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1997 A 8 Quattro tranny issue

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Old 07-11-2009, 08:06 PM
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My 97 A8 has 141k, I just purchased it. When driving at approx. 40 -45 mph, the tranny seems to go back and forth between 4th & 5th gear. I had the fluid level checked it is ok. Also the high beam headlights, (bulbs are ok.) are not working. Any ideas?
 

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www.ross-tech.com purchase a vag com, scan the vehicle for fault codes and then we can proceed.
 
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Where do I purchase one?
 
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See post #2.
 
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by shepherd100 View Post
My 97 A8 has 141k, I just purchased it. When driving at approx. 40 -45 mph, the tranny seems to go back and forth between 4th & 5th gear. I had the fluid level checked it is ok. Also the high beam headlights, (bulbs are ok.) are not working. Any ideas?
I used to own a '97 A8 - similar mileage on it, and it did the exact same thing. As long as the shifts aren't clunky, I wouldn't worry about it too much. That particularly annoying shift pattern is just how that years tranny was programmed. I used to just manually move the shifter down to (4) anytime I was cruising between 40-50 mph. There is a way to reset the transmission shift pattern back to default (it 'learns' your habits after a while), which helps ... for a while. At one point in time, I seriously considered doing the Tiptronic conversion, but ended up selling the car.

One other thing you may want to consider, is changing the transmission fluid. When I first got mine, it shifted fairly rough, and changing the fluid helped somewhat, although it did not completely eliminate the issue. Contrary to Audi's initial assessment of a maintenance free automatic transmission on the '97 A8, the fluid should be changed out periodically.

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Well if there are no problems with the transmission and it IS the programming, he could install a TIP chip from GIAC which will change the shift patterns to a performance setting similar to newer audi's S mode.
 
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Thanks, I will change the fluid and see
 
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I changed the fluid and filter, no codes present for engine & transmission, still shiftig the same, any ideas?
 
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what about the chip?
 
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