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Facelift Dust caps seized on..

JDHOWELLS Aug 10, 2018

  1. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    So got some lovely blue metal dust caps on my car when I got it last year... bloody things are seized on.. any great ideas to get the things off?


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  3. Svenedin

    Svenedin Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3 quattro S tronic

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    WD40 or similar (Plusgas etc). Leave it long enough to penetrate into the threads. It's dissimilar metal corrosion. You'll need to spray from behind to have a hope of getting into the thread. A minuscule bit of grease will stop it happening again.
     
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  4. jassyo06

    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    You'll need A junior hacksaw and a set pliers to get them off.....split the cap in half at the top with a junior hacksaw blade then try and peel them off.....happened to me on my last S3....its....a tricky job
     
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  5. Rob2k68

    Rob2k68 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User MQB Platform

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    You may get away with mole grips but don’t squeeze so hard such to damage the valve.


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    jassyo06 Voodoo Man ! Gold Supporter Audi S3 Black Edition Porsche Voodoo Blue S3 Saloon

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    Yup l tried pipe grips/gland pliers as us sparkys like to call...em.....nope.....didny work.....
     
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  7. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    I’ll give this a go first, if not hacksaw it is


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  8. josul

    josul Active Member Team Daytona Audi S3 Sportback S tronic

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    :wtf:.... you have not checked your tyre pressure this year? Or am I reading too much into that!!!???

    Good luck in getting them off.
     
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  9. Svenedin

    Svenedin Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3 quattro S tronic

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    I have the Audi metal caps and one of those got stuck even though I usually check my tyre pressures fortnightly. It did come off with WD40 and it has not happened again since I applied a tiny bit of grease.
     
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  10. cuke2u

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

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    Any metal dust caps need to have copper ease applied as the two metals of the cap and the valve will react to each other. I have heard that cola is also good for unseizing them...
     
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  11. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Yeh yeh so I don’t check my pressures weekly or whatever... cue the car maintenance Nazi’s.. I’m of the opinion if there is an issue the monitoring system will let me know, and I check them before any long journeys, hence realising I now can’t get them off!
     
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  13. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Coke has many uses, though it has to full fat no nonsense coke
     
  14. josul

    josul Active Member Team Daytona Audi S3 Sportback S tronic

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    Don't take my comment as having a go, was all in jest. I don't check mine as often as I should. But I would never leave it down to the ABS system to tell me, it doesn't work like that.
     
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    KenL Well-Known Member

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    Try wearing a rubber glove! Much more purchase.
     
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    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos TDi Audi A3 quattro S-line owners group DSG

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    ...and this is the problem with metal dust caps!
     
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  17. ASBOST

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    Yip, had them on the Scirocco.... Never again!
     
  18. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Half a can of WD40 and a hacksaw to 3 of them and all four are off!

    Never again putting after market caps on, they look nice but not worth the risk


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  19. Svenedin

    Svenedin Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3 quattro S tronic

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    The genuine Audi metal ones are just as bad. It’s a problem with all metal caps.
     
  20. JDHOWELLS

    JDHOWELLS Well-Known Member Audi S3

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    Yeh but if the Audi ones get stuck on then it’s Audi who have a responsibility to get them off.. I asked at the dealership yesterday..


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  21. Svenedin

    Svenedin Well-Known Member Team Navarra Audi S3 quattro S tronic

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    Not entirely sure about that. My car didn't come with them fitted. I added them but they did they did come from Audi directly.
     
  22. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    ive copper slip on mine, i occasionally fit tyres and i know the problems that happen if you dont.
     

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