No dipstick or anything else that I can find. Can somebody tell me where it is at?

Also, I cannot locate the fuel filter. Can someone tell me where that is as well.

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Old October 20th, 2005, 09:51   #2
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there's no dipstick...it's got to be checked with VAGCOM (??) or by the dealer (computer interface).
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Old October 20th, 2005, 10:45   #3
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The fuel filter is under the Engine cover alongside the Oil Filter. Picture
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Old October 20th, 2005, 11:14   #4
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Default Checking automatic transmission fluid

The procedure for checking the transmission fluid level in these cars is a bit of a pain. Adding fluid requires a special fill container also. You need to have Vagcom monitoring the tranny fluid temp. You remove a level plug from the side of the transmission. Basically, you allow the fluid to heat up between 35 to 45 degrees centigrade. If it starts to drip out between those 2 temps, the level is correct. If you need to add, they have a small container with a short wand with a fill valve (looks like a 6" piece of 1/4" copper tubing with a 1" 90 degree bend at the end to allow you to get it into the level check hole. I would be curious to know what VW's logic was in not having a dipstick for this like most other cars (maybe they feel most people don't check the level at the right temperature?).
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Old October 20th, 2005, 14:00   #5
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i believe in our cars that the tranny fluid is supposed to be in a sealed system. according to the wizards at vw, you never need to check or empty the system. yeah, right. i guess it's that new, magical tranny fluid that lasts forever without any sort of breakdown or corrosion.
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