So I've had a bit of a rattle on startups all winter... sometimes worse than others.... sounds like the infamous guide is at its wits end... I've ordered some parts and am going to start on the pull and timing service of my B7.... she's got 201k km on the clock and I think that it's been good so far.. I'm going to be doing a couple of other things along with this job and am going to try my best to post up the job as I can... it may be only once I'm done that I can throw up some more info.
Here's what's planned.
Chase down some minor oil leaks (oil cooler o-rings specifically).
Check valves and valley pan gasket.
new engine mounts (034 street density).
new snub mount.
Mechanical adjuster rebuild (JHM).
upgrade lower left rail with RS4 metal guide.
new alternator belt.
new valve cover gaskets.
There are other jobs that I would like to do at this time, but it looks like my wife is going to be driving the S4 more in the future so I'll be holding off on:
Intake Spacers (I know I'm in there but it's really not needed).
JHM solid short throw shifter.
JHM light weight crank pully and 6-rib belt / pully / tensioner upgrade.
Catch can installation.
Rear dif mount.
I'm kinda on the fence about doing the A/C compressor because I know that it's easy to get at and work on with the engine out, however I'm not 100% sure that it's a bad compressor, either way I'm going to have my mechanic take a quick peek when I have him drain the A/C system... if it's the compressor I'll likely rush one in to replace it while I have the car on blocks.
Wish me luck and as always I'm open to advice from anyone with good/bad experiences with this.