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#1956 of 2367 Rreplacement TIres ...
Apr 24, 2009 (7:23 pm)
Now I need new tires. 2005 A4 2.0T w/TPMS Quattro. Tire size 235/45/17.
Audi Dealership that fixed my knock problem has Cooper Zeons at $780 which is everything including allignment. I'm currently kinda residing in the sticks, so I can't do Discount Tire or anything like that. We have snow 6 months outta the year, also.
My first concern is how good of a tire this is in terms of wear? Second, what is a better all around tire for the price? My most important conern is bang for the buck, so if a tire is a bit noiser or has less traction, that's ok.
I have no experience with A4 tires, so any info is good info.
#1957 of 2367 Re: Rreplacement TIres ... [hauschild1]
Apr 25, 2009 (3:02 am)
I would ask first is your car AWD
If you can ask the original owner and if it snows where you are for 6 months a year and you said the car you have owned for over a year, how did the tires on the car now hold up in the snow.
#1958 of 2367 Re: Rreplacement TIres ... [bundyt]
Apr 25, 2009 (10:10 am)
Well, this past winter I ran a separate set of wheels and snow tires, but I sold the set a month ago. They were Audi wheels, but they were only 16's and didn't look as nice as the original wheels. BTW, car is QUATTRO - AWD.
I've got Pirelli's on now, but I think they're a bit pricey. I was just curious if anybody out here recommends a specific tire ranked in the following order:
-tread life (not advertised, but actual)
Also, what's an average price to pay for new tires and everything that goes along with new tires including alignment? Is $780 reasonable and are Cooper Zeon's ok???
#1959 of 2367 RE: ENGINE KNOCK AT IDLE ... [hauschild1]
Apr 25, 2009 (3:29 pm)
I Have the same problem with the engine "grinding" noise when I first start my
car. I have a 2005.5 a4 2.0t quattro and complained to the dealership a couple
times and they say they can't fix it. I eventually called audi of america and
told them about the problem and also to ask them if they knew anything about it.
They said it was due to the engine oil not heating quickly enough or something
but doesn't do any damage to the engine. They also said there is no repair for
So what you had done actually corrected the problem? Which dealership did you go
#1960 of 2367 RE: ENGINE KNOCK AT IDLE ... [samaudi]
Apr 25, 2009 (10:53 pm)
Yes, whatever I explained in my post above in regards to fixing the "knocking" sound in the engine, definitely also addressed the sporadic "grinding" sound of the starter. I should mention that the sound of the starter was something like you would hear if you've ever accidentally kept cranking the starter once the engine turned over - it's a difficult sound to describe, but I knew it was an issue because I could reproduce it at will - not a big deal, but my initial worry was the starter going bad and my warranty is due to expire, so wanted it addressed.
Again, I'm not sure if we're talking about the same thing here, but if you look in my post outlining the fixes, you can maybe mention this to your guys. Do you have any issues with a slightly noiser engine at idle? I didn't really notice it until my brother mentioned it to me saying that didn't sound right - it almost sounded like a diesel with a continual rat, tat, tat at idle.
Since my car is also a 2005.5, our issues might be related. I'm really particular about my cars - especially expensive cars, so I wouldn't doubt if a lot of people have this problem but don't really care about it.
The dealership that finally addressed my issue is Kocourek Audi in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Apr 30, 2009 (6:09 am)
Yesterday I was driving home and my acceleration just died on my on the highway. I tried to start it back up up and i noticed the engine wouldn't turn over. I was told that it could be a timing belt problem or a trasmission problem. I am praying that it is not the latter. i need any help with this issue. my car only has 87k in mileage. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#1962 of 2367 RE: ENGINE KNOCK AT IDLE ... [hauschild1]
Apr 30, 2009 (6:34 am)
I think it's the same exact problem. It doesn't do It all the time, but I would say 8 times out of 10 it happens.
I have found a temporary solution to our problem. If you turn the key to the 3rd stage before actually turning the car on (so all of the electronics are on and the lights on the dash) and wait a few seconds before starting it, it will eliminate the problem probably 50% of the time. However this still doesn't completely fix the problem. I will bring my car in again and tell them to do whatever it is that they did to your car to fix it.
Luckily, I had the dealer look at the problem before my warranty ended (which was at the end of march) so I should still be covered
Thanks for all your help and also, have you had any other problems with your car?
Apr 30, 2009 (7:15 am)
does anyone know how hard it is to replace a radiator / thermostat? dealership quoted me over $5k!
#1964 of 2367 Re: 2004 Audi a4 problem [jabriangirls]
Apr 30, 2009 (9:33 am)
If you have no record of a timing belt change it's very likely that it did fail. I assume you have the 1.8T engine as well? If so, you could have severe engine issues. The problem could be anywhere from bent valves to holes in the pistons as that engine is an 'interference engine'. A break to the timing belt at speed causes significant damage in most cases.
I hope it's not that bad for your sake as the repairs for this kind of damage can be expensive.
#1965 of 2367 Re: 1999 A4 2.8 [kbcharlotte]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 30, 2009 (9:55 am)
I called a very good shop in the SF Bay Area and they quoted about $2,000.
timing belt, water pump, pulley bearings, hydraulic tensioner, thermostat, radiator (BAER, not a cheapo radiator), coolant, all labor.
Unless you have issues other than mentioned above, your quote seems way too high. You have to compare what's on their estimate with what I've mentioned.