brett at cloud9.net
Sun Mar 28 01:09:18 EST 2004
The tranny leak on my car apparently went from a slow drip to a near
flood in the days proceeding a planned trip down to Lime Rock for a
photo shoot of a friend's car on-track. It wasn't until I got home
that I noticed the huge spot of oil on the floor of the garage(it was
in the garage temporarily, almost always outside); the fluid was just
changed barely a month or two ago, and of course I had the chance a
few months ago to buy a used tranny for about $500, and passed on it.
I never made it to the track. An hour and a half into the trip,
precisely half-way there and 20 miles past what AAA covers, the car
lurched like someone firmly pressed the brakes 3 times, and then it
was continuous- I put the clutch in quickly and brought the car over
to the breakdown lane. From the side of the mass pike I found I
couldn't shift out of whatever gear it's stuck in now. The car rolls,
somewhat, with the clutch in. No noises(not even during the
failure), no warning. It had been making a whine in 4th for months
that hadn't changed; all other gears were silent. I would have
expected a transmission failure to be much more dramatic.
Speaking with a cornerworker(I did eventually make it to the track)
who happened to also have a 200q20v and works with Greg Haymann(well
known Audi mechanic in northwest CT/nearby NY), he mentioned the
right front seal is a common failure due to heat from the downpipe,
and recommended I send my downpipe out for jethot coating inside+out
to prevent it from happening again. "The heat shield is not enough".
What is the current situation with transmissions for our cars?
Here's what I understand-I know Audi doesn't offer them rebuilt or
new. I remember there was a guy in Germany who kept "discovering"
small quantities of new 200q20v transmissions, although weren't the
prices outrageous, and didn't include shipping from Germany? Another
option is possibly a rebuild, although I have no idea how bad things
are inside; it might be shot to hell and back, especially the center
diff. A tranny from a wreck is a total unknown, with absolutely no
way(that I know of) to check it out, no guarantees, no nothing. I
could spend a huge amount of money on labor only to drive the car
1000 yards, hear all sorts of lovely noises and be right back where I
started and an empty bank account and two dead transmissions. I'm
slightly less than thrilled about that option.
I also remember some discussion at one point about how the 01E
6-speed from the biturbo S4's might fit- according to Charlie, the
resident Audifans 013/016 tranny expert, the input shaft splines are
different, but he thinks it "should work" with the right clutch and
such. I have no idea what the S4 01E units run these days, so I
don't have the slightest clue as to whether this is an option, but
S4tt owners seem to be extremely talented at smacking their cars into
various things and one would think there would be plenty used units
with rather low miles, at least compared to our cars. New I know
they had a dealer-cost of about $12k back in '99/'00....
"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin
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