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#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.
#1293 of 2367 Re: timing belt or timing chain for 1999 audi a4 2.8q v6 [wilner]
Jun 17, 2006 (11:56 pm)
done replacing on the timing belt. we reconnect the battery and the radio is in the safe mode and i don't have the code because we bought this car used from a dealer and they don't bother to give the code of the radio. what will be the best thing to do now?
#1294 of 2367 New vs resurfaced rotors?
Jun 19, 2006 (11:45 am)
Any advice on the pros/cons of resurfacing brake rotors ('02 1.8T Avant) instead of replacing with new rotors? Dealer found one rear rotor with slightly uneven surface and recommends a new rotor rather than turning it smooth. Thanks for any thoughts.
#1295 of 2367 2001 A4 1.8T Quattro 5 spd Manual Trans Rebuild at 75k miles
Jun 24, 2006 (8:05 am)
I've had my car since it was new, it was never modified or chipped, with the exception of aftermarket forged wheels. My question, has anyone had problems with the manual transmission? The mainshaft is fine, other internal parts show normal wear and tear for a 75K mile car. The mechanic showed me the dowel(fits into an actuator rod)that sheared between the shifter and the fork shaft, preventing me from shifting. I can only assume that a bent shaft caused the transmission to bind, and sheared the dowel. This car is stock, and I ALWAYS use the clutch. Any ideas? Will I have problems with AoA if I attempt to get some type of reimbursement??
#1296 of 2367 Re: timing belt or timing chain for 1999 audi a4 2.8q v6 [wilner]
Jun 24, 2006 (5:30 pm)
You'll likely have to get ahold of a dealer and either find out the number that way or have it reset at the dealer. Good luck.
#1297 of 2367 Re: 97 a4 1.8t quattro [fastmav351]
Jun 24, 2006 (7:32 pm)
I have the same problem with #2 cylinder did you ever find
out what the fix was
#1298 of 2367 Re: New vs resurfaced rotors? [rcm]
Jun 24, 2006 (7:40 pm)
I've looked into this myself on my 2001 A4 1.8T. I have 60K on original brakes and think I need new ones soon. The dealer says new rotors and pads are required. Midas said the dsame exact thing. They said they could just put pads on, but the rotors cannot be machined. They cautioned that the result will be pretty bad braking and the rotors are pretty thin to begin with.
Apparently Audi's (and other german brands) have brakes where the rotors are made with softer metal and they are designed to wear down with the brake pads to the point that they cannot be machined and need to be replaced. My advice is to change both rotors and pads.
#1299 of 2367 2002 Audi A4 3.0 Catalytic Converter problem!!!
Jun 27, 2006 (12:03 pm)
Can some one tell me were I can get and after market Catalytic Converter for my 2002 V6 Audi A4? My Dealer told me it was going to cost $2100 to replace just the left side and 2 O2 sensors. It is just out of the warranty on the emission parts by 100 miles...
#1300 of 2367 Re: NEW TO AUDI - I have an A4 1.8T Q - Any tips?? [mason3]
Jun 27, 2006 (1:06 pm)
I just saw your message, and figured i'd reply...since it was kida connected to my message - although not about the same subjects. Anyway, I would think that you could find the answer to your question via the internet - thats what i usually do. I research stuff online all the time. But forget it...I've looked it up for you (simply by doing "1998 Audi A4 specs" and "1998 Audi A4 gasoline type" on Yahoo's search engine).
Here are 2 links that, when combined, appear to address a couple of your questions.
I hope these help: