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collins
12-04-2009, 08:29 PM
after i took my intake manifold off tonight coolant started spilling out from the back of the valve cover area. i cant really see back there to see what going on, but if i squeeze on the any of the coolant lines i can see it bubbling from the area its coming from.
http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx231/collinsislee/IMG00571-20091204-2325.jpg?t=1259987345
cant really see where the leak is in the pic, but it coming from the circled area

BLK_A4
12-05-2009, 02:56 PM
coolant temp senor maybe?

walky_talky20
12-05-2009, 03:09 PM
There is a plastic coolant flange back there that the Coolant temp sensor lives in. It also has fittings for a few hoses, including a hose to the heater core, I believe. It could be any of those hoses, the sensor (o-ring), or the flange itself (it can sometimes crack or not seal correctly).

You can probably get a better look at things from the passenger side. Moving the combi valve (SAI) if so equipped, can help with access to the coolant flange and hoses.

PoormansA4
12-05-2009, 03:18 PM
probably the flange or the o ring for the sensor

grillhands
12-05-2009, 04:26 PM
Just did mine. two 10mm bolt on the back of the block and 2 10mm bolts connecting to another just under and to the left of the brake booster line. You're hands will get mangled!

collins
12-05-2009, 05:07 PM
yeah i got back there and checked it out, looks like the flange itself is cracked. how long does that take to replace?

gli_ryan
12-06-2009, 05:08 AM
bummer. that is a pain in the ass, took me a couple hours if I remember right

RockyMountainB5
12-06-2009, 05:31 AM
Yea, thats prolly your coolant flange - apparently a common problem, and a bitch to fix. At least its (relatively) cheap! heres the DIY link:
http://forums.audiworld.com/showthread.php?t=308879

rms-s4
12-06-2009, 06:38 AM
they are easy. just remove the combi valve (dont lose the gasket) and its all right there, part cost like 10 bux