[A4] dead 2001 A4 1.8Tq
steve at grommit.com
Tue Apr 1 12:38:54 PDT 2008
Thanks for the advice. Yeah, my mechanic mentioned the 4k-5k oil
changes too... post-humously, it doesn't do me much good, but I'll keep
that in mind for the next one. :-P Given my non-mechanic-self, I opted
to follow the advice of the factory manual reasoning that surely Audi
knows best. Oh well.
I'm in the San Francisco area, so no dice there -but thanks for the offer.
Tyson Varosyan wrote:
> Yea, if there are metal bits inside the oil, you pretty much have to
> replace everything that was touched by it - turbo included. I've been
> there about 4 times in the past - Mitsu motors are famous crank-walkers.
> Oil light is an indicator too when this happens because the metal bits
> drop oil pressure to almost nothing. By the way, the factory that wrote
> your manual is interested in your car outlasting the warranty period and
> then breaking and causing you to buy one. I don't care what oil you are
> using, on a turbo car you should be changing it every 4000-5000 (with
> best oils) and every 3000 with non-synthetics - let this be a lesson.
> Turbo cars use oil to cool the turbo and the hot-cold breaks the stuff
> down much faster.
> As for what to do with your car... You can try parting it out, but you
> don't sound like the type of guy that would do that. You can donate the
> car someplace like a school where students can screw with it. But I
> think best thing to do money-wise would be to post it up on your local
> Craig's List website (www.craigslist.com). Start at $4k and go down in
> $500 increments every week. Either someone with a wrecked A4 will buy
> yours for parts (or a junker to part out) or more than likely, someone
> with the motor and skills to do it will buy and rebuild it...
> If you are around the Seattle area, shoot me an email, I might be able
> to help you out.
> Tyson Varosyan
> Technical Director, Uptime Technical Solutions LLC.
> tyson at up-times.com
> 206-715-TECH (8324)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: a4-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:a4-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf
> Of Stephen Lau
> Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 10:21 AM
> To: Brandon Rogers
> Cc: a4 at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [A4] dead 2001 A4 1.8Tq
> I'm not mechanical at all. :)
> I was driving one day when the oil light came on. I checked my oil, it
> was low (I change every 10k miles per my manual), I topped it off and
> the next day headed up to Tahoe. After about 220 miles I felt a
> whooshing sound, and the engine lost a ton of power. I managed to coax
> it up to the top of Donner pass going around 20-30mph, and then coasted
> it down into Truckee where a mechanic checked the oil and found metal
> bits inside the engine.
> That's about all I know. I had it towed to my local mechanic here who
> said the most economical would be to do an engine swap.
> Brandon Rogers wrote:
>> If you really like the car I would talk to an independent mechanic
>> swapping in a used motor if the current motor cannot be easily saved.
>> don't see how a quick used motor straight swap could possibly be $9k+.
>> not heard of many (any??) stock 1.8Ts "blowing up" but have heard of
>> sludge issues and timing belt failures. More info needed on the
> "death" -
>> what is really wrong - does it just need a head and turbo? - did a rod
>> through the block? What exactly happened? How mechanical are you?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: a4-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:a4-bounces at audifans.com] On
> Behalf Of
>> Stephen Lau
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 10:53 AM
>> To: a4 at audifans.com
>> Subject: [A4] dead 2001 A4 1.8Tq
>> I have a 2001 A4 1.8T quattro sedan manual that died a painful death.
>> Basically the engine is blown and it needs a new engine, motor mounts,
>> possible turbo. The mechanic is quoting me $9k-$10k to repair it,
>> isn't even worth the cost of the car.
>> Anyone have any suggestions on what to do with it? I've not sold a
>> before, so I've no idea what the best thing to do with it is. Sell it
> to a
>> junkyard for whatever pittance I can get?
>> Suggestions warmly welcomed.
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