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#1551 of 2367 Re: Audi A4 1.8 2001 Cam follower or Lifter startup clatter [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 10, 2007 (5:51 pm)
Put the new factory filter on, (same price as the over priced K&N filter $13.00) and topped off the oil with the 0/40 mobil 1, did not help.
Went to a shop today and asked a question about the clatter situation, they said Audis have a tendancy to creat sludge and the oil screens need to be cleaned to maintain oiling and oil pressure. If you go to a picture of the cam chain tensioner you will see a small oval hole that is critical to oiling, this hole has a screen in it and the clatter is due to chain noise untill the oil starts flowing and quite often it starts to sludge up. They seemed to be pretty knowledgeable on this and said it was due to sludge. If you can clean the cam tensioner screen its supposed to help the problem. Then I guess you go after the pickup screen if the first screen does not help. They said even if you are excellent at changing your oil it will still sludge. Good reason to NEVER put in regular oil.
Another friend of mine suggested I put a quart of Marvelous Mystery oil in it and drive it for 30 or 40 miles then change the oil. He has built many exotic car engines. I will give that a try in the next few days.
Thanks for your help.
#1552 of 2367 Re: Audi A4 1.8 2001 Cam follower or Lifter startup clatter [pchi]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 11, 2007 (7:05 am)
Okay....yes they are right in that synthetic oil is a great way to avoid sludging, especially in that engine, if that indeed is your problem. But drive the car a bit before doing anything else. Synthetic is a great idea, and factory filters, too. It all helps. Too bad it wasn't so simple in this case, but be patient, you might resolve this. Sounds like you are getting good advice. This "clatter" is not necessarily a sign of doom or anything but sludge is a known issue in this engine.
#1553 of 2367 Audi 2006 A4 Cab Tire Monitor Problems
Jul 11, 2007 (3:43 pm)
I have a 2006 A4 with under 11,000 miles. Beginning at 4,000 miles the Tire Pressure Monitoring system randomly indicated a catastrophic tire failure or failure of the monitoring system. None of the dozens of times this has occurred have any of the tires been out of recommended pressure range nor has the spare. It has been back to Audi 4 times for about 20+ days in the shop to fix it. They have seen the warnings but never been able to get a "hard code" so say they can not fix it. Audi of America will not replace any of the components without the hard code. Has anyone else experienced similar problems? Thanks!
#1554 of 2367 Audi A4 evaporator repair cost???
Jul 18, 2007 (5:56 pm)
Audi service dept tells me they want $2700.00 to replace my broken air conditioning evaporator and an associated switch. I undertsand this is a "big job" -- but the car is a 1999 A4 2.8 Quattro in good shape ...but only worth 8K Bluebook in a trade.
Seems like a rip-off for an 8 year old car with below avearge mileage. Does this sound right to anyone who knows? Is this a total rip off? This doesn't even replace the compressor -- that could go next year! Any insights welcome!
#1555 of 2367 Re: Audi A4 evaporator repair cost??? [fenway1]
Jul 18, 2007 (6:16 pm)
It's time for you to find a good independent mechanic. Better still, given the nature of the repair, I'd go and find a good independent A/C shop and use them for the repair. It'll probably cost you half to three-quarters as much that way.
#1556 of 2367 Re: 2004 A4 1.8T Quattro 6sp manual clutch failure at 29k [ryannail]
Jul 18, 2007 (6:56 pm)
Finally a success story. After having the car for about 4 days or so the dealer indicated the clutch replacement repair was covered under warranty. Apparently they sent pictures of the parts to Germany and although it was a close call the dealer indicated he talked Audi into covering the repair.
Saved me $3,100, thank goodness.
#1557 of 2367 Re: audi sludge [kiki4]
Jul 19, 2007 (9:15 am)
Kiki4 Can you provide me the name to that attorney? Audi has denied my claim with the sludge problem and it blew my engine.
If anyone has an more info about the class action suit on the 1.8T Audi/VW engines please email me at ed.gentilegmail.com
#1558 of 2367 Re: audi sludge [egentile]
Jul 19, 2007 (9:59 am)
I'm curious, why did they deny your claim? Did you have all of your reciepts for your oil changes? Did you have your oil changed with 502.00 certified synthetic oil?
FWIW, as a general rule you don't want to include your E-Mail address in a public post like this. It's best if you simply make your E-Mail address public in your profile.
#1559 of 2367 Audi Care
Jul 25, 2007 (9:19 am)
I just bought an A4 and the salesman recommend the Audi Care for 500 bucks. Anyone has any experience of buying it or do you think I really need to buy it?
Thank you so much!
#1560 of 2367 Re: Audi Care [yifei]
Jul 25, 2007 (7:38 pm)
Audi Care is what Audi used to provide for no charge, similar to BMW's free maintanence program. I did purchase it with my car and it is probably a decent deal IF you plan to have your car serviced at the dealer every time during the covered maintenance period. If you do the math it does save you some money. In retrospect I wish I didn't get it since I like to change my own oil and such. Taking the car to the dealer for an oil change I can do at home is a colosal waste of time IMHO, and I am locked into taking it to the dealer. FWIW a good number of Audi buyers get the Audi Care.