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2pointSlowBoy
06-20-2013, 04:44 PM
I want to purchase an A3, but all this cam follower/fuel pump/camshaft stuff is scaring me.

If I were to replace my cam follower every 30k miles and make sure that it is never very damaged woould this COMPLETELY prevent the problems?
or just lessen my chances?

Basically if i change the cam follower regularly am i good or no?

mfractal
06-24-2013, 05:10 AM
Yep, changing it regularly you prevent the problem completely.

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ROH ECHT
06-25-2013, 11:26 PM
If you do not upgrade the 2.0t fsi hpfp it will and should last 100k miles with proper care and service. But still, the cam follower should be checked by 70k or 80k miles and every 10k thereafter until the black coating on the face begins wearing off badly.


This shows it just beginning to wear through...
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb434/rohecht/5k10kcf002.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/rohecht/media/5k10kcf002.jpg.html)

This has about 5k miles left on it...
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb434/rohecht/5k10kcf004.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/rohecht/media/5k10kcf004.jpg.html)

This is time to change and about to fail...
http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb434/rohecht/follower002.jpg (http://s1205.photobucket.com/user/rohecht/media/follower002.jpg.html)

This link is my vid how I check/replace the c/f...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg8npMuun20

2pointSlowBoy
07-03-2013, 07:10 PM
so HPFP only lasts 100k?? thats an expensive replacement :/

Dad A3
07-21-2013, 10:27 AM
You aren't replacing the entire HPFP, just the cam follower, a $100.00 part, add labor and it's around $200.00.
Doing mine this week, it's at 80K miles still looks good.
Giving the car to my son and, with the 80K service, I'm changing the cam follower for peace of mind.

dhinez
07-21-2013, 10:59 AM
I just did mines yesterday after work. My car has 85K miles on it. All the black lacquer coating was gone off mines. I'll post pics of it later. I have been flashed stage 2 for 15,000 miles. I will be rechecking it every 15K miles and replacing at 30K.

ROH ECHT
07-23-2013, 11:12 AM
so HPFP only lasts 100k?? thats an expensive replacement :/

No...No...the cam follower usually lasts to an average of 100k. The rail pump/hpfp continues to thrive as long as it has a good c/f in it ;p

ROH ECHT
07-23-2013, 11:17 AM
so HPFP only lasts 100k?? thats an expensive replacement :/
No, only need to replace the c/f for $50...you can and should learn to check/replace it yourself and save many $$$'s. Again, this is a link for my vids...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg8npMuun20

2pointSlowBoy
07-27-2013, 04:51 PM
ohhh okay phew :p. so if i tune my car and run higher boost do i need to replace more often?

P.S. i dont understand why SO MANY PEOPLE have problems with this shit if all it takes is replacing the cam follower every once in a while. seems like very little work for peace of mind.. wtf?

IllusionalTA
07-28-2013, 01:44 PM
I just did mine yesterday, had bout 100k on it.. All the coating was off.. But wasn't ready to wear through yet.. Threw no codes either.. It's a fairly easy swap, esp if you do Your homework on the procedure... Now that I've done mine, I'm sure in 30 min I'd be in/out... Takes longer getting the under tray off to change oil...

Badger137
07-29-2013, 02:14 AM
Dont care about it, it's a very good engine just check the follower every 20k milles. W.O.T it and enjoy.if you want peace of mind ,buy one whit tsi engine, no more follower! I have a 2006 a3 whit 133k km the follower was change 2 times and the cam and the pump are not worn at all.

ROH ECHT
07-29-2013, 09:33 PM
ohhh okay phew :p. so if i tune my car and run higher boost do i need to replace more often?

P.S. i dont understand why SO MANY PEOPLE have problems with this shit if all it takes is replacing the cam follower every once in a while. seems like very little work for peace of mind.. wtf?

No...just don't wait until 100k miles goes by. Learn to quickly check it by 70k to 80k miles just to catch it if it were wearing unusually faster than normal.
There was a material issue early on that was believed to cause those cars to wear through the c/f before 40k miles even if stock. And also, those that did do the hpfp upgrades, early on, did not know that their c/f's would from then on wear completely through every 10k to 15k miles ;|

There are many already reaching those higher miles now. Those are the latest ones to experience the cam follower failures. They were unfortunately unaware of this issue due to nothing being said in the scheduled maintenance items to be addressed. I don't know how much longer this will go on before vag is going to be forced to do something about the cam follower and resulting intake and hpfp failures. We will just have to make aware those we can and the rest will have to fight vag for some sort of compensation ;p

GunterA3
02-19-2014, 10:04 AM
I'm a new owner. My 2006 A3 2.0T only has 39,000 miles on it. Do I need to concern myself with the cam follower at this point, or not? Are there any warning signs that it's about to fail? Also, now that my car's seven years old, should I be looking into changing my timing belt, or with such low miles am I OK for now. Note: I only drive around 4,000 miles per year.

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IllusionalTA
02-19-2014, 10:24 AM
I'm a new owner. My 2006 A3 2.0T only has 39,000 miles on it. Do I need to concern myself with the cam follower at this point, or not? Are there any warning signs that it's about to fail? Also, now that my car's seven years old, should I be looking into changing my timing belt, or with such low miles am I OK for now. Note: I only drive around 4,000 miles per year.

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I'd be concerned more about the camshaft since you have a early year 2.0...