Jan 16, 2016
Oh dear - that doesn't sound good?
Nope. Next time a mate offers to swap your suspension; ignore him and just get a garage to sort it......(my mate is a mechanic by the way and used to working on buses etc so not exactly green)
Short version; what a c#£t
We started the rears a couple of weeks ago; simple really as it involves 3 bolts and compressing the spring.
Nope. The lower bolt holding the shock was seized and it took a 4 foot scaffold bar to break it off. So what should have been a couple of hours turned into 4 as we had to use the same method on both sides
Fast forward to yesterday and we went to do the fronts. Started with the passenger side.
6 hours later we had one snapped bolt that was stuck holding the two top control arms and no new suspension on the car. No amount of bashing would move the fecking thing.
We followed the procedure to a t but the bolt was sezied solid. We even applied a bit of heat (being very careful) and even that barely moved it
End result, I have borrowed my mates car and he will attempt over the next few days to get the bolt out and swap the suspension
Ba#&@£d piece of German ****
Rhyso - sounds like an absolute nightmare. Here's hoping that he can get it sorted - must be at the end of your bad luck now - fingers crossed.
Well he has the shock out. He ended up removing the two control arms. That’s the good news.
Bad news is the leg has to come out and the bolt pressed out on the bench
The suspension is tricky enough on Audi's
The front pinch bolt is usually the biggest hold up, I use a bit of wd-40 first to try and seep into the bolt, then if needed a bit of heat but it takes a bit of time and patience.. and rocking the bolt back and forth until its free enough to start hitting out
The car is looking well now and should be reliable for hopefully another 100k at least after the recent work..
We tried everything!!
My mate has just text me with a picture of the bolt that he's managed to remove He managed to drill into ti to weaken it. So he's avoided having to remove the leg
He has also soaked the drivers side in preparation for its removal.........
To top it off he rang a mate of his who is VW / Audi trained asking if he would give a hand......'his mate said 'NO!' Never take that job on, even on a fiddle!!!!!!'
Its not an easy Job, I had the same with my 12 year old Audi A4 and managed to get one out but the other side didn't want to move when trying to turn it so I disconnected the top side of those arms instead
I had bother with the RHS of my A6 and found that once I got the bolt knocked through a few mm, I was able to lever the head of the bolt away from the upright and tap it from the other side with the nut on a few threads while trying to be gentle enough not to damage the threads. The lever at the other side from the side that you are knocking seems to help take the bounce out when hitting the bolt in the alloy upright
having a new pinch bolt would always be handy but I managed to not damage mine so it was grand to go back in
I had to apply some heat and brute force to remove the pinch bolts when replacing my springs and dampers. The new bolts I replaced them with have an improved design. Old style bolts have a consistent diameter along their full length and hence there can be a galvanic action between steel and aluminium along the full length which causes serious problems at removal time. The new design bolts have a reduced diameter in the centre portion (where the pinch effect and pin retention is not needed) so no contact between steel and aluminium is made and the problem of seizing is hopefully reduced.
For your future reference my A6 now has Eibach springs and Bilstein dampers and in my opinion they are an excellent combination of ride and handling and totally approved by Mrs W, who is a demanding passenger.
The job is turning into an absolute joke....had to order a new control arm as the balljoint was damaged due to all the damge it took trying to get the bolt out....
It was supposed to arrive this morning....didn’t show
Then the bolts I ordered from Audi turned up at MY house and not my mates house even though I told them TWICE to post them to him
Have now ordered another control arm from a more reputable manufacturer but that is on a 4-5 day delivery
Literally going to burn the f***ing thing to the f***ing ground!!!
Finally had my car back yesterday. A MASSIVE thanks goes to my very good mate Dave who took on what is a relatively simple job, turned into an absolute nightmare due to the design and subsequent corrosion of the bolt that holds the two top control arms
Here’s some pictures
And back together
The new control arms still need to be fitted but that will happen next week after they arrive
Despite being the Eibach -30mm kit which on an S Line gives a 15mm drop it does look lower than I expected!
As for the ride.....its fantastic. It’s not overly firm, the car doesn’t crash over bumps or get thrown across the road. I haven’t really tested it as I’ll have the arms fitted and the tracking down but first impressions are excellent; I’m happy that I stuck with OEM shocks rather than go aftermarket
Again a big big thank you to my mate Dave I guarantee he won’t be offering to work on my car ever again mind hahaha
Glad you got it sorted Rhyso - the car looks stunning - it sounds like the enjoyment of the car has returned.
Contorl arms are coming tomorrow so once they are on and the tracking done and new tyres fitted I can start to enjoy it fully again
Need a few days to sort the paintwork though; it looks great from a distance!
My mate kindly fitted the new control arms last night and fitted the new bolts (used some temporary ones) so the car is now complete!
Had a couple of parcels turn up this week too....
New brakes fitted
So today I ambled down with few friends and stuck the wagon a rolling road
They dont call it the bitch bolt for nothing!
It was called far worse than that believe me!!!!!!
Today marks 3 YEARS since I took ownership of the wagon!!
In that time..
40,000 miles covered - now on 112,700 miles
1 DSG service
Complete set of brakes
On my 4th set of tyres
One failed injector
2 leaking rocker cover gaskets and a split turbo pipe
And it’s been hit FOUR TIMES!! 3 whilst stationary and one where someone drove into the front wing as they came out of a side junction......
Worked out in terms of running costs, maintenance, fuel etc the A6 has cost me just over £3200 per year to keep on the road
Do i regret it? Nope! It’s powerful, comfortable and can cross country in all conditions with aplomb. As usual it lacks any real feedback in terms of dynamics but you learn to ‘drive’ around that
Since the engine work was done to replace the rocker cover gaskets and injector seals the MPG on a run improved a fair bit. 500 miles + to a tank is easily achievable and that’s without pussy footing it. Around town its as it was I guess.
This year I hope to tidy up the paintwork and restore some pride to it after the battering it has literally taken in the last 12 months!
So...here’s to the next 3 years as the A6 has to last me a little longer. Nothing out there takes my fancy or even has the level of spec I want compared to mine.
Had a mate who does installs come round this morning to replace my sharkfin GPS aeriel as although i had a hockey puck style fitted above the glovebox it’s not been great. My mate sourced from a 2016 Q5
Old one - you can see how water gets in and corrodes the internals!
New and old side by side
Nice healthy signal
I’ve been thinking of getting a clear silicone sealant put around the base of the aerial, as I assume that’s the only place water can get in. Not sure if it’s possible and to have it effective while looking discrete, or even where I could get it done.
Good job getting it done before you get worse problems than just poor signal
Ha I’ve been using a hockey puck aerial up above the glovebox for over a year!! It just so happens my mate sourced me the aerial at a bit of a bargain price so I couldn’t resist
I take it you used the original casing, so it looks completely the same as it did before from the outside?
Yes my mate swapped it all over as the one he sourced was silver. Used the nav this morning and it works a treat; constantly showing between 7-9 satellites
So my mate Craig returned this weekend and installed the external puddle lights and the ambient door strips in the door cards
Been a while since I've updated this but seeing as it closed in on 120,000 miles this week I thought I'd write a little update
And little it will be as I've done very little with the A6 apart from drive it and give it the occasional wash. Hopefully I won't jinx myself but thankfully this year has seen a big drop in repair / maintenance costs. I think last year I hit a point in the car's life cycle where things needed doing etc.....this year has just seen me pay for a service and the unavoidable fuel bills.
Long term average over the miles I've tracked is 33.4. A tank will get me anything from 400-500 miles depending on the type of journey; mixed driving usually sees around 430-450. I'm not afraid to use the performance I have when the mood takes me
The pads I installed at the end of last year are impressive and give good feedback and excellent stopping power. They are fairly fade resistant too......I've done multiple brake tests from 'speed' and the pedal feel has remained firm and the performance consistent. The only gripe is they are a bit noisy but I'll happily trade noise for stopping power!!
I did have a scare a few weeks back when the Gearbox Malfunction light flashed up but thankfully it has not reappeared since.......
This morning the windscreen took a hit from a large stone in the EXACT same place as it got hit last year which turned the chip into a lovely crack....that's being replaced this Friday
A good friend of mine (the one who installed my puddle lights and repaired my GPS aerial) has a CarPlay solution that will hopefully be installed over the next few weeks......I've seen it in operation in his B8 A4 and it's very nicely integrated and even works with the steering wheel controls etc. He is also now an authorised VW repairer and has fully licensed ODIS I've offered the A6 as a guinea pig for him to test out what he can do lol
Other than that, the A6 continues to do what I want it to do. I have considered down sizing since it's 95% of the time it's just me these days but I don't think I could live without the comfort and the performance of the V6; it's just really effortless and has more than enough shove to upset some of the quicker cars on the road
I do fancy a colour change of the wheels and would like the finish of the RS6 wheels but I'm aware they are diamond cut so achieving a similar finish would be difficult.
Thanks for reading
Nice one . I only get 400 miles out of my tank week in week out to within 10 miles
Would really like to see a little video of the finish & interface of the Apple Car Play.
Know what you mean about downsizing- we no longer have a dog & don’t have kids or owt, but I still wouldn’t want to lose all the stuff the A6 BiTDI offers.
Looking forward to seeing the wheels when you make a choice.
When you say the pads are noisy, do you get a grinding noise under braking or something?
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If you look for Lightrofit on Facebook - Audi & VW Specialist you'll see a couple of videos of it in action in the B8 my mate Craig runs
Yup that's exactly how I feel about the A6; it just does everything I need it to do; I'd love something like an R / S3 but I know I couldn't afford the running costs and the fit and finish of the interiors are a few grades below the A6
I've got half a mind of the colour; just finding time / money to do it as I'm in the middle of moving house.......(shoot me now!)
Yeah they do rumble / grumble a bit but only under real heavy braking from motorway type speeds. General town driving you don't hear them at all unless the ambient temperature is very high and even then it's not intrusive. Like I said I'd happily put up with a bit of noise for the improvement in stopping power!
New windscreen fitted........
Fitters manage to LOSE the sensor for the auto lights / wipers!!!! So they've (quite rightly) ordered me a new one..........
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