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Okay...so today I went to pull around a semi moved the shifter to M and went to "-" nothing tried moving it back to D and back to M still nothgin. Pushed the selector on the steering wheel everything worked fine. I tried multiple times on the ride home and nothing on the shifter but everything worked fine using the steering wheel controls. Hooked it up when I got home and no codes. I even took the key out let it sit and retried nothing from the shifter.... thoughts?

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My 2006 TT does the same - manual gear selection stopped working. D is OK and Tiptronic is OK and as I rarely use manual shift I havent tried to fix it yet. One of those get a round tuit jobs


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Not sure if the Cayenne is the same but on the Touareg there is a set of magnets in the shifter housing that can fall out of their housing and the manual shift mode will no longer operate. I have just glued the magnets back into their positions and everything worked again. I think the magnets energize a hall effects switch.

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Since you are getting the M via the steering wheel switches, I would be looking into the shifter housing and checking out the sensor actuators / hall effect sensors to see if they are intact as wvicary also suggests.

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I hope your fix is as easy as mine. I finally got around to dismantling the various layers of plastic top get to the shifter mechanism and a dime fell out during the process. There was also a plastic piece under the rear edge of the mechanism that was not located by its plastic lugs. I reassembled before checking for any more change and it is now fully operational again. I have no idea how the dime got all of the way in there.......


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Yes it's fixed. Once I disassembled the shifter I found a magnet loose. The plastic holder was broken. I have no idea how it broke but some epoxy back in place all Better! I didn't think about taking pictures until I was putting everything back together, sorry

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I'm having similar problems. I was tipped off when I couldn't get my key out of the ignition. After I turned off my lights the key came out. I then noticed that with the lights off, I could see the "D" light still faintly on. I can't switch the shifter into manual mode, but the steering wheel controls work. The lights at the shifter are doing some wonky shorting out kind of thing. Before I tear it apart is this the same issue as stated above?

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Pulled out the plastics and magnets were intact. Turning the lights on shows that the D is always light up, regardless of position. Seems like a short somewhere..but where! Any ideas? I read about a plug on the transmission that could short out and all lights light up..Think its that? and I can get to it without a hoist and slide under the vehicle and check it out.


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Fuses checked, at local mechanic this morning to clean and inspect the electrical connections on the transmission.

What do the electromagnets 955.624.170.00 do? They are in the shifter mechanism..just an uneducated stab in the dark if they would cause such a prob. But I'm sure its a short as the lights in the selector are doing funky things:

1. There are no lights on to show what gear you are in, unless you turn the headlights on, at which time the gear is light up, as well as the D light (faint)

2. I can still operate the low range selectror

3. Cannot get the key out , says "put selector in park". If i turn on and off real quick, I can get it to release if I pull on the key as I do this.

4. The steering wheel lock is not engaged. When I put my key in, I get no "Clicking" of the interlock mechanisms, and, on getting the key out the lock out mechanisms do not engage

5. Tiptronic works on the steering wheel, but not on the shifter. Shifting it over to M, lights up the M light quickly then goes out, and D stays lit up. The Manual shifting does not work at all

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Corroded wires in harness due to sunroof drains clogged. oh joy.

I have exactly the same symptoms as yours; can you tell or show where is and how to fix the corroded wire? PLEASE HELP!!

Thank you one million!

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I am new to the forum, but this start of this post is exactly like my issue on 2004 cayenne s. Silver M shifters work fine on steering wheel, but gear shifter does nothing in M mode. I have found and was able to take the center console off with no issues, but how to I open the black box to get the magnets to check them out? any photos or diagrams available? Thanks in advance.

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