[A4] A4 Tiptronic won't shift out of park

Tyson Varosyan tyson at up-times.com
Tue Mar 4 12:11:11 PST 2008

Don't be tricked man - 10 to 1 says that you got some
electrical/electronic problem. I don't see ice causing this. Either the
switch or the actuator is on its last legs and could leave your car

Now I don't know about the Audis, but I know some cars will start up if
they are not in Park. I would advocate that if you must drive this car,
to leave it in neutral and set the e-brake. If you put it into Park, it
may not come out of it again.

Tyson Varosyan
Technical Director, Uptime Technical Solutions LLC.
tyson at up-times.com
206-715-TECH (8324)

-----Original Message-----
From: a4-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:a4-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf
Of Kent McLean
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 10:09 AM
To: a4 at audifans.com
Subject: Re: [A4] A4 Tiptronic won't shift out of park

Tyson Varosyan wrote:
> I have never taken apart your year/model car in this area, but the way
> these things work is pretty simple.

I think you mean "mysteriously".

At lunch, I went out to my car to check it out. Started the engine, put
my foot 
on brake pedal, the "foot" light on console went from being off to being
pressed in the shift button, and, unlike the other day, this time the
lever easy slid into reverse, just like it has always done. ?!?

It's 45F here. On Sunday it was below freezing. Maybe something got wet
froze, preventing the shift lever from moving. Or maybe the Audi gods
were just 
having some fun at my expense.

Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I'll keep them close at hand.

Kent McLean
'99 A4 Avant, w/ quattro, V6, Tiptronic, :)
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'91 200 TQA #1, undecided
'91 200 TQA #2, up in smoke 2
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke
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