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Read or Miss Out! Complete Your Knowledge of Audi Transmission Problems

The transmission, which was once a component featuring a simple mechanism, has transformed into a complex component in recent years. With the increase in the number of gears and added sophistication to the technology, the problems related to transmission have also been increasing and evolving. One car brand notorious for facing such issues is Audi. The Audi transmission problems in A4 and A6 models are quite familiar.

Common Audi Transmission Problems in A4 and A6 Models

With proper maintenance, most transmissions are likely to survive years. However, the Audi owners don’t have that much of luck, especially people driving an A4 or an A6. Especially, the CVT transmission glitches of the A6 cars are the most scandalous ones as they have caused Audi to settle lawsuits with approximately 64,000 people.

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An Audi A4. Source: Audi

Keep reading to know the common Audi transmission problems so that you can stay alert and take necessary actions at the right time.

1. Torque Converter

This component is a part of both Audi A4 and Audi A6 transmission problems. When the car becomes a few years old, the torque converter is one of those components that will start showing some problematic symptoms.

Check Engine Light – The first sign is the coming on of the check engine light. The issues with the drivability are hard to pick up but the ECU turns on the check engine light after detecting the inconsistencies between the RPMs of the engine and the transmission input shaft. Besides, the RPM may be volatile when you speed up the car to 45mph or more.

The Clutch – In both A4 and A6 models, the torque converter’s clutch wears out with time. A defective seal is the source of the problem that causes the clutch to slip and then get destroyed eventually. The clutch could also get jammed instead of being slippery.

You should be alert for feeling a minor jolt at the time of shifting gears. If you can detect the problem at the early stage, you will have to fix it by replacing the clutch.

The Needle Bearings – If you hear a grinding sound while driving the car, you should immediately have the vehicle checked for a torque-related problem. The needle bearings are the usual suspects in this case. It is one of the Audi transmission problems that you should never ignore. Worn out bearings can permanently damage the transmission.

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2. Slow Response from the Gearbox

It is exclusive to Audi A6 transmission problems. The A6 models have automatic, CVT, and Multitronic gearbox. It is likely to be a software issue if the gear shifting feels awkward or hesitant during driving. Take a specialist’s help to reprogram the gearbox. You may even need to replace the transmission if it is a high-mileage car.

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The gears in A6 could shift slowly. Source: Audi 

3. Low Fluid Levels

Low-level of transmission fluid causes a problem to not only Audi cars but all types of vehicles. If the gear slips during shifting or moves slowly, check the fluid level. There could be a faulty seal in the driveshaft or the gearbox for leaking the fluid.

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  1. Bicku says

    I am from Ireland, driving a Diesel Audi A6 Se – 2017 Model. 190bhp -Stronic (automatic).
    I have lots of complaints/issues with this car.
    I bought this car brand new 07-July 207. This car is a replacement car (I had similar A6 used for one week gear box started juddering-in slow speed). I have to pay extra money to buy new car because July one is brand new and other one was pre reg which was only 475kilometers. Only. Any way I paid out the trouble because who want to fight with these f***s.
    I bought Just after one month I noticed problems in shifting gear. Contacted Audi dealership checked and told me nothing wrong. End of September 2017, while reversing from driveway the car startedoff/ cutting off completely. Then every two weeks or say in a certain interval same complaint keep coming again and again. Dealers and Audi Ireland keep saying the same thing nothing wrong.
    In the mean time MMi keep freezing,
    Bluetooth keep disconnected,
    DPF warnings every week,
    Very tiny bit juddering we can feel
    Lack,of power sometimes
    Gear change is so obviously we feels we are sitting in tractor we will go forward and backward.
    Keep reporting this issue on a weekly basis.
    Same answer nothing wrong with car it’s in my head!!!

    02January 2018 car went into limp mode and the service Manager licking my feet and says small problem the EGR valve has to be replaced on 8000kilometers (8k -kilometer) done car.

    February 2018 (10k kilometers) they take car again and change the Machatronic unit without even my consent.
    Car is extremely sluggish and very low powered sometimes..
    Lack of throttle or say response from gear or acceleration/accelerating sometimes lags a lot.
    Car Juddering/shivering approaching stop.
    Even today while reversing out the completely car stopped.
    DPF warning comes and goes still.
    What is the problem with car?
    How can I get out from this issue?

  2. james says

    Buy a Hyundai….they very rarely go wrong!

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