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1998 Audi A4 Quattro – Numerous Repairs

Audi A4

Friday’s featured repair took the better part of the week and was performed on a 1998 Audi A4 Quattro with 2.8 liter V6 engine.

Audi A4

1998 Audi A4 Quattro V6

This Audi came to us with several concerns: it wouldn’t idle, the battery was dead, the A/C stopped working a couple of months ago and there was smoke coming out of the hood accompanied by a burning smell.

Our first steps were diagnostics on the no idling and a comprehensive inspection. We quickly found serious engine oil leaks which led to an oil leak diagnosis.

The A/C lack of function and the burning smell were caused by a melted A/C compressor clutch. Oil leaks were coming from valve cover gaskets, rear cam plugs and timing chain tensioner gaskets.

Our comprehensive inspection found the battery only needing a good recharge. We found the brakes, steering and suspension in good order but one wheel bearing was worn and both front outer CV boots were torn open.

After extensive repairs we got the Audi A4 back in good shape: the underhood smoke had stopped, the A/C blew cold and the engine idled smoothly. A few burned out bulbs were changed along with streaky wipers and dirty engine oil. The car runs like new and should be good for many more miles.

While Audi’s were once rather quirky cars they became more mainstream with the introduction of the A4 in the late 1990s. While not trouble free, these cars have proven to be very reliable and durable.

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Audi A4

Some of the parts that were replaced on this Audi A4: valve cover gaskets, wheel bearing, coolant hose, camshaft plug, timing chain tensioner gasket, CV boot, A/C compressor

2001 Audi A8- Timing Belt Replacement

Timing Belt

Friday’s featured service is Timing Belt Replacement on a 2001 Audi A8.

Timing Belt

2001 Audi A8

Timing Belt Replacements are a frequently performed service at our shop. Most of the time they are done as a maintenance service based on the vehicle’s mileage. This Audi’s timing belt however was replaced for a different reason.

Our featured Audi A8 came to our shop for an engine overheating concern.

After thorough diagnosis we concluded that the thermostat was defective, blocking coolant flow to the radiator and overheating the engine. On most cars thermostat replacement is a relatively inexpensive and straightforward repair. Not so on the Audi A8: this thermostat was buried deep inside the timing belt covers and required removal of the timing belt.

Sometimes one repair reveals another pressing concern and this was exactly the case with our Audi. When we removed the timing belt covers we found a timing belt so loose that it could have jumped teeth at any moment and probably caused severe and expensive engine damage.

After performing the timing belt replacement the owner was very pleased with the cars performance. Prior to repairs he had found it was sluggish when stepping on the gas pedal. Now it was very responsive and felt like a new car.

The Audi A8 is a magnificent car. It features a huge interior with comfortable seating for four large and long legged people. The performance is spectacular: just tap the gas pedal and you’re flying. Suspension and handling are very smooth.

One last thing about this Audi: initially we were not overly concerned about replacing the timing belt as the car only had 80,000 kilometers. Most timing belt replacement is considered by mileage however age of the car is clearly an important factor. Timing belt replacement should also be performed based on a car’s age.

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Timing Belt

New installed timing belt on Audi A8


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