View Full Version : shifting funny... HELP

10-19-2010, 08:14 PM
i have a 1999.5 a4 1.8 automatic quattro. Its is a daily driver. during acceleration the car shifts fine from first to second, second to third, slips a little from 3 to 4th then seems like it almost gets stuck between 4 and 5th. it tries to shift but revvs high then if you let off itll shift into 5th. seems like it slips from 5th to neutral randomly. anything i should check. i know these car have no dipstick for tranny fluid... how would i check that and is a transmission service difficult to do to these cars? any help wold be appreciated

10-19-2010, 08:45 PM
It isn't difficult, but requires lifting the car and using a hand pump to push the fluid in. I suppose you could do it on jack stands as long as the car was level, but a lift is really best.

You can check the fluid level by topping it off cold with the engine running and letting it run out until it hits the correct temp. If it is having troubles, it is probably best to just drain and refill the fluid. Replacing the filter wouldn't be a bad idea either.