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1996 A4 2.6 (ABC) running issue??

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by Blackie_No1, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Blackie_No1

    Blackie_No1 New Member

    Jul 24, 2010
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    I currently drive an 80, but my good friend has offered me(for free) a 1996 A4 with the 2.6(ABC) engine that is, for want of a better term, running like a bag of ****e!

    Its hard to start, and when it does there is lots of blue smoke and it idles as rough as a badgers.

    I think its one of the head gaskets, but could be worng as there is no mayo in the oil and no oil in the water and it doesnt seem to be pressurising the hoses.

    any ideas??
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  3. murran

    murran Active Member

    Aug 10, 2010
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    is the engine breather system all ok? no pipes/breather filters bunged up causing the crankcase to pressurise?
  4. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!"
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    Jan 30, 2008
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    blue smoke on startup indicates valve stem oil seal problems, or perhaps rings.

    Maybe its running like **** because the spark plugs are manked up?

    A replacement engine will only be a few hundered quid if it comes down to it.

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