Delayed shifting is because the transmission fluid is not warm enough to move through the internals of the transmission. You may need a transmission service,,,,,fluid change, new filter, etc. Transmission Fluid degrades with age.
Shifting Through the Breakers was created in 2007.
Are you sure it is the transmission that is clunking? It could be the u-joints on the drive shaft that are making the noise. When the u-joints on the drive shaft are bad, there is an audble clunk when you accelerate and when slowing down (basically the same motions you go through when shifting gears).
Shifting Through the Lens was created on 2010-05-28.
There are several reasons as to why a transmission would grind and not shift into gear. The problem could be cumulative therefore the problem could be 1 or a number of issues compounding the problem. The transmission has many valves in it that push transmission oil through. When you shift gears, if the valves are not able to push oil through, the transmission has a difficult time shifting, if it can at all. The transmission also has a magnet in it that essentially picks up small bits of metal that have been grinded by the gears. The constant grinding of the gears does a number of things. First, it wears down the gears leaving a lot of little pieces of metal that are then picked up by the magnet. Through years of wear and tear, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what happend....the gears become worn down. Second, the gears themselves could be slightly bent, meaning they no longer have their perfect form which of course can complicate shifting. Transmission oil change are not always the solution for these types of problems. Often the build up of metal and old oil is what is keeping the transmission together, other times a transmission oil change will allow for a thorough cleaning and flush any build up in the transmission away. I suggest you see a transmission specialist who can determine the best way to go forward.
The fluid could be too low to allow the transmission to shift. Depending on where the fluid leak is, the leak could be through a bad solenoid or soaking electrical connections, stopping the transmission from shifting.
Sounds like a bad solenoid. But if it shifts hard from first to second then from second to third but fine when from third to over drive forth but then shifts a little hard when down shifting through the gears if that is the case might need to change transmission filter and fluid sometimes overfilling the transmission with fluid could do this as well.
Reasons behind the the common transmission problem of 1997 Audi A6 are:Faulty torque converter clutchTorque converter needle bearings failureUnsafe level of transmission fluidSolenoid damage can affect the fluid flow through the transmission
The fluid will aerate, which will cause slipping, shuddering, etc..
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it is most likely the solenoids in the transmission on their way to pasture. I have been driving through traffic like you and the transmission will intermittently have harsh upshifts, sometimes up to 4 or 5 before shifting to the correct gear (down shifting never had a problem). The transmission in mine finally set a code for the 'b' solenoid stuck closed :( I don't believe it has anything to do with the braking at all, but I'm no mechanic. It was highly recommended that I use the lower gear (2nd) for the engine so the transmission does not shift (in traffic only of course) - this will extend the life of the transmission but not fix the problem. I was told that it is not worth the money to try and figure out what is wrong without a code (tons of money to troubleshoot and they may not find the problem). Until the car sets a code just drive the car nicely, feel the rpms and let off the gas a little then reapply - this will help the transmission shift smoother and extend the life of the transmission (I drove mine for almost two years with the harsh upshift before the solenoid went kaput).
The 1998 Buick Century shift solenoid is located on the top of the transmission. The shift solenoid can be access through the shifting console.
The 1993 Suzuki neutral safety switch is located on the top of the transmission. You can access the switch through the shifting console.