Q: '08 Audi A6 - Will not start, stuck in park, tires locked...help!

asked by on March 03, 2017

I pulled my Audi into my garage yesterday. When I came out the car wouldn't start. Called AAA, battery is fine. Car will not shift out of park. I hit the manual release, put in neutral, but the tires are locked up. I had it towed to my local Audi repair shop. They've never seen anything like this. The dash lights come on. The key will lock/unlock the doors. Any idea on what could be the problem?
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello there. On most modern cars, including your 2008 Audi, there are a series of safety switches that disable the starter or ignition system. Two of these are located under the shifter and the brake pedal. If the switch has failed, it will cause the car not to start. If the tires are locked, but the shifter can move to neutral manually, it is likely the linkage is damaged. It might be a good idea for the mechanics to inspect the linkage physically and also download any stored error codes to see if an electrical fault exists.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Air bag light has been on for about 2 months

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose as a second opinion or to find any possible alternatives to correct this. There is a good chance this can...

Cold start issues

Hello. A no start condition can be caused by many things. If you believe that the engine is flooding and then there is likely an issue with the vehicle's fuel or engine management systems that are causing the problems. If...

Knocking sound from beneath the glove compartment

Behind the glove box is the cabin air filter, blower motor and AC mode actuators. Any of the mode control actuators, such as the blend or mode actuators, can cause the knocking noise when the gears inside them fail. A...

Gear shifter stuck.

I have seen this before. Dodge has a safety device that keeps the shifter from being moved into lets say "Drive" if the brakes are not applied. If this electronic lock fails, the shifter will not be released and will...

Gas pump thinks empty tank is full and it shuts off

Yes, this is an issue I have experienced before myself. I had a 2007 FJ cruiser that did the same thing. The fuel filler neck is very narrow on the FJ cruiser and will cause the sense of a full...

Interior light won't turn off

If one of the lights inside the vehicle is not turning off, then there is likely a short in the wiring or switch for that light. As wiring problems can sometimes be hard to diagnose or detect, I would recommend...

My car is stalling even when i’m driving it

When the vehicle stalls, does the Check Engine light illuminate? If so, does it remain illuminated when the vehicle is restarted? If it does, a mechanic should be able to diagnose the problem with a scan tool. Stalling can often...

Code P0170

Hi, thanks for writing in. The OBD-II Error Code P-0170 indicates that the powertrain control module is detecting a fuel trim that is outside the range of specification set by the vehicle’s manufacturer. This can mean a negative fuel trim...

2008 VW Jetta AC not cold

Hi Allen. By far the best way to have your AC system correctly diagnosed is by having an AC inspection completed first. By having one of our professional mobile mechanics come to your location to diagnose the issue correctly, it...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Audi A5
For For drivers who want a comfortable ride, expert handling and luxurious amenities, the 2012 Audi A5 will certainly fit the bill. Designed for performance and to deliver a gorgeous look, this model offers an array of options and features...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Audi A6
The The 2012 Audi A6 provides the perfect combination of comfort and power. The contemporary design answers the need for great options and plenty of tech for today’s younger drivers that aren’t quite ready for those early bird discounts. Key...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Get Motion Sickness
For For people that suffer from motion sickness, even on the shortest car trip, riding in a vehicle can prove to be unbearable. What’s great is that there are a number of cars on the market that can help to...