Author Topic: 1994/5 S6 Radiator and Transmission Problems  (Read 1348 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

4-Ringer

  • Guest
1994/5 S6 Radiator and Transmission Problems
« on: March 24, 2009, 04:57:58 pm »
Hi.

Iíve got a 1994/5 S6 (20V engine) and it seems sometimes to stay in Second even when itís in Drive.  I havenít got the handbook with me, but I donít think this is the ďlimp homeĒ mode, but I could be wrong.

I took it in for a service and shortly after I arrived it leaked coolant plus some light pink sludge.  I was later advised that the transmission fluid had leaked in the radiator and contaminated the coolant, forming some light pink sludge, which has affected the hoses.  The car needs to be going again before they can check the transmission.

I would appreciate some advice on:

1>   options other than replacing the radiator and hoses with genuine Audi parts; and
2>   what may be wrong with the transmission.  Has anybody had a similar problem?

Thanks,

David.

Offline robh

  • ##
  • **
  • Posts: 3250
  • Don't do this at home children
Re: 1994/5 S6 Radiator and Transmission Problems
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009, 07:50:48 pm »
If your worried about the price of Audi parts you could try sourcing overseas from:

http://www.autohausaz.com/

http://www.pelicanparts.com/

Or similar, just make sure you have correct part numbers.

I found aftermarket radiator in NZ was more expensive than genuine from Giltraps.  Speak to Simon in parts, top bloke!

Daily Driver - Clubsport R8 Track Edition 2016
Fun Car - Vento 1.8T bought not built
Project Car - Golf VR6 Turbo built not bought
Wifes - A4 3.2 Avant Quattro 2008

Offline hemihead

  • **
  • **
  • Posts: 276
Re: 1994/5 S6 Radiator and Transmission Problems
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 08:55:04 pm »
i just so happen to have an s6 radiator for sale if your interested pm me or give me a call on 0211885091 (dan)

4-Ringer

  • Guest
Re: 1994/5 S6 Radiator and Transmission Problems
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2009, 07:20:14 pm »
Thanks, Rob.  I suppose it makes some sense that aftermarket parts are more suitable for, say, brakes and suspension where they may fit a wider range of makes and models and also offer performance advantages.

Now, buying the S6 back in 2005 might have involved the heart rather than the head, but these days Iím more conscious that it may be better to replace rather than repair.  One problem in deciding which way to go is the need to fix the radiator before costing the transmission problem Ė and then further repairs could be required sometime, given it has done nearly 220,000 km.  The cambeltís due at about 300,000 so I had thought Iíd keep it until then 

Thanks, too, Dan, Iíll try a pm.


Offline typ53

  • #
  • *
  • Posts: 1283
    • The Gadget Guys
Re: 1994/5 S6 Radiator and Transmission Problems
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2009, 08:15:10 pm »
Another fairly common solution is to keep your existing radiator and install an external transmission cooler. They usually fail internally so if you re-route the transmission fluid lines and block off where they used to enter the radiator you should be fine. I was quoted around $500 for a replacement radiator for my auto 100 by Vercoes in Newmarket whereas an aftermarket transmission cooler will be about $200-$250.



The Fleet:
Orange Roughy:'90 16v Corrado
'89 Carrera 4. 
'12 330d Touring
Still trying to figure out how to get 'em all to fit in a single garage....

Offline robh

  • ##
  • **
  • Posts: 3250
  • Don't do this at home children
Re: 1994/5 S6 Radiator and Transmission Problems
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009, 10:37:44 pm »
Thanks, Rob.  I suppose it makes some sense that aftermarket parts are more suitable for, say, brakes and suspension where they may fit a wider range of makes and models and also offer performance advantages.

Now, buying the S6 back in 2005 might have involved the heart rather than the head, but these days Iím more conscious that it may be better to replace rather than repair.  One problem in deciding which way to go is the need to fix the radiator before costing the transmission problem Ė and then further repairs could be required sometime, given it has done nearly 220,000 km.  The cambeltís due at about 300,000 so I had thought Iíd keep it until then 

Thanks, too, Dan, Iíll try a pm.



Remember a lot of these overseas parts specialist aren't selling aftermarket parts, a lot of the stuff they sell is made by the OEM manufacturer for VAG.  Some parts are actually genuine VAG parts as well.
Daily Driver - Clubsport R8 Track Edition 2016
Fun Car - Vento 1.8T bought not built
Project Car - Golf VR6 Turbo built not bought
Wifes - A4 3.2 Avant Quattro 2008