RANT: T-Stat on A4

Taka Mizutani t44tqtro at gmail.com
Mon Dec 18 17:37:01 EST 2006

The 1.8T engine and how the oil filter is laid out is no different whether
you have a 1997 or
a 2001. Don't do this with the engine hot, but IIRC, it's easier to reach w/
the coolant reservoir
detached. From below, it's a weird reach. That's where the filter wrench
becomes really


On 12/18/06, mkb <mkb125 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >>>
> Hmm, don't know about the t-stat, but the oil filter should be a snap
> if you work from the bottom of the car.  Just remove the belly-pan
> cover (a few quarter turn screws), and the oil filter is right there
> with full open access...
> -Ti
> <<<
> Are we talking about the same car?  Mine's a 97 A4 with AEB engine
> code.  The oil filter is almost directly below the coolant reservoir and
> faces the rear of the car.  I always drop the belly pan but I think a bunch
> of stuff is in the way.  Can't recall but I think it's suspension and
> control arm parts.
> Anyway, a few others have suggested that access from the bottom is easiest
> so next oil change, I'll try that but I could have sworn I didn't have
> access to it from the bottom.
> Anyone esle got a 97 A4 (AEB)?

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