EGR Cooler - Crazy Expensive - any experience on this?

laudavis

Registered User
I have been having an issue with my car for a few months, I had a coil light come on flashing and the car lost power and went into limp home mode. I took the car to Audi to get them to plug into the diagnostics machine - i got given a print out of the diagnostic code stating check EGR system

0001 - Engine Control Module 1
7462 P040300 Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit (01100000 passive /sporadic)

I have then been quoted the following price to fix the fault.

Gasket x 1 - 9.38
Gasket x 3 - 3.67
EGR Cooler - 268.27
Labour 5.0hrs 625.00 + VAT

£1096.39

I unfortunately at the moment cannot afford for Audi to fix this problem so i need to buy the parts myself and get our mechanic to do it but i am unsure where to start. Does anyone have any advice? or have had this problem themselves i would greatly appreciate any feedback

Thanks

Laura
 

outsideline

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there is a lot of problem with the egr's, they are right down the back of engine and a pain in the **** to fit in all honestly. that qoute is a fair legit price other than the labour sounds steep.
im an independant bmw specialist but do do other makes and i charge £50 per hour +vat .
hope that helps a bit.
i would probably charge £250 labour.
 

outsideline

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she cant because its the water cooled version, unless you really do mean just a blank?? i have always removed the entire cooler and repiped the cooling system.

Laura the best place is TPS, that way you know your getting genuine parts which for a job like that i would always recommend.
 

raffhussain

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My sisters A3 8p3 2.0 TDI had the same problem. Would go in limp mode and when put on VCDS and got the same fault codes as you have mentioned. Gave it into local indy and he said the EGR needed replacing and he charged me in the region of £650 parts and labour. Which I thought was a good price considering the amount of work needed to complete the job. He also gave dealer warranty on the EGR.
 

raffhussain

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Thanks @outsideline - Have you any idea where i can get the parts from and exactly what it is i am looking for? xx

Also I was told its dealer only part. Correct me if I'm wrong but as mentioned by outsideline, TPS is your best bet.
 

outsideline

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its been over 12 months since i did one last but back then it was genuine part only. not sure now unless i rang about. maybe gsf or euro??
 

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Paul @ Unit 9 Remaps

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blank and bypass pipe for the cooler,
 

ABS2788

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Fiddly job to do, but best thing is to blank and get rid of the cooler, just stick a metal pipe between them to re route the pipe work, at least you get rid of some weight. Did it to my old golf.
 

laudavis

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And it wouldn't affect emission MOT etc- baring in mind the car has to be recalled xx


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downtothebone

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Nope, only to reduce NOx by recirculating NOx to give a lesser combustion burn.
Aren't you pumping out more **** into the atmosphere or does that not matter?
 

Rog_B

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Aren't you pumping out more **** into the atmosphere or does that not matter?
You're pumping a lot of **** into your engine, that does matter! I suppose if you have no DPF you are pumping out 1/100th of the soot (wild guess) that a passing bus does. I have an EGR and am able to remove it and clean it periodically. Even with the reducer gasket fitted a bit of gunk gets into the intake.
When I first removed the EGR, it took a couple of hours of graft to clean the baked on tar and coke, I'm sure it wasn't functioning properly.
When you go to stealers, they just renew everything, I guess. I wouldn't know as I stay WELL away lol!
 

laudavis

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I've been quoted about £340 for all the parts I need! This seem a fair price to you guys? Xx


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Rog_B

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Sadly on 1.6TDI (mine was forever going into limp mode from new :-() the EGR is at the back of the engine and the DPF needs remoiving AFAIK to get to it. On the 2.0 TDi CR it is at the front and pretty easy to whip off and clean (or throw away if are doing a DPF delete as well).
Sorry to say that is going to cost some labour hours. It seems pointless going through all that and just cleaning it, may as well renew it while you're round the back.
 

f1nny

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My missus had the a problem with the EGR on her 2.0 TDI 170. Kept going into limp home mode with no power. Diagnostic kept saying N18 valve EGR. As it's built into the EGR she had to get it replaced. Audi come back with roughly the same as you £1090. After a nicely worded email to the dealer about how the EGR part has been revised 3 times due to failings and that it's a known problem. They reduced the price to £760 fitted so we got it done as it comes with 2 year unlimited mileage warranty on the repair.
 

SootySport

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Laura, if you tell us when you reside, then someone will recommend a garage/independent Audi specialist who can fix this for you, there are plenty throughout the country.
 
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