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#853 of 2367 2001 Audi A4 1.8T Engine Problems Please Help!
Jul 22, 2005 (6:57 pm)
Hello Everyone! I am looking for information related to Audi A4 1.8T engine problems due to timing belt failures. About two months ago, while driving on the highway, my timing belt failed and engine seized. All said and done it was close to $6,000 in repairs!!!
While my car was in the shop I heard rumors about a class action lawsuit regarding this type of 1.8T failure. Does anyone know where I can go to get some information on this issue to see whether I qualify for any type of reimbursement from Audi?
Drowning in debt...
Thanks for any help you may be able to give me on the issue!
#854 of 2367 Re: 2001 Audi A4 1.8T Engine Problems Please Help! [ndlessfun]
Jul 23, 2005 (2:26 am)
I have the same A4 1.8T, 2001 is still running good. Please share more information in details . so that i could able to help you
#855 of 2367 Oil change and timing belt
Jul 23, 2005 (5:09 am)
On the oil change I do an interim change at 5K miles with Audi approved Mobil 1 0W-40 oil. However, I just use a topsider oil extractor that sucks the oil out the dipstick opening so it's a simple process. Then the dealer full change with filter at every 10K. This gets fresh oil into the engine and I know there are several others who do the same with good results.
On the belt, I would suggest you call Audi of America directly to full story. You don't state the mileage at which it happened and I think that plays a big role in any help they may offer you. I suggest you be polite but firm if the belt went at mileage below the recommended change interval and you may be able to get some assistance in that huge repair bill.
#856 of 2367 Re: Oil change and timing belt [rowlandj]
Jul 24, 2005 (6:50 am)
I plan on calling Audi of America tomorrow on the timing belt failure. I also sent an email to their service department. I was able to find this article from the Boston Globe that was printed earlier this month regarding Audi reimbursement for timing belt failures:
Hopefully I can get some type of compensation from Audi for the repairs. My timing belt failed at approximately 70,000 miles, right after a scheduled oil change. After reading up on Audi engine failures it sounds like my mechanic should have been more knowledgeable of the 1.8T and done a better job flushing out the engine.
Thanks for your suggestions. If anyone else has been or is in a similar situation let me know if you have any new information.
#857 of 2367 Re: 2005 Ultra sport or 2005 Spec Edition [jstrebel]
Jul 26, 2005 (10:36 am)
As far as I know, the Ultrasport also comes with a power front passenger seat, which is otherwise unavailable (I think). That is one way of making sure it is an Ultrasport.
#858 of 2367 Re: certified warranty question [cccc1]
Jul 26, 2005 (10:40 am)
If the car was really certified by Audi, I think it comes with a warranty for at least 1 year (not sure of mileage limit). Aside from that, the exhaust system is covered for 7yrs/70k miles, so either way you shouldn't have to pay for it. If you bought it from some secondhand dealer (not Audi), then maybe they did some other kind of certification, and in that case their warranty terms may be different
#859 of 2367 Engine fails to start or starts briefly then dies
Jul 26, 2005 (1:02 pm)
I post a message a month ago and unfortunately didn't get any response, anyway..... my car is at the dealer since last Thursday and they still don't know what is the problem. They are assuming it has to do with the immobilizer system. My question is: does any of you had a problem with the immobilizer. I have A4 2003 at $33,000 miles. Here is the info that I found on the internet: Engine fails to start or starts briefly then dies, this is a very common fault with the key code immobilizer system there are many causes of this, the most common is the key itself or the connection from the inductive sensor around the ignition barrel to the immobilizer ECU, the wring from the sensor to the ECU should be removed the connections need to be cleaned with suitable circuit cleaner then relocate the wiring loosely down the steering column so that it is not under any tension at all, then reconnect the multi plugs to the ECU and inductive sensor then harness into place with a cable tie. This is a very common problem it is a built in design floor with the VAG immobilizer systems.
#861 of 2367 Over heating problem Audi A4 Aavant 2.6SE V6
Jul 28, 2005 (1:30 am)
Hi - I have a 1996 Audi A4 Avant and I am having a problem with the radiator over heating. It seems that the temperature gauge in the dashboard says it is running at about 90 degrees which according to my manual is fine, however sometime when mobile but usually immediately when I have stopped the radiator seems to steam from the valve on the top and overspill where the engine coolant is so hot??? does anybody have any idea why it would do thi??? Please help
#862 of 2367 Re: 2001 Audi A4 1.8T Engine Problems Please Help! [ndlessfun]
Jul 28, 2005 (1:17 pm)
Yes, there was a class action suit. I believe they will now check the timing belt at 40,000 and 80,000 miles, and if it goes prior to that time they will fix it for free as long as you've had regular scheduled maintenance from an authorized Audi service dealer. BUT, they won't fix any damage from the belt after it blew if you didn't have it serviced appropriately. You can call their useless customer advocates to get more information (there's an 800 number that your service dealer should know). My experience, and those of other owners I know, has been that they will do everything in their power to blame you for whatever went wrong. So it may not work. But give it a shot. And a word to the wise... unload that thing. My Audi service manager told me they are "built to fall apart in five years" and he's not kidding.