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New owners S3 progress thread

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by stuart_tate41, Mar 24, 2013.

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    So after 4 days of owner ship this happened! :wtf:

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    Great start to S3 ownership! Looks like a cheap part failed due to a siezed bush all sorted for now and replaced with all OEM parts.... Do people make upgraded bushes for these tie arms were they attach to the hub?

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    On to the big list of things to do!

    First thing was to sort the headlights I knew this needed doing when I bought the car.... was planning on doing it the day the Tie arm broke :no:

    Using a wet and dry i sanded the headlight back and used megs plastx and megs DA polish to bring it back up. I need to do this again when I have more time but i was more than happy for a 30 min job!

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    welcome to the forum looks like a tidy s3 low miles as well wish mine was 145000 :thumbsup:
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    Thanks Dave!

    Just a couple more pictures had the car 2 weeks now few more things to sort out still.
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    It's got an apline stereo which seems to work with the bose but I get a wine under acceleration any one got any ideas?
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    Trying out a filter as well

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    Looks fantastic, well done.

    What spec? Factory extras?
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    got some potential.....

    needs battery cover please
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    Tidy ess Stuart,also in the fastest colour :ninja:
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    Nice choice :)

    ...but you need a bigger filter! Also, get some OE aero wipers on there...
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    Yes trust you to pick that out!

    Not sure actually I know its probably pretty standard, its got a ghastly multifunction wheel that needs to go and Bose.

    Thanks can't go wrong with a black car
    Thanks Dave, do you honestly think it needs a bigger filter it's off my mates R32 engine thought it would be the same?

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    Well the stupid wipers in the first pictures have made way for ordinary Bosch ones, I like the look of OEM aero wiper arms. I put them on the mk4 golf but I don't think I'm in a rush to do it to this :)
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    Glad I got my tie bar bushes replaced last week! They were beginning to creak so if I left it any longer I'm sure I would have been the same position. From what I understand the new bushes in the hub side are an updated oem part, it's now a solid bush. On the opposite side I've got them polybushed. Definitely an improvement and b
    no more creaking!
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    Hello mate, ill have a look don't suppose you have a part number for the OEM hub bushes do you?
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    PM Benjamin on this forum (from Parsons Performance). Went to him to get it sorted.
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    I like the Headlight transformation sweet :thumbsup: . I will be doing this on mine shortly :eyebrows:. All the best with your progress pal.
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    I'm no expert, but it just looks small to me, the defacto standard on 1.8t's tends be a jetex (pic below) or OE Honda S2000 filter:

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    cured mine with RCA supressors off ebay :)
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    For the record, the old bmc CDA was terrible and i had an instant 10 G/S with a jetex over it, for what they cost it is not very good..
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    Thanks mate!

    Ohh thats what you were doing!

    The rest of you........

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    Good Stuff stu!

    Are you still local to me? Homegrown meet this friday?
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    Yeah still local mate aint moved far! I live about 2 miles from the services but I've got a family meal out in Windsor that night I'm afraid!
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    In fact a saw you a few months ago at a tyre place in hazlemere I was in the focus I blew the horn at you!
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    ok maybe next time. ive never been there before lol
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    what hazelmere or homegrown?
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    homegrown.

    yeah when you drove off up the road I realised it was you. lol
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    So since last time the car had redevelop a cold starting fault.
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    Had the car scanned by a mate and the throttle body re-aligned and seem to clear it up which was great! A few pics taken at a recent meet. Also had beep on lock and anti hijack locking enabled.
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    WHat was your 1/4 times stu?
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    Best i got was 15.7 with a passenger. First time Id ever done it my first run had a reaction time of +5 seconds!! LOL
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    Ouch lol. I need to get to Pod or Shakey but really dont want to replace the clutch just yet. 6k launches all day will not be kind on the poor standard clutch :(
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    It was fun 4k launches were all i was doing didn;t have the balls to go any further..... it was a good laugh though even though I wasn't anygood!
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    Yep people slate drag racing as being boring and pointless but it is fun and addictive!
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    Well I finally got round to clean the car properly. Had a crack with megs ultimate compound and my cheap DA. Managed to get a lot of scuffs and swirls out not all but a lot and I've removed the hologramming that was there before. Going to get a new DA and some point then go over it again. Also gave it a coat of poorboys black hole and then some Wax very happy with it

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    Job well done ,that Metallic really pops now.
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    Thanks mate
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    So since the last update, I've done had a new water pump and cam-belt fitted as I had an overheating problem. Luckily the garage did the water pump for free and charged me parts on the belt so I ended up paying £130 which was lovely!

    Also I have now done the n249 delete, got rid of all this junk!

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    Also replaced the valve with a resistor and its all nicely tucked away under the heat shield for the coil pack wiring now.

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    Then moved on to the alarm sending which has been beeping, and throwing up fault codes so I hacked it open and replaced the batteries using a guide on here.
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    Al back together and working for £12 instead of the £109 Audi wanted for a new unit!!

    Finally got a new battery cover from TPS as it was missing when I bought the car!
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    Got VCDS and have been playing around with it, changed the dash lights so just the needles are on when the ignition is on and the lights are off.

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    Very nice mate!

    ive got the same issues you had with cold start up. Quite rough. I know the car needs either new manifold or gasket so thought that might be the problem but, how do I realign the throttle body?
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    Do you have VCDS mate? It's pretty simple (has to be for me to be able to do it!)
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    I've got VCDS - how did you do that with the needles? Always forget to turn my lights on at night!
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    log into 17 - instruments, then adaptation go to channel 19 the change the code to 10010
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    VCDS to realign throttle body's or for your dash light turned off?
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