Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'98 Volkswagen Jetta GT, How to Check Transmission Fluid
Where do I check my
automatic transmission fluid (ATF) on my '98 Volkswagen Jetta GT?
Your Volkswagen does
not have a dipstick for checking the automatic transmission fluid level.
There is a plug on the side down low on the transmission that you remove
to inspect the fluid level. To check the transmission fluid it must be
warm and on a level surface. A computer scan tool is suggested for monitoring
the fluid temperature. Also Volkswagen wants you to replace the ATF level
plug with a new one each time the level is checked. There are several
vehicles produced today that the manufacturer doesn't believe you should
have to service or check those critical fluid levels. Myself, a transmission
dipstick sure would make life simpler.