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Car juddering ......

Nessy Jun 4, 2010

  1. Nessy

    Nessy VW + Audi mad

    I appreciate this isnt the A6 forum but as the car in question has an engine very similar to the S4 thought I'd have a go at posting here first as it probably gets more traffic than the A6 section!
    Car in question is a 2001 A6 Allroad Tiptronic 2.7T with the 250 bhp 2671cc biturbo V6 engine (very similar to the S4 engine hence the posting here) purchased last week by my stepfather and is slowly being looked over and serviced etc by me.
    It starts and runs fine, except for an occasional judder.
    It isn't a regular occurrence and can occur both under load and on the over-run.
    It doesn't sound or feel like a mis-fire, the whole car just shakes for a fraction of a second when it occurs.
    As the car is a Tiptronic, I thought initially it could be a gearbox problem , but it happened today with the car stationary at the traffic lights so am inclined to think it might be an engine problem?
    Before we start taking it to a garage to see if there are any fault codes recorded are there any easy checks I could do at home?
    The car did in its recent history did have repair work/replacement Lambda probes if that is of any relevance.
    Am hoping that he hasn't bought a pup, so any advice appreciated.....

    Last edited: Jun 4, 2010
  2. Matt82

    Matt82 Active Member

    on the 4cyl 20vt lumps (ie smaller versions of the 2.7tt) you will feel a noticable misfire when you have a coilpack issue. being a 6cyl i expect a failing coilpack wont be so noticable. if a coilpack is failing you can access the number of recorded misfires using vagcom. thats where id start first.

    a coilpack/misfire issue would be something youd feel most when the engine is under load. ive not experienced it on the overrun myself
  3. Nessy

    Nessy VW + Audi mad

    Cheers, am so used to diesels the foibles of petrol engines are new to me.....though have heard of coil pack issues before, will investigate that, thanks.
    Car was fine around town yesterday, it was only today after filling with Texaco Supreme unleaded that the car has begun playing up....hope the two are not linked!!!

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