so i did a search but didnt really know what to search to try and find the answer to the question.

has anyone ever heard that

"1.8T, they are bad for oil pickup, i dont want to tell you this but i have heard (not seen it myself) that the oil pickup to valves is prone for clogging up and drying your cam gear out"
??

long story short, about 2 weeks ago i had a cambelt change done on the A3.

turns out he somehow managed to drain the p/s fulid, so got that topped up and its been fine since.

then, the car started clunking when i started it, and rattling when i drove it.

a friend of mine came over and put the clunking down to the starter motor, so we took it off and cleaned it but it made no difference.

we thought the rattling was the bumper as there seemed to be a screw missing, but that replaced it still doens it.

now im panicing, as someone has suggested this could be the problem and from the sound of it that is going to cost a whole load of money...