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Eyerate
12-19-2008, 12:00 AM
I'm going to replace it in 2-3 weeks and I'm wondering if I would ruin the whole transmission if I drive on it like this?

My mechanic said that as long as I don't drive too hard I'm ok, but I've read otherwise online.

thanks

AudiA4Turbo22
12-19-2008, 12:01 AM
i wouldn't

Eyerate
12-19-2008, 12:03 AM
i wouldn'twell, I've driven on it like this for 1 week now.

Would I have caused any damage?

AudiA4Turbo22
12-19-2008, 12:08 AM
there is a risk that u can

Charlescrs6
12-19-2008, 03:45 AM
I drove for a little over a week on a bad one. DIdn't even know... found out when I brought my car in to the stealership and they told me what the CEL was from.

IronAudi
12-19-2008, 06:18 AM
you can drive on it till it breaks, bring it in adn get it fixed. No reason to drive on it till it snaps and your screw the whole drive train.

Charlescrs6
12-19-2008, 06:33 AM
you can drive on it till it breaks, bring it in adn get it fixed. No reason to drive on it till it snaps and your screw the whole drive train.

those two sentences were very contradictory...[confused]

Frey7190
12-19-2008, 08:51 AM
What's the symptoms of a bad TC? Does the CEL turn on?

AudiA4Turbo22
12-19-2008, 08:59 AM
^^usually

Papachristou
12-19-2008, 09:51 AM
OP, that question is as vague as "how long can i drive with engine starting to sludge?"

47Ronin
12-19-2008, 10:10 AM
papachristou who is in your avatar

Papachristou
12-19-2008, 10:43 AM
[;)] Do you know her?

02SILVANT
12-19-2008, 11:29 AM
OP i drove on my bad TC for about 3 or 4 days and i just simply wouldnt recommend driving more then that. Anything can happen. You really have no control over it. If you absolutely have no other way of getting around and have to wait out 2-3 weeks till it gets fixed then drive very carefully by not punching on the gas and stay calm!!!

Turb_Oh_A4
12-19-2008, 11:38 AM
Papa, are you the same guy that had Raven Riley in there a few weeks ago?

Eyerate
12-19-2008, 11:39 AM
you can drive on it till it breaks, bring it in adn get it fixed. No reason to drive on it till it snaps and your screw the whole drive train.nice engrish

Papachristou
12-19-2008, 12:52 PM
Papa, are you the same guy that had Raven Riley in there a few weeks ago?

nope, this girl is mine... although raven riley is one nice looking piece of goodness [:D]

Eyerate
12-19-2008, 02:36 PM
OP, that question is as vague as "how long can i drive with engine starting to sludge?"you're right. What I meant is would I damage rest of the tranny if I drive on it for a while.

romell
12-19-2008, 03:09 PM
papachristou who is in your avatar

were the hell have you been.

Exanimas
12-19-2008, 05:29 PM
Papa, are you the same guy that had Raven Riley in there a few weeks ago?

That's Eurosteez, he has a B5 but seems to pop over here on occasion.

downhillracer
12-19-2008, 06:04 PM
you can drive on it but there are a thousand fins and things in there and im not exactly sure what goes wrong with them but if those fins break off then they can grind up in there and tear apart the whole torque converter and get metal shavings in you tranny fluid and then that would be really bad....so I wouldn't drive it

initiala4
12-19-2008, 06:07 PM
The more you drive a car with a broken tranny, the more problems you will get into later. Might as well get it fix asap and not worry whats going to break.

Eyerate
12-19-2008, 06:49 PM
could I possibly have done any damage to the tranny after driving like this for 1 week?

monkey323i
12-19-2008, 09:34 PM
depends on if you ganna drive a lot of highway (high speed) in that duration.

if you do, TC wont be able to lock-up after 75-80km/hr, it will still keep spinning and overheat the tranny fluid.

eventually, you will lose 5th/4th gears. (tranny wont shift)
You may end up building whole tranny instead of just replacing TC.

downhillracer
12-19-2008, 10:07 PM
tcc (torque converter clutch) lockup is mostly for efficiency but it can cool the trans fluid by locking up the converter if needed...you probably didn't do any damage yet...but id get it fixed as soon as possible. Id have them to a tranny fluid and filter change while they are there...just for good measure!