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#1169 of 2367 my audi gets stuck in gear!!!!!
Mar 14, 2006 (11:08 am)
hi all, i have a 1997 1.9tdi 110 bhp a4, recently i have had some probs with it. latley it has been getting stuck in gear (fifth mainly), when i change from 2nd to third it grinds, when i go from 4th to 5th it grinds, when i pull off the hole car judders realy bad. recently had a look but couldnt find anything, but did notice the thread on my ball joint on the driver side has pierced through the ball joint!!!!!, passenger wheel bearing has started to whine, probably from the strain of the ball joint?
if any one has any info on what the gearbox prob could be please help. other probs i just put down to wear and tear as she has just done 100k miles. thanx gary
#1170 of 2367 help! poor college student needs advice
Mar 15, 2006 (3:00 pm)
My 1998 A4 quattro was a gift from my parents last fall and was running great. Until recently, I went to go get into it the other day and it wouldn't start, no clicking noise, no nothing. I took it to a local mechanic and he said he could get the starter to work, so he figured it had something to do with the diagnostics, which he didn't have the machinery to fix, nice man didn't charge me a thing. So I have it towed 30 minutes away to the nearest dealership and they tell me that it is my starter and that I need a new one and it is going to cost almost $900 to replace(part+labor). Any advice on where to go now? I don't have this kind of money but I really need my car to work! Has anyone else had similar problems or know of a cheaper way to fix it? Please help!
Mar 15, 2006 (3:22 pm)
My engine makes a whining noise while accelerating from about 45 – 55mph. It doesn’t really happen at speeds higher or lower than that. It almost sounds like the sound an old AM radio makes. (but my radio isn’t on when this happens.) I brought to dealer and he agreed the sound wasn’t right, they said they tightened something, but it still makes the sound. Any idea what it could be? It sounds like it is coming from the driver side, close to the passenger compartment. Thanks
#1172 of 2367 date and time reset
Mar 15, 2006 (8:13 pm)
hello. i own an audi a4 2000. the date and time on my panel keeps on resetting every 3 days. i read the manual and it was indicated there that the date and time can be set manually or remotely; whenever the date and time does not get a radio signal where i assume gets the remote signal of some sort, it will be reset every 3 days. problem is, i live in the philippines and i don't think this "radio" signal that the audi makers are metioning is available here. does anyone know how to turn this thing off?
#1173 of 2367 Re: help! poor college student needs advice [ellieatmc]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 17, 2006 (9:53 am)
Well I have some long term advice for you. If you don't have a lot of extra money and you are driving an Audi out of warranty, your future isn't going to be very prosperous. I'd fix the car and sell it and get a car that isn't going to have such high maintenance bills. Audis are very expensive to repair when they break.
In the short term: When you turned the key to start it, did you get dash lights and hear various relays or was it dead dead dead.
I'm thinking that you aren't getting the right diagnosis on this problem. How did one shop get the starter to work but the car wouldn't start and the next shop says the starter is no good? What's going on?
I think you need a third opinion. First thing I'd do is test the battery and clean all the battery cables and check the battery cable connection to the starter motor.
Mar 17, 2006 (11:03 am)
Did Audi make you post this. My Audi A4 has sucked since 25,000 miles. Every year a part or two busts costing $3000 annually: both front susppensions cracked, clutch fails on highway, gas pump fails on highway, ABS module fails -- I will NEVER buy an Audi again!!!!
#1175 of 2367 Re: air pump cycles after car is turned off [skeeter886]
Mar 19, 2006 (10:14 pm)
I've got similar problem, 1998, A4 2.8L. The pump keeps going after the engine off, cycling intermitely. i posted on audiworld but so far nothing. did you managed to find what is the problem?
#1176 of 2367 should I buy the extended warranty?
Mar 21, 2006 (7:10 am)
I have a 2002 Audi A4 and am reaching the end of my warranty period at 50,000 miles. I've been offered a 48,000 mile extended warranty for $2300.00. This, of course, won't cover any items like brakes. Is it a good investment to spend that much money up front if I want to keep driving it for another four years, or should I just put the money in the bank for further repairs?
#1177 of 2367 Re: should I buy the extended warranty? [sbeck1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 21, 2006 (8:37 am)
Well let's do the math.
The minimum out of warranty repair on an Audi would be say one hour labor + parts, with average parts at $300. So one instance of one repair would cost you $400.
If you have only one repair a year for four years that's $1,600. You should probably count on that happening. So you have a theoretical differential of $700 "extra" spent on the extended warranty.
question is, will your A4 behave in that manner?
These extended warranties are not really warranties but insurance policies. You are betting your car breaks and the insurance company is beating that it doesn't; however, the premium they are charging you, and the exclusions they are throwing in, gives you an idea of how risky THEY think your car is.
#1178 of 2367 Re: air pump cycles after car is turned off [skeeter886]
Mar 22, 2006 (4:57 pm)
So far I found out that the above mentioned relay is inside the ECU weather resistant protective housing. If looking from the front of the car it should be on the left from the ECU metal casing..