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    Common B7 A4 Problems/Issues & Solutions

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    Interesting read:

    So, I’ve compiled a list of common issues and common solutions based on what I’ve seen on the forums. Please research any possible fix before performing it. Personally, I’ve only had a bad pcv, so I’m basing a lot of this based on my understanding of the issue. Please let me know if something needs to be changed or added…I’d like to make this as good a possible.
    If your car is stock and you still have warranty, then all the items below should be covered under warranty. If you are not stock, then the failed component may or may not be covered under warranty depending on what caused the failure, though this thread is not a warranty debate thread.

    Disclaimer: This is a general guide only. Any problem with the car should be diagnosed by a competent and trained individual. All information provided is for information only and is not designed to replace a service manual or professional help. Use at your own risk.


    1. Diverter valve failure
    2. PCV failure
    3. Broken intake ducting
    4. Cam lobe wear
    5. High pressure fuel pump failure
    6. Air conditioning does not work
    7. Tumble flap failure
    8. Cold start problems
    9. Misfires
    1. Diverter valve failure

    Background:
    The stock diverter valve (dv) is prone to failure, whether chipped or stock. The diaphragm is prone to tearing (the orange shown in the pic of the stock dv (in the middle) below-may be a different color depending on the version of dv you have.)


    Symptoms:
    -A failing diverter valve will generally lose boost.
    -The boost can be checked either via a boost gauge, or the vag-com (mb 115). You will see a huge drop in boost when the dv goes bad.
    -Pin-hole DV failures usually allow boost to spike, but will then suddenly vent boost.
    Tearing in the DV usually only allows 6-7 PSI. Boost will not spike.
    -You may see 000665 - Boost Pressure Regulation: Control Range Not Reached
    p0299 - 002 - Lower Limit Exceeded - Intermittent
    -Alternatively, you can remove the dv, and inspect the diaphragm for tears. It is held onto the compressor housing by three bolts:


    Solution:
    -You can replace it with the stock dv, vw #06F 145 710 C. This is the latest dv as of this post, however, many people have also seen failures with the “C” dv.
    -You can upgrade to the Forge DV #fmfsitv. Pics of the Forge DV are shown above.

    2. Positive Crankcase Ventilation failure


    Background:
    The positive crankcase ventilation is supposed to let gases get sucked from the crankcase to the intake manifold when under vacuum. The problem is, when the pcv system fails, and allows positive pressure (boost) to go from the intake manifold back into the crankcase.


    Symptoms:
    -Typically you will see a slight drop in boost pressure. When my pcv failed, I saw a 2 psi drop across the board.
    -Some oil will be pushed out through the oil filler cap, and onto the valve cover, and may possibly go towards the coil packs. There may also be some oil on the bottom side of the engine cover, where the oil filler cap is.
    -There might be a slight decrease in MPG.
    -Rear PCV failure usually results in oil accumulation around the DV, and will produce a little blue oil smoke at WOT applications.

    Solution:
    -There is the Digitalhippie fix which puts a check valve into the line from the crankcase to the intake manifold. For those who want a spare of the hose where the check valve is installed, the part number is 06F 103 221 F. You can read more about it here: http://www.golfmkv.com/forums/...=8952
    -You can also upgrade to the latest PCV “G” valve. There have been very few failures reported with this PCV. Please verify the PCV you have before upgrading.
    Part numbers for this upgrade:
    PCV valve cover assembly: 06F 129 101 G
    PCV valve cover gasket: 06F 103 483 E
    PCV valve cover to turbo hose: 06F 103 215 A
    PCV tube to turbo metal gasket: 06F 145 757 F
    If you did the DH pcv fix, and you have a rear pcv failure, then you will need to change the tube labeled as "Exhaust turbocharged gas outlet" showin in the pic above. the Part #'s are the last two shown above (06F 103 215 A & 06F 145 757 F)
    3. Broken intake ducting

    Background:
    Some people have reported that part of the intake ducting that connects to the stock engine (the part in front of the accordion section) breaks off and gets lost, or worst, gets stuck and/or shredded by the fan. Due to its location, the loss in power should be minimal.


    Symptom:
    -You may notice that part of the ducting is missing.
    -You may see shreds of the ducting in and around the fan.
    -You may see the coolant temps rising possibly due to a part of the intake ducting getting stuck and not allowing the fan to turn. If the coolant gauge goes into the red, then immediately shut the engine off, and check to see if the fan is operating.

    Solution:
    -If the fan is damaged, then you may need a new fan.
    -An aftermarket intake will replace the ducting section, and is a possibly solution.
    -You might be able to tape or epoxy the sections together, so that it will make them harder to come apart. You may also remove the top piece alltogether.
    4. Cam lobe wear



    Please see also #5 below.

    Symptom:
    -Fuel cut-out when driving, esp. under WOT.
    -Fuel cut-out symptoms range from soft pulsations of power to long-pulse bucking while in high-gear high-load situations (high gear at WOT, or up a grade). MIL may flash if cut-out is severe. Car will also go into hard-limp (no boost, 4500RPM limit) if severe enough.
    -MIL ON
    -P0087 Fuel Rail / System Pressure - Too Low
    -P1093 Fuel Trim 2, Bank 1 Malfunction
    -P2293 Fuel Pressure Regulator 2 Performance

    Solution:
    Increase surface hardening of camshaft lobe for the high pressure fuel pump. Improved intake camshafts
    5. High pressure fuel pump failure

    Background:
    The high pressure fuel pump sometimes is not able to supply enough fuel, especially at low to mid range RPMs because it is cam driven. Please note that the high pressure fuel pump is different than the in-tank fuel pump. Please see also #4 above.


    Symptom:
    -Fuel cut-out when driving, esp. under WOT.

    Solution:
    -If you are chipped, then try to put the car in stock mode to see if the fuel cuts will stop. If it does, then you might want to wait until a fuel pump solution comes out. APR and Autotech are currently working on solutions.
    -If you are stock, then it is possible that you have a bad fuel pump. The dealer should replace this under warranty.
    6. Air conditioning does not work

    Background:
    The air conditioners manuf. By Zelex and Valeo tend to fail. They can be identified by the pulley:


    Symptom:
    - Air conditioning does not cool, air conditioning compressor may seize.

    Solution:
    - On the 2.0T engine a new Sanden compressor Part No: 1K0820803 index S must be installed. Refer to ETKA for the latest part # for the other engines. This should be covered under warranty.

    7. Tumble flap failure


    Background:
    The tumble flap motor is prone to failure. This is probably the most common problem I’ve seen when scanning cars with the vag-com. A little background on how the tumble flap works:


    Symptoms:

    You may see the following DTC’s
    -012599 - Intake Manifold Runner Control: Basic Setting not Completed
    P3137 - 001 - Upper Limit Exceeded - Intermittent
    -008196 - Intake Manifold Flap; Bank 1: Stuck Open
    P2004 - 008 - Implausible Signal - Intermittent
    - 012600 - Intake Manifold Runner Control: Regulation Deviation
    P3138 - 008 - Implausible Signal - MIL ON

    Solution: The intake manifold flap motor needs to be replaced.
    8. Cold Start Problems

    Background/Symptom: Troubles starting car when cold
    Solution:
    -Some people have reported that it was related to a certain gas, so maybe try a different gas station/company.
    -Get the latest software reflash.
    -Could also be a bad coil pack.
    9. Misfires

    Background/Symptom:
    -Misfiring either under idle or under boost.
    -Scan for DTC’s. See which cylinder is misfiring, and swap coils and or plugs to see if the misfire follows.
    -Coil pack misfire (non-fire, lol) symptoms are shorter duration, rather violent, and also result in backfires from unburnt fuel entering the exhaust system. The MIL usually starts flashing. Car may or may not go into limp.

    Solution:
    -Replace coils and/or plugs
    -Could be a bad fuel injector


    Video:

    jaybquick@JHM
    These 2 videos will show you just about all you need to know about how the inside works and the linkage on the outside.
    Video of the innerworkings and issues of the Audi 6 speed transhttp://audishifter.com/videos/Innerw...peed_trans.wmv

    Video of the external linkage and issues of the Audi 6 speed trans http://audishifter.com/videos/Extern...peed_trans.wmv

    I am not the originator of the thread. For more info: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothrea...ostid=40575618
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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    wow nice and informative writeup...vote for a sticky

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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    Ive ran into the tumble flap issue before since I had a code stating that it was stuck open. It threw a CEL, and I had it checked out and the dealership said there wasnt anything wrong and they did the update on the computer.(This was before I was chipped). Your stated solution was that it had to be replaced, but the techs didn't inform me of replacing anything and that the perform TSB should fix it. How much does it cost to replace the flap?

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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    nice writeup Antonio

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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    Awesome write up... This will be very useful for many people. Thanks for all your efforts.
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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    nice writeup Antonio
    Thanks Nelson, thanks gang.

    (Solution: The intake manifold flap motor needs to be replaced. ) How much does it cost to replace the flap?
    I do not know how much it cost, parts and labor. My advice is this:

    Research tuners, and Euro shops around your area that provides a reasonable service than the dealers. You will find one But start with the dealer first, fish them out for part numbers, and labor cost. Proceed from there.

    I know it's not much of an answer, but it's a start.

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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    Wow, this is great!

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    Awesome job

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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    Really Nice Thread..

    Sticky it

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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    WOW. sticky this ASAP
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    STICKY THIS! Someone finally made a REAL post of the year.

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    Very informative...Sticky
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    4flow... Awesome...

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    Very nice job sticky!

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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    BUMP. this thing needs a sticky!
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    great info.. thanks
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    Re: Those common problems (Good read)

    Quote Originally Posted by 4flow View Post
    Thanks Nelson, thanks gang.



    I do not know how much it cost, parts and labor. My advice is this:

    Research tuners, and Euro shops around your area that provides a reasonable service than the dealers. You will find one But start with the dealer first, fish them out for part numbers, and labor cost. Proceed from there.

    I know it's not much of an answer, but it's a start.

    Great post, good info.

    My 2006 A4 has been great. I haven't had these issues, and I hope it stays that way.
    The "cold start" isn't really that problematic for me though. My 325i used to have a similar issue once in a while, especially in cold weather/cold start.

    You may want to consider adding window regulators to the list.
    There have been some who have had a problem. I had my drivers rear window reg replaced as it was faulty from day 1.

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    Great info, thanks. What does WOT mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbecker View Post
    Great info, thanks. What does WOT mean?
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    ttt - great thread.
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    correct part # for audi breather hose with check valve 06d-103-215

    the vw and audi breather hose are very different. i compared the two first hand...and the vw is very much shorter than the audi breather hose.
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    bump & vote for sticky
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    great post!!

    i would add third gear grind, though i don't know how you would fix it other than bring it to the dealer

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    Video added

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    this is the best write up ever !
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    Sticky prease

    ... and isn't the DV on revision "G" now?
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    Bump, Sticky
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    Thank you for posting this, a sticky is in order.

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    Damn, this is a good thread!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    We will be Stickying this.

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    woow are cars are build like shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jersey Stephen View Post
    woow are cars are build like shit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jersey Stephen View Post
    woow are cars are build like shit
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    Awesome write-up. To me this is what Forums are about. Staying ahead of our cars.
    Putting heads together and sharing the knowledge. Its great to surprise techs and troubleshoot car better than them. For sticky.

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    This is an excellent example of the purpose of a Forum
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    you forgot to add the 3rd gear synchros on the manual trans

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    Re: Common B7 A4 Problems/Issues & Solutions

    To prevent such problems, I have consulted my Audi Dealer (Paul Miller of Parsippany) and asked them if they would replace some of the parts with the updated parts free of charge since my B7 is still under warranty. I am almost certain, although I haven't actually checked, that I definitely don't have the updated part #'s that you have mentioned in this writeup. The dealer said that if they didn't get a memo for a recall of a part# for my particular car, they're not going to replace anything. Is there a more tactical way to approach this? I plan to GIAC my car eventually, and for that I will need the latest fuel pump for example, which I doubt my car has now. Even though it hasn't failed yet, I should be able to get it replaced free of charge as a preventative measure, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by highlandarx View Post
    To prevent such problems, I have consulted my Audi Dealer (Paul Miller of Parsippany) and asked them if they would replace some of the parts with the updated parts free of charge since my B7 is still under warranty. I am almost certain, although I haven't actually checked, that I definitely don't have the updated part #'s that you have mentioned in this writeup. The dealer said that if they didn't get a memo for a recall of a part# for my particular car, they're not going to replace anything. Is there a more tactical way to approach this? I plan to GIAC my car eventually, and for that I will need the latest fuel pump for example, which I doubt my car has now. Even though it hasn't failed yet, I should be able to get it replaced free of charge as a preventative measure, right?
    no way... audi dealer won't get reimbursed or even look at your car if there is no engine code related to the issue or symptoms stated on the TSB. You have a 2007 so you should have most of the latest parts... Recalls are different then technical service bulletins and recalls are usually replaced whether it has failed or not due to safety precautions. TSBs are more the knowledge of the mechanic at the dealers to know how to root cause a failure much easier. If it ain't failing it won't get fixed/replaced.

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