My Audi dealer says I need a new torque converter. The car has only 140,000 km on it but it is a 2003 A4.The yellow light comes on periodically. Dealers diagnosis says faulty torque converter, my personal diagnosis gadget ( 60$ at Princess Auto) says check the wiring. Using my gadget, I turn the light off and it stays off usually about 800 to 900 km before it comes back on.I don't think it is worth spending the money to replace the torque converter as recommented by my dealer but don't like the light coming on all time. Dealer says not necessary to repair but gas mileage will suffer. Don't drive it much anymore.... just on longer trips since I retired. Car is in outstanding condition and in great repair otherwise.Can you help?Richard
Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.
what are the actual Pxxxx codes?
I don't remember. Car is just outside and light is on know. shall I go run the diagnostic now while you wait?
sure, let's do that please
I don't need descriptions, just the code numbers
OK. I am not experienced at this buy will try to get you the numbers. Back in a few minutes.
still with me?
I'll save this sesssion
yep, right here
the KWP 2000 is just the communication protocol.
The P0741 means that you definitely need a torque converter
it's not going into lockup mode
so, right now, maybe not an issue, but over time, say about 20k miles after the code first appears, it will turn into a complete transmission replacement
I wish I could offer you some hope, but in my experience of replacing dozens of these, 100% of the time, it needs a converter
dozens per year that is
Unfortunately, we're not able to have personal contact with the JustAnswer customers outside of the site, but I'd be happy to give you an estimate based on what we normally charge
Torque converter: $950. Fluid: $160 Labor: $1200
sorry, plus a filter kit for another $60
that is USD
And while I do believe that, with the parity we're experiencing right now, it *should* be the same price there, but I know that's not the case
the thought of paying 28 bucks for a 2-4 astounds me
it's a very common problem with these. There is an internal seal which fails (in the converter). hard to say exactly why, but the replacement converters are much better
Right, hard to sell with an engine light on, or if it's not currently on, dealing with the hassle of a buyer who is then annoyed. I would likely repair it
The newer cars with the 6-spd automatics do not have this problem. The other scheduled major expense I can see you dealing with is a complete timing belt and water pump service. With all parts replaced that need to be replaced at that time turns into a $1600 bill (USD)
hopefully this will get you down the right path.