Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gears freezing up stiff on 2005 Audi A3 Quattro

asked by on

I’m having problems with shifting gears in my Quattro. It’s impossible to shift into reverse when the car is running. And when I try to shift into first and second gears it’s very hard to do. The gears are really stiff. They work but they are so stiff like they're freezing up. Do you know what’s casing this? How can I fix it?

Hello. Most of the time this is caused by a failing clutch or the hydraulic system that may be failing. I usually start by checking the transmission fluid first. If the fluid is old or burnt and broken down, then this will occur. If the fluid level and condition is fine, then I check the hydraulic system for leaks and for the proper movement. If that is fine, then the clutch needs to be replaced. Have a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect your gear shifting issue in person in order to have this correctly resolved.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: DSG transmission or exhaust issue?

answering

Q: How do I use the ignition?

The ignition has four stages: Off, Accessory, On, and Start. To use the ignition, insert your key into the slot, and rotate clockwise. When you first insert your key, it will be in the Off position. If you turn the...

Q: Car Starts And It Shifts Gears , But Won't Reverse , And In Drive It Barley Goes And When It Does It Jumps And Jolts. Transmisson?

Hello there, the transmission being unable to shift into reverse is a common issue for vehicles as they age and increase in mileage. There are a few common causes for this malfunction. The most likely would be low transmission fluid...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...