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By Miscellaneous
#1651425
…although I don't think it is the box itself.

Anyone familiar with the operation of the Audi gearbox?

Little background, probably coincidence, however; I put it in for a rear wheel bearing (the second one) and on collection was advised they had broken the ABS sensor…no great deal, these things happen. I took it home to go back a couple of days later when the sensor was in. Now, I was amazed at the warning lights on the dash due to an ABS sensor, apparently the on board computer runs checks and if a fault is found it can affect other functions. Anyway, some made sense, from no cruise control through a light issue, to TPMS faults and no ABS there were a few. I had no trouble once the new one was fitted…until yesterday (actually there was a noise :? ).

Jumped in, selected drive and nothing, the only fault showing was tyre pressure monitoring system. I eventually switched off and tried again and it was okay for the rest of the day. Unfortunately it did it again today, with reverse. I wasn't;t in the car so don't know what lights illuminated.

I have no idea if the sensor is linked in any way to whether it selects drive or whether the ABS sensor is irrelevant.

Can anyone point me at what may be preventing the box selecting gear (I'm sure it's electrical rather than a mechanical issue in the box)?

Anyone had similar?

TIA
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By Rob P
#1651453
No, Mrs P's Audi has been monotonously reliable, but a quick Google found this

How do I reset my DSG?


Turn the ignition on, without starting the engine.
Fully depress and hold the accelerator in that position for about 10 seconds (You may hear / feel a click)
Release the accelerator and turn off the ignition.


Rob P
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By Miscellaneous
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Cheers Rob, I'll give it a go. I'm curious as to how the electronics work and whether it is related to having the sensor replaced.

I'm afraid this will be my last Audi for various reasons.
By johnm
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My Audi A6 estate was the biggest heap of junk I've ever had the misfortune to own.

The DSG isn't really an automatic it's a double manual gearbox controlled with electronics and if the electronics go AWOL it's tricky to fix, my guess is that RobP Google found a hard reset method.

Good Luck

BTW an experienced garage mechanic told me that if you want a reliable Audi VW group car buy a Skoda, he had no idea why but reckoned he saw Audis VWs and SEATs for all sorts but rarely saw a Skoda except for servicing
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By Flyin'Dutch'
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Miscellaneous wrote:Cheers Rob, I'll give it a go. I'm curious as to how the electronics work and whether it is related to having the sensor replaced.

I'm afraid this will be my last Audi for various reasons.


Audi, the new BMW, I can understand you want your next car to have indicators. So much more stylish.

PS: I think DSG boxes are great - but I have never had problems with them yet.
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By Rob P
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Miscellaneous wrote:
I'm afraid this will be my last Audi for various reasons.


As mentioned, Mrs P seems delighted with hers, and bar the £1,000 for the first service, we have little in the way of complaints after two and a half years. But it is the big, lazy V6, TT Quattro. One thing she has noted though, possibly related to it being open top so that she is quite visible, is that she feels she has been met with more aggression aimed at her than ever she found in the Megane.

It does have indicators, and she does know how to use them, possibly too frequently in my opinion.

Rob P
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By Flyin'Dutch'
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Rob P wrote: One thing she has noted though, possibly related to it being open top so that she is quite visible, is that she feels she has been met with more aggression aimed at her than ever she found in the Megane.

Rob P


Same happened to Mrs FD when she was driving a Boxster.

The aggression was usually perpetrated by nerds in souped-up Vauxhall Corsas or jalopies of a similar ilk.

One can only suspect t that this behaviour is instigated by the offenders lack of performance in several departments.
By johnm
#1651505
Mrs Johnm has found that problem is easily solved, her SLK is viewed as a girly car until she demonstrates that it has a 3 litre V6 under the bonnet :twisted:
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By Miscellaneous
#1651517
johnm wrote:The DSG isn't really an automatic it's a double manual gearbox controlled with electronics...

You'll have to help me here John. I consider a box that changes gear without me having to intervene, an automatic. :D

Flyin'Dutch' wrote:PS: I think DSG boxes are great - but I have never had problems with them yet.

Me too…I say gingerly. :D

Rob P wrote:As mentioned, Mrs P seems delighted with hers, and bar the £1,000 for the first service, we have little in the way of complaints after two and a half years.

I'd like to hope not, bet it hasn't done any miles either.

Re aggression, I'd suggest that may be as much a sexist issue as it is car related. :D

Maybe time for a change. Not having been considering changing I have no idea what I'd buy. Something petrol powered, sturdy and reliable that goes on and on.
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By Jim Jones
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johnm wrote:Mrs Johnm has found that problem is easily solved, her SLK is viewed as a girly car until she demonstrates that it has a 3 litre V6 under the bonnet :twisted:



How, exactly, is this done? :wink:
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By Flyingfemme
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Hmmm.....we have an old (2003) A8 that shows electrical gremlins when it has a battery it doesn't like. An employee fitted a (cheap) replacement battery a few years ago and weird things started to happen on random electrical stuff. A visit to the local Audi specialist yielded the info that Audis like OEM batteries which speak to the onboard computer in some way - otherwise things start going wrong for no apparent reason. Another "new" battery fixed all the problems magically and they haven't come back.
Reactions from traffic are similar to that experienced by Mrs JohnM - but ours is a 4.2 litre petrol Quattro!
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By Rob P
#1651635
Rob P wrote:As mentioned, Mrs P seems delighted with hers, and bar the £1,000 for the first service, we have little in the way of complaints after two and a half years.


Miscellaneous wrote:I'd like to hope not, bet it hasn't done any miles either.


I'll send you the bank details by PM so that you can pay up.

Mrs P commutes Norfolk to Cambridge almost every working and so clocks up between 15 and 20,000 miles per year on a car that was already 40,000 miles when we bought it.

Rob P
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By Rob P
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I know and we have taken the decision to shift servicing away from the local Audi Specialist to our local man in his shed.

Actually he's a skilled and creative mechanic who has worked on everything from our Opel Mantas onwards and saved us a fortune over the years. Our view being that any notional decrease in residual from not having a specialist's stamp in the service record will be far outweighed by the ongoing savings

Miscellaneous wrote:Maybe time for a change. Not having been considering changing I have no idea what I'd buy. Something petrol powered, sturdy and reliable that goes on and on.


Oh come on, don't be a spoilsport. Post an outline 'want list' on here and let us come up with a range of suggestions featuring our particular favourite whether it matches your requirement or not.

Rob P

@Miscellaneous Did the gearbox reset work?
Last edited by Rob P on Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:08 am, edited 2 times in total.
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By johnm
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We recently replaced MrsJohnm's 20 year old AMG SLK with a 10 year old 3 litre standard version. We had one warranty claim on the dealer (Main Mercedes) because the air con didn't function. A day after they worked on it to diagnose a failed pipe connection the engine light came on. We therefore took it to our trusty neighbourhood garage for diagnosis.

"Mixture problem" was the response. "Ah!" says I "Oddly enough the Merc dealer was looking at air con pipework yesterday" "Ah!" says he "give me a minute"

A minute went by and it was fixed (no charge) he just replaced the induction pipe the dealer had disturbed...…..


I never take any car to a main dealer unless it's for warranty work.
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