First thing first. Though I have never posted before, I have been quietly reading your posts and learn a lot from you guys. I thank you for that.
Now, My problem.
I had serious flooding in the garage that left my car (1998 A6 2.8) full of water. I had to replace the whole interior (front and real leather seats, plus the door panels). Expensive but at least I knew how to do it. The shifter on the other hand, is an issue I haven’t been able to resolve.
I cannot move the shifter from “Park” position, nor can I start the engine on this position. The shifter-lock light (the one that warns you to press the brake pedal before shifting out of park) stayed on even when I stepped on the brake pedal.
After some trials, I was able to move the car by pulling the shifter to neutral position, start the car and then put it into drive. But lately it will not move when shift to "drive" position. It feels like the trany does not engage when in "drive" position. But it still fires up in "neutral" position.
The shift lock light started to flicker for sometime, and then it died out completely. I have recently changed the brake light switch following the advice here on the board, but to no avail. I am also experiencing difficult removing the key from the ignition, though this does not happen often.
From a long search here, I think my next troubleshooting should be the TCU and the shift-lock solenoid. Am away from home, but would return in a week and continue troubleshooting.
Any additional pointers/advices will be highly appreciated.
I did change the brake light switch - followed the basic installation described here on several post. I left about 1/2 millimeter gap as recommended. Do you think I missed something?
The ABS issue started as the infamous blinker (both ABS and Brake light blinking indicating something wrong with the ABS), but it got worse after changing of the seats. I suspect the ABS on the rear seat is not connected properly. I just want to get the car moving for now.