hi there folks,
I'm new to the forum but I haver recently bought a 2002 A4 Avant 1.9tdi Quattro with the AVF engine and have a few problems I would like your advice on.
1.The temp gauge wasn't moving at all so I replaced the thermostat with one from my local auto factors to no avail so I changed the CTS with a genuine part and now it only moves up to about 70 degrees max and thats at a push and a good thrashing. It has new coolant (G30 from local factors) in her after a good flush but still nothing. im starting to worry that my water pump is going. someone please put my mind to rest and give me a cheap fix.
2. The rear diff seems to be leaking a lot of oil, is this an easy/ cheapish fix. What is the common fault I have had a good rake through the forum but can't really find anything that meets my same problem.
3. The front suspension bushes are all shot and I am considering buying one of those kits you get on Flebay for £90 are they worth it? I have an MOT next month and need it to pass as I use my car daily for work but also don't have a huge budget.
4. She is struggling to pick up speed I have had the egr off and gave it a good scrub which made a small difference but only really cause I was looking for it. But she used to launch like mad and now she is sluggish and you don't get pushed back in the seat like you used to.
5. I need new brake hoses as the old ones are splitting and the rubber coating is perishing I was going to replace with like for like but would anyone recommend braided hoses on these cars? I had them on my previous car (Volvo V40) but didn't really notice much difference, suggestions?
6.Finally the rear end seems to be sitting a good 20mm lower than the front any suggestions to what that could be? it looks to be the original suspension but I'm not seeing any major issues like leaking dampers or snapped springs...
Many thanks in advance