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Youth Restoring an A4 DTM TFSI

DTM Tom Dec 28, 2019

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    I've owned this a few months, you can see my other introduction threads on the car itself. Basically 2 owners (both brothers) before myself. 50k miles and a heap of paperwork. The last owner was on the forums and did loads of maintenance so the car was mint.. Until he fell ill and since then the car has become, well, rather unused. I'd seen the car on gumtree so went for a veiw

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    As this thread suggests I fell in love with her, knew there was a large amount of work ahead, no mot, sorn, needed a full service and the cambelt was due. But the car was going to be mine before I even said hello to the seller.
     
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    With all the work needing to be done, decided that I'd transport the car back home. Got the car transported up to me (was rather cool)
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    First thing on the list was remove all the underbody guards clean them all, clean all the wheel Wells, paint the disks and paint the wheel nut caps. (faded grey wasn't looking good)
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    Had the paintwork fixed on the OSF wing today, plus the rather subjectively fitted Sharfin removed. Much better. Wheels will have to wait a while yet. IMG_20191101_162511_7912.jpg
     
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    Full service time, bought all the parts decided to go with nanodrive oil after reading up on countless hours of reviews and dyno sheets.
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    Also included were uprated sparks, coolant tank, snub mount and a wrong size screen wash cap (Doh)

    Removed the spark plugs that were not in bad shape at all I believe they had been changed roughly 8k miles ago by the last owner, that didn't bother me I simply wanted to replace it all, the gti guys on the forums sempt to recommend the BKR7EIX for fast road daily driven cars IMG_20191116_154019.jpg IMG_20191116_155125.jpg

    Id been dreading replacing the cam follower, in reality it was a doddle. The old follower had no viable wear, the cam lobe looked mint. So I covered the follower in oil and put it back in. I'll check it again in another 5-10k miles. IMG_20191116_165037.jpg

    As you can see the snub mount was shrunken, perished and overall past its use by date. Luckily powerflex do an easy replacement polybush kit. 5 minute job tops, all you need is an Allan key and a mallet.
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    I decided to leave the coolant tank to do when I was doing the cambelt, also I found quite a substantial leak from the back of the engine. From the looks of it, it was the vaccum pump seal. Ordered an ELRING o-ring so we'll see if that solves the issue.
     
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    IMG_20190831_124359.jpg Next up on the list was Cambelt, drivebelt and coolant tank. Removing the front end was a pretty straight forward process. I didn't remove the air con pipes put 2 tie wraps through the service position holes and gave myself a good few inches more working room. IMG_20191122_192129.jpg
    The hardest part was removing the rubber coolant pipe running across the front of the timing belt cover. Once the cover was off everything removed simply. Snapchat-1149248829.jpg IMG_20191124_151418.jpg

    All was going well til I opened the Cambelt box and discovered I had the wrong pack (mix up at auto factors, surprise!) it took a few days for the new parts to arrive and so in the mean time I decided to strip and de chrome the headlights (see more in my next post). Once the parts re-arrived I could crack on with the Cambelt change. Everything was easy going, although reminder to myself to order some new pulley bolts for the crankshaft pulley next time. New coolant tank looked the biz. Car started perfectly ran up and bled the system of air. Although that took quite a while.
     
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    Whilst the delay with the cambelt parts was going on and the front end remaining removed I took the time to crack open my headlights and sort out those nasty noughties looking headlamps. I didn't want to go full NFS Underground but more of an OEM+ look.
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    First steps were buying the paints and the sandpaper, I found the finest grit wet and dry paper in Halfords and grabbed 3 of there spray cans. Grey plastic primer, satin black paint and clear lacquer. That's it that's all you need.
    Equally heating the headlight around the lense allowed me to pull off the cover. I removed the rubber weather strip to clean the mould whilst it was in pieces. IMG_20191124_113212.jpg
    Once the lense was removed I got my small torx set and removed the 2 chrome trim pieces. The lamp base removed just as easily and all that was left to do was remove the sidelight chrome reflective projector and paint the rest.
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    After stripping both headlights I now had 6 pieces to paint. I lightly sanded the items. Cleaned them of dust and dirt and hung them so I could get equal paint across them. I did 4 coats of primer, 4 coats of paint and 3 coats of lacquer. 20 minute gap between coats making sure the previous layer was dry to the touch. Now the paint job won't be winning any awards but to the eye they look good, no runs, no bubbling.
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    As most DIY programs say the opposite of removal for reassembly. I cleaned the lense and re-heated the sealant to create a waterproof seal. IMG_20191124_202839_404.jpg MUCH BETTER!

    Refitting the bumper was not as fun as removal and it still requires some tweaking to get it sitting OEM, but the lights looked fab. And with new 8k bulbs they also shone much better. IMG_20191127_222049.jpg
     
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    Insurance bought today, 50 quid more than my 320d. Result! 2 weeks to get her on the road.
     
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    Good work Tom.
     
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    With my 'On the road' date fast approaching I finally decided to tackle the vac pump oil leak that I'd been putting off for absolutely ages. Apparently its a rather common fault and the best solution is to replace with the newest revision part.
    This newest revision OEM part however is 300 quid! A bit out of my range at the minute so I went online and found the elring O ring kit. Removing the part was as fun as expected. But even more annoyingly once removed i discovered that the oil feed pipe for the pump had broken off... IMG_20200108_202736.jpg

    After a few choice words and realising that I'd have to be pushing the DTM around for a few days I managed to find a new aftermarket pump and seals kit on amazon for £44 next day delivery. Mint, we'll see how long it lasts but its a brilliant bit of kit for the price. It arrived and I swapped over the vac pipe. IMG_20200110_174721.jpg IMG_20200110_174724.jpg
    The fit was perfect and it looks the part. Saved my *** as well definitely don't want to be forking out 300 quit at the minute. Cars running fine with no issues touch wood. I'll post the link when I find it again.

    Quick shout out to this tool kit as well. Wouldnt have been possible without it. Borrowed from a mate with an S4 B5 and he uses it all the time as well.
     

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    This was the Vac pump I used Screenshot_20200112_153109.jpg
     
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