Within a few minutes of the check engine light comming on my car began shifting very hard (auto trans). From a stop, shifting from 1st to 2nd to 3rd feels like a car behind me is bumping into my rear end. Once I'm in high gear and cruising it runs fine. Had a free test at Autozone and got code #2716. It's an 06 and has 96000 mi. hiway, so my wuarantee is up. Do I have to eat this one or was there some kind of "hidden" recall? I think the part is approx. $800. Can I just "plug" it in myself or should I take it to the dealer to do? Thanx Ed.
It's the tramissin pressure control solinoid, about $50.00. depends on where you get it, best place to get one is from a "u-wrench-it" store. its on the top right side of tramission 3 screws and a plug kinda hard to reach unless you got small hands, but easy fix...a dealership will cost you about 800.00-1000.00 because they will tell you they need to drop trany to reach it( they dont need too, they just want to charge you the labor for it, while the mechanic will say he took 4-5 hours to fix reality is hell do it in about 45 min.
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Sounds like it needs trans fluid & filter change. Your description is actually normal for cars when EXTREMELY cold but shifts happen within minutes not blocks/mile. I'd change trans fluid & filter, VW recs every 50k (you didn't mention mileage)
the trans computer has seen a problem possible a bad sensor, or an internal problem, and puts it into a safe mode, or limp home mode , it wont shift , it will stay in 3rd gear, this way this reduces the possibility of further damage trans damage, when you turn the ignition off and back on it resets the tcm, my advice is to take it to your local dealer, they can diag your trans as they know the product, i dont advise pep boys, or discount auto parts.
Your going to have to get the car scanned for the DTC code. The Check engine light indicates that the ECM has detected an issue with the cars engine or transmission performance. Your hard shifting could be the failure to the Pressure control solenoid (PCS), that would be a DTC code P1811. The PCS is located under the trans axle side cover assembly. IF you go to Auto Zone, they can scan your car free of charge and can give you the step by step instruction to replacing the part that may have failed.
Good luck and keep me posted, be glad to help.
A reason for hard shifting could be a problem with many things with various degrees of seriousness. It could be your ATF( automatic transmission fluid) is low or broken down and old. This would cause the hardness and the reason for stop and go traffic effecting it. Another possibility is your transmission is just shot, and the timing gears inside are worn and not properly shifting at the correct RPM causing a **** during shifting.