[A4] Engine Coolant Temp Sensor
4pkirby at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 05:14:06 PDT 2008
The ECTS that is covered by the extended warranty is the one that
sends a signal to the computer, NOT the one that drives the
I just had my ECTS replaced by the dealer under the extended warranty.
My gauge was fine but it was sending a CEL any time the outside
temperature got above about +3C.
2001 1.8tq A4
On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 4:51 PM, Jim Coleman <jacolemn at rochester.rr.com> wrote:
> The question is for an 2002 A4 with 1.8L Turbo motor. What is the current
> opinion on the need to replace the Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor?
> Ours was acting strangely in that when starting up with a cold engine heat
> would be coming out of the heater but the dash gauge would be pegged on
> cold. Then It would go partway up and return to cold several times finally
> returning to normal (middle of the dash gauge) after about 10 minutes of
> operation. I was about ready to replace the sensor when we took the car
> south on a trip to Florida where it was in a warmer climate for a few months
> and the symptom went away. It seems to work fine now. Then a letter came
> from Audi stating that the ECT was now warranted to 100K miles due to
> failures. We have 98,600 miles on the car now so the ECT warranty is almost
> over for us. So should I go to the very inconvenient Audi dealer and get it
> replaced? There was never a CEL or any other indication. Will they replace
> it even though it seems OK now? If I wait, is the ECT sensor very expensive
> it I have to do it myself later outside of warranty?
> Some of you on the list must have had a similar symptom. What would you do?
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