Audi A8 D2 1999 transmission in 5th gear 17117 17114

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Okay, Ross-Tech Audi brain trust, here you go – your insight is appreciated.
The transmission went into limp mode – directly into 5th gear upon shifting into drive.
PRND432 dash display is in relief, that is, surrounded by red, instead of being red lettering.
I can watch the measuring block trans. gear go to 1 and then immediately to 5. With brake on, engine RPM is 608, input RPM is 0.

Other contributing factors: The bottom of car was oil and antifreeze soaked after I made the sad mistake of letting a trusted shop replace my timing belt. Many leaks resulted, which I have now cleaned up. Wires were left out of mounting looms as well, that is, left loose. The car is my winter driver on salted secondary Iowa roads.
Prior to this time, the cruise control would drop out intermittently.
Trans filter and fluid changed some years back at 190,000 miles. Yes, I understand it is an old car.
It was suddenly slow to shift.
Vag-Com reads that the trans is in first, then goes directly to 5th. Car drives in 5th. Reverse works.
No leakage visible from trans
Pre-existing ABS brake error as well (Internal Control Module Memory Error) Wiring problem or death knell for module.
Battery was low - this scan is before DTC's were cleared.

Predominant error codes, which clear until the car is moved:

17117 - Gear 3 P0733 - 35-00 - Incorrect Ratio
17114 - Gear Ratio Monitoring P0730 - 35-00 - Incorrect Gear Ratio
18032 - MIL Request Signal Active (Check TCM for errors too!) P1624 - 35-00 –
17087 - Brake Switch (F) P0703 - 35-00 - Electrical Malfunction (My note: This is a pre-set malfunction which is erased if the brake switch is activated).
My pre-existing ABS error: 65535 - Internal Control Module Memory Error 35-10 - - - Intermittent

Full scan below.

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Mileage: 311060km-193283mi   Repair Order: A8 11-30-2022 POST ASSY PRE CLEAR



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Chassis Type: 4D - Audi A8 D2 (1994 > 2003)
Scan: 25 01 03 08 11 15 16 17 18 35 37 45 55 56 57 65 67 75 76 77
          02
 
   Mileage: 311060km-193283miles
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Address 01: Engine        Labels: Redir Fail!
   Part No: 4D0 907 557 M
   Component: 4.2L V8/4V  MOTR AT D02
   Coding: 01273
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 366300C11234543F28-4AE8

1 Fault Found:
18010 - Power Supply Terminal 30
            P1602 - 35-10 - Voltage too Low - Intermittent
Readiness: N/A

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Address 03: ABS Brakes        Labels: 8E0-614-111-EDS.lbl
   Part No: 8E0 614 111 M
   Component: ABS/EDS 5.3 QUATTRO D31
   Shop #: BB 24302
   VCID: 285FDEB9C88032CFAA-5122

1 Fault Found:
65535 - Internal Control Module Memory Error
            35-10 - - - Intermittent

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Address 08: Auto HVAC        Labels: Redir Fail!
   Part No: 4D0 820 043 K
   Component: D2-KLIMAVOLLAUTOMAT D05
   Coding: 00180
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 2447CA89B4A8D6AF86-2574

1 Fault Found:
00801 - A/C Refrigerant High Pressure Switch (F118)
            30-10 - Open or Short to Plus - Intermittent

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Address 15: Airbags        Labels: 4D0-959-655-AI7.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 959 655 H
   Component: Airbag 7 Audi      050C
   Coding: 00225
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 377D0DC5153EAD3733-5122

No fault code found.

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Address 17: Instruments        Labels: 4D0-919-033-MYW.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 919 035 P
   Component: D2-KOMBIINSTRUMENT  D53
   Coding: 00283
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 336539D5014641170F-5074

No fault code found.

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Address 35: Centr. Locks        Labels:. 8D0-862-257.clb
   Part No: 8L0 862 257 N
   Component: CV-Pump             D06
   Coding: 16140
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 408F661940F0EA8F82-4ECE

3 Faults Found:
01371 - Alarm triggered by Door Contact Switch; Driver's Side
            35-00 - -
01374 - Alarm triggered by Terminal 15
            35-00 - -
01370 - Alarm triggered by Interior Monitoring
            35-00 - -

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Address 45: Inter. Monitor        Labels: 4B0-951-173.lbl
   Part No: 8L0 951 173
   Component: Innenraumueberw.    D04
   Coding: 00001
   Shop #: WSC 00000
   VCID: 6ED3E8A12AE42CFF20-4B4C

1 Fault Found:
01380 - Alarm triggered by Anti-Theft Sensor; Rear Left
            35-00 - -

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Address 55: Headlight Range        Labels: 4B0-907-357-AUT.lbl
   Part No: 4B0 907 357
   Component: LEUCHTWEITEREGLER  D001
   Coding: 00008
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 65C1978DFF12EFA751-5140

No fault code found.

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Address 56: Radio        Labels: 8D0-035-1xx-56.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 035 186 B
   Component:  Radio              D03
   VCID: 2149C39DABBAC387ED-4B00

No Faults Found
  or DTCs not supported by controller
  or a communication error occurred

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Address 02: Auto Trans        Labels: 01L-927-156.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 927 156 BH
   Component: AG5 01L 4.2l4V  USA 1313
   Coding: 00002
   Shop #: WSC 00000
   VCID: 70EFF6D930D03A0F32-5122

2 Faults Found:
17117 - Gear 3
            P0733 - 35-00 - Incorrect Ratio
17114 - Gear Ratio Monitoring
            P0730 - 35-00 - Incorrect Gear Ratio

End-------------------------(Elapsed Time: 04:58)--------------------------

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Address 01: DTCs cleared
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Address 03: DTCs cleared
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Address 08: DTCs cleared
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Address 15: DTCs cleared
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Address 17: DTCs cleared
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Address 35: DTCs cleared
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Address 45: DTCs cleared
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Address 55: DTCs cleared
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Address 02: DTCs cleared
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Code:
Chassis Type: 4D - Audi A8 D2 (1994 > 2003)
Scan: 25 01 03 08 11 15 16 17 18 35 37 45 55 56 57 65 67 75 76 77
          02
 
   Mileage: 311060km-193283miles
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 01: Engine        Labels: Redir Fail!
   Part No: 4D0 907 557 M
   Component: 4.2L V8/4V  MOTR AT D02
   Coding: 01273
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 366300C11234543F28-4B00

No fault code found.
Readiness: N/A

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Address 03: ABS Brakes        Labels: 8E0-614-111-EDS.lbl
   Part No: 8E0 614 111 M
   Component: ABS/EDS 5.3 QUATTRO D31
   Shop #: BB 24302
   VCID: 285FDEB9C88032CFAA-5122

No fault code found.

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Address 08: Auto HVAC        Labels: Redir Fail!
   Part No: 4D0 820 043 K
   Component: D2-KLIMAVOLLAUTOMAT D05
   Coding: 00180
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 2447CA89B4A8D6AF86-256C

No fault code found.

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Address 15: Airbags        Labels: 4D0-959-655-AI7.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 959 655 H
   Component: Airbag 7 Audi      050C
   Coding: 00225
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 377D0DC5153EAD3733-515E

No fault code found.

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Address 17: Instruments        Labels: 4D0-919-033-MYW.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 919 035 P
   Component: D2-KOMBIINSTRUMENT  D53
   Coding: 00283
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 336539D5014641170F-5058

No fault code found.

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Address 35: Centr. Locks        Labels:. 8D0-862-257.clb
   Part No: 8L0 862 257 N
   Component: CV-Pump             D06
   Coding: 16140
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 408F661940F0EA8F82-4EEA

No fault code found.

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Address 45: Inter. Monitor        Labels: 4B0-951-173.lbl
   Part No: 8L0 951 173
   Component: Innenraumueberw.    D04
   Coding: 00001
   Shop #: WSC 00000
   VCID: 6ED3E8A12AE42CFF20-4B32

No fault code found.

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Address 55: Headlight Range        Labels: 4B0-907-357-AUT.lbl
   Part No: 4B0 907 357
   Component: LEUCHTWEITEREGLER  D001
   Coding: 00008
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 65C1978DFF12EFA751-515E

No fault code found.

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Address 56: Radio        Labels:
   VCID: 55A1A74DAC727F27C1-4B00
   Note: Excessive Comm Errors


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Address 02: Auto Trans        Labels: 01L-927-156.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 927 156 BH
   Component: AG5 01L 4.2l4V  USA 1313
   Coding: 00002
   Shop #: WSC 00000
   VCID: 70EFF6D930D03A0F32-5122

No fault code found.

End-------------------------(Elapsed Time: 05:13)--------------------------

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Code:
Chassis Type: 4D - Audi A8 D2 (1994 > 2003)
Scan: 25 01 03 08 11 15 16 17 18 35 37 45 55 56 57 65 67 75 76 77
          02
 
   Mileage: 311060km-193283miles
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 01: Engine        Labels: Redir Fail!
   Part No: 4D0 907 557 M
   Component: 4.2L V8/4V  MOTR AT D02
   Coding: 01273
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 366300C11234543F28-4AE8

No fault code found.
Readiness: N/A

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 03: ABS Brakes        Labels: 8E0-614-111-EDS.lbl
   Part No: 8E0 614 111 M
   Component: ABS/EDS 5.3 QUATTRO D31
   Shop #: BB 24302
   VCID: 285FDEB9C88032CFAA-5122

No fault code found.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 08: Auto HVAC        Labels: Redir Fail!
   Part No: 4D0 820 043 K
   Component: D2-KLIMAVOLLAUTOMAT D05
   Coding: 00180
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 2447CA89B4A8D6AF86-256C

1 Fault Found:
00801 - A/C Refrigerant High Pressure Switch (F118)
            30-00 - Open or Short to Plus

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 15: Airbags        Labels: 4D0-959-655-AI7.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 959 655 H
   Component: Airbag 7 Audi      050C
   Coding: 00225
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 377D0DC5153EAD3733-5140

No fault code found.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 17: Instruments        Labels: 4D0-919-033-MYW.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 919 035 P
   Component: D2-KOMBIINSTRUMENT  D53
   Coding: 00283
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 336539D5014641170F-5074

No fault code found.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 35: Centr. Locks        Labels:. 8D0-862-257.clb
   Part No: 8L0 862 257 N
   Component: CV-Pump             D06
   Coding: 16140
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 408F661940F0EA8F82-4EEA

No fault code found.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 45: Inter. Monitor        Labels: 4B0-951-173.lbl
   Part No: 8L0 951 173
   Component: Innenraumueberw.    D04
   Coding: 00001
   Shop #: WSC 00000
   VCID: 6ED3E8A12AE42CFF20-4B4C

No fault code found.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 55: Headlight Range        Labels: 4B0-907-357-AUT.lbl
   Part No: 4B0 907 357
   Component: LEUCHTWEITEREGLER  D001
   Coding: 00008
   Shop #: WSC 02324
   VCID: 65C1978DFF12EFA751-5140

No fault code found.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 56: Radio        Labels: 8D0-035-1xx-56.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 035 186 B
   Component:  Radio              D03
   Coding: 00117
   Shop #: WSC 00001
   VCID: 2149C39DABBAC387ED-4B00

No Faults Found
  or DTCs not supported by controller
  or a communication error occurred

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Address 02: Auto Trans        Labels: 01L-927-156.lbl
   Part No: 4D0 927 156 BH
   Component: AG5 01L 4.2l4V  USA 1313
   Coding: 00002
   Shop #: WSC 00000
   VCID: 70EFF6D930D03A0F32-515E

No fault code found.

End-------------------------(Elapsed Time: 04:46)--------------------------


My plan so far: Check the F125 switch wiring and connector. Thoughts? Condolences? Here is a reference to the F125 switch: http://www.audipages.com/Tech_Articles/auto_transmission/f125switchreplace.html

And, hoping this obituary is premature:

This car, nicknamed Audrey by my wife, has had sooo many hail marys. The transmission that stopped shifting smoothly years ago, but came back after a fluid change and filter (yes, the magnet had 1 CC of metal dust). The cracked block that I watched drip antifreeze from inside the block, under a piston, into the oil pan when coolant was pressurized – the antifreeze boiled off in the summer, but collected in the winter; the oil never reached antifreeze, but the antifreeze dripped into oil! (Water glass fixed that many years ago – it held!) The ABS module replacement. The plugged body drains carrying a gallon of water inside the AC center duct, sloshing mysteriously. The oil cooler plastic pipe replacement. The air conditioning condenser replacement after the shop boogered it. And the problem that it came with originally – a leaky rear transaxle seal fixed without removing the transaxle. All four CV boots. Several brake calipers. Many pads. New tires and polished wheels, all paint removed, buffed to look like chrome, pristine. This light aluminum rocket could pass anything with a tap of the pedal, hug any curve (given the new upper and lower aluminum control arms) and claw through the Iowa snow and ice to get me home. It carried small cousins, sleeping soundly, on long trips. My then-toddler daughter scratched her initials in the door grips. But best of all, this car drove me to purchase Ross-tech Vag-com. My fellow mechanical engineers and controls gurus saw the parallels to the engineering work we do. It’s just a big, fun puzzle.
 
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Those "Incorrect Ratio" faults indicate one of two things: Either major slippage somewhere in the transmission (not at all inconceivable at almost 200,000 miles) or a bad reading from one of the speed sensors. My guess is the former, but let's eliminate the latter.

With brake on, engine RPM is 608, input RPM is 0.
I think the transmission input speed sensor is at the input to the tranmission itself, in other words past the torque converter, but I'm not 100% certain about that.

Check both input and output RPM in MVB 001 while driving the car. Or put the car on a lift or jack-stands so the wheels and the transmission can spin. If input rpm stays at zero while the car/wheels are moving then that would explain much.

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IMHO, if you are crazy lucky, a valve body would fix it... but in reality... I think you are better off with a rebuilt trans that offers some degree of a warranty.
 
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Those "Incorrect Ratio" faults indicate one of two things: Either major slippage somewhere in the transmission (not at all inconceivable at almost 200,000 miles) or a bad reading from one of the speed sensors. My guess is the former, but let's eliminate the latter.


I think the transmission input speed sensor is at the input to the tranmission itself, in other words past the torque converter, but I'm not 100% certain about that.

Check both input and output RPM in MVB 001 while driving the car. Or put the car on a lift or jack-stands so the wheels and the transmission can spin. If input rpm stays at zero while the car/wheels are moving then that would explain much.

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Uwe, I'll do exactly that, by driving the car, and report back.

I'll also look to see if there is a way to test the neutral safety switch upon removal - before I buy one.

I had a great conversation with Mike Barkis of ECS Tuning as well. The F125 neutral safety switch switch is still available, it's pricey. $453 . Is there a test procedure or a logic that I can check with a VO meter for this switch? i have yet to do my homework here in the wiring diagrams in Bentley. Is there a test in the Adaptation / drivetrain menu?

ECS is of course a big fan of Ross-tech Vag-Com.

Notes:

G195 sensor speed (speedometer), G182 sensor speed still available

IMHO, if you are crazy lucky, a valve body would fix it... but in reality... I think you are better off with a rebuilt trans that offers some degree of a warranty.
I have been sooooo lucky to date. Who knew sodium silicate (water glass) could fix a pinhole coolant leak from an aluminum block? But failing in that, does anyone have a source for an 01L transmission? I see ZF no longer markets rebuilds.
 
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Anyone know how transmission connector T16B, the 16 pin plug into the transmission sump, comes off? All these connectors are old, and I don't want to break it. It's different than other connectors on the car.

I'm going through the wiring harness and the F125 switch - Ross-tech VCDS offers a way to troubleshoot the F125 sender. Display group 004 zone 3 details the shift position (PRND432) and the intermediate position through a 4 digit long binary listing. My F125 switch appears OK.

In checking the connector at the TCU, the resistance of the G182 speed sensor is off. The sensor is located on rear / top of valve body, two screws hold it in, inside the transmission. Bentley says the G182 transmission vehicle speed sensor has an acceptable range of 230-300 ohms. Mine shows resistance of 28.2 ohms from TCU connector pins 16 to 44. Pins 5 and 6 on connector T16b, transmission harness to side of transmission are to the sensor. I have already checked from the TCU connector under the hood. Need to check at the transmission end of the harness at T16b, pins 5-6...without breaking the connector.

Checking everything else that I can before I put the car on the ground again.

Geez VCDS is fun. Nowhere in the other blogs did they mention using it to check F125 switch operation. This switch is easily a 5 hour job +150$, so I'm glad Ross-Tech Vag-Com can test it.
 
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Next up after that is the driving test per Uwe to compare input / output RPM while in motion.
 
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Here is a result from the test drive per Uwe's suggestion. Geez I love the diagnostic capabilities of VCDS. Here I have plotted the engine RPM, trans input RPM, trans output RPM (proportional to speed), transmission gear and all the solenoid activations and PC valve currents against time. I did this as the transmission entered limp mode. In this case, it went directly to 5th gear when throttle was applied. Because the line colors are difficult to see, I included a narrative.




I also caught the transmission hunting between 2nd and 3rd before it went into limp mode, that is more interesting. I'll work on getting a more clear graph. I don't have all the PC or solenoids in this one. The new error that popped up here was 17116 - Gear 2 P0732 - 35-00 - Incorrect Ratio.



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Other observations:

The G182 sensor (post torque converter) seems to have a normal resistance now. I could have been mistaken in my earlier measurement. I re-checked resistances at the 88 pin TCU connector using the Bentley list and they were all normal. I cleaned the F125 and transmission connectors - they were full of oil, likely from previous leaks.

Ran the Bentley final diagnosis test through VCDS. I could hear the three solenoid switch valves N88, N89 and N90, the shift solenoid N110, but could not hear the 5 pressure regulating valves N215, N216, N217,N218, and N233. Bentley says these are difficult to hear, but my ear was right next to the pan.

I have not yet checked transmission fluid level, but I have not observed any leaks. It requires a getting the car exactly level, and at the right temperature, something I can't easily do in my shop. But that's next.

Along the way, I had a terrific gracious conversation with Nat Wentworth of Eriksson Industries. He patiently explained the process they apply in rebuilding - and welding the cracks in - valve bodies for this car. He really knows the engineering behind these transmissions, and he has access to the parts that work. Nat, by the way, is a mechanical engineer with an obvious passion for these transmissions.

In checking my notes, this car did exhibit the cruise dropping out for no reason I could see, until the cruise hardly worked, long before the transmission limped.

I disconnected the malfunctioning ABS; no change was seen. The ABS exhibits error 65535 - Internal Control Module Memory Error at about 5 mph. I'll try adapting it but methinks it's toast.
I seem to be having trouble inserting these images - I'll work on that.
 
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More data from VCDS, this time with all the solenoids. I got the transmission to function for 52 seconds, hunting through gears 1-4 before it went into limp mode. I'd love to know if this could possibly be a valve body issue / crack. Just one solenoid seems off. I wonder how far apart the input RPM's should be from the engine RPM's.

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AUDI A8 D2 1999 193K MILES, TRANSMISSION - HUNTING 2nd-3rd-4th, TRANSITION TO LIMP MODE
ERROR CODES
17114 - Gear Ratio Monitoring P0730 - 35-00 - Incorrect Gear Ratio
17116 - Gear 2 P0732 - 35-00 - Incorrect Ratio
17117 - Gear 3 P0733 - 35-00 - Incorrect Ratio
valve body
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And...my trusty A8 is for sale, on Facebook, for $1000. All the problems are detailed within these blogs :) . I would keep it, but it is a 5th spare car in a two driver household. Hey, I still have the S4 cabriolet and the Q7 to keep me busy. I'm in Des Moines, Iowa if anyone is interested. It's not pristine, but it may make someone a nice winter driver. Thanks all for the insight so far. Of course, if it does not sell, I'll fix it. Cheers, Rich
 
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Where in USA is the car?? Any picture of this vehicle??? F clutch seal is a common culprit in these transmissions but normally you won't have reverse gear either.
 
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I'm in the Midwest, Des Moines, Iowa. I did actually source a NEW old stock transmission - for $1500!! But I don't have a lift, or a transmission jack, or time. And my wife has limited me to four cars and three boats (all ancient of course.) So this car will go on to a good home, I hope. And I'll make room for a D3. Oh, crap, my wife won't let me buy more cars unless I sell a boat. As far as pictures, it's on Facebook Marketplace (1999 Audi A8 193,000 miles) in Des Moines. I'll leave selling this thing to FB...I don't want to take up server space or distract the Audi brain trust....I have, by the way, appreciated your insight.
And it does have a solid reverse. It may be that simply the valve body is split. What Nat Wentworth of Eriksson Industries told me was: "At 193,000, it [transmission] is a ticking time bomb".
 
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Cheaper to Keep Her applies both to wives and cars we like...Wish I had more garage.

And....Sold, for the asking price to the nice young man in the Snap-On tools jacket. There was an interview process among the successful candidates, because, well, we are only the steward of that which we possess. I think he did conclude that VCDS does things that his software cannot. My social media friends just shake their heads when I show them things like the graphs in this post. But VCDS has enabled me to put money in the college funds, and have a nice, reliable, safe, fun, cost effective ride.

I think my need for having an extra car or two goes back to a time many of us may know - where having a ride meant having a job, and having a job meant survival. Our tools to fix cars were the instruments of our freedom. VCDS is such. That, and I just enjoy fun, fast electromechanical puzzles.

Total cost of ownership, after purchase price, sale price, gas, taxes, title, maintenance and insurance: 33.1 cents per mile for 68,000 miles and 13 years. Price of VCDS not included, since I split it between three cars.

Cheers, Rich
 
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I think my need for having an extra car or two goes back to a time many of us may know - where having a ride meant having a job, and having a job meant survival.
Yep. First year and a half out of college, I didn't have a car because living in Philly, I couldn't afford the insurance, so I rode a motorcycle, which was much cheaper to insure -- summer, winter, rain or shine. When I switched jobs and got a substantial pay increase, I really didn't want to go through another Philly winter on a bike, so I bought a car, a then six year old 1977 Rabbit for $1500, but it didn't come with a spare tire, and it took several months before I was able to scrounge up the funds for a spare wheel and tire. I was dreading the prospect of a flat the whole time, but never had one.

These days, I don't just have spare tires. I have spare cars! :D

-Uwe-
 
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Well, the nice young man in the Snap-On jacket gave up...I really thought he had it in him. I gotta work on that interview process. The car is for sale again on FB for...$2500. The transmission is available, new old stock, $1295.00 in from info@cascadegerman.com . (Aaron). Also listed on EBay. The transmission is in Gresham, OR , and he has two of them. It's been sitting on a shelf for 23 years. The car is in Des Moines.

I really thought the guy would buy the transmission for $1295 and throw it in the car...the car has a new timing belt, front suspension, etc.

Well, on to the next project of the day - 2005 B6 S4 cabriolet O2 sensor replacements. The shop manual says to drop the transmission 70 mm...no less, no more...methinks this will be a challenge.
The car had a pothole induced flat tire last night, bad rim leak, but - big shocker - I had a spare rim and the correct worn diameter tire ready to go, and a spare tire replacement as well...my dysfunction continues.

Yes, my wife the Car Whisperer did not hit the pothole, I did before she got in the S4...but she "knew something didn't feel right" and so she parked it and waited for the Husband Spare Q7 Delivery Service. She has been known to send me audio and video of malfunctions...

Cheers all. May you all always have a spare car.
 
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Well, the nice young man in the Snap-On jacket gave up...I really thought he had it in him. I gotta work on that interview process. The car is for sale again on FB for...$2500.
Been there, done that with an off-lease car about a year ago. Due to very low mileage and the the crazy used car market at the time, it was worth considerably more than the end-of-lease buy out. A friend of one of our guys acted like he really wanted it, so I bought it for the lease-buy it price and sold it to him for that. But rather than keep it and enjoy it (and make it available to us if we ever wanted to test stuff on it again), he turned around and sold it for something closer to market value. Needless to say, that guy will not be getting any "deals" from me in the future.

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