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derek2079
10-03-2004, 01:07 PM
when my car starts for the first min it idles all funny and almost stalls. a few people said it may be the fuel filter

A4_Andre
10-03-2004, 03:09 PM
there's a DIY somewhere and i have it, just have to find it. to change it u have to drop the gas tank a bit because there's a lip on it that helps keep the filter in place. total PITA. might be better just paying a reliable mechanic to change it. mine started to idle funny but only does it when the car sits for more then a day. i think it's the fuel filter also.

4ingDrive
10-03-2004, 03:53 PM
http://www.audiworld.com/tech/eng49.shtml

mike-2ptzero
10-04-2004, 07:41 PM
Originally posted by 4ingDrive
http://www.audiworld.com/tech/eng49.shtml

Just dont do the test which really means nothing since your blowing thru a old filter that is full of fuel vs the new one which is dry.

derek2079
10-04-2004, 08:19 PM
i took this to pep boys today they quoted me 40 for parts and labor. another place quoted me 90.


pep boys said that they did not have the correct tool to do this which kind of sucked. they said it required some weird tool. so i think i will take it to different pep boys

tigabalm
10-04-2004, 09:53 PM
pep boys has mechanics? i wudent trust them.... its like having shucks do it... which i def wouldnt...

strange tho since audi quoted me 1500, i kno it a stealership, but still that is just too much!

let me know how much u end up getting it done for because i think i need a new one too...

good luck

peace

Ben@SpeedBarn
10-04-2004, 10:03 PM
1500???? you sure yo don't mean 150? cause that would still be high but 1500 is way to high

quattro_maniac
10-04-2004, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by Ben@SpeedBarn
1500???? you sure yo don't mean 150? cause that would still be high but 1500 is way to high

what's that, like $1000/hr for labor?

derek2079
10-04-2004, 10:14 PM
Originally posted by tigabalm
pep boys has mechanics? i wudent trust them.... its like having shucks do it... which i def wouldnt...

strange tho since audi quoted me 1500, i kno it a stealership, but still that is just too much!

let me know how much u end up getting it done for because i think i need a new one too...

good luck

peace
yeh dood 1500$ rofl



also i like pep boys they have decent tech. when it comes to doing simple stuff they garuntee their work and have good customer service why not trust them

WRX2A4
10-04-2004, 10:28 PM
give me 1500, shoot even 500 and I will do it!
D

derek2079
10-04-2004, 10:31 PM
give me 1500 and i will throw in a free hand job lol

Ben@SpeedBarn
10-04-2004, 10:31 PM
yeah i'll do it naked with no tools for 1500!

tigabalm
10-05-2004, 02:13 AM
nah not like i am going to get it fixed there just asked out of curiosity and nearly sh*t my pants lol!

although the idea of naked AZ'ers workingo n my car is appealing..................UGH!! def. not!

peace

DDQ
10-05-2004, 05:17 PM
It's an easy job. DIY for sure. And there's no special tools needed. Just very basics. See that write-up on AW and you'll be all set.

mudshoveler
10-05-2004, 06:54 PM
Not to steal the thread, but how about any info on the Air Filter? That things a PITA too =(

audispeed
10-05-2004, 07:29 PM
Worked at a dealer this summer, only one mechanic could ever remember changing a fuel filter. They told me they dont need to be changed.

derek2079
10-05-2004, 11:07 PM
Originally posted by audispeed
Worked at a dealer this summer, only one mechanic could ever remember changing a fuel filter. They told me they dont need to be changed.




hmmm my car idles funny for a min after i start it up. thats a good sign of a bad fuel filter

audispeed
10-06-2004, 07:33 AM
Originally posted by derek2079
hmmm my car idles funny for a min after i start it up. thats a good sign of a bad fuel filter

wouldnt a bad fuel filter cause a problem all the time instead of just at startup?

MikekiM
10-06-2004, 08:49 AM
Are you a FWD or Quattro?
FWD filters are very easy to change. Takes about 15 minutes.

wakko
10-06-2004, 11:22 AM
yea, I am FWD....not sure where to start. The AW guide is solely for Quattro.

wakko
10-06-2004, 11:23 AM
Originally posted by mudshoveler
Not to steal the thread, but how about any info on the Air Filter? That things a PITA too =(

Air filter.....the airbox?? hm, you really just open up the airbox and then replace the filter. May be you can find some info in AW tech for airbox removal.

nizmosx
10-06-2004, 12:06 PM
Changing the fuel filter on a4s is one of the most PITA things to do. it is very time consuming and yes it does use special tools. If you dont have the special tools plan on being under the car for a long time. The fact that its right above the fuel tank is why the labor at the dealership is so high plus the fact they are A$$holes. The tool to make this job easy is a 2 by 4 to help drop the tank and i beleive a 7mm hex bit they sell at the dealer, with out that tool this job is hard to do. reason being the amount of space to unscrew the fuel filter from its mounting brackets. i hear these last untill around 60 thousand miles and im pushing 73 thousand right now. i dont want to do this myself because of the pressurized system and the amount of time it takes to ensure you dont damage the gas tank while your tugging on it to drop down, replacing a fuel filter is a simple basic job on any car so if pep boys can do it for 90 with parts i would jump on it. Since they have lifts this job becomes much easier than your simple floor jacks which is why i dont want to do it myself.

MikekiM
10-06-2004, 12:57 PM
On the FWD the fuel filter change is easier than the oil filter.

The fuel filter is located just in front of the passenger rear wheel.
It's a small canister shape held to the chassis with a clamp.

There's 2 hoses on the filter, simply clamp the lines, unbolt the hoses and filter, and replace. It really is very easy.

G8ters
10-06-2004, 01:23 PM
The special tool is a torx bit costing 5 to 10 bucks. What is really hard about changing the filter is having a lift to get under the car and dropping the gas tank 3 to 5 inches to get the torx bit in. Otherwise, it should not take more than 45 minutes. Whoever was quoting 1500 need to make a boat payment bad. The OEM fuel filter from ECS tuning is 25 bucks. should be about 90 bucks for an hour's labor. I can see 150, but for 1500 it must Bevery Hills price with a room full of unemployed actresses in the back.

0000_a4
10-06-2004, 02:15 PM
So when do we need to change the fuel filter? I am close to 70k on my Audi.

wakko
10-06-2004, 03:19 PM
Originally posted by MikekiM
On the FWD the fuel filter change is easier than the oil filter.

The fuel filter is located just in front of the passenger rear wheel.
It's a small canister shape held to the chassis with a clamp.

There's 2 hoses on the filter, simply clamp the lines, unbolt the hoses and filter, and replace. It really is very easy.

Mike, thanks for the help. I guess that will be my weekend 'project' [:D]

derek2079
10-06-2004, 09:34 PM
Originally posted by audispeed
wouldnt a bad fuel filter cause a problem all the time instead of just at startup?
no because after the car sits for a long period of time like 5 hrs or more what happens is the fuel doesnt go through or somthing and it takes a min to get there because the fuel gets stale or somthing i dont know =/

tigabalm
10-06-2004, 09:51 PM
yeah thanks mike!! wonder if its the same for a 2.8 fwd?

but yeah def going to be this weekends weekend project since i got new jackstands and a low race jack!

peace