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**Just bought my first Audi S3 - New here! can you help me diagnose a problem**

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by miss_lucy, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. miss_lucy
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    [Aug 1, 2011]
    Hi, New here.

    Just bought my first Audi S3 age V reg.
    Took it home on a 90mile trip and could smell an oily smokey smell coming through the air vents.
    Opened the bonnet and the big pipe leading into the turbo was smoking :/
    Not loads, you couldn't see any smoke until the bonnet was open.
    There were no warning lights up and the temp gage was fine and seems to be running great.

    Also my break lights are flashing on and off so i pressume there faulty!

    Any help would be great as the Audi main dealer cant fit me in for 2 weeks.

    Thanks

    Lucy
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    Welcome to Audisport Lucy!

    When you say brake lights do you mean the display on the dashboard or the actual tail lights? Tail lights will bethe brake switch, dash light will be the front pads :)

    The oily smoke is a bit of a worry though, is there any oily residue around that region??

    Oh and don't take it to Audi, Bill (Badger5) isn't too far away from you, your car will be in safe hands there
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    Thanks for reply!

    Yes the tail lights are flashing on and off when not breaking and not turning off
    When ive turned engine off ( I have too press the break again to turn off)

    No doesn't seem to be any oil ( my bf said its an oily smell though)
    I then drove another 9 miles back home after I'd let the engine cool down
    And there was smoke but not much and wouldn't have noticed it unless really looked up close!
    There is also no smoke coming out of exhaust as I had someone follow me home!

    The car has been sat around for a while before I bought it - could it be that?
    I'm trying to get intouch with allaudi specialists in brislington but no answer!

    Where is bill based too?

    Thanks for replying
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    [Aug 1, 2011]
    Ive just spoken to allaudi in brislington ( not the main dealer ) taking it up there now :)
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    Brake lights problem sounds like a sticky brake switch. Can't comment on oily smell though.
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    Its the only place I take mine!

    the oily smoke sounds like it's the breather for the engine, it gets recirculated for emissions bullshirt. it shouldn't be doing it that hard that you can see it on idle though.
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    Its in the garage now! Ill let you know what it is when they call me tomorrow.
    He didn't seem to think it was too serious though.

    Thanks guys :)
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    You will see smoke on idle after a run from the breather system. I would bet that the breather pipe to the TIP has either split or come out.

    That will be a simple fix.
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    Hope so! I like your private plate Welly :)
    Ive just put my S3 plate on ebay as ive already got my own one, dunno if ill get anything for it~?
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    LOL, how do you know what it says??

    I see you're a local, and Imola.

    :thumbsup:
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    lol because i looked at your photo album of your car on your profile!

    Yeah bought it yesterday!
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    LOL, that's cool. I just thought you might have seen me blarting about. I'm down Bristol way quite often.

    My bargain number plate, £170!

    :D
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    Thats was a really good price!
    I'll look out for you :)
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    It's an imola romance <3
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    [Aug 1, 2011]
    lol
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    [Aug 1, 2011]
    When I first got my 99 S3 my PCV pipes were all perished, this made an oily smell come in through the air vents. I didn't see any smoke though.

    hope that's all it is for you.
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    Yeah me too, ill let you know tomorrow!
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    [Aug 2, 2011]
    Just got a call from the garage and the hoses/pipes? going into the Turbo were worn and split so thats what was causing the smoke and smell.

    and yes was the break sensor needed replacing.

    Also had to have all new breakpads as they were redstuff and wern't really suitable for me, new discs, cv boot, break calipers siezed, bushes.
    also other stuff which i can't remember - the previous owner had neglected the car basically.

    Will get her back tomorrow afternoon!!!

    got quoted £360 + vat so think thats pretty good
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    These cars are at an age wher 90% of the rubber hoses are starting to give up the ghost. You'll find yourself replacing a few bits over the next few months.
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    Hi - if this car has been neglected the least you can do is give it a nice fresh oil change :)
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    It has just had a service so should have been done hopefully :) SO i suppose he did do that which is good!
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    [Aug 5, 2011]
    Hearsay or factual? be careful with these engines, have a look at a oil pickup pipe thread......
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    so, you bought a car from someone, it goes faulty within 90 miles and you have not thought to take it back?

    sorry to say it, but the cars probably been like that for ages just the previous owner couldn't afford to fix it, if i were you i'd be wondering what else was ignored
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    Never works that way unless it's from a dealer.

    Private sales are sold as seen. There is no comeback once the V5 is signed.
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    Bottom line Lucy, look after the car and it will look after you.

    I would get it serviced personally if it were me, then YOU know it's done.

    I bought a TT recently and have serviced it and done the cam belt and water pump as well just so that I KNOW it's done in my own mind.

    These engines can be tetchy. Another thing to bear in mind is that if you hear 3 beeps and see the oil pressure warning light:

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    Then STOP like ASAP. Low oil pressure will write an engine off very quickly indeed.

    Other than that, just drive and enjoy.
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    Hey guys, He said he'd done a service and cambelt change and was going to send through the info as was claiming it back on his farm or summet!
    I got cambelt checked and it has been done so i pressume service has been done too

    I couldn't really have taken it back if its private could i?

    Anyways its running fine now, i only paid £4000 for it (which i thought was good?)
    They said at the garage offen the yellow ones are worn and ragged to death but is in good condition through out!

    Fingers crossed

    Thanks for the advice Welly :)


    Also My number plates up for sale on ebay if anyones interested **S3 MJX** http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200636681083&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

    And my MG if anyone wants that LOL!! ;)
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    Hmmmmm.

    Well, I don't know what to say really.... Mine's not had the easiest life with me behind the wheel...
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    lol im sure you look after it though
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    To make you feel a little bit better..I bought my first s3 2months ago and after a few days the cracks started to show.

    All is fine now after having a few bits done, service and oil change, coolant flush, new brakes front & back, some new hoses where needed, new coil packs, air filter.

    He is running great now and I love driving him!!

    I just don't get why people neglect these cars!!

    Like other people said I would change the obvious things like oil, coolant, spark plugs just so its nice and fresh!!

    Enjoy!!
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    Thanks :)

    Still looks like theres a slight (and i mean only and tiny) bit of smoke coming from around the turbo area still, taken it back up the garage twice and they had put it on diagnostics checked everything and say its fine. Im still unsure thought :think: But she is running great!
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    Could be the rocker gasket leaking, then the oil running onto the turbo manifold and then smoking, mine was doing this.
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    oh right they did say there was a small hole in the rocker cover that wasnt anything too worry about, could be sorted at next service. they didnt say that could be causing the smoke but makes sense! thanks :)
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