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Diesel Injector recall is it worth doing??

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by A3-black, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. A3-black
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    Ive recently received a letter from Audi advising that I take my car in to see if the injector recall is required.

    Mines a 2009 2.0 tdi engine.


    Now Ive done some digging around the forum, and it seems the general consesus is that after the injectors have been changed people seem to be having alot of problems :wtf:

    I just wanted to get a few opinions on wether or not its worth taking it in? Whats the worst that could happen if I leave it as it is? At the moment the car runs fine.


    Cheers


    Dan
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    Do it, not worth risking failing injectors mate.
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  3. AidenUK
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    £2000 worth of free work, can't believe you're asking if it's 'worth' doing.
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  4. Sidhu88
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    Dont do it! Yeh its a new set of injectors but if it aint broke dont fix it. Audi have a tendency to f**k up the replacement. Theres plenty of stories on here including my own car.
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    If you look at it as simply as £2000 of work for free then yeah it's an obvious choice. But it doesn't seem to be that simple there seems to be a lot of people with issues afterwards.

    Have you had all of your problems sorted now Sidhu88? Is it poor workmanship that caused you problems or the not applying the software update?
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    We have the same with the vws, it's just an earth problem they have on the injectors, where if one goes down they all do... The new ones are earthed individually so the others would still work! Get it done, it's free!!
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    Probably both. I made the mistake of naming the service centre that caused me all the problems on this forum and they found it. Threatened me with legal action if i didnt remove it as they said it was slanderous. I never went back anyway they're a bunch of joeys. I took it to my own mechanic after who sorted it all for me and its been fine since. My suspicions were that the injectors werent placed correctly and the injector harness was damaged (which they said they replaced at a cost to me) only for u mechanic to tell me it looked like it hadnt. Like i said, if it aint broke dont fix it, cos chances are audi will break it and blame it on u
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    I recently had my injectors changed by Audi on the recall. If you do plan on doing this I would reccomend that you book your car in your local Indi ASAP after having it done and get them to check the injector clearance set up as Audi generally do this very poorly.

    Mine were well out after it had the change, which cause smokey idle, uneven idle etc. This is what can lead to a blocked dpf filter which Audi will happily replace for you for a small price of £2000...

    This is only based on my experience though.
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  9. A3-black
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    I take it the Audi are rushing the work then and not checking things like the injector clearance? I've heard warranty repair work is much profit for them. Is there a software update that goes with the injector upgrade?

    What did it cost you for an Indy to sort this out?

    Thanks a lot for the advise guys and girls I feel sorry for someone who takes their car in without knowing any of the problems that seem to go with it.
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    There's no software update, I do these injector recalls everyday...
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    2009 is a bit late on for the injector recall.

    You should be well into CR.
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    This is what I thought when I received the letter from Audi but on it it says the issue affects "2 litre TDI common rail engines of a certain period"

    I though all common rail engines where the later ones and would not be affected. Apparently not.

    Is there an easy way to tell other than age which engine I have?
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    It should work via chassis number or engine number. They should have a range of engine numbers for the affected units.
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    Depends on where you taking your car to but mine was 10 times better after swapping injectors. Just make sure you know the garage and there are positive reviews reg how they deal with mechanical issues and all will be fine. Its to risky to leave them on the car. Dont risk your health or even life sometimes just because few people didnt get it sorted right.
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    Speaking of recalls, is there anywhere that can show you the recalls that apply to specific units?

    I just read one about fuel leaks for cars made up to September 2011, but can't get enough detail to know if mine is actually affected. I bought it as an ex-demo from a main dealer, so Im not sure if the recall notice would have gont to them or me at the time the recall went live...

    This is the most info I can find at the moment...

    RecallUK - Audi A3 Fuel Leak Recall
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    I'm the second owner of my car. By the wording of the letter I received it seems to be a reminder or second letter wich has been addressed to me. I think the original recall letter was sent to the 1st owner. So I think you should be ok as long as the cars in your name they will know who to get in touch with.
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    I got mine done with no issues, I do a regular 350 mile commute per week and saw 2-3mpg improvement. 2.0Tdi 170PD with 70K on clock.
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    Phone your local Audi dealer and they will check your car based on the reg/vin.
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    mate, they are so dangerous if you don't have them done, the whole car shuts down, you have nothing, no steering etc!

    they can go at any time, mine went when doing about 70 on a quiet straight road at night, i'd not have known what to do if i was tramming along the motor way or if it had happened when the wife was driving.

    Why would VAG recall them and do £2000 worth of work on 1000s of cars if it wasn't a serious safety risk?
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    If I'm honest mate I didn't have a clue what a failed injector would do and didn't know if one shuts down they all do until I posted this thread.

    I appreciate all the help and opinions you guys have given. I'm gonna get it booked in tomorrow and at least if I do get problems afterwards ill know what needs doing to sort it out.

    Ill keep you all updated on how it's goes.

    Cheers
    Dan
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    nice one mate, get it done!
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    Yes that's the problem they seem to be rushing the work and not setting them up correctly. Plus I found on mine that they had re-used the bolts which should only be used once.

    It cost £100 or so but I had a little bit of other work done and all my injectors removed and cleaned and set up correctly. As I say this is my experience, it is certainly worth getting them done though as a failed injector can be lethal.
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    its too dangerous to not have it done.
    you can be driving along happily at 80 on a motorway. the car seems to start missing a second before the glowplug light flashes for literally 2 seconds then it cuts out leaving you to try to coast it to safety with no power steering.
    obviously while trying to coast it to the hard shoulder your not guna be braking, so not showing your brake lights...... its a wonder no-ones been killed by having a merc sprinter van drive straight into them after one of these injector failures!

    the live to the injector grounds out inside the injector itself, so the ecu cuts power to all four injectors. whoever designed it wants shooting!
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    As mentioned before its strange you got a letter in the first place if your car is a 2009 as this should be a CR engine not a PD which are the units which are affected. The only recall for the CR engines is to put a vibration damper on the injector fuel lines to stop any potential stress fractures on the fuel pipe work.
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    You get it sorted?
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    Hi mate,

    Yeah I took it in, it turned out to be a recall for the "diesel injection pipe". Im just glad it wasnt the injectors. Sorry for the false alarm though guys your help was much appreciated. :salute:

    On another note I was left to roam the showroom for a few hours and the new A3 is a stunner :wub:. Im sure this is why they get you in there!
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    Hi All,

    I too am in a quandary about whether or not to do the work on a 2007 A3. The original owner of the car had all of the injectors fail on him in 2010 ish, I believe with the 'new' injectors (the poor guy had to fork out the £2500 as Audi at the time wouldn't accept is as a 'fault' and it was out of warranty) The mechanic which did the work is the one I use now so I am very confident it was done right. Audi haven't taken note of the fact is has been done once (as they didn't pay) and have sent my dad (the previous owner) and now me a letter about the recall.

    Whilst i agree its £2000 worth of work for nothing hearing, the stories on here i don't really want Audi to f**k up my car as it's running fine as it is. I don't know what to do :wacko:.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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    Get it done to be on the safe side, who's to know if it was the updated injectors that were put in?
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