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Old 05-15-2008, 07:13 PM
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Question How do you check the automatic transmission fluid level??

Hello all,

Newbie owner here with a recently acquired '99 Beetle. Looking on this forum, I see a lot of discussion on how to change the trans fluid on an automatic, but how do you simply check the fluid level? I spent quite awhile looking for a dipstick on my car.......only to finally realize that there wasn't one! (I didn't receive an owner's manual with my car.)

I found something online that says you have to warm the trans up, and then remove a plug and see if fluid comes out?? It also said that I need a VW scan tool as well to monitor the temp? Did VW really make it this hard just to simply check the trans fluid??
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...I found something online that says you have to warm the trans up, and then remove a plug and see if fluid comes out?? It also said that I need a VW scan tool as well to monitor the temp? Did VW really make it this hard just to simply check the trans fluid??
Yes, they did make it that hard. Here is a How-to thread for changing and it explains the process for checking:

http://www.newbeetle.org/forums/showthread.php?t=1036
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Boy.......what a hassle!! Thanks for the link though. It is very helpful!
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Quite a difficult one... I am also searching the same ... Anyone have any idea...?
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To make a long story short...

-Transmission temp @ 35-40 degrees Celsius

-Remove drain plug

-allow it to drain to a trickle...

-Nothing coming out? Add fluid,allow to drain out to a trickle.
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To make a long story short...

-Transmission temp @ 35-40 degrees Celsius

-Remove drain plug

-allow it to drain to a trickle...

-Nothing coming out? Add fluid,allow to drain out to a trickle.
True dat. An important note however is to do this with the engine running. If you do this with the engine off your level will be too low as the torque converter will only be half full.
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True dat. An important note however is to do this with the engine running. If you do this with the engine off your level will be too low as the torque converter will only be half full.
Arg!I had forgotten about this,yes,very important....,and if you need to add fluid,Pentosin is the way to go
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Old 05-27-2010, 01:23 PM
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I'm getting ready to change the transmission filter and oil on my daughters beetle,my question is where can I buy Pentosin synthetic oil at?
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:41 PM
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Any one out there to help me out?
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