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Help, I'm an idiot!?
I was excited to do the first oil change of my A4 1.8TQ's short life.
I bought some high quality motor oil, and had the nearest Audi dealer
(two hours away) UPS me a couple of filters. Then I crawled under the
car and was very embarassed to discover I had no idea where the drain
plug was. The only obvious plug is in the bottom of the front
differential housing and requires a special tool. The manual was no
help at all. It made no mention of seperate lubricant so I thought
maybe the moter oil served two functions. I called the dealer to ask
for the tool required to remove the oil drain plug. The parts guy told
me that the tool was a 17mm wrench and the manual only says a special
tool is required to scare people away from doing it themselves. So I
crawled back under the car but couldn't find ANYTHING that is 17mm.
BTW, six weeks into ownership I am loving my car. I am getting used to
the transmission although I am still not thrilled with it. The
Continental tires still suck, though. Five weeks and counting until I
get my computer upgraded.
- KARL LENTZ