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Old 06-26-2011, 10:12 PM   #1
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I have a '07 A6 C6 with 23K on the clock and starting yesterday I heard something I never heard before-- when I step on the brake pedal to shift out of park, there is a pronouned "click" coming from the shifter area before I even touch the shifter. I was thinking it may be the brake/ shifter interlock mechanism starting to fail but the shifter lock does not move out of the park position unless the brake is pressed so it works as advertised. Any Ideas? Thanks John
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OMG, yes it's completely normal.... don't worry about it. (It's what allows you to move the shifter out of park once you depress the brake pedal.)
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Ha...I have a 2011 GS A6 ( 3 weeks old, 600 miles on the clock) and the same thing happens to me...I step on the break and I hear a clicking noise coming from the passenger floor board area...you beat me to the post...WTH ?!?!
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Ha...I have a 2011 GS A6 ( 3 weeks old, 600 miles on the clock) and the same thing happens to me...I step on the break and I hear a clicking noise coming from the passenger floor board area...you beat me to the post...WTH ?!?!
You are hearing the brake light and other relays. They are insanely loud in this car.
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You are hearing the brake light and other relays. They are insanely loud in this car.
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I have a '07 A6 C6 with 23K on the clock and starting yesterday I heard something I never heard before-- when I step on the brake pedal to shift out of park, there is a pronouned "click" coming from the shifter area before I even touch the shifter. I was thinking it may be the brake/ shifter interlock mechanism starting to fail but the shifter lock does not move out of the park position unless the brake is pressed so it works as advertised. Any Ideas? Thanks John
If the guys on here are saying itís a normal condition, then Iíd be likely to believe them. However, if youíre nervous you can always get it checked out.

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If it just started then you may indeed be having an issue with the park shift interlock. Our '08 started clicking loudly at about 20k and you could feel it distinctly vibrating through the shift ****. It started suddenly, it was not normal, and it was not the brake relay. It was the shift interlock failing. The whole shifter has to be replaced, ours was still under warranty, so I don't have an idea on price. I would say if it suddenly started making the noise, then it's not normal. Otherwise it would have been doing it all along. Good luck!
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That happens in every automatic car. It's releasing the lock on the gear selector. You're also hearing the brake light relay, a sound that comes from underneath the passenger's side floorboard and is unnecessarily loud.
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I have a '07 A6 C6 with 23K on the clock and starting yesterday I heard something I never heard before-- when I step on the brake pedal to shift out of park, there is a pronouned "click" coming from the shifter area before I even touch the shifter. I was thinking it may be the brake/ shifter interlock mechanism starting to fail but the shifter lock does not move out of the park position unless the brake is pressed so it works as advertised. Any Ideas? Thanks John
wrong fuse for brake...
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CORRECT FUSE 5 PRONG

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If it just started then you may indeed be having an issue with the park shift interlock. Our '08 started clicking loudly at about 20k and you could feel it distinctly vibrating through the shift ****. It started suddenly, it was not normal, and it was not the brake relay. It was the shift interlock failing. The whole shifter has to be replaced, ours was still under warranty, so I don't have an idea on price. I would say if it suddenly started making the noise, then it's not normal. Otherwise it would have been doing it all along. Good luck!

Thanks. I will have it looked into as a precaution since I'm headed on a 5,000 mile round trip to WI for Oshkosh Air Adventure in late July or just have it looked at upon arrival when I get there
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