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#1057 of 1407 Coolant Leak Question
Nov 22, 2008 (5:08 pm)
I recently bought a 2003 Audi A6 2.7T with 54,000 miles. About a week later the coolant light came on (so I filled it). Less than a week after that the light came on again so I checked it. It was empty just from driving to and from work in the city for a week. I filled it again and later that day the check engine light came on followed by the "Service Now" light. There were no leaks on the ground under the car. Made an appointment at the German Import garage by my house but the soonest they could look at it was 2 days later. I tried to drive it as little as possible and always checked the coolant level before starting it. The mechanic told me that when the coolant is pumping through the engine, it was getting to the turbos and the turbos were not taking it in and recycling it through the engine. Basically the coolant is hitting a "wall" (the turbos) and stopping. They said the turbos are shot from the coolant leaking on them and to replace them with used turbos(if they can find them on an engine that matches mine) will cost at an estimated $10,000 to pull the engine, replace the turbos, and 30 hours of labor. I brought the car back home but do not want to drive it and risk further damage or a breakdown. It just sits here because I do not have $10,000 to pay for it on top of my car loan payments. Other garages I have spoken to say they have never seen turbos go out like that and that it could be the water pump (I was quoted $2000 for that repair) and that the garage is trying to rip me off with the turbos. Anyone have a problem like this? Let me know. The temp gauge stays in the middle, but I know that doesn't necessarily mean my engine is not overheating. When I popped the hood after driving it home, there was steam pouring out of it and smelled like burnt coolant. Thanks so much.
#1058 of 1407 no power
Nov 23, 2008 (7:24 am)
hi everyone i have no power in xmradio i have checked all the fuses they all seam to be good. i lights on everything else except the radio controls all other componets are working fine..please help
p.s. my car is a 2005 audi A6
thank you ,louis
#1059 of 1407 Re: Coolant Leak Question [Diggs814]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 23, 2008 (10:11 am)
You have to take an Audi to someone trained specifically on Audis. Someone who fixes Porsches or Mercedes may know nothing about Audis.
The story you got sounds bizarre. I'd certainly recommend having the car competently tested somewhere else. You are either leaking coolant or burning it. As for the turbos "burning out", your car, in that case, would run like a dog, if at all. If you are in California I may be able to direct you to a competent shop.
#1060 of 1407 Re: 1996 Audi A6 shifting [Mr_Shiftright]
Nov 23, 2008 (6:22 pm)
Get this I when to put new tires on the car and found out that there is less than 15 percent of ware left on them. I notified the dealer because he had told me that he had put new ones on before I baught the car. The only thing that I could get out of him was that If i purchased the pads he would throw them on. I guess I though that was a good deal till i found out they cost about $80.00.
#1061 of 1407 Re: Audi MMI failure [gaillaw]
Nov 26, 2008 (6:22 am)
Hi gaillaw, i have a 2005 audiA6 and i have the same problem with mmi there is no POWER.. i was wondering if you got the problem fixed before i take it to the dailer and get the same answer you got. they tell me there is a fuse behind the radio,did the dailer check that fuse? please let me know if the problem was resolved and what was the cause.
Nov 26, 2008 (4:11 am)
I know this is a little off topic but I need imediate help.
Today I was about to park, didn't think the car was still moving and I threw my 05 A6 into park. I heard the transmission grinding, was there any damage done? I was going less then 5MPH.
And on that Porsche, I like it, although it somewhat looks like an avant.
Nov 26, 2008 (9:32 am)
That was your park pawl protesting, but if you didn't break it off (in other words, if it still locks into park) then you got away with it THIS TIME
#1064 of 1407 Re: Coolant Leak Question [Diggs814]
Nov 26, 2008 (11:04 am)
I have owned the same car and it is really a terrible vehicle to own and operate w/o a warranty. These cars are among the most complicated to repair of all vehicles and the shops that understand this car are few and far between. Parts are prohibitively expensive, unbelievably proprietary, and hard to order outside the retail dealer network.
After almost 9 years of Audi ownership experience, you really don't want to drive one w/o warranty coverage. These are cars which should be leased for 3 years and just simply given back to the dealer. Buying a 2.7T straight up was a financial mistake in my opinion. You should have a 30 day warranty if purchased from a dealer, maybe they will make some allowance for the turbo replacement?
Watch your fluid levels......watch your fluid levels..........watch your fluid levels! I checked the coolant, oil, brake fluid, power steering, windshield washer fluids almost on a daily basis. Letting the coolant run low for any reason is death to the turbos. Again, if purchased within 30 days from a dealer, I believe they have some responsibility towards the repair of this incredibly hard to repair vehicle.
#1065 of 1407 Re: Coolant Leak Question [Diggs814]
Nov 29, 2008 (12:53 pm)
Diggs - That doesn't sound good. I'm not an expert but it sounds a lot like the problem I had earlier this year. My low coolant light kept coming on but there was no sign of leakage. In my case it WAS NOT the turbos. I had to have an auxiliary coolant pump replaced. This pump continues to pump coolant on hot days after the engine is turned off. It was the end of summer and I was in for the 105K service. Since the service manager couldn't reach me by phone they didn't do the repair and I had to take it back. I don't drive it every day so it wasn't a problem. NOT suggesting you should drive it. Cost of repair was about $600 or $800 parts and labor. I have a 2001 2.7T w/6-speed. Always serviced at the Audi dealer where I bought it. It will be eight years old in March. Love this car. Good luck.
#1066 of 1407 Torque Converter
Dec 02, 2008 (4:56 pm)
I am very confused and I hope that someone out there has some good advice for me. Here is my issue....I brought my 2002 Audi A6 to the dealer several weeks ago b/c my engine light was on. They said I had two problems. (1) A coolant sensor had to be replaced...no problem and (2) I needed a new torque converter...it could be done for $2000. GULP!!!!
I initially declined to have the torque converted replaced b/c other than the engine light being on, the car runs perfectly. I brought the car to another location and they too said that the codes being produced by the computer stated I also needed a new torque converter. Soon after I brought the car to the second dealer, the engine light went off. Since then (about 3 - 4 weeks), the light hasn't come back on and the car still runs perfectly. Absolutely no problems.
The dealer told me that the car may run for the next 50k miles w/o a problem or I could blow my entire transmission as soon as I pull off the lot...and that would cost $5k to fix.
Well, I finally made an appt to have it fixed. This is a painful fix as my engine light is off and the car runs perfectly. Also, the car is only worth 10 - 11k. I'm assuming both dealers wouldn't lie to me and that the computer tells them there is a problem.
Any idea what I should do? And, if I truly had a problem, wouldn't my car say so? Shouldn't I be noticing at least some problem with the car?
HELP...before I spend $2000 to fix nothing