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Audi A4 Maintenance and Repair



  • vwdawgvwdawg Posts: 162
    Hi tgai69: Thanks for the reply. In a state of desperation, I already had removed the back seat, thinking maybe there was an access port (or maybe I could even cut my own access in the sheet metal with a hole saw). I couldn't find any sort of cover. Eventually, I customized the proper size hex wrench (ground the short end down to about 3/8 inch) and was able to get it up inside the fuel filter cavity. After installing the new one, and rather than spend another hour trying to tighten the hex bolt, I just installed a large hose clamp around the filter and bracket, which seems to be a much easier solution. Someone else stated that the flat rate on this job is .4 hours, which seems reasonable. Took me more like of the most frutrating Audi repairs I have ever done! Thanks again. audiphile1
  • jonp3jonp3 Posts: 3
    hi i wondered if someone could assist me. When i turn the key in my audi A4 SE the car will start ticking over and then just cut out. Now i turn key off and on again and same thing happens. If i carry on doing this it finally starts sometimes 1st time sometimes 10th time. Once car starts it runs beautifully. Please help me.
    Jon Parsons :cry:
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Sounds like a faulty fuel pressure regulator that is bleeding off pressure in the fuel rail---so, without fuel pressure in the rail, the fuel pump must pump away to renew enough fuel pressure to keep the car going after every shut down/leak down.
  • jonp3jonp3 Posts: 3
    Sorry to hassel you sir but thanks alot for the reply. Is this a job for a mechanic or can i sort this out myself? Will this be expensive?
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Well you can really test the regulator without a proper gauge and a workshop manual, so probably you should bring it in, yeah. Maybe a $200 job if my wild-[non-permissible content removed] guess is correct.

    The gauge allows you to run the engine, test the pressure (about 4 bar) and then see how much bleeds off in 10 minutes. It should drop to 2.5 bar. If it goes lower, I'd suspect the regulator is faulty.
  • Hi everyone - my Audi is 5 years old. I put the convertable top down the other day and when I put it back up I noticed that the rear window was no long attached...leaving a space all the way around (between the fabric and the window). The Audi dealership just informed me that the space can not be glued or repaired and that I will need to purchase a whole new top. Cost? Over $4,000.00! Have you heard of this happening before? As much as I love my Audi, I think it's pretty shoddy craftsmanship if the top needs to be replaced after only 5 years... Would love to hear your suggestions, feedback.
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    You might get a second opinion about all this from a first class upholstery shop in your area. The book says only 6 hours labor so even at $150 an hour that's only $900. Since when does cloth cost $3100 bucks?

    Here's one for $ add that to $900 and that's sounds about right


    I'm not recommending these people, just using them as an example.

    Average age of a convertible top is about 10 years, so yeah, it's premature, but convertible tops lead a hard life, so.....
  • jonp3jonp3 Posts: 3
    fantastic thanks alot
  • gtonelligtonelli Posts: 1
    I just got my last "free" maintenance done the other day and they replaced the front brake pads and fixed the worn rotors: "front brake disc remove+reinstall" and "wheel remove+reinstall".
    2 days later (today) my car ('05 A4 2.0T) is making a very strange noise when slowing down, especially on an incline and then accelerating after the green light regardless of the grade. Problem is that this noise comes and goes. I have 34,000 miles on it and I'm scheduled to have it checked out Monday. I'm not a mechanic by a long shot. Does anyone know what this may be? Many thanks in advance!!
  • deepstardeepstar Posts: 7
    Ok well It's Been A few thousand Miles later Im up to about 18,000 Miles Been Driving on the "Recomended" Gas for a long time now, and I still have oily slimy soot in both exhaust Tips. Can't keep em clean. This can't be normal. Even though the Dealer says this is normal. It's B.S. I don't trust em! This is a NEW Car! This NEVER happend to my three previous new cars which were Acura: Integra, RSX, and RSX TypeS.

    Also is now burning a full quart of oil just 4,000 miles after my last oil change.
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    Used car. Bought in Jan. 50K miles. Had some work done, all covered under extended warranty. Blew out my clutch this wknd. Dealership svc is quoting me $2700.00. Parts, labor, etc. I have no choice, really, but have read the clutch history in this discussion. Is this amount reasonable in the Audi world?

  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Seems high to me, but I don't know exactly what they are replacing. The clutch disc and pressure plate are about $500 retail, and labor is roughly 9.5 hours. So even by California labor rates, I would think $2000 bucks would more than cover this.
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    Thanks! I'll see what the final cost shakes out to later today and report back. I know they said the flywheel needed to be replaced too.

  • vwdawgvwdawg Posts: 162
    Hi Mike: I am by no means an Audi expert, but I have a mint '97 A4 as well as a Passat and Jetta (which is why I REALLY appreciate and am TOTALLY amazed by the expert commentary from the experienced and knowledgeable Audi and VW owners out there...without the Edmunds forums I don't believe I would dare buy a used German vehicle!). In any case, common sense tells me, as with medical diagnoses, that it never hurts to get a second opinion. It seems that there are some good dealership departments and some really bad ones that generate a lot of hate mail on the forums. Have you tried to find a local Audi/VW specialist where you can actually get to know and TRUST the person who does the work on your car? I have no idea how the dealership can say "flywheel needs to be replaced" without doing the teardown. Maybe other commentators could confirm it that's possible, but that statement alone would make me a bit nervouus. In any case, if I were you, I would get that second opinion. Good luck! audiphile1
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    Yeah, the flywheel tacked on an addtl $800. I did get to use an Audi loyalty coupon for 10% off. Woo Hoo! ;) I'm open to the notion that I just got hosed; but I also didn't want to take the time to go get the 2nd opinion, get towed, etc. And so far, this guy has been a straight shooter w/ me; helped me navigate the extended warranty people; etc. He also told me to not even think about getting tires thru him because of the expense; he told me to go to discount tire vendors. At any rate, I'm up and running again. Thanks for the input! :shades:
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    Yep that flywheel retails for $980 bucks plus another .2 of a hour to replace it.

    So all in all I think the guy was straight with you. Yes you could have skipped the flywheel perhaps, and put in a cheaper aftermarket clutch kit, and maybe the job would be 1800 bucks, but you know, this is not the kind of task you want to do twice.

    And it should last the car's normal lifespan from this point on.
  • embeedueceembeeduece Posts: 260
    Thanks! I appreciate the validation / confirmation. I figured the same; I could save *some* money, but I'd rather have it all done correctly and thoroughly by Audi techs. The clutch etc. are kinda important.

    Thanks again!

    Mike :)
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,633
    It's too bad the flywheel was bad but if it was rough or had cracks it could cause clutch chatter.
  • vwdawgvwdawg Posts: 162
    embeeduece: After hearing the additional info and getting input from Mr. Shiftright, sounds like this is an OK deal. I think I'm spoiled...I had the good fortune of finding a local foreign car specialist who does top-notch work, stands behind it, and charges a fair rate (not CHEEP-CHEEP, which is what we DON'T need). I still think it's a good idea to keep your ears open for feedback from other Audi owners regarding which shop does the best work. The advantage is that you're probably going to have the same tech work on your rig every time, and you can develop that long-term trust relationship. audiphile1
  • jmichaelfjmichaelf Posts: 1
    I have just bought a this car a couple days ago, and my car is kind of jumpy when I slow down. Is this normal?
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