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#1701 of 2367 Catalytic converters / oil problems
Dec 26, 2007 (7:01 pm)
Just wondering if someone can shine some light into my car drama. I have a 2003 A4 3.0 currently with 98,000 miles which I purchased new. At 11,000 miles my car stopped in the middle of the parkway - recall - fuel injection replaced. Starting around 65,000 miles or so, I started running out of oil 1,000-1,500 miles before my schedules appointment. After this happened several times regardless of checking the oil, I automatically get my oil changed every 3,500 miles and I stopped taking it to the dealer for oil changes. The jiffy lube type place usually uses 6 quarts of oil and it is synthetic. My question is my left catalytic converter went around 78,000 miles which was covered. Now, my right catalytic converter went which was costly (extended warrenty didn't cover it) I was told that it ws rare for catalytic converters to go in these types of cars. Can my oil problems (running out of oil, possibly using to much oil, not using Audi filter) causing my catalytic converters to go or is the fuel pump / engine issues with these types of cars the cause.
#1702 of 2367 Re: Catalytic converters / oil problems [roxywink]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 26, 2007 (7:44 pm)
Sure excessive oil burning can wipe out a catalytic converter. You should have a cylinder leakdown test performed on your engine.
#1703 of 2367 A4 2.0T tail pipe soot
Dec 26, 2007 (10:34 pm)
I have a '07 2.0T Avant I purchased last month from an Audi dealer which had approximately 4,500 miles on it at time of purchase. Got the 5k service a few weeks ago and everything checked out fine. The other day, though, I noticed that the tail pipes are coated with a pretty thick black soot. At start up and on heavy acceleration I haven't seen any blue smoke, and I haven't seen an oil level drop. But, the soot accumulation is way more than I've noticed on any of my other cars before. Before I run back to Audi and get it checked, has anyone else noticed this?
#1704 of 2367 Re: A4 2.0T tail pipe soot [65tuxedopark]
Dec 27, 2007 (9:49 am)
I have basically the same car and I notice this too. I believe this is caused by this engine running rather "rich" at startup, possibly due to the direct injection. This is a common complaint and is discussed some at Audiworld.com. You can get something called NEVR-DULL at Wal-Mart for about $4 that will clean the pipes easily. It is a cotton wadding polish and a can of it will last a long time. At any rate there is nothing wrong with your car.
#1705 of 2367 Re: [gavthornton]
Dec 27, 2007 (9:57 am)
check your tires. have them rotated and see if the sound comes from the front now.
#1706 of 2367 Re: A4 2.0T tail pipe soot [rascal99]
Dec 27, 2007 (10:10 am)
Thanks for the tip. There is some discoloration and deposits on the chrome exhaust tips, so I'll try that polish for them. What really caught my attention was just how much soot was inside the pipes...glad others have seen this too.
#1707 of 2367 Re: Gas tank problems [leejamesk]
Dec 30, 2007 (6:10 pm)
I had a problem with my ex- 2003 A4-3.0 in that the gas pump would also shut off. I pulled the nozzle out and stuck a pencil into the filler tube, and could feel (and smell) the fuel vapors escaping from my fuel tank. After the pressure was relieved, I could continue to fill the tank. It finally happened when the dealer had the car (to fix other problems) so they replaced the fuel tank! Apparently in order to change the tank vent, they had to replace the tank itself. That seemed to solve the problem for about one year, then it started to happen again. It became a real pain to try to fill my gas tank. Check to see if your tank is pressurized. I traded the car in for a 2005 Acura Rl a few months later, and I'm glad I did. I've had a couple of minor problems with my Acura, but they are nothing compared with my A4. Good luck!
#1708 of 2367 temp gauge
Jan 03, 2008 (4:59 am)
Hi my '98 A41.8T quattro engine temp gauge is dead anybody know of a DIY way to fix this caused i just spotted wrecked A4 i can easily pull parts off.......ohh what is it with audi sensors! check engine light came on; replaced mass air flow sensor,knock sensor and catalytic converter and the sucker just came on again ...drives fine though
#1709 of 2367 Replacing face plate on console?
Jan 03, 2008 (7:39 am)
I have a 2003 A4. When I purchased the car the black plastic face that covers the change drawer in the console (next to the hazard symbol) was missing. The drawer functions fine -- when you press on it it releases without incident. It is just missing the smooth plastic face with the drawer symbol on it. So, clearly just cosmetic, but this is a "new" car to me and I want it to look the way it is supposed to.
The dealer sent me a replacement piece. I expected it to be just the plastic piece, but it is the entire component -- the drawer, mechanics and all. It looks as if I need to take the entire console apart, remove the drawer and refit it with the new drawer. Is this really the case? Or is there a way I can somehow snap off the face from the new piece they sent and snap it on the existing drawer?
The piece looks as if it could snap off, but I am a little afraid of attempting that and winding up breaking the new piece. I'm also, to be honest, a little wary of how much it might cost to have the console taken apart and refitted.
Any thoughts? Thanks for your time.
#1710 of 2367 Re: Replacing face plate on console? [kellycan1]
Jan 04, 2008 (4:38 am)
I would suggest changing the entire part. Most of these vehicles now are made in such a way that components come out relatively easily without major disassembly. I suggest you do a web search for a do-it-yourself on this particular repair as there are some good sites out there where folks share, often with pictures of the work and/or parts diagrams.