What have you done to your A3 (8p) this week

lea323ci

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Decided to do the cam belt and water pump on my facelift 2008 s line tdi yesterday, I found it a bit less fiddly on the common rail engine than my older 2005 A3
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When I lowered the under tray I found this spring
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But couldn't find where it had come from , it was located at the back of the tray gearbox side . Any ideas ?


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mechanic69

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Throttle, gear change????


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lea323ci

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It's a very tiny spring about just over 50mm but very clean so not been getting rain and dirt on it

Doesn't look worn either


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downtothebone

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This week.... cleaned some bird sh*t off it.... literally nothing else :D
I do that every week despite not parking near any tree, over hang, lamp post - still can't work out how they do it!!!
 

JayHa11

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Taking mine for a 4 wheel alignment tomorrow as I think my NS rear has a touch of camber from when I had my coil-overs installed
 

lea323ci

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Had to change n/s/f brake caliper due to binding on way home from changing cambelt /water pump Wednesday
To make matters worse I had to remove 3 locking wheel bolts as socket sheared whilst trying to undo the n/s/f, so would've been stuffed if I got a puncture
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ch1z64

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put mine into car hospital as its body was needing a bump removed and she needs a nice we yellow spray tan
 

lea323ci

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Fitted the black front badge this morning just to see what it would look like till the grill is respected body colour, the a wash and polish before it peed down
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Marek196c

Gilera Runner / A3 Sportback
drove it.
 

Chris Parrott

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Thanks.
I'll do the head unit/Bluetooth for now, and I don't like the feel from the brakes.
They're a bit 'on or off ', no gradual smoothness, so that will get a look at this weekend.
 

lea323ci

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Had a stage 1 remap done with egr deleted out I also fitted K&N air filter in place of standard one.

Not sure how much the air K&N will help , the car seams totally different from before pulls really well .

Can anyone tell me what a stage 2 remap would involve ?


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dp_motley

2019 A3 35TFSI S line
What engine do you have? I had a stage 1 remap with egr-off done a week ago. The car pools much better, but the engine sounds louder. I have a 1.6 TDI. Did you notice any sound changes?
 

lea323ci

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I have a 2:0 tdi common rail engine code CBAB , on idle I would say just slightly louder but nothing I would be worried about


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dp_motley

2019 A3 35TFSI S line
Okay, mine is 1.6 TDI common rail engine code CAYC. It's louder on idle and it does a sound that reminds me of an older petrol engine that got a low octane gas (pre-ignition like pinging noise). This sound comes at every slightest acceleration. I spoke to a tuner and he said it was because I came to them after the emissions update and my car had an insert inside the inlet pipe (a flow straightener) and that a new map was based on an emission updated map. They are going to remove the flow straightener and remap the ECU with a map based on a pre-updated software. I'm looking forward to this new remap.
 

lea323ci

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Booked in for the esc control unit software update at Stansted Audi in first week of sept , courtesy car thrown in.

While on the phone they pointed out that I haven't had the emissions update carried out , I told them to not do it as it's been remapped


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a3oz

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Why have you whipped the engine and box out what you gotta do to it
Came out as I've bought the car with some front end damage. Body repairer said he needed engine out to get it all perfect so out it came.
Be doing oil/filter/DSG oil changes when I put it back in. While out, just spark plugs (done), new coolant pump (some damage on old one), new drive belt and diverter valve check (done). Car should be back in a few days so just want to get it all back together again soon. If anyone's got
additional suggestions, happy to hear them...
 

splbound

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Paid garage for oil change and fuel filter change. Fuel filter because I had no idea when it was last changed. Passed MOT emissions with my scorpion sports cats so am happy. Obligatory 3.2 spirited drive on way home to celebrate.
 
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lea323ci

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Sprayed the grill gloss black from the factory grey with rattle cans today , undecided if to put back the chrome rings , what do you think looks better chrome or black rings ?


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dp_motley

2019 A3 35TFSI S line
Tried to play with spacers last weekend in order to get rid of a slight vibration on 70+-km/t. Re-balanced one wheel and put some aluminium tape on hubs to prevent the front spacers from any possible misbalance. It didn't help unfortunately. The vibration became even more pronounced. Today, I removed the front spacers and vibration seems to disappear. Are there really no spacers that don't destroy the ride comfort?
 

mechanic69

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Absolutely nothing, I’m on holiday in greece


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Marek196c

Gilera Runner / A3 Sportback
Tried to play with spacers last weekend in order to get rid of a slight vibration on 70+-km/t. Re-balanced one wheel and put some aluminium tape on hubs to prevent the front spacers from any possible misbalance. It didn't help unfortunately. The vibration became even more pronounced. Today, I removed the front spacers and vibration seems to disappear. Are there really no spacers that don't destroy the ride comfort?
use right ET wheels instead of spacers seem good idea.
 

Marek196c

Gilera Runner / A3 Sportback
that depend of you if it worth or not. or just get bigger spacers and go to some specialist to flatten the surface on them and rim, then weld them.
 
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