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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.
#1966 of 2367 Re: 1999 A4 2.8 [Mr_Shiftright]
May 01, 2009 (11:33 am)
thanks for your response... i have only called one place but thought it was kind of high! haven't had much free time to do more research but pretty sure it will be worth my time in checking out other options...
#1967 of 2367 RE: ENGINE KNOCK AT IDLE ... [samaudi]
May 01, 2009 (4:25 pm)
I bought my car at 33k and have had way, way, way more maintenance issues with it than I have had with all the cars and trucks I've owned in my life, all Fords. The good news is that they were all covered under warranty. The bad news is my warranty expires in about two weeks. Here is what I remember of all the issues I've had addressed:
-faulty brake light switch - caused battery to die (a real doozy to diagnose)
-replaced rear seat latch
-replaced coolvant valve
-replaced windshield wiper motor
-fixed issue with the engine sounding like a diesel
-replaced glove box - it broke off the right side - the hinge is plastic, surprisingly
These are most of them and were not show-stoppers, meaning I was never stranded.
I am wondering about EXTENDED WARRANTIES. Anybody care to chime in on whether it is worth the price? The cost at the dealership is anywhere from 4-6 k, which is a lot IMO. I'm wondering if one is better off using that money on another pre-owned that has another 1.5-2 years of warranty remaining???
#1968 of 2367 RE: ENGINE KNOCK AT IDLE ... [hauschild1]
May 04, 2009 (6:40 am)
If your warranty expires in two weeks, find any additional concerns you may have with the car, take the car to the dealer with a list of issues IN WRITING and have them corrected. Also, if the vehicle has ANY remaining maintenance servicing to be performed under "Free Servicing" have them documented and completed. As most of your items appear to be small nuisance items, it appears you have a pretty stable vehicle. As far as an extended warranty goes, your best bet is to keep your money, sell the car in a year or so and then invest in a later model that may serve your needs.
#1969 of 2367 Re: 2004 Audi a4 problem [jabriangirls]
May 04, 2009 (6:45 am)
If your timing belt failed it may be the result of a faulty part as the service guide for the 1.8T requires change out at 100,000 miles. There has been an issue with these failing before recommended replacement time and the NHTSA has a data base and log on complaits and corrective actions against AudiUSA. Check the NHTSA website for your specific year and model. I might give you some leverage with the dealers.
#1970 of 2367 RE: ENGINE KNOCK AT IDLE ... [hauschild1]
May 04, 2009 (6:50 am)
I bought my car new and have a couple of the same problems. I've had to replace the rear seat latch countless times as there is a rattle in the back seat that my dealership can't seem to fix. They keep connecting it to that latch... Also, I've had to replace the glove box for the same exact problem, and I've also had the engine grinding noise. Hopefully all will be corrected on the 18th, and will post back then.
Also, I say the extended warranty is a waste of money, however the quotes you got seem very high. I got a couple that ranged from 3-5k.