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Audi a3 1998 automatic transmission cannot shift into gear

When ignition turned off I can change the gears but when ignition on or car idling, I cannot move the gear shifter to put it into drive

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  • albie453 Oct 18, 2008

    It's an automatic?

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    AUDI 90s is stuck in one gear won't shift out

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Posted on Oct 18, 2008

Hi, I had this problem a few years back. It's a faulty brake pedal switch.

The car will not allow you to move the gears until you have your foot on the brake. If the switch is faulty, the car thinks you don't have the brake applied. Ie. if you were to put it into gear without your foot on the brake the automatic would start moving straight away. Not a good idea if you are parked up next to things.

You can test if this is the problem by looking at the red light next to the gearstick. When you apply the brake when in park the light should go out. If it remains lit, the brake switch is faulty. You can only change out of park when the light goes out.

Apparently there is a way of overriding this function by removing the gearstick cover and disconnecting this red light indicator. This can get you moving but remember that your rear brake lights are also powered by the faulty brake pedal switch so people behind you will have no warning of braking... and of course that's illegal too.

The brake pedal switch is cheap to replace but the mechanics time is probably not so cheap. :o)

Hope that helps.

Cheers.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

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