Regularly-scheduled inspections and routine maintenance are crucial to the performance of your Audi automobile. Varied makes and models are developed through top-class German engineering and are known for being among the elite luxury vehicles in the world. While tune ups and inspections can prevent many of the problems that can affect your Audi, there are still some potentially serious issues that may arise. One area of concern is transmission problems.
Your transmission serves a significant purpose pertaining to the operation of your automobile. It ensures the correct amount of power is distributed to your wheels in order for you to drive at a certain speed. The transmission is designed to shift gears, either manually by the driver or automatically by a torque converter.
A manual transmission works by using a clutch and changing gears so that the car will increase speed. An automatic version utilizes a torque converter that can sense acceleration changes and shift the gears accordingly. No matter which type you choose, you must have it routinely inspected for any symptoms of an impending problem.
Here are 4 of the most common causes of transmission issues in your Audi so you can look out for the signs and symptoms:
Any make and model of vehicle can fall victim to low levels of fluid. In your Audi, you might become aware of your transmission slipping or that your car is shifting slower. This can be caused by low fluid. Commonly, a malfunctioning seal in the drive shaft or transmission will cause a leak. Over time, this leak will drain your fluid, resulting in damaging consequences to your transmission as well as your Audi’s overall performance.
A loud, sudden grinding sound under the hood is never a good sign. While there are several potential causes, the very first sign of failure of the converter needle bearings is this exact sound. Wear and tear can take its toll on the bearing, causing it to become worn. This excessive wearing can wreak havoc on your transmission. Such an issue must be addressed as soon as possible by an expert mechanic.
The torque converter’s clutch can wear down over time. Normally, a defective seal is the cause of this serious problem. The result can be a clutch that slips or gets jammed, eventually malfunctioning completely. Stay alert when driving and notate any strange sensations, like a jolt when changing gears. Failure of the clutch can be resolved by replacing it, when caught early enough.
The smell of something burning is always troublesome and even more so when it applies to the operation of a vehicle as well. A common cause of this smell may be overheated fluid in the transmission. If the proper amount of transmission fluid can not be maintained, friction will begin to take place between components. This friction can result in the breakdown of valuable parts under the hood and even cause a complete malfunction of the transmission.
If you suspect that your Audi is experiencing transmission problems, you need to consult our team at European Service Center as soon as possible. We have seven locations throughout Texas and Georgia. This includes service centers in the greater Dallas and Atlanta areas. All of our locations offer superior car services for European makes and models. We understand the quality, detail, and intricate repairs that are required by these exotic lines of automobiles.
We are a family owned and operated business with over 35 years of experience. European Service Center offers a 3-year/36,000 mile limited warranty on most of our repairs and services. While you may believe that a dealership is more equipped to handle the inspection, diagnosis and repair of your luxury vehicle, this could not be further from the truth. We can exceed your expectations while getting you back on the road quickly and at a fraction of the cost that you would incur at the dealership. At European Service Center, we pride ourselves on leaving your car running, performing and looking like new after each visit. Contact us today to ensure that your Audi is left in qualified hands.