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Re: Smoking Engine
From: "Riasat Rehman" <RRehman@symantec.com>
> Hi People,
> I have only joined today and find it pretty cool already,
> Was wondering if any of you can help me:-
> I have just bought an Audi 80 Quattro (89) and the engine seems to be
> smoking a bit, it burns a bit of oil.
Despite the concensus of opinion on this list (which seems mainly to
consist of anal retentive types who change their synthetic oil every
weekend - only joking chaps!!), my experience of VWs, Audis and
Porsches in the UK (and we have owned 6 of them) is that they burn a
bit of oil when they have done a high milage (>100,000 miles).
Typically, the oil consumption can go up to and even exceed a litre
every 1,000 miles. Also, the camshaft cover gasket has a tendancy to
leak and needs to be replaced regilarly.
> Does the engine head need re-engineering (Skimming)?
Depending on how the engine burns oil, it may need new valve guides
(smoking on overrun and 1st acceleration afterwards), or it may need a
rebore and pistons (smoking constantly under acceleration). Skimming
is required if you have blown a head gasket and warped the head
(running out of coolant/fan not working).
> And if you know any contacts in the UK (Berkshire area) who can carry
> out the works for me?
The performance specialists in this country are:
GTI Engineering, Midlands?
BRM (Brian Ricketts Motorsport), Leamington Spa?
TSR (Tim Stiles Racing), Somerset ?
Check the adds in VW/Audi magazines, or any performance car magazine.
These chaps really know their VWs and Audis.
You could get the work done by any competent mechanic, but I think you
are better off using an Audi specialist (you could try the main
dealers, but they tend to be very expensive, and don't necessarily
give the best satisfaction).
> Many Thanks
Let us know how you get on.
1984 Audi 80 quattro
1983 Audi 100 Avant