[Biturbos4] Turbo replace - engine removal

j y jimnetpa at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 24 12:34:00 EST 2005

I have my car serviced at a shop where the owner (of the shop) also owns an ALLROAD. In my conversations with him, he has stated that an ALLROAD or A6 is MUCH easier to service all around (including turbo removal), because there is MUCH more room in the engine bay. He has been working on my S4 for the past year, I've never had a problem with his service. So, I tend to give his word more credibility than posters to AudiWorld or Biturbos. Why? Because this is how he makes his living.
00 S4
Stage 2+

Igor Kessel <KBATPO at comcast.net> wrote:
Keman wrote:
> I had wondered about this.
> Every audi tech at the shop I worked at, with the exception for me, tried
> 1 time and exactly once to replace the turbos without removing the engine
> on an S4. These were very rare occurances, so everyone got suckered into
> it at least once without realizing they shouldn't do it.
> It really can't be done. The most you end up with are turbos that leak
> because you can't torque any of the plumbing pieces to it to spec, and ...
> I mean. I've done it on an engine stand 5' below the car with everything
> out, and it was STILL incredibly difficult. Even when you're staring at
> them, there is just no room to get at anything.
> Honestly, it's not that hard to take the engine out. There's a few wiring
> harnesses, the usual coolant, subframe, axles ... but most of that you
> take out just to take the exhaust off the turbos themselves. Removing the
> engine + transmission is only... an extra 2 hours? It just drops out the
> bottom all as one tidy piece.
> - Keman

This thread got me wondering if the turbo removal in the 2.7tt A6 were 
the same PITA? Actually my wife drives an Allroad, but it's based on the 
same C5 chassis as the A6. The warranty will run out in 3 years after 
which I will be on my own. I guess I am too spoiled by the easy access 
to turbos in my previous Audis with in-line engines.

Igor Kessel
two turbo quattros
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