View Full Version : 2001 A4 stuck torque converter?

10-24-2011, 04:48 PM
I am working on a 2001 A4 1.8t auto. the car has 72k on it and i did a fluid filter change then it started leaking from the main seal.
I pulled the engine to replaced the main tranny seal and the torque converter will not come off the tranny????
I don't want to force it and I am concerned either the converter may be bad, or the shaft is bad??
any suggestions. the car seemed to drive fine but the pump did have a faint whine.
so do I just yank it off or what?
it will move about 3/8 inch then just stops it has a lot of wiggle once it is moved and it also does not clunk when it goes back in??


12-11-2011, 12:07 PM
I see this thread has many views but no responses. I can definitely help. I had this problem on my '01 1.8t also a few years ago, and I have this problem on my '98 1.8t again. Unfortunately I have bad news. The problem is the "race" bearing is heavily damaged and cuasing a fluid leak. The race bearing is stuck to the torque converter when it should be pressed in the transmission.

As far as removing the torque converter, it will be difficult, but I did come up with a cool method this previous time. I wrapped tie wire around each of the 3 torque converter to flywheel bolts, but I doubled the tie wire up. I wrapped it and used a long pry bar to pop the torque converter off. This worked well for me.

As far as a repair, I have heard through research, that the race bearing can be replaced with a new 1, but will not last forever. So it may be better to replace the whole transmission.

I plan to go to my local machine shop for advice regarding my 1998 A4's transmission.

12-11-2011, 12:28 PM
Here are a couple of pictures of the torque converter with the race bearing stuck on it, and the transmission with the race bearing missing.