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#1283 of 2367 Re: Update - Clutch failure at 30K [shom1]
May 31, 2006 (7:37 pm)
My clutch also failed at 40K miles on my 2001 A4. Dealer stated that pressure-plate was cracked and replaced it under-warranty (always took car to same audi dealer; previously had 80k on Saturn with original clutch). Now 2nd Audi clutch failed after ONLY 30k miles! (Audi service drove car 1-day before failure and reported NO problem); took to performance engine shop who verified broken pressure plate & worn-out clutch disk. I keep the pressure-plate as evidence. How did you get the dealer to state in-writing that pressure plate was defective? My guess is that these plates are uniformly defective and cause premature failure of clutch-disk. There are several other similar clutch-failure stories on just this site.
#1284 of 2367 Re: timing belt or timing chain for 1999 audi a4 2.8q v6 [wilner]
Jun 03, 2006 (11:42 am)
#1285 of 2367 Re: timing belt or timing chain for 1999 audi a4 2.8q v6 [a43311]
Jun 03, 2006 (2:04 pm)
yes, what? change the water pump too? thanks!
#1286 of 2367 Re: Oil Change [laila]
Jun 03, 2006 (7:25 pm)
I have an 04 3.0. I change my ool every 5000 miles. Audi pays for every other one. DO NOT take it in and say something like "I need a 10000 check up." If you do, it will cost you about a $100.
BTW I love my 3.0. It is a cabriolet and I get about 33 mpg on the highway top down at the speed limit. I have had some problems but I can live with it. I had Fords before the Audi. Talk about problems.
#1287 of 2367 Re: Oil Change [laila]
Jun 05, 2006 (6:09 am)
Ditto the oil change every 5k. In the big picture the cost of an oil change is trivial and it's far better to error on too frequent changes vs to few.
If you read the fine print in the manual, the extended oil change interval only applies if you drive your car at 60 mph, 68 degree ambient temperatures, and in clean Wyoming air.
If, on the other hand (according to the manual), you drive short distances, in varying temperatures, and/or in dusty air, you will need more frequent oil changes. Isn't that virtually all of us?
Many of use are familiar with the the oil sludge syndrome that took out some 1.8t and 2.8 liter Audi engines. The sludge problems were associated with the extended oil change interval. Fortunately the fix was easy... buy a new engine
And Audi wasn't the only manufacturer with engine sludge issues. Toyota shared the "honors" as well.
#1288 of 2367 Re: timing belt or timing chain for 1999 audi a4 2.8q v6 [wilner]
Jun 09, 2006 (2:33 pm)
Oh, sorry man. Yes change the water pump at the same time.
#1289 of 2367 Re: timing belt or timing chain for 1999 audi a4 2.8q v6 [a43311]
Jun 10, 2006 (3:14 pm)
thanks, am working on it together with my friend mechanic, that's why i even bought a special tool to replace the timing belt to hold the camshaft and the crankshaft.
#1290 of 2367 Re: Update - Clutch failure at 30K [inds_flames]
Jun 13, 2006 (9:49 am)
The repair invoice flat out stated that the pressure plate was defective, causing damage to the clutch. I then asked the service advisor to interpret the invoice, and he basically repeated what it sounded like; I took notes and he confirmed the cause. Now Audi is claiming I abused the clutch and burned it out, which is total BS. I've always driven this car with kid gloves. My small claims court date is August 2. Even if I lose round one, I have an automatic right to appeal and I will press on. If Audi wants to waste its money showing up in court twice, so be it.
#1291 of 2367 Re: 01 A41.8T (Dealer claims I need a new engine) [genjunk]
Jun 17, 2006 (6:25 am)
This exact same thing happened to us on Memorial Day. 2002 A4 with 1.8L turbo engine and 52K miles. The oil light came on. We stopped checked the oil which was full on the dipstick. We were 380 miles from home and over 100 miles from an Audi dealership.
Turns out after being carless for 3 weeks (no loaner car, dad had to drive 380 miles to get us and bring us home) that it was oil sludge. Great news: Audi picked up the whole tab for an entire new engine and even paid the $350 tow bill. Bad news: After they told me what the problem was I began researching it and have found this is a common and known problem. I am just afraid it will only happen again and do not trust the damn car. I will be trying to trade it in today only 1 day after getting it back.
Jun 17, 2006 (4:49 pm)
Turbo equipped engines are very sensitive to oil contamination and require frequent oil changes.
Otherwise you either get sludge, or burned/caked oil in the turbo bearings that will destroy the turbo.
It also helps to get in the habit of waiting a bit after starting up, and waiting a bit before shutting down, to allow oil to properly circulate through the turbo bearings _before/after_ you have driven the engine hard.
Other Turbo engine manufacturers have had similar problems.
They are high maintanance engines by nature, unfortunately.