I smell a burning (acrid) fluid smell for the first 5-10 minutes I drive the car. I check the oil,power steering, coolant and brake fluids and all are ok but I cannot check the Trans fluid as it has no dipstick. I do not see a puddle where I park the car. I just bought the car and it has 108K miles and is in immaculate condition. how can I check to see if it is leaking Trans fluid and if it is what kind of costs for seal replacement am I looking at a non-dealer?
Transmission leaking? on 2002 Audi Allroad Quattro
by manny18 in Woodstock, GA on June 02, 2011
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ANSWER by dandd on June 02, 2011
Really, you need to find the source of the smell first and foremost. It may not have anything to do with the transmission. I have seen the 2.7 turbos leak coolant a lot from hoses on or near the turbos, and that makes a very acidic smell as the coolant burns on the hot exhaust. So keep checking your coolant level. If there was a transmission leak, there would be puddles on the ground of redish/brown fluid. So look for those. If you have a check engine light on, then by all means, have a shop diagnose and repair the code ( not a parts store, that is not professional inspection ) . here are some shops: https://repairpal.com/directory?address=30189&car_brand_names=Audi
COMMENT by manny18 on June 02, 2011
Thanks Dan, no I have checked coolant levels a couple times including 10 min ago and its full. Also no service lights. Not being able to check the trans fluid level @$#% me off with not knowing the service history as I know repair/replacement costs on these trans are $4-6K! Also it looks like according to websites the trans fluid for Audi's are clear not red like traditional trans fluids. Good news is that i do not notice any slippage.
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