What have you done to your Audi A4 B7 today?

Charlie Farley

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Not far off! I'm about 20 miles or so from Little Chart :)
I purchased a Porsche 968 club sport from Chilham Sports Cars back in 2005 , they ripped me off big time and it put me right off garages in kent.
Shame as it was a nice car, just botched up by them.
 

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Anyway, gave the old bus a shampoo and set today so she looks a bit fresher than of late.
Had a snoop under the bonnet just to check all was well, yep all good until I found oil splattered on the under tray, closer inspection revealed the sealing gasket on the oil cooler/ filter housing has failed, not a massive amount but it's gone in one place all the same, another one of this generations tfsi faults, so thats a job for the next few weeks.

always something to do, luckily I need to do a filter and oil change so I can do it at the same time, nothing worse than wasting all that new oil.

might do a gearbox oil change aswell as its feels like it could use one now.
 

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This weekend, I have had the front bumper off to replace the broken height adjusters - I have attempted repairing these with glue in the past but it only lasts a short time before they break again so new ones were required. I opted to modify things so they could be screwed on (instead of rivetted), using M5 screws. Appropriately sized RivNuts are ideal for this.

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Old rivets drilled out, holes slightly enlarged for Riv Nuts
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Slight countersinking mod to new part to allow for slightly raised rivnut head
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Just the other side to do now........
 

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I sprayed the threads and moving parts with lithium grease aswell , it all helps.
 

Stu_b7

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This weekend, I have had the front bumper off to replace the broken height adjusters - I have attempted repairing these with glue in the past but it only lasts a short time before they break again so new ones were required. I opted to modify things so they could be screwed on (instead of rivetted), using M5 screws. Appropriately sized RivNuts are ideal for this.

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Old rivets drilled out, holes slightly enlarged for Riv Nuts
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Slight countersinking mod to new part to allow for slightly raised rivnut head
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Just the other side to do now........
Where is the best place to get these from always abit worried about eBay bits
 

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most of them are ok, audi will charge you more than everyone else.
its not like they are a bearing etc, just an adjustable support really.
 

Rob Avant

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Where is the best place to get these from always abit worried about eBay bits
I bought 2 new ones from my local dealer about 4 years ago, was less than £20 for both. As with all things they’ve probably gone up loads by now
 

Jamsmoo

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the valance has a very defined curve which means ideally you need a custom set to really blend in or something close.
S4 back box swaps work or aftermarket back boxes but than can work out costly.
Weld-on or other means of fitting with tips can be just as good but is finding something that really fits in with the shape.
Mine are not ideal by a long way but i'm fine with them.
from the pic you can see how much an angle they need to be if you want a flush fit left to right.

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Delivery notification this morning so popped home while passing with work for a very quick mock up of how they might look
Top view could be better ,happy with end view
Overall quite pleased but they aren’t on the car yet
Time will tell


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Rob Avant

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The old wagon is starting to get on my wick…
Still having issues with the Recaro's, given up for now and refitted the Sline seats.
On the plus side, picked up a new headunit and amp for the Golf :rock:
 

Charlie Farley

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Hi Rob, what sort of issues are you having with the seats ?
 

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Still dry fitting ,happier still with the fitment on the car


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Looks really good bud, are you going to be colour matching the S4 valence?
 

Jamsmoo

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Looks really good bud, are you going to be colour matching the S4 valence?

Thanks chap ,I was at first but after viewing many s4s rear valance exhaust combos there’s a lot that don’t
I’m not sure now ,I probably will but I’m not in such a rush


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I'm going to be a tad controversial, I'd go with a colour match, silver looks nice but just looks a bit more add on if you get my drift.
But whatever works for you James. :thumbs up:
 

Jamsmoo

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I'm going to be a tad controversial, I'd go with a colour match, silver looks nice but just looks a bit more add on if you get my drift.
But whatever works for you James. :thumbs up:

Totally agree ,It’s just that it doesn’t bother me as much as I expected it to thus painting is not as high on my list of priorities as it was


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Hello! so today i changed my radiator fans (new nissen 2x) and my valve cover (went with Febi) which leaked for about 3 years now haha, car is audi a4 b7 quattro with hybrid turbo :)
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if anybody needs and help im here, owner for 6 years changed many things, also cheers from Croatia!!!!
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Rob Avant

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Hi Rob, what sort of issues are you having with the seats ?
Hi Rob,
The passenger seat is still giving me a headache… it won’t move backwards/ forwards even though both motors work fine when tested. Also the drivers side keeps giving me an airbag warning light which I can’t seem to reset. I’ve got the MOT due next month so I’ve refitted them old seats just to get through that without any issues. I’ll come back to them in a few weeks, just haven’t got any spare time at the moment unfortunately
 

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Just a thought Rob, are they definitely B7 ones, maybe worth checking with the seller as some B6 seats had issues with airbag messages when fitted to B7's.
They look the same for the most part but are different.
sounds like the seat movement is jammed somewhere or not engaging.
 

Rob Avant

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Just a thought Rob, are they definitely B7 ones, maybe worth checking with the seller as some B6 seats had issues with airbag messages when fitted to B7's.
They look the same for the most part but are different.
sounds like the seat movement is jammed somewhere or not engaging.
They are B6 seats not B7. Going to ask a friend of a friend (auto sparky) to have a look in a few weeks. Gotta get through the mot then it’s going in for much needed paint, will hopefully sort the seats after that
 

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Thats your air bag error then Rob, B7 will look for the airbags in the B7 seats, B6 didnt have them hence why you get the error light.
It can be bypassed with some fiddling.
 

Rob Avant

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Thats your air bag error then Rob, B7 will look for the airbags in the B7 seats, B6 didnt have them hence why you get the error light.
It can be bypassed with some fiddling.
They have had the bladder sensor bypass done to stop the airbag light, seems it’s not been done too well unfortunately
 

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Sometimes you need to clear the airbag error with VCDS or similar, did the error go off at all or just stay on.
 
Sunday just gone, I decided to fit a new Gearknob with gaiter, changed the orignal alcantara one for a perforated leather one to match up with the flat bottom steering wheel in my Avant SLine TFSi. Not fully clamped the jubilee type clip item yet, as I found an Red LED item, when i removed the gaiter, if anyone can tell me what that is, i'd be grateful. So not clamping in the gearknob yet, till i know what that plastic LED part is.

Would not have given this a go without the help from trusty ole You Tube!! :thumbs up:

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Charlie Farley

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Very possibly the centre arm rest illumination .
There was an option for it , a bit like the down lights in the overhead light console that beam down on the gear lever area.
Its all part of the ambient lighting pack.

well thats my thought.:icon thumright:
 

Jamsmoo

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Typically b7 one job leads to an unexpected other
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.Biggest pita and the most time consuming of the rear axle removal for the cv boot replacement was the wheel speed sensor ,head sheared off the bolt and the sensor seemed welded in ,a can of duck oil and many choice words later it was out
Drilled ,tapped and a shiny new bolt and all is good ..be warned


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Charlie Farley

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Very possibly the centre arm rest illumination .
There was an option for it , a bit like the down lights in the overhead light console that beam down on the gear lever area.
Its all part of the ambient lighting pack.

well thats my thought.:icon thumright:
just had a think about it a bit more, if that was inside the gearlever gaiter recess then it will more likely be the ashtray illumination,
light emitt.diode with bracket.
 
just had a think about it a bit more, if that was inside the gearlever gaiter recess then it will more likely be the ashtray illumination,
light emitt.diode with bracket.
Cheers Rob.
What was more puzzling there are no wiring or anything of the sorts when i removed the gearknob. Totally confused.
I've googled the part number, comes up with nothing.

I did wonder if it might be to illumiate the gearknob dials but again no wiring or pin connectors under the gaiter.
 

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Gearknob and surround are illuminated from above, and two small LEDs in the overhead light consol shine down.
 
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