VW & Audi & Skoda DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) Problems

Vw Audi Skoda DSG

Volkswagen otherwise affectionately known as “VW” which is the worlds largest car manufacturer and is responsible for making Audi, Porsche and Skoda brands.

In the VW, Audi and Skoda ranges the Volkswagen Group uses an automatic transmission called DSG or “direct-shift gearbox” originally derived from the Porsche in-house development team.

DSG is essentially a manual transmission that has a control unit comprises of a hydraulics that actuates clutch operation and gear changing known as mechatronics.

The design of the DSG transmission overall was a very reliable one of the fastest shifting transmissions providing very smooth and direct gear changes. The transmission lead to better fuel economy than conventional planetary geared automatic transmission with around 15% savings.

The transmission is typically very reliable and great when working but can be problematic when not. Some of our clients have been caught in the middle of traffic lights and stuck in the middle of intersections when the transmission neutralises and does not engage.

The control unit is part of the hydraulic unit. If the electronic unit fails some we can’t communicate with it via our diagnostic tools. This means in some instances we then need to replace the whole unit. Failure typically happens through millions of gear changes, heat cycles and general wear and tear.

If you are suffering with any issues on your DSG transmission, your options are:

> Come in so we can run a diagnostic scan test with us to determine what is gone wrong
> Will will conduct some actuations
> From here we can figure out if replacement is necessary or it can be repaired

Even if your DSG transmission is running fine, it is important to regularly service your transmission replacing fluids/lubricants on a regularly car service cycle. Here at Automotive Hospital our bread and butter is doing VW car servicing, Audi and Skoda.


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