[A4] '96 12V cold start problem

Jonathan jhhummel at bigpond.com
Thu Oct 16 01:02:39 PDT 2008

Hi Jason,

I have the same engine in my car, and it does idle poorly when it first starts 
for just a few seconds. At the really low speeds it spins at during this 
time, I don't think it would take much to stall it. When I got it serviced, 
which involved something to do with the radiator leaking and replacing the 
thermometer, I did notice an improvement in this. I also use fully synthetic 
oil. Some people may say this is a waste of money, well when I bought it I 
had just blown a sidewall on a pot hole, my spare was flat, and the oil was 
low, so I nursed it to the nearest station and that's all they had that would 
work. But, it might be what is making a difference.

You could also try the following:
Turning off the aircon (maybe it doesn't automatically disconnect when 
make sure everything else is off to try and reduce load on the engine when 

If it is a vacuum leak, wouldn't your power breaking and steering also be 



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> From: "Jason Gray" <jason at datsuns.com>
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> My 1996 a4 with a 12V-V6 has suddenly develped a cold starting problem. I
> usually need to crank it over 5-10 times before the engine catches and
> begins running. Cranking long duration does not help, the only times it
> seems prone to start is the first instant just after the starter engauges,
> then it might feebly start sputtering. Once it stays running, it idles
> really poorly for first minute or so then once warmed up it drives just
> fine. It re-starts fine when warm, but anytime it is shut down for more
> than 4-6 hours it reproduces the cold start behavior.
> Any suggestions for a likely culprit to the problem?  It feels like a fuel
> problem, or some kind of big vacuum leak that goes away.
> Thanks-
> Jason Gray
> Eagle River, AK
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> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:03:47 -0700
> From: Doug Johnson <ur-quattro at msn.com>
> Subject: [A4] Last Year of A4 with Pearl White Paint & Cloth
> 	Upholtery?
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> Can someone tell me when the last year Audi offered Pearl White paint on
> the A4, and what year they last offered cloth upholstery?
> TIA,~ Doug
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