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Trans Dipstick Stuck or Locked

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    Trans Dipstick Stuck or Locked

    I cannot get the trans fluid dipstick out of my a4.
    No matter which way I flip the locking switch on the end of the dipstick, it will not come out. I've tugged on it pretty hard with no luck... It might come out 1/4" or so... but that's it.

    I've actually never checked it before, so it's never been out since I've owned the car.

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    Is the tube kinked possibly? Can you tell if the lock is disengaging or maybe broken and not releasing?

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    The tube itself doesn't look like it's kinked at all.

    Also it seems like the lock is locking/unlocking as normal. There is resistance when putting it into "lock" mode.

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    i have the same problem you just gotta work it pull and tug and i got mine out, its the seal thats really tight

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    Pull like motherfucker.....When you finally get it out, lube the o-ring & it will never seize up again.

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    Thanks guys
    I was scared the whole dipstick tube would come out as well.

    Time for round 3 with the dipstick
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    flip the handle up and spray a little wd-40 around it....it'll pop right out.

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    a little wd-40 won't hurt if it slips down the tube into the trans?

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    Shouldn't hurt. If ya wanna be safe, take some trans fluid from the stick and rub it on the gasket with your thumb and forefinger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.lee View Post
    a little wd-40 won't hurt if it slips down the tube into the trans?
    nope, I've done it a bunch of times. Don't just hose it down...only takes a couple little squirts to get it free.

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    i no mine was a PAIN in the A** but i keeped messing with it and it finally came out

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    Thanks for the replys.
    Seems like a common problem on these cars.

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