Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.
does your car have the 1.8L or 3.0L engine?
It seems that there is a problem with live chat
I will convert this to email format so you can tell me which engine you have
Hi Jason, it's a 3.0
so it's a quattro
good, that's good news
so a few thoughts. The TCM hardly ever fails, unless there's a water intrusion problem under the right floor
I'm sorry, but I was wrong. It is NOT a Quattro.
there are two connectors near the left front of the transmission pan. One large round, and one smaller......
ok, scratch all of that
so it has the CVT transmission
is your mechanic very familiar with Audi?
Well, we've only had the car a few weeks and don't have a mechanic yet. We did find a place called Euro Spec that specializes in foreign cars and he seems to be very knowledgeable.
Ok, that's good. These transmissions...well, they're problematic at best
and require someone who knows them well
check engine light on also?
So there's actually a possibility of TCM failure, which is complicated, since it's built into the trans case
but that is often accompanied by the engine light, when it fails
What else could it be if not the TCM?
Possible transmission pump bushing, which would be apparent when taking a fluid sample and looking for metal content...
but the TCM is the most common
about a $1600-$1800 repair to replace
We were quoted 1,400 for the part. I don't know what labor will be. Is there anything we should be asking the mechanic to check?
well, without knowing the diagnostic codes stored in the TCM, it's difficult for me to speculate
However, if he finds a P0706 code, then it's 99% the TCM issue
Can I get the codes from an auto parts store or does it have to be done at a mechanic's place?
engine controller will only store *some* codes. An Audi specific scan tool such as vag-com is necessary to communicate directly with the TCM (or any other computer in your car)
Okay, thanks! You've been very helpful. I may be back with some codes for you!!
glad to help, and sorry about the news
Hey, it could be worse, right?
You're doing quite well with this, so yes
If they tell me I need a new transmission? That's bad news.
yeah, that's a big deal
Hopefully that won't be the case.