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996 Tiptronic stuck in Park!

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2020/07/31 14:08:55 (permalink)

996 Tiptronic stuck in Park!

So in the last 24 hours my 996 C2S tiptronic was showing erratic behaviour where the tiptronic gear stick wouldn't unlock - and in a panic I got out of the car, relocked it, unlocked it, started the car with my foot on the break and then it somehow managed to free it up again
 
Now it's got to the stage where luckily it is parked, but no amount of unlocking / locking or foot on the break / off the break while the car is started seems to want to convince it to unlock and move
 
Any ideas????
 
I believe from reading this post the 997 has a plastic 'lock' that prevents the tiptronic gear stick from moving if the break is not pressed so I wonder if it is the same for the 996 gearbox?
 
Also - does anyone know if there is a manual release like there seems to be for the Cayman according to this post?
 
Many thanks and every suggestion very welcome! :)
 
Alex

Alex
1963 356 B Super 90
1998 996 C2S Arena Red
2003 996 C4S Seal Grey

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Re: 996 Tiptronic stuck in Park! 2020/08/02 09:47:47 (permalink)
There is a solenoid in the gear selecor mechanism that locks it in P.  I haven't heard of a release tool. 

There was someone on here recently with a similar problem, and there were some photos showing the solenoid location, but I'm damned if I can find it.......

Richard
2017 Cayman S & Audi RSQ3
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1989 3.2 Carrera Sport, 2012 Cayman 2.9 PDK, 2006 Cayman S, 2000 996 Turbo, 1998 996 C2, 1994 993 C2
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Re: 996 Tiptronic stuck in Park! 2020/08/07 19:10:28 (permalink)
Richard_Hamilton
There is a solenoid in the gear selecor mechanism that locks it in P.  I haven't heard of a release tool. 

There was someone on here recently with a similar problem, and there were some photos showing the solenoid location, but I'm damned if I can find it.......



Thanks Richard and yes that makes total sense - I think from studying photos on eBay it's underneath the front of the gear selector at a 45 degree angle

The good news is for the moment from kind of testing the button and applying gentle pressure, it seems to have freed up and will now pop into gear fine (with brake on and car in ready to start mode or running) - however I think it's likely to happen again so I'm looking to replace it in the winter
 
I'll post up some pictures when I do 

Alex
1963 356 B Super 90
1998 996 C2S Arena Red
2003 996 C4S Seal Grey
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