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#2090 of 2367 Re: 2008 Audi A4 [sadie414]
Oct 13, 2009 (7:32 am)
Sorry to hear about your bad experience. I believe part of the problem you face is that the dealer (Prestige) carries other top end model cars (Lamborgini, etc.) that sell for more than an Audi, hence they may be focusing more on those markets than on the lower end spectrum of products they sell. I ran into a similar situation when I purchased my Audi from a dealer who also sells Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Bentley and Porche. All vehicles went through the same service drive and the Audi folks kinda got lost in the shuffle with the high rollers. Cut to the chase...find a reputable dealer who sells Audi as his top of the line product, the focus will be there and the satisfaction level most likely will go up.
#2091 of 2367 99 A4 Quattro shuts off while driving
Oct 13, 2009 (8:09 am)
My 99 A4 has recently been shutting off during driving while I brake or turn. Seems to me like the extra tourque required by the brake pump or steering pump is enough to shut off the engine. Does anyone know what could be the cause?
Thanks in advance for your help.
#2092 of 2367 Re: 99 A4 Quattro shuts off while driving [audiman5]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 13, 2009 (9:07 am)
Might want to check your fuel pressure regulator for openers.
#2093 of 2367 1998 Audi A4 - Can't Remove Battery b/c Rusty Bolt
Oct 15, 2009 (5:45 am)
I'm sure there is a simple solution to this, but i cannot remove by dead battery because the bolt and surrounding area is rusted... Is there an easy DIY method to remove the rust?
#2094 of 2367 Re: 1998 Audi A4 - Can't Remove Battery b/c Rusty Bolt [hoowah]
Oct 15, 2009 (7:34 am)
Simplest way is to go to auto parts or hardware store and buy what is called "penetrating oil" ("Liquid Wrench). Apply it liberally (but don't overdo it) to the threads and base of the bolt where the nut joins it. Let it soak in overnight and then reapply. Key is to give it time to soak in and work on dissolving and penetrating the rust. If you have the room, you can then try giving the nut a couple of decent taps with a punch and hammer to help "break the bond" between the nut and the bolt/stud. Then use a good fitting wrench (socket, box or last resort open-end). Key is to not over torque the nut as it could snap leaving you with an even bigger problem, so take your time and let the penetrant do its thing.
Hope this helps, and do what we do here in Texas...have patience...that's why God gave us Tony Romo.
#2095 of 2367 Re: 1998 Audi A4 - Can't Remove Battery b/c Rusty Bolt [hoowah]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 15, 2009 (7:51 am)
You can also take a hacksaw blade and cut through the bolt right in its center (where the cable end pinches together). Don't go pounding on the battery, you'll damage it. If this is the Positive post, be careful that the hacksaw doesn't touch anything metal as you work. Wear safety glasses.
But yes, rust penetrant, patience and maybe some vice grips are the best way to go.
#2096 of 2367 Rattling noise
Oct 15, 2009 (10:45 am)
2009 A4 Premium Plus. Anyone have problems with driver side (front door) window rattling noise? Anytime I go over a bump or minor pothole, the window/door rattles. I brought it to the dealer but they said they couldn't reproduce it. Planning on bringing it back in and having the mechanic go on a test drive with me.
Thanks in advance.
#2097 of 2367 Re: 99 A4 Quattro shuts off while driving [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 18, 2009 (7:08 pm)
Hey guys. Im planning to buy an Audi A4 1.8T. However, when i first started it, the idle was kinda high then it got normal after a few minutes. just wanna know if thats normal and are there any problem i should expect knowing that the vehicle has 83k miles?
#2098 of 2367 Re: 99 A4 Quattro shuts off while driving [boss9]
Oct 19, 2009 (7:04 am)
Hey boss: Can't comment on the high idle...might be a good idea to take the car
into a good independent Audi tech and have all systems checked. With 83k, a few things to watch for: 1) You don't mention model year, but it's getting close to the spec (90k) for TIMING BELT change, and many owners change it at even 75-80k. This is an "interference" engine...if the belt breaks, you could blow the engine. Figure $900-1,000 cost to change belt; 2) Jack up the front end and verify control arms and tie rod ends are solid. If bad, you could be looking at $1,000+ unless you're a do-it-yourselfer; and 3) I would not buy this car without service records which verify use of VW/Audi-approved synthethic oil (Pentosin or Mobil 1 5W-40 etc. These engines are prone to sludging, and if you don't have the service records, you are probably SOL. Once again, take it into a good tech before buying! Good luck. audiophile1
#2099 of 2367 Re: 99 A4 Quattro shuts off while driving [boss9]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 19, 2009 (8:33 am)
very good advice from the dawg!