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Advice on a gearbox problem on Audi

May 13th, 2012 · No Comments

I’ve a 5 year old Audi A3 1.8t Quattro. It’s done about 34K miles and is in pretty good nick. The problem is that over the last 2 or 3 months, when changing up from 1st to 2nd gear under slightly harder than normal acceleration (i.e., pulling away from an uphill junction, or flooring it to get up to speed on the motorway – or just flooring it) it crunches as if the clutch were not fully engaged. In fact I thought it was me not fully pressing the clutch and ignored it. The problem continued and I was careful to ensure the clutch was fully employed. On a trip at the weekend I noticed that the problem had also started occurring in 3rd as well. Monday morning I booked it in at my local garage and it’s due to go in tomorrow. Of course since I’ve done that the gearbox has been as smooth as anything – for the first time in months!

What I want to know from any mechanics out there is this: Any ideas as to what the problem could be? If I take it to the garage would they be able to find anything, even though the symptoms are not showing at the moment? Should I cancel the appointment but take it straight over if the problem reoccurs?

- its the syncromesh in the box vw’s and audi’s have suffered from this problem for years dating all the way back to the mk1 gti’s, its not a cheap job im afraid its a case of either live with the crunch and hope it doesn’t break up or bite the bullet and prepare for a big bill.

- Probably the clutch, or hopefully not, the syncromesh in the gearbox.
While I take no pleasure in the misfortune of others, it does rather prove the point that German cars, especially VW / Audis DO break down. Imagine the smug, superior, sarcastic comments you’d have got if you’d been describing the same fault on a Fiat, or, God forbid, a Peugeot (See question further down this page to see EXACTLY what I’m on about.

- May sound obvious but have you checked your gearbox oil level. I also think you may have a clutch problem despite what you have described.

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