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#1652 of 2367 Audi A4 Oil Problem?
Nov 05, 2007 (1:04 am)
I have a 2004 A4 1.8T (79,000 mi.)which is now sitting as upon completion of a 2.5 hour drive the check engine and oil light went on and the engine began sounding a bit like a diesel engine. I immediately parked and it needed 1.5 qts of oil to top it off, but other than that I have done nothing. It seems to be foolish to drive 6 miles it to the dealer. Would this be indicative of the sludge problem that this engine has been having, or something else?
#1653 of 2367 Re: Audi A4 Oil Problem? [dunlapjim]
Nov 05, 2007 (4:49 am)
It's possible. How often have you had the oil changed and what kind of oil have you used???
#1654 of 2367 Re: Audi A4 Oil Problem? [dunlapjim]
Nov 05, 2007 (5:24 am)
YES, that is exactly what happen to our A4. TOW it to the dealer and contact Audi Customer Relations ASAP.
#1655 of 2367 Re: Audi A4 Oil Problem? [dunlapjim]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 05, 2007 (8:38 am)
Doesn't sound good. If it's not sludged up (have you used synthetic oil faithfully?) then you still need to figure out where the oil is going.
Also this engine is very fussy as to which oil filter you use. If you have some kind of jiffy-lube filter in there, get it out fast and put in an Audi filter.
#1656 of 2367 A4 2003 3.0 95K issues over the years...current issue
Nov 06, 2007 (9:07 am)
i'm a new member of this forum. i'd just like to post my car issues over the years. i seem to have similar issues like most in this forum.
1. "Jerking" when changing gears (R to D...P to R) and accelerating. This has happened just a handful of times over the years.
AUDI DIAGNOSIS: ECU did log the occurances but they could not replicate the issue in the shop. of course! More of a nuisance when it occurs. i just try not to accelerate quickly after changing gears.
2. "Light Bulb" indicator. Occasionally pops up when i hit a pothole...i figure its a loose connection somewhere. not worth the money to fix. i just drive over another pothole to fix it.
3. "Oil Light". This has been coming on more over the past 10K miles. I've put in 2 quarts of synthetic within this time.
4. "Hard Cranking". This too has just started recently (past 15K). It would occasionally take 2 tries to start the car. I think it might be related to the oil sucking.
I haven't been true to the maintenance schedule of the car so i decided to the do the major and timing belt at 95K.
AUDI DIAGNOSIS 11/5/07: They opened the timing belt cover and found an OIL LEAK in 2 of the hydrolic tensioners for the timing belt. COINCIDENCE with items 3 and 4...i thought it made sense so i decided to pay for the repairs ($3000+). i did inspect the car (they actually let me in garage!). it didn't appear they smeared oil in the covers or tensioners (I have trust issues with auto shops).
Anyways, i'll see in the next 3-4K miles whether i still have the hard cranking issues and whether i'll need to put more oil or not. But i guess my suggestion to folks who are experiencing items 3 and 4 to remove the covers for the timing belt and take a quick look. it didn't seem to troublesome to do from what saw.
Otherwise...i think this car has taken pretty good care of me over the years considering i didn't follow all the maintenance schedule.
#1657 of 2367 I need help!
Nov 06, 2007 (11:40 am)
I've been told that I need an ECM (Engine Control Module) for my '99 Audi A4. After reading some other message boards I've found that the problems with the car are consistent with what other Audi owners experienced who needed an ECM. Can anyone tell me what I should be paying for this part? I was given a quote of about $900 for the part. Is this accurate? Please advise.
Nov 07, 2007 (9:53 pm)
I have an Audi A4 3.0 that I bought used. It has about 50K on it. I just had the front brakes and rotors replaced as well as the fuel pump which had been recalled. I took it into the dealer in the first place because a light (which I now know was the Electronic Stabilization Program light) flashed on and some time stayed on. The first time it happened, I pulled into a nearby lube place because I didn't want to get on the highway with it. The guy there thought I needed air in the tires. He put a little air in each tire. It was fine for the rest of the drive. On my way home, the car sometimes felt like it was hydroplaning (or similar slid-y feeling) when changing lanes or turning. The next day I took it the dealer (which I now hate). They did the work on the brakes and fuel pump and changed oil and charged me a lot of money but said the ESP light had reset itself and was not a problem. I asked if the mechanic had taken the car out for a test drive and was told yes. I picked up the car today and it still felt weird when I was driving. On my way home for work, I still had the same problem and the ESP light came on again and the car seemed to be making adjustments in the wheels as if there was no traction in one of the tires or sides of the vehicle. It wasn't raining when I was driving and I haven't had this problem previously. It's a really weird unsafe feeling when I'm driving. I'm reluctant to take it to the dealer again without having a better idea of what the problem is. Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know of a good audi mechanic in the montgomery co., maryland. The dealership I went to was on rockville pike and I was very unhappy with their customer service. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks.
#1659 of 2367 electrical problems
Nov 13, 2007 (6:25 pm)
I have an Audi A4 2000. There seems to be something drining the battery becasue if I leave it for 2-3 dys, the battery is dead. I replaced the battery 6 months ago, so its not the battery. anybody have a problem like this?
#1660 of 2367 at a cross road
Nov 13, 2007 (10:53 pm)
I have had my '97 Audi A4 for almost 5 years now and have paid about 50% of the purchase price in repairs over the years. The car is at about 95k and is in need of a timing belt. About 4 months ago I looked into a trade-in and found that I would pretty much get the cost of the timing belt for the car. Finances are tight and I currently have no loan payments on the car. Should I pay the $1400 for the timing belt or trade in the car? What other options might I have? thank you in advance for your suggestions!
#1661 of 2367 Re: at a cross road [sdazz]
Nov 14, 2007 (4:54 am)
Where did you get that quote for the timing belt? If it's at the dealer then perhaps finding a good independent specialist in your area could save you about $600. I have heard from other forums that the price for this job at a good independent with quality parts should be about $800.
Others have found the parts on-line and have paid about $350 for labor to do the job.
Perhaps one of these options would work and keep you going for a while longer?