AH FabricationsBadger5
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Prawn's Avatar
    My other car is a MINI!!!!

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Basingstoke
    Posts
    9,318

    Changing the thermostat, HOW???

    Evening guys,

    I did the brakes on my A3 today, then decided to have a go at changing the stat, to sort out my recent cold running issues.

    I'm fairly sure I have located it correctly, sitting just behind the alternator, clearly on view.

    But how the hell do i get to the lower allen bolt?

    I've tried all my tools with all sorts of extensions but I cant get anything onto the lower bolt without moving the alternator

    HTC seemed confident it could be done without touching the alternator though.

    I am clueless.

    If the alt does need to be moved, how do I do this? all systems I have worked on before have worked around the alternator pivoting to tension the belt, but this system appears to have a seperate tensioner

    Modern cars confuse me!

    Is this the water take off that the stat sits behind?

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Prawns TFSI Turbo'd 1.8T Track Car

    But I know nothing so ignore me.

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Global
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    103
    Hmmm, not sure if the 1.8T would be the same, but on the S3 this was what I followed (took about 5 mins) -

    http://www.wak-tt.com/tempsensor/tempsensor.htm

  4. #3
    marms's Avatar
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Lincolnshire
    Posts
    837
    Quote Originally Posted by RGS3
    Hmmm, not sure if the 1.8T would be the same, but on the S3 this was what I followed (took about 5 mins) -

    http://www.wak-tt.com/tempsensor/tempsensor.htm
    That link is for changing the Temp Sensor not the Thermostat so I don't think that is going to help Prawn. Good link all the same for those wanting to change the sensor which is a very common part to fail.

    Sorry Prawn, Not sure how you are going to get at that bolt. I assume the usual universal joint on an extention didn't get near it?
    I'm an optimist but I don't think it helps much.

    A3 8P 2.0TDi S-Line Sportback DSG

  5. #4
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    84
    RGS3 post is for the sensor so not applicable.

    To remove the alternator belt, the tensioner is a seperate pulley. You have to rotate either the pulley body by engagin on a lug, or in some cases teh central bolt of the pulley (ie teh one that holds the pulley onto the tensioner body) and rotating clockwise I think.

    Get it out of the way then you should see the bolts for the alternator. You may find you need to remove the alternator bracket too.


    OR


    Try and get in there with a hex bit, then use the ring part of a 10mm open ended spanner on the 'bit' and engage another spanner in the jaws of the 10mm spanner that's on the hex bit? You only need to move it a fraction to break the fasten, then it should be easy enough to turn.
    Last edited by S3 Jock; 26th November 2007 at 16:15.

  6. #5
    HTC
    HTC's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Koh Samui, Thailand
    Posts
    3,402
    Yes that is the correct place.

    You should be able to get an allen key in the hole in the bolt head. I have also used a gooseneck rachet spanner for these occasions.

    To remove the alt, you remove the serpentine belt and then you should be able to see two large bolts on the belt side. I tried this first time I did a thermostat, but I couldn't get them loose. You may have better luck. Remember to disconnect the battery.

  7. #6
    rodenal's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    1,982
    Id try the bottom first as the alternator is a bast*rd to get to move
    *Gone* 1997 A3 1.6 facelift headlights, 16"1.8t Alloys, full rear tints. 110k

    You built a time machine.........out of a delorean!?!?!

  8. #7
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Posts
    103
    Sorry guys - my mistake, thought they were the same thing.

  9. #8
    S3 Dave's Avatar
    Now running on Heavy Oil

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Middle England
    Posts
    432
    Did mine on the S3 and there was loads less space than that. Crack the hex head with a small ratchet and "knuckle joint" You can then get a ball ended allen key in! re-assembly is harder!! But not impossible!!
    Check other posts on here!! Search thermostat.
    "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

    Churchill August 20th 1940

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO