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#2246 of 2367 best way to learn to repair issues myself
Sep 15, 2010 (7:47 am)
I've had my Audi for 3 years now and bring it into the dealership for regular service. I've been driving it much more lately (used to walk to work) so can see the distance between service visits become much shorter in the coming years. Is there a repair manual (Chilton Guide?) for 2005 Audi A4 that's inexpensive? I've seen them range from 100 to 2000 dollars USD. Could i get use a forum like this to, say, change the oil or change air filters, etc?
#2247 of 2367 Re: best way to learn to repair issues myself [lyallbarbour]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 15, 2010 (8:04 am)
Chilton's would be of limited use to you but would cover some basics. You get what you pay for. Better than nothing, but rarely good enough. The best manuals for German cars come from Bentley Publishing, but I don't think they have an A4 in print form. They might have something on CD or DVD, but I hate those. Nothing like a book in front of you when you are trying to repair something!
Sure, you can use our Forums to ask questions and also don't forget we have a very nifty ANSWERS DEPARTMENT for additional advice.
#2248 of 2367 clutch spring
Sep 25, 2010 (6:55 am)
A couple weeks ago when driving my 2006 a4 a spring popped off from my clutch pedal (or so the tow truck driver told me it was).. I cannot find anyone to replace this or even check it. I have had such a HORRIBLE experience dealing with the Audi Dealerships in Dallas, TX, that I am never going back to one. Does anyone know if this is a simple/common repair, or of a good mechanic in the Dallas, Tx area?
I really like this car, but have had my fair share of troubles with it.
#2249 of 2367 1999 Audi A4 V6 Quattro engine noise
Sep 27, 2010 (12:08 pm)
Back with another issue with my audi. I have been noticing increasing valve chatter coming from the engine area, to the point that when I drove home one day, my wife thought she heard a diesel engine in the car. I was told that it could be the valves and they need to be redone. As I understand it, there's no adjustment on these, only replacement of some parts.
Is this truly a valve issue? or do I need to check somewhere else first? Thanks for sharing.
#2250 of 2367 Re: 1999 Audi A4 V6 Quattro engine noise [davida2]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 27, 2010 (12:24 pm)
Did you change your oil recently and did you use a non-Audi oil filter or some budget quick-change filter? If so, this can be a problem with the V-6 engine and induce valve noise. Just an outside chance---it has happened.
That is correct---there are no adjustments to the valves, so it's possible you have defective lifter or lifters, or a worn camshaft. Please check your oil level and if you're due for a change, get an Audi filter and see what happens.
#2251 of 2367 Re: Shudders when accelerating [wendyx]
Sep 30, 2010 (4:18 am)
Wendyx, did you solve the front end shuddering on your A4? Mine does the same exact thing on acceleration. Not brakes, they're good.
#2252 of 2367 A4 Front end shudder
Sep 30, 2010 (4:21 am)
My 2003 A4 Cabriolet shudders upon acceleration. Not a brake problem or wheel balance. At any acceleration speed....0 to 30 or 40 to 50 etc.
Anyone have the answer?
#2253 of 2367 Re: best way to learn to repair issues myself [lyallbarbour]
Sep 30, 2010 (12:20 pm)
lyallbarbour: Shiftright is right, the best manuals would be obtained from Bentley, IF they happen to publish one for your model. I have a Haynes manual for my 97 A4, and like Chilton, they are fairly useful for your basic repairs/maintenance. You can also check with a dealer for a full-blown manual, but that's going to be big bucks. I think you meant "$100 to 200", not "$100 to $2,000", right? audiphile3
#2254 of 2367 Coolant Leak in Cylinder
Oct 05, 2010 (2:50 pm)
My 2004 Audi A4 3.0 convertible's check engine light came on and I just had the ignition coil recall performed. My check engine light continues to come on...the computer kept showing misfires on Cylinders 3 & 4. There was about a 5 second rough start when the engine was started cold. After a week in the shop, the dealership says it is a coolant leak in cylinder 3 only...they are no longer seeing misfires on cylinder 4. They want $2400 to take the engine to a machine shop and THEN will give me an estimate for the repair assuming they find the problem. Any advice?
#2255 of 2367 A4 2008 - bad fuel sensor
Oct 08, 2010 (10:06 am)