[200q20v] gearbox leak - how bad is this going to hurt?

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Fri Aug 17 18:43:50 EDT 2001

At 11:36 AM -0400 8/17/01, Jim Austin wrote:
>I've got a leak from the gearbox, coming from somewhere on the left (drivers
>side).  I've got an appointment to have it looked at, but I'd be interested
>in any thoughts folks have on how bad this is going to hurt.  The leak isn't
>a gusher by any means but it is produceing enough to coat the left side cat
>and produce a driveway oil-slick if the car isn't run for a couple weeks.

If there's lots of oil right around the inner CV joint, then it's a 
leak from the  differential output-shaft seal--a common problem in 
Audis with over 80-100,000 miles. Of course the tranny drain and fill 
plugs are very close by, and it's conceivable--though unlikely--that 
a plug is loose/leaking. The oil seal for the differential shaft 
costs about $5 and there's under 2 hours of labor.  It shouldn't cost 
over 120 bucks unless you fall into the clutches of a typical Audi 
service department.


Phil Rose				Rochester, NY
'91 200q				mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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