I have a 2001 Audi A8 Quattro

Asked by Nov 17, 2015 at 06:42 PM about the 2001 Audi A8 L quattro AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought this used Audi from a
friend. The Audi is slipping? I mean
occasionally when I am going around
a corner or starting from a stall
position, it loses power and then
goes into gear again.
  My 1st thought is low on
transmission fluid. I looked in my
manual and see no reservoir for this.
  Does anyone know what can be
going on with this Audi?
Thank you for your help and

4 Answers


Still sounds like low transmission fluid to me. The Audi transmission is supposed to be maintenance free, so it has no dipstick or reservoir. So if there is or has been a leak It may be low. Unfortunately, unless you want to crawl underneath the vehicle you will need to take it to a shop experienced with Audi to have the level checked. When I buy a used vehicle I always have all the fluids changed as preventative maintenance. I would suggest that you have the transmission fluid completely changed and checked for leaks as soon as possible. As leaving it in this state could cause further damage.

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Sounds like your car may be low on fluid. Don't drive it that way as you will ruin a very expensive transmission! Most cars have a dipstick for checking the transmission fluid level but no reservoir. Your owners manual will show were it is and how to check the fluid level.

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Hopefully he's right- and a little fluid will fix it- but.......those cars are notoriously crappy with short-lived engines and trannys- and super expensive to fix- amazing that it still runs- your "friend" must know this if he has owned it for any time and is super relieved to unload it at any price- with "friends" like this, who needs enemies?

It hank you for your answered. There is no dipstick to check. I believe I learned (from YouTube) that it has to go up on a hoist, to a pan that must be dropped to access where the transmission fluid is.

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