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  1. Squirrelofdoom

    2017 A4 2.0 TFSI Avant Sport - vagcom features?

    Hi everyone, Used to own an S3 and have just got a new A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI Sport. Just wondering whether there are any fun / useful things you can program with vagcom out of the box? Cheers
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    Umm...should I have a bolt here?

    Looking into my engine bay...noticed what looks like a mount flapping around above my oil filter housing. Looking in the pic below, am I supposed to have a bolt holding that hard pipe to the top of my filter housing?!
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    Urgent help please: Plumbing of PCV system confusion

    Hi guys, I found a rubbish pipe in my PCV system so went to change it and found something which confused me. As in the picture below, the car came with the system vented to atmosphere. However there was a T-piece in there with a pipe (the one I was intending to replace) running to the top of...
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    Metal shavings on cam position sensor

    Hi all, Changed my cam position sensor today and the old one was grubby but had metal shavings on it (not a lot, but some). Weird is that oil was changed maybe 500 miles ago at most with no shavings found in the oil then. The car has mostly been parked up, mostly because cam position sensor was...
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    Intermittent starting issue with k04 APY 20vt (mk1 golf conversion)

    Hi all, Having a starting issue with my ko4 20vt APY conversion I need some help with :S Below is a description of what's going on, and I can't figure out the cause... 29th August: Drove the car about 40 miles, no problems. Started first time, ran perfectly, no issues. Stopped at my...
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    New mk1 K04 APY + FPR vac line question

    Hello all, A while ago the S3 went away (although I still stalked the site everyday :p). But, I'm back with another 20vt...didn't take me long. But this time in the body of a mk1 - pics below. Got a question about the vac lines though. At the moment there is a boost gause in the cabin, and I'm...
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    Ignition pos 3 now does nothing after smoke

    Hello, Battery went flat, so I've been trickle charging it back up to full over the past few days. Put it back into the car just now and went to fire the car up. It basically cranked one turn, and then stopped dead. I had the bonnet up still, and I say a brief puff of smoke coming from the...
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    Changing tensioner half moon gasket - checking timing at same time?

    Hi all, Going to change my cam cover & tensioner gaskets. While doing the tensioner gaskets, wanted to check timing while I've got the cam cover off...but, what am I actually looking for? So, question is, once I've got it to this state (See images below) - what marks am I looking for on the...
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    Maybe silly cost question - mk1/2 conversion

    Hello everyone, This might be a very silly, open ended question...but here goes. Have been thinking that the S3 could use a powertrain rebuild in the coming months. However, I've always wanted a mk1 / mk2 golf. So I was thinking about taking the powertrain out of the S3, rebuilding and...
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    Lathe / turning facilities - London area

    Hi guys, I've been trying to fix this fuelling problem I've got, so am fitting a 1-way valve in the fuel line. Tried to fit today, but the brass hosetails on the 1-way valve are like 0.5mm to big outer diameter to fit onto the fuel lines. I tried a soak in hot water + washing up liquid for...
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    Fuel Valve To Stop Fuel Retreating From Engine

    Hi guys, Got a problem with the S3 at the moment where if I leave it to sit overnight, it will need cranking up to 10 times before it eventually fires. I was thinking massive boost leak perhaps, maybe in the fuel vac lines, but then I saw somewhere else in a thread something about a one way...
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    Price plummet

    Seems to me that the market value of our beloved S3's has really dropped off recently...struggling to figure out why! I remember when I was buying mine (about 2 years ago), it was common to see most decent examples up at the £3,000 it seems like even low milers with FSH are going for...
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    Urgent help please! Front windscreen wiper motor

    Hi guys, Supposed to be taking a long drive today, woke up this morning and flicked the windscreen wipers only to find that they juddered horribly and then stopped part way and now won't move at all - believe the wiper motor has gone. What's the part number? Audi S3 8L X-reg APY. Gonna try...
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    AGU mated to mk3 tdi box

    Hi guys. Recently saw a mk2 golf with an AGU lump in up for sale. I've always liked the idea of an 20vt golf mk2. But anyway, is mating a 20vt to a mk3 tdi box normal?...don't think I've heard of it before...could I swap it out for an 8L box? Cheers, Aran
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    Well.....this was bound to happen eventually

    Well, as you see - fuel pump finally least they brought the right tow truck! Anyway, so gonna get a new fuel pump. Alright if I get a used one, or should I shell out for new? Also, the part number I see is 8L9919051; but what letter to I want at the end of the number? 8L9919051B...
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    Found coolant leak - what is this part?

    Hi guys, So I've been losing coolant recently, was worried it was off the recent turbo work I've done, but no worries, that's fine. I found the leak on the right hand side of the head, underneath a 4-way coolant junction that bolts to the head via 2 allen key bolts (where the temp sensor plugs...
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    Goodwood Supercar Sunday

    Hi guys, Anyone go down to the Supercar Sunday hosted by Pistonheads at Goodwood on Sunday? Saw a couple S3 8Ls there, just wondering if anyone from here!
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    Uneven rear suspension - cambers fault?

    Hi guys, So I fitted my adjustable rear tie arms a few days ago, but haven't got the 4WA done yet for various reasons - so I know at the moment my rear offside is on about -3 degrees camber. Anyway, I parked up this morning and noticed that it looked almost as if my rear offside suspension had...
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    blueclipspares rant - conversation inside - not doing business with them again!

    Hi guys, As you may know, I've been looking for a new turbo as mine is cracked. After looking around, I found one at bluechipspares eBay shop which looked good, so I contacted them in order to buy it - and this is what happened. I'll copy paste all of the conversation here unedited as I have no...
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    Turbo is's f'ed - what're my options now?

    Hello everyone, So, I posted recently about my turbo oil seals having gone, so got someone to take the turbo out so that I could rebuild it (bought a rebuild kit already). Got the turbo out on Friday...and I believe it's foo*ed! The hot side is cracked all over, I could see daylight through...