What have you done to your Audi A4 B7 today?

Jamsmoo

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Apex ..obviously the ride tightens up under load


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Alex Holmes

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Unfortunately the car showed signs of PCV failure in the way home last night so ordered a replacement and gasket this morning. As expected the diaphragm in the pcv had split in multiple places...
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Whilst i was in the area i decided to take the opportunity to fit the new valve cover gasket that has leaked since buying the car. It was that dry and brittle it was like plastic.
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Then finished of with a little over due upgrade.
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Bobbytea

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Well… I’m pretty sure my A4 has a magnet for accidents.

Van driver though he could squeeze past me as I was about to reverse on to a customers drive… it’s not long been fixed since the sheep incident!!!

Hmmm… Not too much damage, but I think it’s a new wing and spraying to blend in.

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Unfortunately the car showed signs of PCV failure in the way home last night so ordered a replacement and gasket this morning. As expected the diaphragm in the pcv had split in multiple places... View attachment 239672
Whilst i was in the area i decided to take the opportunity to fit the new valve cover gasket that has leaked since buying the car. It was that dry and brittle it was like plastic. View attachment 239673
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Then finished of with a little over due upgrade.
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Someones been a busy bee. :thumbs up: :yahoo:

That valve cover gasket looks marginally better than what mine was like....lol, and they go crusty quite quickly aswell.
DV diaphragm looks like it's been leaking for a while Alex , one split looks older than the rest, good job done chap.

Calipers are top stuff Alex , great colour too, and with 18" alloys they look massive, really fit the rim void well.:icon thumright::icon thumright:

making good progress now then.
 

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Done a few bits today as well whilst the rain kept off this afternoon.
Oil and filter change, pretty mucky this time round so a worthwhile change.
Also removed my DV as i suspected a boost leak, nothing to be found a miss though.
Replaced the A6 snub mount bung with an OE bung I had in a box, not the best items but it's new and seems to have made an improvement.
Then spent a few hours swapping out both front driveshafts, been having some clonking on full lock and vibration at higher speeds, anyway all sorted now and lovely and smoooooth again with no nasty clonking.:yahoo:

so next week its cambelt/water pump replacement.
 
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forgot pics..lol
Both driveshaft inner cv joints were really worn and flopping around.

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Alex Holmes

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Someones been a busy bee. :thumbs up: :yahoo:

That valve cover gasket looks marginally better than what mine was like....lol, and they go crusty quite quickly aswell.
DV diaphragm looks like it's been leaking for a while Alex , one split looks older than the rest, good job done chap.

Calipers are top stuff Alex , great colour too, and with 18" alloys they look massive, really fit the rim void well.:icon thumright::icon thumright:

making good progress now then.
I was expecting it to be perished Rob but it was way worse than that. Had a right job removing it from the valve cover.

With pcv has made a huge difference to how the car drives now, it seems way smoother so all is rosie on the engine front now.

And yes really happy with the oem+ choice in colour. Just need to figure out a permanent solid fixing solution for the abs wiring and brake lines
 

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Well… I’m pretty sure my A4 has a magnet for accidents.

Van driver though he could squeeze past me as I was about to reverse on to a customers drive… it’s not long been fixed since the sheep incident!!!

Hmmm… Not too much damage, but I think it’s a new wing and spraying to blend in.

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ouch.. :scared2:
 

Fully

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Todays job on the Falcon - Replaced the Snub Nose Mount for a Powerflex version.
You can see from the pic it needed doing, as the old one was like an out of date marshmallow (all crumbly and nasty).

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Very easy job when it was up on a 4 post lift.
Refitted.

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just a small job but a long overdue one.
Replaced the rear ARB bushes , original ones were a bit sloppy so time to fit some new ones, all nice and tight on the twisty back roads again. :yahoo:

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Donfero

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My DIY k04 build.
Got myself a S4 K04 CHRA, moved the internals to the k03 CHRA, Did some machining on the manifold, and now im ready to install. Wish me luck.
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Its amazing!!! A whole different level of power!!!
You won't be satisfied until you get a K04!!

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Pie-eyedpiper

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Finally got round the fitting the 320mm discs and calipers (courtesy of member Bobby Tea), it's taken me long enough to get done. Much more businesslike than the wimpy 288mm originally fitted.
Also fitted stainless brake hoses whilst at it.
And managed to lose one of the caliper spring clips when out on the test drive, Doh!


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Old 288

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Rob Avant

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First chance I’ve had to work on the wagon for nearly a year... Finally got rid of the cheap universal spacers and fitted some hubcentric ones with spigots. Had a very slight vibration from the front that has now gone, lesson learned, don’t fit cheap spacers!
 

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Bobbytea

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So, I need to do the control arms on my avant.

After recommendations for good quality replacement kits and if I need special tools for the job to do it myself or is it a specialist jobby.


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Fully

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Today i've finished replacing front nearside wheel bearing, seen below.


i've also removed the silver badges from the rear and fitted matte black rings

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I know i haven't removed all the adhesive yet.
Also replaced front silver rings to matte black ones.

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Stuart Bennett

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Had the steering wheel changed today although now the horn and controls don’t work due to so wiring alterations needed
 

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Looks like you may have some of the troublesome washer James, another really common failure on b7's ( yet another one)
My driver side has random sticking session and doesn't always retract fully so needs a gentle bit of persuasion to get it back in ..lol
 

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Finally got around to doing a cam belt/tensioner /aux belt and water pump change today, no major probs, all back together and runs fun.
Did a manual throttle body recalibration, not done one for a long time so it made a noticeable difference.
fitted a new set of pads in the 18z's as the original ones were getting a bit low now.

found a strange oil issue on the drivers side IC , gave it a good clean but no obvious source of it , wasn't from the pipe work joint either, I'll keep an eye on that.
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That just leaves the rear rubber spring bungs to do next week.
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Jamsmoo

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Looks like you may have some of the troublesome washer James, another really common failure on b7's ( yet another one)
My driver side has random sticking session and doesn't always retract fully so needs a gentle bit of persuasion to get it back in ..lol

My drivers side was same ,used stay out on occasions,managed to strip the jet down ,figured it must be an o ring or seal becoming loose or slightly dislodged .
Found an angled seal that was indeed slightly baggy ,was fine on the way out but the way it’s angled and not being as tight as it once was means it was getting caught in the housing as it tried to move back with the spring .I managed to find one that seems to do the job in my plumbers o ring selection box ,bit of silicone grease and all seems well so far ,beats paying 80£ for what seems a pretty basic piece of plastic and spring ,although I’m expecting that may be the eventual outcome


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Picked up another set of calipers ,for a good price a bit on the bright side aswell, i had a plan in mind but not sure now..lol
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I was going to fit them on my little old TT but i may swap over with the reds on the B7 old bus after I've given the yellow set a service.
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I was going to fit them on my little old TT but i may swap over with the reds on the B7 old bus after I've given the yellow set a service. View attachment 241771
I had a TT for a short period of time. Looked very similar to yours. It was fun to drive but I wasn't super crazy for it. That will be a great upgrade to it though.

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Compared to the B7 bus it's like a Go-Kart.lol
 

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Yep, they were powder coated really badly, I got them and the new lines for a really good price and it was bonkers to miss out on them so can't complain.
I'll strip them back and redo them in a proper darker shade of yellow gloss and fit them on the B7 bus, transfer the red 18Z onto the TT.
it will work out in the end.
 

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Fitted the replacement rear spring top and bottom rubber bungs , it has made a small difference and the old ones were a bit flat to be honest, not 100% sure it was worth the time and effort though for the small gain, still its more worn parts replaced which is the most important thing. :icon thumright:
 

Fully

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For the last few days to a week i've noticed my car has seemed a bit sluggish and less responsive compared to normal.
Today I decided to investigate it a little and took a look under the bonnet, and removed the engine cover.
After removing the engine cover, I noticed that there was oil seeping from around the EGR and looking closer that the bolt from underneath where the yellow arrow is pointing wasn't there.
The missing bolt was luckily sat where the green arrow is pointed.

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I tried putting the bolt back in but the threads in the inlet manifold had sheered, so i went and purchased some longer M6 bolts and nuts.
After lots of trying to squeeze a big hand in small awkward spaces I eventually got the nut and bolt in place and fitted (dropped many a times).
I also gave the area a bit of a clean around to see if it leaks in a few days time (you can see the little nut now too)

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So problem fixed (I hope) i decided to do a bit of cosmetic.
Old number plates.

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Replaced with new 3D gel tinted number plates and surrounds.

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It's hard to see that they're tinted via picture, but they're darker and look better when you see them in person IMO.
 

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Calipers all stripped and new seal kits have arrived, just waiting on two new pistons now.
Had a real fight getting the link pipes off due to the previous powder coating being so thick, almost welded the the pipe joint on. :shrug: , still off in the end and without damage, rule no1 , never powder coat calipers with any removalable fitting left on....its a nightmare later on especially with things like link pipes etc and at £40 a side just bonkers.
I've been struck by the sensible hat again caliper colorwise , going something very bland instead.:whistle2:, just a case of powder coat again or wet paint .
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It is indeedy, very satifying too, spent all days stripping them back to bare metal.
Yes i could have paid them to be stripped but why not save myself some pounds on that bit and it covers the cost of the seal kits. :yes::thumbs up:
 

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I like yellow but it just seems to jump out at you to much..lol, getting a little bored of Red , not keen on blue etc .
So going something really bland now but it may work really well with my current wheel/bodywork color scheme.
I'm not using e-tech paint but the color itself looks kinda great .

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[mention]I'm Just Rob. [/mention] Why not go for a lotus ‘John player special’ look and try gold on black. Or a metallic bronze colour


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Its not the caliper cost, it the blinking discs to go with them... :scared2:
 
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