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#321 of 1402 AUDI Gasket / Seal Woes
Apr 18, 2005 (4:30 pm)
My 1999 A6 Quat. (46,000 miles - 2nd car) has been treated like a princess. Easy driving, excellent maintenance. Yet today when I took it in for an oil change I was told that ALL the seals (differential, engine, cams) were leaking and that replacement would be $2300!! I said, "That's just wrong!" How can all the seals need replacement at 5 1/2 years? I was told that this is a "recognized problem with the Audi." I was assured that new and improved seals would be used as replacements and then everything should be in good shape. $2300 for seals that are recognized by Audi to be defective? Did I hear somebody mention a class action lawsuit? Anybody else have this experience?
#322 of 1402 Re: Audi A6 Bluetooth [scaplan]
Apr 19, 2005 (12:10 am)
I have the V551 with my 2005 A6 4.2 and have had no problems except two numbers (of 49) did not down load into the directory - be sure your phone has its bluetooth power turned 'on' in 'setup'.
1500 miles in two and 1/2 weeks - and 'not one glich' since leaving the dealership. I look for reasons to drive the car (spending more time with the wife taking her on errands.)
#323 of 1402 Re: AUDI Gasket / Seal Woes [grandmamac]
Apr 19, 2005 (6:46 am)
Did you notice any seepage, leaks, cracks to back this up? Whatever the case, I'd get a second opinion. You know how some of these dealers will take you to the cleaners if you aren't careful. If there has been a recall issue, it should be a bulletin on the NHTSA website. Or, if you subscribe to ALLDATA.com, they should have that and any technical service bulletins applicable. If you're going to make a claim, make sure you have your oil change/service maintenence receipts to document that you have properly maintained your vehicle. Just out of curiosity, which engine do you have in your A6? I hope its not the 2.8 V6.
#324 of 1402 Tie Rods, Control Arms, axle joint boots
Apr 19, 2005 (9:20 am)
General question for the board-
In January of '02, I purchaed a dealer certified '98 A6, new off lease w/ 33,600 miles. The lessee had been a client of the dealership, which was a good thing as all maintenance records were available for verification. As I am an accountant by trade, I enlisted the help of a personal friend (auto tech) to go over the exterior, check out the sterring and undercarriage, etc. The car ran like a dream the two times I test drove it, made no strange noises, passed muster on inspection (dealership even let us use their lift) and acted enough like my mother's 98 that I was satisfied it was the goods.
Within a month and less than 500 miles, I was back at the dealership complaining of a 'squeaking' noise coming from what I thought was the steering column. The dealer informed me that the car needed a tie rod assembly and new set of upper control arms (I needed my auto tech friend to interpret this for me, and basically hit the roof when I realized they were telling me the steering was effectively shot. Wallingford Porsche/Audi (where I purchased) wanted to charge me fifteen hundred bucks to fix the whole enchilada, but I screamed, pointed to my 2 year/100K mile extended warranty as well as the fact that my family was currently into them for three other Audis. They eventually fixed the problem free of charge.
The car served me reliably with absolutely NO problems until about three months ago when, you guessed it, I started to hear that same squeaking sound again. I just got around to bringing the car to the dealer yesterday (this time New Country of Greenwich) and was informed that:
1) The tie rods are shot, and that I need new assemblies;
2) The upper control arms are shot, and I need new ones;
3) The outer axle joint boots are shot, and I need new ones.
For this, they wanted to charge me $3,000 (labor at $250/hr!). Leaving aside the question of whether New Country is ripping my eyes out on price, I would like to know if such repairs could be construed as 'normal wear and tear' considering this is twice within 75K miles. Our roads are lousy around here, and I do go through a lot of stop/go traffic, but haven't hit any big bumps or potholes that I would construe as causing heavy damage.
#325 of 1402 removal of plastic "dust cover"
Apr 21, 2005 (7:50 am)
can anyone give me directions (or point me to a URL) on how to remove the plastic "dust cover" under my A-6. I would like to change my oil. I suspect this is simple-- but I don't want to mess anything up. thanks. Paul
#326 of 1402 A6 Do-It-Yourself Oil Change
Apr 21, 2005 (8:32 am)
If you have the 2.8 V6, this is what I do..
You don't need to remove the entire engine belly pan. I did that the first time and had a bear of a time trying to get it all back. Actually, I didn't because I couldn't align the rear fasteners properly because I couldn't reach that far back and do not own a car lift or stands. Fortunately, my car was still under the service warranty, so at the next service they put everything back without question. I assume they thought the previous service guy didn't put it together during the last visit
What I have learned is that you need to loosen a few of the screws; just the left and front and maybe the front right side, just enough to get the cover to come down. You'll have to experiment depending on how far your reach is. Once, the screws are removed (and make sure you have them together, they're small and can get blown away), pull the belly pan cover down a little but don't apply brute force as to bend the rear attachment. You should have enough room to use a socket wrench and oil filter wrench to complete the job, as well as place a oil containment/recycling container underneath to capture your used oil.
If you're not big chested and do not have short arms, you can save on the $125 or so the dealer charges and perform this vital and easy maintenence service yourself, without even a car lift!
#327 of 1402 Re: A6 Do-It-Yourself Oil Change [jodar]
Apr 21, 2005 (12:36 pm)
thanks very much-- that is just the kind of thing I am trying to learn!
#328 of 1402 Re: AUDI Gasket / Seal Woes [jodar]
Apr 21, 2005 (12:38 pm)
All of my service has been done on time or before at the Dealership that told me I needed this done. The leaks were noticed at time of service. I'm a widowed grandmother and wouldn't know a leak from condensation if my life depended on it! Final bill $2158.00 I will pursue this matter further.
I'm almost afraid to admit that it is the 2.8 V6 Sounds as though perhaps that is not a good thing. Unending troubles ahead?
#329 of 1402 Re: Audi A6 Bluetooth [gregaudia6]
Apr 21, 2005 (12:52 pm)
Well I'm certainly happy to hear the 'not one glich' thing since I just ordered my 3.2, delivery for next week. I'm also glad to hear the Motorola V551 works and I'll make sure its turned "on".
#330 of 1402 Re: Audi A6 Bluetooth [nygal]
Apr 22, 2005 (5:05 pm)
You're going to love it! How can you go wrong with 4 yr, maintenance included?