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    Hello!

    Morning all,

    Just thought I would make a post to say hi as I've just joined this forum following collection of my first Audi on Saturday.

    It's a 2000-plate S3 with some good points and some bad points (that I'll be looking to resolve ASAP).

    Good:
    *FSH
    *12 months MOT
    *3 owners from new and first two were lady owners that purchased from dealerships
    *104k miles
    *New brake pads/discs
    *Good tyres (aside from below)
    *Some optional extras - Luggage net, leather armrest, bose sound system
    *TT 18" alloys
    *Remapped to 245BHP as part of last service (major service in June this year - Whole bill >£1200)

    Bad:
    *At 5k the ABS/Traction control lights come on and stay on - Although don't appear to have any other effect
    *I've noticed this morning that the OSR tyre has a bulge in it so will need to be getting another sorted
    *Syncro for 2nd is getting weak - crunches at over 3k when changing down from 3rd.
    *Stereo has a bizarre habit of going to full volume when trying to alter slightly even if i'm trying to turn it down?

    I've come from a 2.0L Turbo-diesel to this, and am certainly going to notice ~28mpg from ~45mpg!

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    If anyone's got any immediate advice on the issues above that'd be great. A friend of mine has a VAG testing unit-thing (like my lingo?) and I'll be plugging that in over the next few days to see if I can work out the first issue - Best case scenario is a couple of new ABS sensors? :P

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    Have just been informed by a VAG specialist that I may be able to cure the crunch by draining the current transmission fluid and replacing it with 10/40 engine oil as it's thinner.

    Would I be shooting myself in the foot by doing this, or is it actually a good idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Routledge View Post
    Have just been informed by a VAG specialist that I may be able to cure the crunch by draining the current transmission fluid and replacing it with 10/40 engine oil as it's thinner.

    Would I be shooting myself in the foot by doing this, or is it actually a good idea?
    I would never replace gearbox oil with engine oil. Ever.

    Replace it with VAG spec OEM gearbox oil - this will most likely help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Routledge View Post
    Have just been informed by a VAG specialist that I may be able to cure the crunch by draining the current transmission fluid and replacing it with 10/40 engine oil as it's thinner.

    Would I be shooting myself in the foot by doing this, or is it actually a good idea?
    No, don't put engine oil in the geabox.

    Change it for new gear oil, and also a new dogbone bush (between engine and gearbox) might cure the gear crunching a bit too.
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    I thought that he might just be saying that so that I stick engine oil in there, **** the 'box up and then end up using them for a replacement.

    I think I'll put in some fresh oil and see how I get on.

    Nick, what's this dogbone bush and how hard is it to get to and remove to replace? I don't have access to a press to put new bushes in.
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    I need to do mine, but as I understand it they're pretty easy to change especially if you're underneath doing your gearbox and diff oil at the same time. They cost about £15 or so and you don't need a press for this particular bush.

    There are a few threads on here about them, and loads on other VAG forums with "how to" guides. Its probably about a 30min to an hour job I reckon at most.

    With higher mileage and a mapped engine it can sometimes be tricky to select certain gears and the bush tightens up the union between the geabox and engine. Its the engine movement away from the geabox that makes selecting the gears tricky.

    There are a couple to choose from, but many people pop for the red one for reasons of comfort and less vibration.

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    Thanks for the above info - Really good to know.

    I took a moment to visit the link you provided at the end of your post, but it's saying that it's specifically for Golf TDI engines, rather than an S3 engine. Would this be suitable for my car, or should I continue the hunt for something S3 8L specific?

    I'll be sure to do it at the same time as putting in some fresh transmission fluid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Routledge View Post
    Thanks for the above info - Really good to know.

    I took a moment to visit the link you provided at the end of your post, but it's saying that it's specifically for Golf TDI engines, rather than an S3 engine. Would this be suitable for my car, or should I continue the hunt for something S3 8L specific?

    I'll be sure to do it at the same time as putting in some fresh transmission fluid.
    Apparently the diesel one is less prone to vibrations as it's a slightly softer compund than the yellow one. Just double check when you order one that it fits, and have a search through the forum to make sure you're happy with the choice too, there are loads of reviews of it etc from people on here that have done it
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    theres where you went wrong, you didnt buy mine...

    If your doing that its probably a good idea to change the haldex oil and filter too, it often gets over looked.

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    Yours does look lovely Dane, but your BIN is more than double what I paid for mine! Although granted yours does come with some decent aftermarket extras.

    I'll have a look into changing the haldex oil and filter too before I get started so that all bases are covered.

    Thanks for the help Nick I'll probably go with the one you suggested then.

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    Double.... jeez you got a bargain.

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    It was up on Pistonsheds for £4250 and I won the auction on eBay for £2,800. I got there and he took it out with me in the passenger seat and the ABS/Traction Control lights came up, so I exercised caution and agreed a reduction to £2,650 as it wasn't mentioned in the ad.

 

 

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