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The transmision went into safe mode and wont shift past 3rd gear

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Bands are gone , these wear out first, It is unusual it lasted this long, Audi's have this problem a lot,
You can have them replaced with out overhauling tranny but is advised to replace or overhaul all of it. Best of luck to you,

Posted on Apr 09, 2011

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