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thermostat help, hertfordshire

jamieA3 Jul 12, 2012

  1. jamieA3

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    hi all, I need to change my thermostat on my 1.8 t. trouble is, i am a noob other than basic servicing and dont know where to start, ive read the haynes manual and it seems like a simple enough job, but i dont feel confident enough to hack about under the bonnet alone. in short, if anyone could spare some time on a sunday to take me through the job, i will happily compensate for time/travel. I was thinking of getting the parts needed 2moro.

    PS ..local dealer quoted me 185 plus vat all fitted, and i think i would be a fool to pay this.

    I live in cheshunt, anyone willing can either pm me or reply to this thread.



    thanks, Jamie :happy:
     
  2. Westy

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    I would have offered my services 2 months ago as I was living in ware. I'm now in Cambridgeshire so too far away.

    It is a fairly simple job but it is very fiddly and annoying. It's definitely not worth paying £185 when the thermostat and the o ring only comes to about £10!

    Good luck though mate.
     
  3. jamieA3

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    cheers westy, just pm'd you. by the way guys, the thermostat is stuck open, not closedm so i will be happy to drive at your convenience
     
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    Did you say that yours was doing what mine is dude? Fluctuating?

    My mechanic says my thermostat is okay, but I'm really not sure.

    I thought about getting a Haynes manual and tackling it - perhaps we could do it at the same time and share any problems on here?
     
  6. jamieA3

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    yeah mate, drops right down when accelerating hard, and when on the motor way the coolant level goes down to 65/70. had my car serviced today and scanned for fault codes. the mechanic said that it was indeed the thermostat.

    where do you live ? we could do both together, with my manual, both our brains and a socket set it could be a success. not if you live on the shetlands though:icon_thumright: lol

    ps might be worth checking your coolant temp through the climate control, as was sudgested on your thread by someone else, if you havnt already
     
  7. knoxie

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    Lol, you were bang on it seems. cant see how the garage can justify 185 ? expert vwaudi in waltham cross just for the record. I must say they did a job job on my service how ever, and 150 for a full service aint bad i think.
     
  9. jamieA3

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    by the way knoxie, thats a good write up, if i cant get any help then thats almost as good as lol. big thanks for looking that up
     
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    was it a basic service? as it will the that price due to audi doing there fixed service price

    i think audi are 149 for basic service
     
  11. jamieA3

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    Nah, full service/fluid top up/ fault scan. didnt feel that was too bad as like you say the stealer wanted 149 just for the oil n filter.

    its a indy specialist by the way.
     
  12. jamieA3

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    cant believe no body has half hour to spare lol.
     
  13. Westy

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    I will in about 2 weeks. Best way to learn is to crack into this job by yourself ;)
     
  14. knoxie

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    thats what i said westy, fairly nice job to do aswell :)

    i feel bad now for not being able to get over to you :( and im only just around the corner
     
  15. Westy

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    There never seemed to be any ASN members in herts when I was there. Now I've moved away they all come out the woodwork :)
     
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    i think we should have a little meet ;)
     
  17. jamieA3

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    im halfway through doing it myself, engine covers off, now im like :huh:
     
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    just a quick update for those kind people to give me advice ect. thermostat replaced ! hurrarrrrr lol. now I have a snapped dip stick shaft :banghead: but at least my engine is running normal tempurature, and best of all I learnt something.


    thanks again, jamie
     
  19. Westy

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    Good work mate :thumbsup:
     
  20. jamieA3

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    nice one. where would the best place for the dipstick guide be ? audi ?
     
  21. Westy

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    Yes mate it's about £4 from the stealers and just clips on.
     
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    yeeaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaaaaa!!!!! well done mate!! what did i say ay??? so glad you decided to do it yourself, and i said be carefull of the dipstick holder, i know cz i snapped mine haha

    massive thumbs up dude

    did you feel the good feeling of accomplishment after??
     
  23. jamieA3

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    cheers mate. yeah felt good, but a bit anoyyed i snapped the dipstick thing. owel....3.10 on ebay, free shipping. sorted :rockwoot:

    now onto the seemingly never ending task which is car modding lol
     
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    i dunno if its your thing but there is a car cruise on next sat evening if you fancy it let me know we can hook up before??
     
  25. jamieA3

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    yeah sounds good, i can have a look at those wheels aswell:thumbsup:
    pm me your address ect we are goin from yours mate ?
     
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    can do, i normally meet a few mates either at bp m11 harlow or at the place, but can meet at mine :)

    we usually take a slow drive to the location, motorways at 60, keeps everyone together that way :)
     

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