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i just bought an a3! woo lol (now with pictures lol)

lol4fun Jan 25, 2014

  1. lol4fun

    lol4fun Member

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    hi, im new here and ive just got an a3 1.8t :) completely standard currently, getting a dump valve and cold air intake when the post man turns up hopefully. its a pre facelift 1997 model, 150k on the clock but was very cheap, doing the cambelt, waterpump and putting 5w30 fully synthetic in it tomorrow as i was told 10w40 semi isnt good for high temperatures inside turbos.

    ive fixed a few minor mechanical problems but want to do more things:
    i want to fit a fmic, any recommended budget kits? and how hard is it?
    ive heard horror storys about a single flash of the oil light and the engine is toast, is it easy to fit an oil pressure gauge?
    where would be a good place to get a boost gauge boost feed from? also how would i turn up the boost and whats a safe limit to go to?
    the engine has a slight stutter/miss on idle especially when hot, i presume this is a dodgy coil pack or 2 or is it something else?
    how would i test for boost/vacuum leaks?
    are there any other important things that need checking or changing?
    any free or cheap mods to give more power?

    thanks in advance,
    tom
     
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  2. JJ.Foulds

    JJ.Foulds Well-Known Member

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    pics of car or it didnt happen!
     
  3. s3mad_dude

    s3mad_dude Noggies ruuuule!

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    ^^ what he said!
     
  4. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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  5. Wallm0nkey

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    As said get some pictures!
    As for your oil worries the way most people try to avoid problems is dropping the sump and cleaning that and the pick up. There is quite a good guide with pictures on here.
    It's worth finding someone local with VCDS to give your car a scan too!
     
  6. lol4fun

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    Tut lol its an a3 and its blue, will take some pictures in a few minutes. Does this forum have a preferred upload site for pictures?
     
  7. Lavis89

    Lavis89 Well-Known Member Regional Rep Team Sprint Audi S4 Audi A3

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    Some people use Facebook, others photobucket, any will do! Read through the faq sections mate, a lot of your questions will be answered there
     
  8. Andrew@A.L.D

    Andrew@A.L.D May add NOS to 600+bhp S3.

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  9. VAG-Slag

    VAG-Slag Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the forum bud!

    Just a quick note, you'll be better off using 5w40 fully syth. Also there's loads of tuning/FMIC info in stickies so worth having a good read of all that
     
  10. lol4fun

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    like i said, a completely standard a3 in blue :)
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    and here it is with no cambelt on it lol, its back together now and seems quicker
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  11. lol4fun

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    I posted pictures but it said it needs admin approval
     
  12. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    Its to avoid spammers with new members,no cause for concern
     
  13. lol4fun

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    I guessed as much, I'm not a spammer :) can you remove the restrictions pleeeese?
     
  14. lol4fun

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    oh and also where would i get a copy of vcds from? i have a cable somewhere i think
     
  15. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator DSG

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    Have okayed the thread/post
    rosstech.com
     
  16. lol4fun

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    nice one, thankyou.
    good job i did the cambelt, the idler pulley had gone blue with heat, had melted belt stuck to it and the tensioner was seized solid, very lucky escape if you ask me!

    ive also noticed a jolt when you lift off and press the accelerator could this be a worn dogbone mount or a tired gearbox and worn driveshafts.

    edit: scrap that, just bought a powerflex bush for my dogbone mount, its almost certainly going to be worn out, made a hell of a difference on my cupra r.
     
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  17. Wallm0nkey

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    I had the same and a powerflex dogbone did help! I am planning to do my other mounts as I figure they will be tired too.
     
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    My Leon, dynod at 270bhp before a fmic and bigger turbo and new manifold were fitted, absolutely mental, had to be in excess of 300bhp easy
     
  19. Clart

    Clart Audi S3 Section Mod Gold Supporter Audi S3

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    What wheels are they?
     
  20. VAG-Slag

    VAG-Slag Well-Known Member

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    they're the standard Leon Cupra-R alloys....
     
  21. lol4fun

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    As vag-slag said standard cupra r wheels with a light dusting of dark silver/metallic grey to give them some depth.
     
  22. lol4fun

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    Just fitted a battery for some audio when I decide what to put in the boot. Choice of pushchair or subs and consequently happy Mrs or pissed off Mrs lol

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