"I've had oil pumps over pressurize on start causing similar fault may be a good idea to check oil pressure on cold start
too much oil pressure opens the hydraulic lifters too much and car spins over too fast due to low compressions"
Could be a stupid question but... How would I go about checking the oil pressure?
that looks perfect mate, might get one o those meself! £24, does all vag and fits in the glovebox.
And the oil pressure can only be checked by connecting a screw-in gauge designed to measure OP, and read off the results, or use the code reader if it can read the oil pressure sensor data, like vag com can. The problem with the gauge type is you would need somewhere to screw it into, like an existing tapped sensor hole near the oil filter, but there may not be a spare and the ecu will throw codes anyway if you unscrew the original to screw a gauge in there, tho you can clear the codes wi the reader.........but if it measures OP anyway I would just use that.
If you ring them tonight and they come out then they may well scan it and find something simple. However the chances of them having that replacement sensor or whatever at 9pm on a Sat night are virtually non-existent. They may also fail to start it at all. Either way you will probably end up being towed to a garage.
If it was me I would far rather wait till Monday morning, when the garage will be open and staffed and able to accept your car, than I would have it towed to a strange garage in the middle of the night. And I doubt you will be going with it!
Did you sort RAC cover just for this problem? And you have bought VAG-com but no joy, and now another scan reader too?
I am going to do exactly what you just suggested. Also I am not at home so could not call them out any way. Before all this happened I was looking to get a price from Central Audi about replacing belts and a good service. They are based pretty close to where I live.
With regards to the other points about buying all those other things, the answer in short is yes...
The original VAG-COM cable has now been sold to a friend, he has an A3...
The RAC home start was something I had always wanted but never really got around to upgrading...