brakes fine- now tranny whine?

R Mangas porter_dog at
Tue Mar 11 07:52:54 EST 2003

How can not enough fluid cause your brakes to drag?

>From: Brett Dikeman <brett at>
>To: 200q20v at
>CC: quattro at
>Subject: brakes fine- now tranny whine?
>Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 16:40:40 -0500
>So the brake saga has ended without fanfare-it really was just too
>low a fluid level causing air to get sucked into the MC.  After
>sitting all weekend with a properly topped up reservoir, it seems to
>have sorted itself out- pedal and braking action are now 100% normal,
>did a pretty thorough test in driveway and then on some back roads;
>no mushy pedal, car rolls quite easily- no sign of any brake drag-
>full stopping capacity, can stab at the pedal very quickly and get
>perfect response.
>Problem is, I've still got something else that cropped up that night;
>a VERY loud whine of some sort, worse at low RPMs and 3rd/4th gears,
>heavily dependent upon load/torque; let off the pedal, it all but
>disappears.  It is somewhat similar to the grumble/whine you'll get
>in most type44's at very low engine speeds/high load...except MUCH
>louder.  Seems very much like a tranny problem, and I'm concerned the
>tranny is now going to grenade on me- it's never made noises like
>this before.  Torsen seems fine, not locked up nor open from what I
>can tell- car's fine on mixed surfaces and no problems with tight
>radius turns.  Aside from the noise, everything feels normal.
>Any guesses on this new problem?
>"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
>safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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