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Old 11-23-2010, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm having a problem with my transmission. It gets jerky in almost every gear and feels like it is slipping, or probably more correctly, skipping teeth on the gear. It slips and then grabs. Has anyone else had a problem with this? I'm not sure how many miles the transmission fluid has been in there, I just bought the car 3,000 miles ago.

It is a six speed MANNUAL.

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The symptoms sound ominous as I had similar warning signs. Please read on. I have owned my Audi (A4 B5 Model) for less than 6 years and it had done 84,236km when the transmission problem (Fault Code 17090) occurred. I was informed by the Garage that services my car that they had only recently fixed the same fault with another Audi. Over the years I have conscientiously had the car serviced when required and have only used premium fuel since its purchase.

Apparently, the fault I refer to is not a mechanical failure but an electronic one with the transmission range sensor which is inside the transmission control module which is a sealed unit i.e. the sensor is not something that can or is serviced on your regular service schedules. I have also been advised by my service garage that specialises in European models that even the failure to change the transmission oil at 60,000km service shouldn’t be the cause of the fault as the component, as stated earlier, is inside the transmission control module which is a sealed unit – no oil goes through this sealed unit!

Unfortunately my car is outside the three year warranty period but for a major expensive fault to occur within a low mileage begs the question as to how it reflects on the quality of an Audi product which they boast to be par excellence.

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Thanks for the reply!

Do you know where the transmisson range controler is? what would need to be replaced? I'm actually happier to hear this than new clutch plates. I would much rather switch out an electronic unit than drop the tranny.

Anyone else concur with this?
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hey VBhindi, is your car a manual transmission or the automaic CVT?

does anyone know if the clutch is a wet or dry clutch?
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2004 Model and it is automatic. Very expensive exercise (over $4000) to have my problem fixed - stick to the clutch plates!
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I have a 2003 A4 1.8T 5 speed manual and when i shift gears the tack will go up to 4 or 5 grand then qucikly go down before it seems to engage. Could this problem be the clutch problem?
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My Audi is automatic so I am not sure if your transmission problem is related to the clutch. I personally wouldn't buy another Audi considering that my transmission problem occurred at 70,000km! Very expensive exercise to have it fixed. As it was out of warranty I was offered "peanuts" assistance by the Audi HO in Australia.
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I got 130,000 on my 03, everything im feeling is leaning me towards the clutch. If its not the clutch what else would cause the high rpms before engaging?
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Can't help you there Ek. Don't know much about clutch problems as I have always owned automatics. My next car won't be an Audi with its transmission problems.
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I have a 2003 A4 1.8T 5 speed manual and when i shift gears the tack will go up to 4 or 5 grand then qucikly go down before it seems to engage. Could this problem be the clutch problem?
Yes, it sounds like your clutch is at the end of its useful life. The clutch on the A4 manual transmission is self-adjusting in nature, so once slippage manifests itself, it's time to replace/renew the clutch and flywheel system on your car. Find a qualified independent Audi service facility and get the work scheduled.
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