For about 2 months now I have had a rattle from the heat shield around the exhaust/cat, I managed to replace some corroded bolts on the one that covers the cat but still had the rattle from another one somewhere. The rattle only occured between about 1350 rpm and 1750 rpm and has been driving me absolutely nuts when in town or parking. This week I decided enough was enough and booked in into a non francised Audi specialist in Exeter for them to have alook at it on a ramp and sort it one and for all, I dropped the car off at 08:30 thi morning and upon hearing the rattle as I parked the guy remarked "ah that must be the rattly heat shield job then" I left him the keys and he said give us a ring at 11:00 and it should be ready for collection. At 11:00 I gave them a ring to be asked did I want the good news or the bad news and was I sitting down. The good news was that I was aparrently very lucky not to have a totally fubard engine, the bad was was that the ratttle was actually the cam belt tensioner, he said I can see the belt fairly recent but whoever changed it didnt change the tensioner whicbh is madness, I said that the Audi dealers for you then, what makes it worse is Audi serviced it and MOTd it in October with the rattle present an didnt spot anything. I'm just very glad that It hadnt let go, and a bit peed off that main dealers do half a job.
Has anyone else had a similar problem, and how bad does it have to get before it lets go and totals the engine.
Hope to get car back Monday all sorted once he has a new tensioner.