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Transmission in "limp mode" until warmed up (reverse won't engage till warmed up too)

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I've got an eagle vision 3.5 tsi with 72.000 miles on it and a 42Le A606 automatic transmission.

Well, sorry If my spell may not be really good, but take into account I'm spanish :P

My 42Le transmission started to fail 1 year ago

At the beggining it took several seconds to engage "D" and "R", you just waited 3 or 4 seconds and then it worked fine.

This became worst day after day

So months later you waited and waited for minutes and it does not engage "D" or "R" until it's completelly warmed-up, then u restart the engine and it works fine (D and R)
I must say the car does not go into reverse till it's warmed up but it goes INTO LIMP IN BUT ALWAYS AFTER A CLUNK (won't go up to 2nd gear a nd has no reverse too)

After I run some blocks, i restart the engine and the tranny works great, BUT once it works great, If I let pass much time with no shifting (highway at constant speeds, etc) and go into a stop, the tranny turns again into limp-mode (this time the reverse gear works but always after a big CLUNK) WTF ?

What do you think that can be? I changed the atf+filter 6 months ago and the problem continued, the tranny has always well kept, GRRR

TCM ? Transmission O-rings and seals burned out ? (LUcas fix fluid didnt work too), Torque converter??

I'm really desperate, this took a couple of seconds 1 year ago and now takes more than 30 minutes

PS: I must say the catalytic converter is totally burn out (it clunks all time, and it clunks really hard when cold) I've read wrong-emissions read outs codes can cause limp-in in some cars, but hey, why should I lose the "reverse" then ?? no, I don't think it has to do with the cat

any help will be really appreciated, thank you very much
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done

But there's something you don't keep really clear

1- did you have problems engaging reverse too?

2- How many minutes did you have to wait till the car was warmed up and then u restarted the engine to fix limp-in mode?

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done

But there's something you don't keep really clear

1- did yuo have problems engaging reverse too?

2- How many minutes did you have to wait till the car was warmed up and then u restarted the engine to fix limp-in mode?
I had no gears at all. I believe that the problem is that the pump looses it's prime. As stated in the post it would catch after about 30 seconds. It would be in limp mode and I would turn the car off and then on and all would be fine until the next morning.
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I had no gears at all. I believe that the problem is that the pump looses it's prime. As stated in the post it would catch after about 30 seconds. It would be in limp mode and I would turn the car off and then on and all would be fine until the next morning.
my problem is that it took for 30 seconds the first months... but now needs more than 30 minutes idling, I think it's time for a tranny rebuild.. (I never use to wait idling, I just run at 3.000 rpm for 5 minutes in limp mode till the stuff reaches the "operative temperature" as soon as possible, despites it's really bad for the tranny&engine :( )

I don't know if spending money doing what you did, I already did it some months ago and the problem not only persisted that month after month has get worst, i think my seals are totally burn out... but i don't know for sure, damn

I wouldnt mind spend 1,500 euro if I can solve the problem, what I dont want is spending 200 euro in changing filter+atf, 200 euros in a TCM+repro, etc and not finding the problem till I spend the 1,500 euro in the rebuild. I think it should be the first consideration to take into account

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my problem is that it took for 30 seconds the first months... but now needs more than 30 minutes idling, I think it's time for a tranny rebuild.. (I never use to wait idling, I just run at 3.000 rpm for 5 minutes in limp mode till the stuff reaches the "operative temperature" as soon as possible, despites it's really bad for the tranny&engine :( )

I don't know if spending money doing what you did, I already did it some months ago and the problem not only persisted that month after month has get worst, i think my seals are totally burn out... but i don't know for sure, damn

I wouldnt mind spend 1,500 euro if I can solve the problem, what I dont want is spending 200 euro in changing filter+atf, 200 euros in a TCM+repro, etc and not finding the problem till I spend the 1,500 euro in the rebuild. I think it should be the first consideration to take into account
There are many posts about putting a 2nd generation transmission in a 1st generation LH. I have no way of knowing if these transmissions are available in Europe.
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