WHY IS THE TIPTRONIC SHIFTER POPPING OUT OF DRIVE, TO THE RIGHT, WHEN I TURN LEFT?

  • Tiny
  • Clearsky
  • 1998 AUDI A6
  • 160,000 MILES

The shifter comes out of Drive and into tiptronic (right) when I turn left, even a gentle turn. Is some mechanism broken? Is a spring missing? What keeps the shifter in Drive?

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 AT 4:07 AM

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  • Tiny
  • KHLow2008
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Worn bushes are the main cause of such problem and you would need to remove the gear shifter to check.

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012 AT 5:36 AM
  • Tiny
  • Exovcds
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The Tiptronic has a detent that should keep it in place. If the
shifter is very easy to move to the right (without feeling the
detent), then something is broken or worn: (Sample from a VW)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L4J5_M8WRc

Resting your hand on the shifter while turning left "can" cause the
shifter to move right... your hand/arm is applying a centrifugal
force to the right. You might think that you are not moving your
hand / arm, but you are.

If it truely is moving on its own, you will have to take the
shifter apart to investigate.

Thomas

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012 AT 3:58 AM
  • Tiny
  • Exovcds
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I found some info / diagrams. I haven't had one of these apart, so
I don't know if the "detent" is built into the Tiptronic Switch / Cover
or if it is part of the shifter assembly below the cover.

Good Luck with your Troubleshooting.

Thomas

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Sunday, October 14th, 2012 AT 4:13 AM

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