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4.2 Touareg Stuck in 3rd Gear- Please Help
I saw the post from years ago about this, but I didn't want to post in that thread for obvious reasons.
I bought a 2004 Touareg about a half a year ago, and I love it very much, but this morning on the way into work it downshifted into third and would not come out, even via tiptronic. My gear display on the dash has all of the gears highlighted, and even after trying to do the "pedal reset" I've experienced no fixes, temporary or permanent.
That being said, my vehicle is an 04 with 161k on the dash- so it's been around the block a few times. It has a history of hard UPshifts only, mainly between second up to third, where it hesitates and revs as it finds the next gear, then "bangs in" fairly violently. I've read on the forums that using tiptronic can bypass this issue, and from what I've noticed, it's worked. **This I am sure is the valve body, which I will have to replace soon**
But the 3rd gear Limp Mode issue I am having right now seems to be electrical (I've heard about the T14 transmission harness). I haven't plugged it into the VAG COM yet, as I don't have one, but I plan to soon.
My question- has anyone had this issue, and how did you go about fixing it? I am not planning on taking it to the dealership, as I am pretty handy, just new to this car. I'd like to inspect my trans harness, and I've looked online, but I can't find any info on where it is located on the trans, or the specific plug that branches out that I'm looking for. It's getting cold in Detroit, so I'd like to get all my eggs in one basket before I crawl under the car in my driveway. Any and all links, photos, advice, information, comments and criticism is welcomed.