Please read/help, my poor broken S3
Hey all, i think im in trouble:slapped:
My '51 AMK s3 has been stuttering for a while now, when it comes on boost and a bit rough on start up, i was thinking along the lines of an electrical misfire although i have had a small suspision in the back of my head for a while about something a little worse than a new set of plugs...................
I have noticed the exhaust seems to steam a little bit more than before and for longer after a cold start, then a week or 2 ago, i drove about 30 meters from a cold start and i got a red DIS symbol and 3 chimes for coolant. I stopped immediately and popped the bonnet, i had lost coolant from the expansion tank, i filled it up again and drove off, everything seemed fine (except the usual stutter). I decided to get a new set of plugs to try and cure the missfire but when i took the plug out of Cylinder 1 it was soaked, totally covered in water/antifreeze, the rest looked in perfect condition.
To me, this is seeming like a head gasket gone :motz: and after writing it, it now seems more obvious. Is there anything else i can check for the gasket?
It hasnt overheated or anything but i have stopped driving now because i lost coolant again, topped it up to pick my girlfriend up from the train station and on the way back, would only run on 3 cylinders.
I have looked for some info on changing the gasket, can anyone point me in the right direction? I have changed a good few head gaskets etc but never on a 1.8T, is there anything i need to know about sequences etc??? Like what order to do things? Also im thinking it will be wise to fit a new cam belt set and water pump.
And, do you know the most suprising thing...... the autoparts places i rang were very in decisive and gave me some extreme qutoes for gaskets without bolts etc BUT my local audi dealer (truro) were so helpfull, the parts bloke really took time to advise me on a few things and the prices for gaskets were around the same if not better and the cam belt set from audi was the cheapest out of all of them.
Does anyone know if any companies can beat £108 for a gasket set including bolts, £88.13 for the cam belt kit and £33.59 for a waterpump?
All genuine parts.
Sorry for the long muddled thread, i think mainly im after some good info/instructions for changing the gasket. Many thanks for everyones time