Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'00 Audi A8 Transmission Leaks
Q: My 2000 Audi A8 has only 69k. It is leaking oil from the transmission joints in the drives at the main drive shaft and rear drive shafts. I am told it is wear and tear. Is this reasonable or should they have to fix this even though it is beyond the warranty period?
A: A warranty pretty much spells out just what and how long parts and labor are covered on a vehicle. There are only a couple of areas that would allow for an extension; if there has been a recall, that specifies extended time or mileage, or the components in question were serviced under warranty which may extend the mileage or time on those components. If the dealership performs any repairs outside of the terms of the warranty, they will not be paid by the manufacturer. Cars are machines and it is natural for machines to need service and repairs. The question you have to ask is how bad is the oil leak? Is it a tablespoon every 6 months? A tablespoon of oil will make a sizeable mess, but the vehicle will have to be driven 5 mores years before it will need the fluid level corrected. Or are you having oil added every service? If youre adding oil every service then repair is a must. As a vehicle owner, you have to understand that if you drive your vehicle it will wear and need repairs. Nothing lasts forever.