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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by dares_uk, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. dares_uk
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    [Feb 15, 2010]
    had a quote just now for 3113 + vat for
    supplying and changing the thermostat on my s3,

    is that good or bad?

    thanks :)
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    i would hope you meant 113! i got the thermostat for a 5er and took me an hour to fit! its very very easy! there is a guide on the tt forum which helped alot!
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    bargain.

    you were joking right?

    that would work out at about £200/hour labour
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    I had mine changed at a VAG specialists for £70 with complete coolant change... (colchester, Essex)

    Thats getting close to Mr Audi Prices....
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    £113 is probably about right for audi dealer prices. However, no doubt you could get this done cheaper in a local garage, also you should consider doing it yourself. it is a bit of a ballache to do (no matter how many people on here who will post up saying yeah it is a 30 minute job...) but there are good guides available online and it is do-able with a bit of care and a fair bit of effort.
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    I would not pay more than £40 out of principle, although it's a bit of a pain in the arse to do, it's fairly simple if you have the right tools.
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    Audi wanted £200 labour from me to change the Thermostat not including part.
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    on a 20vt? i doubt theyd even charge that on an S4, and thats a cambelt off job. were they ROFLing when they gave you that quote?
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    I hope he was I asked him a couple of times to make sure
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    :( thats so bad that you guys get ripped off so badly. with S4s they love paying through the nose for trivial things and people end up being mugged off due to an illusion that its some form of exotica

    in this case is a 20vt, one of the most common engines going
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    dont fancy doing it myself,
    and yes i did mean £113 + vat, was quoted for an hour and a half labour.
    at a specialist, not a dealer.

    will shop around me thinks, :)
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    itll take them about 20 minutes so theyre mugging you off
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    dude fair enough if you dont want to do it yourself, but this job is seriously easy, a little bit fiddly but easy, if you got a mate who is handy with the spanners slip him £40 and im sure he wouldnt mind doing it for you following one of the guides on here you couldnt go wrong

    if not though a garage should not charge you more than an hours labour and no more than £20-30 in parts (my stat plus 2 bottles of coolant cost me £17)
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    it certainly isn't 'very very easy' Zeeeebo.....dunno if the S3 is tighter to get to than your A3 but you run the risk of turning an hour job into a several hour job extremely easily..... i paid my neighbour with a crate of lager
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    yer the a3 was very fiddley and took ages for the bottom screw to undo and put back in but i had a bendy extension arm which helped soooooo much! as soon as the 2 screws are done its very easy! im not familar with an s3 bay but i presume its roughly the same!
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    Did my a few weeks ago, very easy, it is fiddly getting the one bolt off, I just used a 1/4 drive extension and a 1/4 universal joint, Make sure you get a new dip stick tube as well as I broke mine, Therostat, DIp stick tube and fluid all available from GSF
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    when ive done them before i renewed the o ring too.
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    Good call Matt, goes without saying but easy for someone to miss.....

    zeeeebo, its a different lay out at the front im sure as i think the S3 has more obstructive pipework, but same obstruction with alternator making your life hell IIRC
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    those o rings are used on for a few cooling things on the golfs. basically after a few years they go brittle and stay flat, basically they dont seal properly.

    on old cars like that, id recommend you put new seals in wherever you have to take one out

    on cars where its hard to get to these water connections, youd be gutted if you do all the work and then once you start it up it leaks from the joint
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    Remove aux belt, remove top alternator bolt, slacken bottom one. Pry with pry bar, alternator falls towards front of car. Unbolt hard plastic pipe from block face (2 x 10mm bolts), pull thermo out, replace, repeat process in reverse.

    Easy peasy.
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    [Feb 16, 2010]
    Hi guys

    Just did the 49C trick thing on the climate control unit

    The 49C reads 78ºC at standstill (car has warmed up), when driving it varied, up to 80 but with a minimum of 73ºC. The gauge in the dash varies as well but between 80 and 88ºC.

    I am assuming that this is bad. And probably needs a new thermostat?

    Alex

    EDIT: Oh yeah, and my mpg has dropped from ~29.5 to 26.5 mpg
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    Yep, thermo most likely. Especially with the MPG drop...
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    welly, i expect the stat housing is pretty accessible right now on your block ;)
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    Whatever makes you say that.....? lol

    Yes, swapping my thermo from one block to the other might of been quite easy.... :)
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    yer i had a new dipstick holder before i started as my one was very very brittle
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    question for ya... had you ever tackled anything quite like that before hand?
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    Nope, new for me....

    Best way to learn is crack on though! :)
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    more thumbs up for you then. reward yourself with a beer :D
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    LOL, I can't NOW. Providing IT Support whilst p*ssed isn't too easy.... lol.

    I wouldn't be popular with the boss....
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    offer him a beer too. be a good sport.

    beer'd up mechanics is one of my best hobbies tho
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    LOL, I only tried that once and it was NOT pretty! I ended up falling over something, onto the car and broke my nose.

    Never again.
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    fpmsl

    my mate is always drinking whilst working on his grass track car, more evident when hes welding in new panels etc

    welding starts off sweet as a nut and ends up looking like pigeon s*** lol

    and he usually has a burnt hand where he loses concentration and tries welding his hand to the car lol
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    WOW! Just quoted £190 labour for changing the thermostat on my S3 from the dealer, that doesnt included parts. They said thats 2.5 hours work and then they said thats subject to stripping time so it might go up if they find that there are some bolts that are hard to undo!!!
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    bring it round mind and ill do it for £50
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    Hmmmm. I guess buy that they mean in case 1 of the 2 (yes - just 2) 10mm, non torqued bolts they would have to undo to get the thermo out is hard.

    What a f**kin joke!! :mad:
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    Too bloody right, I'd help out if you were closer mate!
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    lol, I think even if I drove upto you and payed you £50 it would still be cheaper! Where abouts are you Matt
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    essex, it would be mad... just get some spanners and do it. its an old car anyway, it doesnt matter who works on it.

    the bolts want to be 10nm, thats about the only technical part.
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    its like you audi drivers are just despirate to pay money to have trivial things done on these cars, that climate and mindset is what makes people rip you off so badly.

    time to MTFU!!!!
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