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New A3 S-Line Turbo Charger Linkage Fault at startup

redhotrobbo Apr 11, 2013

  1. mjcourtney

    mjcourtney Well-Known Member Team Mythos Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group TDi

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Sorry to say that Audi Customer Services know precisely ZERO about any technical issues, and from my experience recently they just go and ask the dealership staff, as its actually them that have access to all the technical bulletins and service manuals etc. It is a very daft setup as you would expect them to be a littlre more clued up on some of the issues.

    They seem reluctant to acknowledge there is a widespread problem with the turbo linkage, and are instead chosing to deal with each customer as and when the problem crops up (I guess to avoid widespread bad publicity?). It is hard to tell precisely how many cars are affected by it, as obviously a forum will give you a skewed sample.

    Your best point of contact is now with your dealer, once they've witnessed the rattle they will be able to dig out the technical bulletin and get it sorted.

    Good luck!
     
  2. viperfire

    viperfire Active Member

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    Since mine was first done no further issues
     
  3. AudiSparks

    AudiSparks New Member

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    I will go and drop off my car on Monday with all this info and if this is my issue which I believe its is reading all these posts, I have saved them loads of investigation...
    Thanks fellow Audi A3 owners !!
     
  4. AudiSparks

    AudiSparks New Member

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    A3 all sorted now, dealer was upto date on the fault, so part fitted and happy days...:yum:
     
  5. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Hi, so is this fixed from the factory on newer 1.4's now?
     
  6. AudiSparks

    AudiSparks New Member

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    I believe they are only going to apply the fix when it happens. I read this thread after I collected my new A3 (June 13) and then e-mailed Audi UK about this reported fault.
    A few days later they called me and said they were not aware of this fault, though now there is a technical bulletin for all dealers, if this a customer should report a fault of this nature all dealers will or should now the fix.
     
  7. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Strange way of doing it, mine is possibly going to be a week 47 saloon and the last thing I'd want to have to do is drive over to the dealership not long after collecting it...
     
  8. AudiSparks

    AudiSparks New Member

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    I would mention this issue before collecting it !!
    It only seems to come to light when its run in, I have done 1200 miles, it seem to be between 500-1000 miles.
    This is I believe is the Audi Tech Bulletin ID: TPI2033013/4
     
  9. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group Audi A4 S-line owners group saloon

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    Ok thanks for the heads up...
     
  10. Askook

    Askook New Member

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  11. lou15p

    lou15p Member Team Mythos Team Daytona Audi S3 Audi Q5

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    Hi all,

    My 63 plate 14 TFSI has the exact same issue, took it in today for a new tyre (don't ask) and mentioned this issue and the service department said straightaway that they knew about it already and to get it booked in. Unfortunately they don't have any courtesy cars available until 02/07 so booked in for then.

    Will post an update once they have carried out the work.
     
  12. Paul_c

    Paul_c Member

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    I have an A1 with the same 1.4tfsi engine (caxa). Almost immediately after having it remapped I started to hear this rattle and then started to have big stuttering between 2-3k rpm. My tuner came across this linkage issue on a golf forum (again same engine code).
    The noise can only be replicated whilst accelerating and on closer examination of the waste gate linkage arm, when it is pushed by the actuator rod the arm has a slight twist in it's arc. Presumably the 'play' in this joint is allowing gases to escape from the wastegate under acceleration... I've ordered 'the clip' which will hopefully solve my problem!
     
  13. wimpy

    wimpy New Member

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    My 2015 A3 1.4 has the same engine noise at startup as the OP. It is the exact same noise as the sound clip posted by the OP, and not the rattle that seems all the reply is about.

    Does anyone know about the OPs original issue and if there is a fix for it?

    Thanks
     
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