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post #1 of 13 Old 04-15-2018 Thread Starter
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2008 V6 TDI locked in Park.

Help. I'm stuck at home. Started the Tregg and a 'System fault Workshop' warning came up on the MFD. Glow plug symbol flashing and going ding-ding. Flat battery for key warning came up. Diff lock symbol came up. Can't get the transmission to get out of Park. Had an RAA serviceman here for 1.5 hours trying and analyzing everything. No codes come up. I had no brake lights, which he thought may have sent an error code to the brake system. Replaced fuse. Still no brake lights. Disconnected the battery and re-connected in the hope it might reset everything. No luck. No codes on VAG.
So, it now appears if I can't get it out of Park and into neutral to at least roll it out of my driveway for an all-up lift to a workshop, it's going to require a couple of dollies to shift it out. THAT will be expensive.
I'm hoping 1) somebody may have encountered a similar problem and has an idea of what my problem is and/or, if not, 2) knows how to get it out of Park.
Interesting that it will start WITHOUT the foot on the brake.
Thanks in advance people.

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This will get you going
https://www.clubtouareg.com/forums/f4...rk-247498.html

You could have done a search yourself very simply by selecting (under the CT banner above),
TOOLS > Advanced Search > Search by Keyword > ie. ("Stuck in park")

This would have brought up numerous treads with similar problems as you are having and many solutions.

Anyhow, this problem has occured many times.

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If you can't get it out of park, you will need FOUR dollies, one for each wheel, and any good towing company should have them anyway in order to get your car safely up onto a flat bed for a trip to the workshop.

However, something is ringing a bell about a failed brake light switch so I'll have a look elsewhere for the thread I'm thinking of.
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Thanks mate. Going to lift carpets and check for corroded wiring in driver side floor well. Cheers.

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Update. I finally started on the 'lift the carpet' project. First step was to remove my floor mat. Hoo boy! One absolutely saturated, soaking wet piece of carpet. I had this problem about 12-18 months ago with no undue electrical issues - just sloshing water after a day of heavy rain. I cleaned out the drain ends then, which resulted in about 10 litres of water dumping from the front drains. It was a hot summer and I managed to get both side of the front floor dry with sunlight and a fan.
I have no rain protection for my Tregg as I'm in the process of re-building my carport. Of a day I park in front of my house under a bit shady tree that dumps a ****-load of leaves and small berries - mainly into the scuttle between the windscreens and bonnet. I religiously vacuum that crap out and ensure my drain ends are clear, but it would appear that somewhere, some time along the way I have a top end blockage.
Now my problem is completely removing the carpet from the driver side. I've started removing plastic door sill trim, and find I have to go all the way to the top of the B pillar and work my way down and forward. That's just for starters.
I'm parked in a narrow drive way and can't open the driver door fully, so that's not helping.
I've spent all morning Googling and searching this forum and others for help and found a fair bit of information.
So, just a quick question - would it be more expeditious to remove the driver seat as well to get the carpet up and expose my wiring?
I'm not rushing this thing. I have a couple of days to find a solution to my original problem, but of course need to get rid of the CAUSE of the problem - being the 'water in the well'.
Thanks for bearing with me on this one. I know once its all sorted I'm going to have to re-visit the blocked drains issue, but first things first.
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The dodgy wiring splices are on the driver's side in LHD cars and the passenger side in RHD.

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My Tregg is right-hand drive and it's the driver's side floor that's drenched. Passenger side is dry.
You saying that I'm NOT going to find water-affected wiring when I lift the carpet on the driver's side?

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Thanks again nooby. You think I should find and check the brake light switch?
Should be somewhere around the brake pedal, yeah?

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The auto-electrical guys came this morning to have a look at the Treg. Wouldn't you know it - the minute they jumped in and started it, they pulled the trannie out off Park and into whatever gear they wanted. WT? They took it to their workshop for some investigative work and on the way they found that my brake lights started working again. They parked it, and throughout the day started it and drove it around their premises. Couldn't fault it, but believe they problem was/is somewhere in the brake light switch so I told them to replace it anyway. Couldn't find one in Adelaide, so ordered it in from Melbourne. I decided to chance it and take that car and drive as normal until next week until the switch arrives. Only problem is - they cannot locate the brake light switch and the supplier, presumably Volkswagen Australia, didn't have a clue.
So, can anybody please tell me where to find the switch? Auto-electrician assumed it would be somewhere on or near the brake pedal but he says "no".
Thanks folks.

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VW uses optical sensors installed under the dashboard, on the side of the center console and embedded behind the door speaker grilles to monitor your right foot position and movements to determine if you lift your right foot, move it left over the brake pedal, and then move it down. At this point the system will apply the brake lights, while continuing to analyze your right foot movements. Those Germans...

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